25 Winning Recipes for Your Next Summer Potluck
Consider this your potluck playbook. All these dishes are easy to transport, simple to serve, and can withstand the rigors of summer heat while still looking and tasting fabulous. Many hands make light work: that's the idea behind this ever-popular party style. So, the next time you're hosting, heading to a friend's, or gathering at a park or concert, remember that any fête is more fun when everyone pitches in.
One of the best parts of summer is the influx of ripe berries and delicious tropical fruit like pineapple, mango, and papaya. They're nature's dessert, and they don't need to be refrigerated once you get to the party. Cut them up and arrange them on a platter, then sprinkle the sweeties with our crunchy coconut-poppy seed topping on site. Or try Creamy Artichoke Ranch and a crowd-pleasing salsa for savory starters. They become crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre in mere minutes.
These make-ahead, mayo-free dishes really do taste better the next day (and even two days later). A Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad blends raw green beans—the vinaigrette softens them as they sit, so they're not squeaky—with creamy white and pink varieties and wilt-proof curly parsley. Cabbage-free coleslaw combines fennel, celery, and mild golden beets in a zippy cider-vinegar dressing. A Moroccan grain salad has naturally al-dente barley and bold North African flavors like preserved lemon and oil-cured olives. And our potato salad benefits from two tricks: First, tossing the shallots in vinegar and lemon juice quick-pickles them and forms the base of the dressing. Second, folding the potatoes into the dressing while warm helps them absorb the flavors.
Aperol Jasmine Spritz
Tropical-Fruit Salad with Coconut Crunch
Vanilla Sheet Cake with Malted-Milk-Chocolate Frosting
Creamy Macaroni Salad
Tabbouleh with Watermelon
Blackberry Crumb Bars
Moroccan Barley Salad
Creamy Artichoke Ranch
Crudites with Pistachio-Pecorino Pesto
Smoky Baby Back Ribs
Corn-and-Avocado Salad with Goddess Dressing
Romaine lettuce and chopped bacon give a nod to a classic Cobb salad in this farm-fresh invention. The genius part of this salad is that avocado is mixed into the briny goddess dressing so it won't turn to an unappetizing brown color even after sitting out for hours.