These Are the Best Dishes to Bring to Your Work Potluck

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas
Photo: Ren Fuller

Feed your coworkers any of these dips, sides, mains, or desserts and you're sure to be the most popular person in the office.

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small plates potluck table spread
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Work potlucks are a wonderful way to mix up desk lunches and facilitate office spirit all year long, but especially around the holiday feeling. If your coworkers are planning a group lunch, what should you bring? Of course, no one is judging your potluck dish, but don't we all want to impress colleagues with our culinary skills? The good news is, it's easy to do just that—especially with a little intervention from our editors. Here, we've gathered a selection of recipes that are office crowd-pleasers, easy to bring on your commute, able to feed a crowd, suitable for the holidays as well as for pretty much any time of year, and—obviously—delicious.

First, a few criteria for stellar office potluck dishes. Since most workspaces have limited kitchen facilities, it's best to opt for recipes that keep onsite prep to a minimum. Dishes that taste fantastic at room temperature are also worth considering, as this ensures you won't need to worry about reheating. In this collection, we've also selected recipes with larger serving sizes to make sure every coworker gets a bite. And despite being abundant, these are dishes that all transport well so your you're not struggling to get your food to the office.

Sheet trays and baking dishes are easy vessels for cooking sizable portions with minimal effort, and they also act as a vessel for transporting the food. Just prepare, cool, keep in the baking dish or sheet tray, wrap, and bring to work. If you'd like to bring a savory dish, go for something like our Spinach-Feta Pizza Slab Pie, which is a cross between pizza and spanakopita, or our delightful Layered Cornbread Casserole, which lends Tex Mex vibes to the office party. If you want to bring something sweet, you can't go wrong with our Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake or a giant Linzer Crumble Pie with Cranberry-Raspberry Jam (as an added bonus, it's easier to make than preparing a regular pie).

Is minimal cooking more your style? Raise your hand for appetizers and snacks rather than mains or desserts. Our Spicy-Sweet Maple Snack Mix is perfect for noshing, but dips with a twist—like our Beet-and-Tahini Dip and our Creamy Broccoli-Spinach Dip—always impress.

The options for potluck dishes don't stop here! Read on for more bites, salads, and treats that will be the talk of any work party.

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Spinach-Feta Pizza Slab Pie

Made with store-bought pizza dough, this savory pie filled with fresh spinach, mozzarella, and feta is a cinch to put together. Just bake, cool, and slice into squares, then keep the bars on the sheet tray for easy transport to the potluck.

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Marinated Peppers with Mint and Sesame

Marinated Peppers With Mint and Sesame on blue cutting board
Lennart Weibull

This impressive appetizer is easy to make: Simply toss roasted peppers with a zingy sesame and mint dressing and toast the bread. Then, assemble the crostini at the office.

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Ginger-Chicken Slaw

ginger chicken slaw
Johnny Fogg

Fragrant and super flavorful that's this gingery salad, chicken transforms what could be a side into a main and there's no need to reheat this dish. Prepare this potluck dish the night before the party and set the dressing aside in a jar to toss when you get to the office.

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Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas
Ren Fuller

Who doesn't love a pasta salad? This version tosses gemelli with crowd-pleasing ingredients—tomato, mozzarella, and chickpeas—making it not only delicious but a trendy option, too. And it's topped with super savory add-ons like capers, oregano, fennel, and parmesan. Stored in an airtight container, this salad can be refrigerated for up to three days, perfect for a busy work week.

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Creamy Broccoli-Spinach Dip

creamy broccoli spinach dip
Julia Gartland

This creamy version of spinach and artichoke dip swaps broccoli for the usual artichoke and is delicious served at room temperature, much easier for work parties. Make it the night before and serve with a basket full of crisp crackers.

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Linzer Crumble Pie with Cranberry-Raspberry Jam

Kate Mathis

Every potluck needs dessert, right? This isn't your typical cranberry pie—it's a super celebratory option with a hazelnut-shortbread press-in crust (no rolling dough needed!). Best of all, it serves more than a dozen, so everyone in the office can enjoy a slice of the irresistible cranberry-raspberry filling baked under a faux-lattice crust.

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Spicy-Sweet Maple Snack Mix

spicy sweet maple snack mix
John Dolan

Some people like salty while some people love sweet. Satisfy both cravings with this crowd-pleaser: an addictive snack mix of peanuts, pepitas, crackers, pretzels, and cereal coated in a maple syrup and cayenne buttery sauce. It's just the thing for snacking with drinks while waiting to hit the potluck buffet.

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Beet-and-Tahini Dip

What makes for better buffet-line chat than a vibrant dip that stands out among the potluck dishes? Prepared with either red or yellow beets rather than chickpeas, this hummus-style dip is just as crowd pleasing as it is inspiring.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

chocolate-peanut butter sheet cake recipe
Con Poulos

Chocolate and peanut butter are two flavors that were meant to be together, and sheet cakes are easy to make and even easier to transport. When you combine those two facts, it's clear that this dessert is an all-round winner. Be sure to let the cake cool completely before you frost it. Once frosted, the cake can be covered with plastic wrap and kept at room temperature up to three days.

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Broccoli, Herb, and Pistachio "Grain" Salad

broccoli herb and pistachio grain salad with pomegranate
Frank Frances

Healthy potluck dishes are key if you don't want to put your coworkers in a food coma. Office gatherings have a tendency to promote overindulgence, but at just six ingredients—healthy ones at that—this faux grain salad is a welcome addition to the buffet table. To transport, keep the dressing, sumac, and pistachios separate and toss onsite.

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Layered Cornbread Casserole

Steve’s Layered Cornbread
Kate Sears

Upgrade a classic comfort dish that is cornbread by stuffing it with chicken, cheese, pickled jalapeño, and cilantro, transforming it into the main event. Slice into bars, then go the extra mile and let your coworkers pick and choose from an assortment of toppings—salsa, sour cream, or more cilantro.

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No-Knead Tomato Focaccia

It's just so good! We'd take a leap and say that this tomato and garlic-studded focaccia is a promotion worthy selection. While the prep for making our go-to no knead dough is only 15 minutes, there is some rising involved, make sure you prep in advance.

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Double-Chocolate Peppermint Sandwiches

Aaron Dyer

If you are the co-worker who loves to bake, consider making these festive peppermint-and-chocolate sandwich cookies, which are an excellent way to bring holiday spirit to the office. Since they require some effort, get ahead by baking in advance, you can also assemble ahead; the cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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