23 Potluck Side Dishes for Easy Entertaining
There's nothing like a potluck party with friends and family gathered in one place. A few people may be bringing appetizers or desserts, another is stationed at the grill, and a pro mixologist is behind the bar. If you're in charge of bringing a potluck side dish, these recipes, such as the Pasta Salad with Chickpeas, Green Beans, and Basil pictured here, are exactly what your family and friends are hoping for.
Let's start with the classics—our Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad. We use russet potatoes, which are light and fluffy. Toss them with a creamy combination of Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and vinegar, which is a lighter, sharper, and more flavorful version of the usual dressing. Another potluck side dish recipe that's sure to please is our Hold-the-Cabbage Slaw. It's a bright and crunchy version of Simple Coleslaw but instead of the usual mayonnaise, this version is dressed with apple-cider vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
If you're attending a Thanksgiving potluck party, Green Bean Casserole with Bacon is a timeless side dish recipe that we've dressed up with homemade crispy fried shallots. It's a well-done, totally from-scratch version of the essential side. Or bring our Three-Pepper Corn Casserole, which gets a bit of a spicy kick from minced chipotle in adobo and pepper jack cheese.
Potlucks are all about dividing and conquering, and everyone at the party will be happy when you place one of these delicious dishes down on the table. Whether you're attending a potluck party in the heat of summer or the dead of winter, these potluck side dish recipes are sure to win high marks all around.
Shredded Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette
Warm and spicy ginger adds heat to a vinaigrette that's made with yuzu rice vinegar, fresh lime juice, and sugar. It's tossed over shredded Savoy and red cabbage, plus finely julienned carrots and topped with toasted sesame seeds.
Grapefruit and Vinegar-Roasted Beets with Salsa Verde
Dill, Potato, and Egg Salad
No-Knead Tomato Focaccia
This is nothing like the creamy coleslaw that you're used to. Thinly sliced celery, julienned fennel, and golden beets are tossed with fresh herbs and a basic vinaigrette.
Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas
Grilled Asparagus and Farro Salad
Gazpacho Salad with Croutons
Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad
There's no potluck side dish more classic that rich and creamy potato salad. Our version is made with russet potatoes, which are mixed with a combination of mayonnaise and whole-grain mustard, plus chopped celery, sliced cornichons, and chopped scallions.
Marinated-Artichoke and Green-Bean Pasta Salad
Baked Beans with Bacon
Skip the canned variety and make your own baked beans at home. This sweet and smoky side dish is just the dish to bring to a potluck barbecue party.
Summer Squash Slaw
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon
This is nothing like Grandma's green bean casserole. Our modern-day take on this classic side dish recipe is made with cremini mushrooms, diced onions, and bacon, all of which are covered with a cream sauce featuring mustard, cayenne pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
Three-Pepper Corn Casserole
Corn casserole is always a crowd-favorite, especially for Thanksgiving. The creamy, rich side dish is amped up with minced chipotle in adobo, chopped yellow onion and green bell pepper, and shredded pepper jack cheese.
Black Bean, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Tomato and Wax-Bean Salad with Olive-Oil Croutons
Yellow wax and purple beans shine alongside cherry tomatoes in this bright, juicy summer salad. Reserve dressing the vegetables with olive oil and vinegar until serving time to prevent them from losing their crunch and color.
Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
A trio of beans—canned white beans and pink beans, and fresh green beans—are a healthy form of protein in this potluck salad recipe. Toss the beans with oil and vinegar, plus diced celery, Spanish piquillo peppers, and chopped curly-leaf parsley.
Rice Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Feta
Give your potluck party a touch of Greek flair with this hearty salad recipe. It features long-grain brown rice, small heirloom tomatoes, quartered cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese, and lots of fresh parsley and mint.
Fruit Platter with Whipped Ricotta
How about this for a fruit salad? We've created a stunning and colorful array of fruit such as honeydew melon, pineapple, and kiwi fruit, served with lightly sweetened whipped ricotta on the side. It's an easy, make-ahead potluck side dish that you can curate based on what's in season.
Corn, Tomato, and Zucchini Galette
A trio of summer vegetables share the spotlight in this rustic, savory galette. You form it freestyle on a baking sheet, which creates a rustic appearance that's perfect for a casual summer potluck.