(Closed) Best Potluck Dishes?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m bumping this because I NEVER know what to bring to potlucks. 

Post # 4
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

So I saw the title and had two suggestions – watermelon feta salad, and citrus salad. So neither of those are going to help you much 🙂

I sometimes bring pulled pork (if you’ve got one of those make and go slow cookers, it’s obviously pretty easy!). I’ve brought loaves of home-made bread, which were a hit. Lentil soup with roasted cauliflower (again, the slowcooker), although that’s not great for a BBQ.

Post # 5
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m terrible at picking out potluck dishes. The most successful one I’ve ever brought would be an English Trifle. It look awesome and is totally easy. I do the traditional one with berries but there are a lot of variations. Unless you are lactose intolerant, what’s there not to love about angel food cake + whipped cream + berries? Bonus points if you whip your own whipped cream. The only caveat is that you need refridgeration.

Other popular, classic items would be chips and dip, especially if you do a really good guacamole or a 7 layer dip. 7 layer is another item that looks really cool and generally tastes pretty good.

Post # 6
6893 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m more of a dessert girl (reese’s pizza, cinnamon tortillas, cheesecake brownies! lol) but my mom makes an amazing 7 layer salad. Ever made one of those?

Also, Darling Husband makes a really good jelly thing that is really easy. It’s a whole jar of grape jelly,  1/3 to a 1/2 box of brown sugar in a crockpot, bring it to a boil and stir it, then add the cocktail weenies. It’s actually really delicious and people love it.

Post # 7
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lilbluebird:  I’ve made this before when I had a bbq…family and friends loved it. I’ll copy and paste recipe…


From AllRecipes.com

“Someone brought this salad to a pot luck dinner and I had to have the recipe. I have made it many, many times since then and I have been asked for the recipe every time I bring it somewhere. It is also a great way to get kids to eat spinach!”


  •                     2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  •                     1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  •                     1/2 cup white sugar
  •                     1/2 cup olive oil
  •                     1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  •                     1/4 teaspoon paprika
  •                     1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  •                     1 tablespoon minced onion
  •                     10 ounces fresh spinach – rinsed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces
  •                     1 quart strawberries – cleaned, hulled and sliced
  •                     1/4 cup almonds, blanched and slivered



  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Cover, and chill for one hour.               
  2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad, and toss. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes before serving.



Post # 8
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Everybody loves chips and queso! Queso Blanco is delcious. Or the easy way with a block of Velveeta, rotel, some heavy cream and sauasage. Second on the angel food cake and berries… it is wonderful. 

Post # 9
5663 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Guacamole is my go to. I’m lazy. Jut use the packets of seasoning by the avocados and add chopped onion and chopped tomato. People go nuts over it every time and have no idea I didnt make up  the seasonings myself. 

Post # 10
45 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

@HappyBride827:  I agree with the Strawberry Spinach salad recommendation.  It is always a hit.

Post # 11
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I like making coleslaw, hummus, or a homemade pie.

Post # 12
1211 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I love bringing deviled eggs, that’s my go-to dish. I also like to bring stuffed dates, bacon/cheese spread w/ apples, buffalo chicken dip, fruit w/ a yogurt dip, 7 layer dip… the list goes on :p 

Post # 13
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This is my go-to potluck dish. I once went to an event where EVERYONE brought a dessert and we had no dinner (except dessert…there are worse problems) so I like bringing something a little more substantial. It is easy, fresh, colorful and delicious. Bonus: No refrigeration or heating needed.

Chunky Vegetable Salad:

  • 2 T. olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp coarsley ground black pepper
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 large yellow pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, unpeeled, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 T chopped fresh chervil, cilantro, or parsley

Prepare dressing: In medium bowl, with wire whisk or fork, mix first 5 ingredients until blended. Add remaining ingredients; toss to coat.

Notes: I always use parsley; I never put in red onion. It’s not very good after a day or two. 

Source: The Good Housekeeping Step-by-Step Cookbook

Post # 14
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

@MsMonkey:  Oh deviled eggs! everyone loves those. You can dye them any color too. I did red, white and blue for 4th of July party.

Post # 15
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You can never go wrong with pasta dishes.

Post # 16
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

My go to dish is chicken wing dip, I took it to a party this weekend and the entire pan was gone within an hour! If that interests you I can send you the receipe, everyone says it’s the best they’ve ever had Wink (not to sound arrogant, I’m just happy I can make at least 1 thing people love!)

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