40 Easy Potluck Recipes | Midwest Living

40 Easy Potluck Recipes

We've got great easy potluck recipes for sides, main dishes, salads and desserts to serve at the your potluck dinner or picnic.

Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip

Reduced-fat and fat-free ingredients trim the calories in Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip.

Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Curly noodles, almonds, sesame kernels and rice vinegar blend in this crunchy, tangy salad from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Mexican Biscuit Casserole

This taco-flavored main dish is a potluck favorite from a Fargo, North Dakota, reader. Serve it with tortilla chips so your guests can scoop and eat.

Mexican Biscuit Casserole

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Pizza in a Bowl

One of the winners in a Midwest Living potluck recipe contest, this recipe from a North Canton, Ohio, reader combines pizza toppings with macaroni, sprinkled on top with Parmesan and pepperoni.

Pizza in a Bowl

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Fresh herbs season this ridiculously simple spread from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin. It keeps well in the fridge and is delicious with cherry tomatoes or other vegetable dippers, as well as crackers or baguette slices.

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

This comfort food hotdish offers a new twist on the usual hash brown casserole. Try it for everyday meals as well as potlucks!

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

Broccoli Grape Salad

Juicy grapes and crunchy broccoli blend sweet flavors with savory, salty bacon. The side-dish salad recipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Broccoli Grape Salad

Mexican Polenta Pie

Great for a potluck or family dinner, this 12-serving casserole combines polenta with ground turkey, spices, black beans, tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese.

Mexican Polenta Pie

Fresh Corn, Tomato and Chipotle Chile Salsa

Homemade salsa bursts with freshness, thanks to corn, tomatoes and sweet peppers. You can use straight-from-the-garden veggies if they're in season, or opt for canned versions. Scoop up the salsa on corn chips, or serve with grilled meat or poultry.

Fresh Corn, Tomato and Chipotle Chile Salsa

German Potato Salad

This old-fashioned potluck dish is served warm.

German Potato Salad

Potluck Pleaser Chili

Beverly Gardner or Franklin, Illinois, lets her Bavarian-Austrian heritage show with added vinegar, sour cream and lots of sugar. Our heat rating: ! (Mild, Not Wild)

Potluck Pleaser Chili

Bonanza Bean Dip

Lime- and jalapeño-spiced guacamole adds a kick to layers of refried beans, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Serve seasoned tortilla chips on the side.

Bonanza Bean Dip

Oriental Coleslaw

Uncooked ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower kernels add crunch to this salad from a Dubuque, Iowa, reader. It was one of the winners in a Midwest Living® potluck recipe contest. 

Oriental Coleslaw

Hash Brown Casserole

An all-time reader favorite, this creamy hotdish is a guaranteed hit at potlucks. (In fact, you may want to make two pans!)

Hash Brown Casserole

Sunny Broccoli Salad

A Cleveland reader makes this potluck salad the day ahead and refrigerates the dressing and vegetables separately. When it's time to serve it, she tosses everything together. Bacon, sunflower kernels and raisins make a crunchy and flavorful side dish.

Sunny Broccoli Salad

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Each pinwheel displays a rainbow of colors and flavors. The potluck snacks are easy to make, too, which makes them as popular with the cook as they are with guests!

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Chicken breast and chopped broccoli combine with a soup-based cream sauce and noodles in this classic potluck dish. We've lightened the traditional recipe by using reduced-fat, reduced-sodium soup and fat-free sour cream, though you can substitute the full-fat versions if you prefer.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Classic Potato Salad

This creamy potato salad is full of tender new potatoes, sweet pickles, crisp celery, and chopped hard-cooked eggs.

Classic Potato Salad 

Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole

Layer a tomato-bean mixture, cheese and tortillas for a casserole with south-of-the-border flavor. Let each guest top their portion with chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, green onions, olives and/or sour cream.

Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole

Baked Beans 'n' Bacon

Bacon and brown sugar punch up the salty-sweet flavors in this canned pork and beans fix-up from Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast in South Dakota. For a candied top, leave Baked Beans 'n' Bacon uncovered in the oven.

Baked Beans 'n' Bacon

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

This rich side dish earns compliments at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan— just as it will from your potluck guests. Because potatoes can darken once sliced, prepare this dish right before you plan to bake it.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Blend chopped fresh spinach with cream cheese, sour cream, canned artichoke hearts and three kinds of cheeses for this hot-and-hearty dip. Serve with toasted pita chips, thinly sliced French bread or crackers.

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

This make-ahead salad serves a crowd. It's chock-full of veggies, including tomato, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, celery, sweet pepper, onion and garlic. Substitute fresh mushrooms for canned, if you like.

Angel Hair Pasta Salad

Macaroni and Cheese Perfection

Forget what you know about store-bought packages -- this is REAL macaroni and cheese. The children of cheese-makers Shelley and Randy Krakenbuhl accepted nothing else while they were growing up above the Prima Kase cheese factory in Monticello, Wisconsin. Here's the family recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Perfection, which Shelley prepares using Prima Kase's Emmentaler cheese and some Parmesan.

Macaroni and Cheese Perfection

Old-Time Fried Chicken

This crispy chicken keeps diners returning to the Brookville Hotel restaurant in Abilene, Kansas - and will have your potluck guests asking for the recipe. Brookeville Restaurant owner Mark Martin skillet-fries his chicken in lard, just as his grandma did. If you'd rather, you can cook your chicken in shortening or cooking oil.

Old-Time Fried Chicken

Neighbor-Pleasing Baked Potato Salad

Lots of cheese, olives and bacon dress up cooked potatoes in this potluck hot dish from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Neighbor-Pleasing Baked Potato Salad

Reunion Noodle Salad

Soy sauce, lemon olive oil and garlic create a flavorful dressing for this pasta and vegetable salad. The recipe comes from the Savage family in Columbus, Ohio, where it's served at big family gatherings.

Reunion Noodle Salad

Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip

Reduced-fat and fat-free ingredients trim the calories in Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip.

Slim Tex-Mex Taco Dip

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

Add to your potluck buffet with this neat-to-eat chicken breast variation of chicken wings. Dunk them in bottled blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

Add some zip to a summer standby with this variation on cole slaw. Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette.

Nutty Apple-Cherry Slaw

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Jazz up purchased spinach-artichoke dip with just three extra ingredients.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Sally Lunn Rolls

These classic dinner rolls will be welcome at any potluck. Serve by themselves, with butter or with sliced cheeses and meats for a mini-sandwich.

Sally Lunn Rolls

Carrot Hummus

This hummus—with carrots, garbanzo beans and a hint of lemon— makes a healthy snack dip, wrap spread or potluck dish. 

Carrot Hummus

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

A reader in Saint Paul gave us this recipe, which always gets raves from her guests. The sweet glaze uses pineapple juice, ketchup and soy sauce.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Delightfully Light Green Bean Casserole

Our lightened sauce for a classic green bean casserole enhances the delicate flavor of green beans. Put it together in just 20 minutes thanks to canned and frozen ingredients.

Delightfully Light Green Bean Casserole

Italian Basil, Tomato and Pasta Salad

This make-ahead potluck salad features a mustard-garlic vinaigrette along with cut green beans, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, your choice of pasta and lots of basil!

Italian Basil, Tomato and Pasta Salad

French Onion Dip

Add pizzazz to potato chips or veggies with this dip made from sweet onions, sour cream, fresh chives, and cayenne pepper.

French Onion Dip

Zesty Three-Bean Salad

Combine kidney beans, garbanzo beans and frozen sweet soybeans (edamame) with red onion, cilantro and lime juice for a fresh twist on three-bean salad.

Zesty Three-Bean Salad

Beefy Chili Dogs

The Coney Island Lunch Room in Grand Island, Nebraska, has served its all-American chili dog since 1933. In honor of this Cornhusker State edible institution, we created this recipe for Beefy Chili Dogs. Stewing the hot dogs in the seasoned meat mixture makes them extra juicy. Top them with cheese.

Beefy Chili Dogs

Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

This fresh take on potato salad combines red or yellow potatoes, corn, roma tomatoes and fresh basil with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Sprinkle with feta cheese before serving.

Summer Vegetable Potato Salad

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