25 No-Cook Potluck and Picnic Recipes | Midwest Living

25 No-Cook Potluck and Picnic Recipes

Assemble these recipes -- great for potlucks, picnics or light family dinners -- without turning on the oven or range. They are the perfect way to help you keep your cool.

Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup

For this make-ahead recipe, assemble the ingredients, and then let the soup chill for up to 24 hours. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.

Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup

Chef's Garden Salad

Layer colorful vegetables with beans, cheese and bacon for this main-dish salad. Serve it in a clear-glass bowl at parties so guests can see the layers.

Chef's Garden Salad

Chicken-Romaine Salad

Convenience products make this no-cook dish go together quickly. Chewy dried fruit; tart vinaigrette; and sweet, fresh fruit add a delightful blend of flavors to chicken salad.

Chicken-Romaine Salad

Cucumber Sandwiches

Layer Provolone and Parmesan cheeses with fresh cilantro, mint, a chile pepper and sliced cucumber for a refreshingly light sandwich.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken

Top spinach, strawberries, blueberries, cheese, mushrooms and smoked chicken with Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette for a main-dish salad full of seasonal flavors.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken

Roast Beef and Red Pepper Sandwiches

Dijon-style mustard, horseradish and mayonnaise flavor this quick-and-easy sandwich.

Roast Beef and Red Pepper Sandwiches

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Take advantage of juicy fresh tomatoes in this side salad topped with a homemade sweet-tangy-salty dressing.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

This crunchy, fruit-studded cream cheese sandwich goes well with our Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup (next slide).

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup

For this make-ahead recipe, assemble the ingredients, and then let the soup chill for up to 24 hours. Serve as an appetizer or side dish.

Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup

Ham and Mango Sandwiches

These little fruit-and-ham sandwiches are easy to tote to a picnic or potluck. For convenience, have the deli slice the ham.

Ham and Mango Sandwiches

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Combine just five ingredients for this juicy salad. It offers an unusual blend of ingredients that complement each other. We liked the sweet fruit with fresh mint.

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Asian Coleslaw

Serve this low-fat, lightly dressed cabbage slaw as a no-cook side dish for grilled burgers, chicken or fish.

Asian Coleslaw

Cobb Salad Hoagies

We used classic Cobb salad ingredients -- including bacon, chopped hard-cooked eggs and cubed cooked chicken or turkey -- to make this hearty sandwich.

Cobb Salad Hoagies

Spiced Pecan Apple Salad

Cinnamon and cayenne pepper coat the baked pecans that top this fruit and feta cheese salad. Choose your favorite apple, tangy or sweet, for this recipe.

Spiced Pecan Apple Salad

Stuffed Tomato Flowers

A filling of savory vegetables, salty olives and sweet fruit transforms tomatoes into "flowers." The recipe calls for cooked brown rice, but you can try any cooked grain, such as barley, millet, or whole wheat berries.

Stuffed Tomato Flowers

Traveling Tuna Subs

Fill a hot dog bun with tuna, cheese and veggies for an easy-to-pack picnic or potluck sandwich.

Traveling Tuna Subs

Savoy Cabbage Salad

A refreshing ginger vinaigrette seasons this cabbage side salad. The noodles are added uncooked. They soften some while chilling, but still add crunch.

Savoy Cabbage Salad

Country Ham Sandwiches

Mango chutney and a mayonnaise-pesto blend add zest to sliced ham and chicken served on rosemary-and-onion focaccia rounds.

Country Ham Sandwiches

Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa

Try this blender tomato salsa with grilled fish or chicken, or as an appetizer with chips.

Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Assorted fresh garden herbs, from chives to tarragon, flavor tuna salad. A hollowed out sweet pepper makes a colorful serving dish.

Fresh Herb Tuna Salad

Pommery Chicken Salad

This version of chicken salad is seasoned with two mustards: Pommery and Dijon-style. It gets its crunch from celery and pine nuts.

Pommery Chicken Salad

Chef's Salad

Drizzle your favorite salad dressing over this 30-minute main dish that combines meat, cheese, eggs, tomato, and sweet pepper.

Chef's Salad

Stuffed Caprese

You can use this cheesy filling in red tomatoes, but yellow tomatoes will be sweeter and green will add a little tartness.

Stuffed Caprese

Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich

Blend yogurt with mayonnaise for a quick dressing over corn relish, celery and turkey.

Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich

Herbed Egg Salad Roll Ups

Egg salad from the deli makes these party appetizers simple to prepare.

Herbed Egg Salad Roll Ups

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