25 No-Cook Potluck and Picnic Recipes
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.
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.
Layer Provolone and Parmesan cheeses with fresh cilantro, mint, a chile pepper and sliced cucumber for a refreshingly light sandwich.
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.
Roast Beef and Red Pepper Sandwiches
Dijon-style mustard, horseradish and mayonnaise flavor this quick-and-easy sandwich.
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.
Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches
This crunchy, fruit-studded cream cheese sandwich goes well with our Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup (next slide).
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.
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.
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.
Serve this low-fat, lightly dressed cabbage slaw as a no-cook side dish for grilled burgers, chicken or fish.
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.
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.
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.
Traveling Tuna Subs
Fill a hot dog bun with tuna, cheese and veggies for an easy-to-pack picnic or potluck sandwich.
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.
Country Ham Sandwiches
Mango chutney and a mayonnaise-pesto blend add zest to sliced ham and chicken served on rosemary-and-onion focaccia rounds.
Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa
Try this blender tomato salsa with grilled fish or chicken, or as an appetizer with chips.
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.
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.
Drizzle your favorite salad dressing over this 30-minute main dish that combines meat, cheese, eggs, tomato, and sweet pepper.
You can use this cheesy filling in red tomatoes, but yellow tomatoes will be sweeter and green will add a little tartness.
Smoked Turkey Salad Sandwich
Blend yogurt with mayonnaise for a quick dressing over corn relish, celery and turkey.
Herbed Egg Salad Roll Ups
Egg salad from the deli makes these party appetizers simple to prepare.