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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.
Ham and Mango Sandwiches

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

24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad

Layered salads, popular in the 1970s and 1980s, are making a comeback. Assemble this easy potluck salad in either individual jars or a clear salad bowl, dressing and all, then refrigerate.

24-Hour Tex-Mex Salad

Marinated Cheese Cubes

Pantry ingredients turn ordinary Monterey jack into a deli-style party snack that tastes even better when you make it ahead. You can prep it three days in advance.

Marinated Cheese Cubes

Chicken Banh Mi

Layer rotisserie chicken with crisp veggies, mayo and zippy sesame dressing on a soft roll for this easy version of the popular Vietnamese sandwich.

Chicken Banh Mi

Cherry-Apple Slaw

Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette. This beautiful twist on traditional coleslaw is best served right away for maximum crispness, but it will hold for up to 24 hours.

Cherry-Apple Slaw

Tropical Tomato Salsa

Try this sweet, colorful salsa with chips, fish or chicken, and feel free to switch the mango or melon for other summer fruits.

Tropical Tomato Salsa

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

Fresh Corn Salad

Mix sweet dressing, fresh veggies and spicy jalapeños to create a fresh-tasting potluck salad that has only 77 calories per serving.

Fresh Corn Salad

Basic Chicken Salad

We call this chicken salad "basic," but thanks to lemon juice and fresh green onion and parsley, it's anything but boring. 

Basic Chicken Salad

Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa

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

Chunky Fresh Tomato Salsa

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

This unusual recipe combines orange marmalade and soy sauce to make a sweet-and-salty dressing for chicken, cabbage and crunchy ramen noodles. Serve the mixture over a bed of fresh spinach for a nutrient-packed meal.

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

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

Cucumber Sandwiches

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

Cucumber Sandwiches

Avocado-Feta Salsa

Fresh herbs, tomatoes and avocados create a refreshing salsa. Serve with pita or tortilla chips.

Avocado-Feta Salsa

Layered Asian Salad

Sweet, citrusy homemade dressing adds amazing flavor to a veggie layer salad, and it has fewer than 50 calories per serving! Chill salad and dressing separately up to 24 hours before serving.

Layered Asian Salad

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

This crunchy, fruit-studded cream cheese sandwich goes well with Chilled Tomato-Bean Soup.

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

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

Waldorf Chicken Salad

All the traditional Waldorf ingredients are here: apple, grapes, walnuts, celery and mayo. This is a great choice to pack for weekday lunches.

Waldorf Chicken Salad

Chicken Taco Salad

Pick up a rotisserie chicken and a few veggies on the way home from work, and in 20 minutes, you can serve this colorful, crowd-pleasing salad for dinner.

Chicken Taco Salad

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

Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuff cherry tomatoes with a filling of avocado, cream cheese, pesto and lemon juice for an easy make-ahead appetizer. Tip: Cut a thin slice from the bottom of each tomato to help these nibbles stand upright!

Avocado Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes

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

Black Bean Salsa

This salsa does double duty as a tortilla dip or a meat topper. Serve with a slotted spoon over grilled pork, smoked bratwursts or sausages, grilled chicken or salmon.

Black Bean Salsa

 

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

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

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