12 summer potluck recipes that don't suck

Win the summer potluck with these simple but impressive dishes. We've got updated classics and totally fun new recipes that will slay the competition. Because it's really about who brings the best food, right?

12 summer potluck recipes that don't suck

Photo: Roberto Caruso

12 win-the-summer-potluck recipes

Smoky Campfire Beans

Prepare for a shower of compliments when you show up to the party with this classic dish. Canned navy beans make it easy. They’re good warm or cold and perfect for brunch, too. Get the recipe: Smoky Campfire Beans

pot of homemade baked beansPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Creamy Macaroni Salad

Take it back to the good old days with a creamy macaroni salad. Elbow pasta is right at home with a creamy mayo-yogurt-and-Dijon dressing. There’s crunchy veggies and pickles in there for good measure. Get the recipe: Creamy Macaroni Salad

three dixie cups filled with macaroni salad on a picnic blanketPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Greek Pork Kebabs

Pre-grill these cute little kebab-ys, they taste good warm or cold. Bring some tzatziki for dipping. Get the recipe: Greek Pork Kebabs

skewers with marinated and grilled porkPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Pantry Salad

Just because you put in minimal effort, doesn’t mean it can’t be excellent. This salad is easy and delicious, capitalizing on items you probably already have on hand. It’s ready in just 15 minutes, folks. Get the recipe: Pantry Salad

plate of chickpea saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Sprouted Niçoise Salad

Oh, what, this old salad inspired by the sunny seaside town in France? It’s a complete meal with eggs, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, tuna and olives. Add the dressing once you get to the party, then bust out the baguette. Get the recipe: Sprouted Niçoise Salad

plate of restaurant-style nicoise salad with hard boiled eggs


Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Dish

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat and have a nice, nutty flavour. Make everything ahead, but don’t toss with the dressing. Instead, gently coat noodles ands veg with a bit of sesame oil to prevent them from sticking together, then add the sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds when you’re ready to serve. Get the recipe: Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Dish

plate of soba noodle salad with peppersPhoto: Erik Putz

Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

Saucy shredded pork is a party starter. Be sure to bring some squishy buns along, too. Get the recipe: Pulled Pork with Ginger-Bourbon Sauce

saucy pulled pork piled high on a bun with coleslawPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cashew Hummus

Everyone loves hummus. This version is thickened with cashews and loaded with tasty flavours. Pick up the fancy crackers and those heirloom carrots to go with, would ya? Get the recipe: Cashew Hummus

bowl of hummus with cucumber and crackers


Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

Have you ever met a muffaletta sandwich? It’s thick crusty bread that’s been stuffed almost to to the crust with all the good stuff: ham, cheese, apple slices, green beans, mayo, Dijon and crispy lettuce. The longer it sits, the better it tastes; perfect for that potluck tablescape. Get the recipe: Ham and Cheese Muffaletta

thick sandwich filled with ham, cheese, apple and lettucePhoto: Roberto Caruso

Rocky Road Brownies

You’re basically a hero if you show up to the party with these brownies in tow. Not too sweet, the roasted marshmallows on top make a good stand-in for heavy icing. Get the recipe: Rocky Road Brownies

Brownies with marshmallows on top sitting on a paper napkinPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Fresh Strawberry Refrigerator Pie

Your fridge does all the hard work with this pie. It’s basically fancy strawberry-filled Jell-O over an easy-peasy graham cracker crust. Fresh whipped cream is not optional. Get the recipe: Fresh Strawberry Refrigerator Pie

plate of fresh strawberry pie in a graham cracker piePhoto: Andrew Grinton


Blueberry Handpies

Perfect for little paws to hold, individual handpies are cute and impressive. Look at you. Get the recipe: Blueberry Handpies

folded pastry with blueberry fillingPhoto: Andrew Grinton

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This article was originally published on Jun 11, 2019

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Amy is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. Her work can also be found in publications like Chatelaine, Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail