Lip Smacking Potluck Side Dishes for Your Next Get Together

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Quick Answer: What are the Best Potluck Side Dishes?

Some of the best potluck side dishes are— Scalloped Potatoes, Creamy Cucumber Salad, Coleslaw, Broccoli Salad, Pasta Salad, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Corn on the Cob, Dinner Rolls, Hasselback Tomato Caprese Salad, Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Stuffed Tomatoes, Roasted Red Potatoes, Zucchini Casseroles, Creamed Corn and Grilled Brussels Sprouts.

Here are 18 side dishes to take to your upcoming potluck gatherings and impress the hell out of everyone present there!

Potlucks are great because all you have to do is to carry one dish. But which side dish to carry is a big question.

In this list, I have enumerated all those side dishes, which from my experience, go well with every potluck dish but also proudly stand out.

So let’s get to it.

Potluck Side Dishes – Quick Comparison

RecipeTotal Calories (per 100g)Total Preparation Time
1. Scalloped Potatoes
8880 minutes
2. Creamy Cucumber Salad
5115 minutes
3. Coleslaw
15210 minutes
4. Broccoli Salad
20625 minutes
5. Pasta Salad
20220 minutes
6. Baked Beans
15570 minutes
7. Potato Salad
14325 minutes
8. Mac and Cheese
16430 minutes
9. Green Bean Casserole-
16140 minutes
10. Corn on the Cob
10615 minutes
11. Dinner Rolls
30090 minutes
12. Hasselback Tomato Caprese Salad
18720 minutes
13. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
164.330 minutes
14. Stuffed Tomatoes
13420 minutes
15. Roasted Red Potatoes
12545 minutes
16. Zucchini Casserole
6435 minutes
17. Creamed Corn
7215 minutes
18. Grilled Brussels Sprouts5540 minutes

1. Scalloped Potatoes

Total calories (per 100g): 88
Total preparation time:
80 minutes

Potatoes make for a perfect potluck side dish as they are liked by most.

But taking scalloped potatoes for a potluck will ensure that they are liked by all.

Scalloped potatoes consist of thinly sliced potatoes and onions, layered and topped by an easy homemade sauce and then baked till they are golden and tender.

Here is a quick recipe by SAM THE COOKING GUY-

2. Creamy Cucumber Salad

Total calories (per 100g): 51
Total preparation time:
15 minutes

If you don’t have much time for making a potluck side dish but you don’t want to empty-handed, creamy cucumber salad will be your savior!

Made with fresh cucumber and red onions, and topped with chopped dill and sour cream— creamy cucumber salad is a quick yet tasty side dish.

It will go with other potluck dishes and will still stand out!

Check out this quick recipe by The Stay at Home Chef-

3. Coleslaw

Total calories (per 100g): 152
Total preparation time:
10 minutes

Coleslaw has a fresh and creamy taste that makes your taste buds beg for more.

Usually made with shredded cabbage and carrots, and topped with a creamy dressing, this side dish will bring to life anything that it is served with.
Again, this is one of those quick side dishes to prepare for a potluck that is easy and delicious.

Here is a quick recipe by NOT ANOTHER COOKING SHOW-

4. Broccoli Salad

Total calories (per 100g): 206
Total preparation time:
25 minutes

Broccoli salad is crunchy, tasty, and healthy which makes it a perfect potluck side dish.

Toss a few crunchy broccolis into a bowl with other veggies; add some dried cranberries, seeds and then top it with some creamy tangy dressing. That’s it.

It is easy to prepare and quite appetizing.

Check out this quick and easy recipe by Downshiftology-

5. Pasta Salad

Total calories (per 100g): 202
Total preparation time:
20 minutes

Pasta salad is filling and beyond delicious. As a potluck side dish, it not only satisfies the tummy but is also visually appealing.

It is packed with veggies and mozzarella and is tossed in a tangy homemade dressing.

Flavor robust and easy to make—pasta salad is the ultimate potluck side dish.

Here is a tasty recipe by Brian Lagerstrom-

6. Baked Beans

Total calories (per 100g): 155
Total preparation time:
70 minutes

Beans and potluck are synonymous. Some of the most popular side dishes at potluck gatherings are made from beans.

So for your next potluck, make a huge bowl of smoky and saucy baked beans.

They can be made from scratch or by using canned beans. The flavors can be adjusted to make it spicy or savory.

This side dish will make you that one guest whose arrival makes others cheer with joy.

Check out this easy recipe by HowToBBQRight-

7. Potato Salad

Total calories (per 100g): 143
Total preparation time:
25 minutes

Potato salad is filling and flavourful; it goes with almost all dishes which makes it an appropriate and delicious side dish for potlucks.

Make the classic potato salad with eggs and mayonnaise or a no-mayo potato salad with herbs. German potato salad will also work fine.

If you wish to take something fancier— bacon and sour cream-loaded baked potato salad is a great option. This one will leave everyone in your awe.

Here is a tasty recipe by Jamie Oliver –

8. Mac and Cheese

Total calories (per 100g): 164
Total preparation time:
30 minutes

Mac and cheese are famously known to all as the ultimate comfort food. It is creamy, cheesy, and lip-smacking delicious.

It is made with very basic ingredients and can easily be prepared for entertaining a large crowd.

So, mac and cheese is an excellent suggestion for a side dish to take to your next potluck.

Quick tip: Add a light topping of breadcrumbs to give this dish a crunch.

Check out this easy recipe by The Cooking Foodie-

9. Green Bean Casserole-

Total calories (per 100g): 161
Total preparation time:
40 minutes

What makes green bean casserole appealing is its simple yet mouth-watering existence.

Green bean casserole has a smooth, creamy sauce and undefeated flavor scheme which makes it hit the spot.

It’s a simple potluck side dish that doesn’t require a lot of messing around in the kitchen.

Here is a yummy recipe by Food Wishes-

10. Corn on the Cob

Total calories (per 100g): 106
Total preparation time:
15 minutes

Corn on the cob is a beautiful side dish for potlucks— it is simple, elegant, and tempting.

Sweet, juicy, and golden— corn on the cob is served with a glaze of butter which adds a buttery flavor to this sweet and juicy delight.

To add more flavors, you can dress the cob with butter mixed with honey and cayenne or roasted garlic.

Check out this quick recipe by The Domestic Geek –

11. Dinner Rolls

Total calories (per 100g): 300
Total preparation time:
90 minutes

As potluck requires everyone to bring something of their own, it is very difficult to make a side dish that goes with everything.

Therefore soft, buttery and fluffy dinner rolls make for a smart side dish choice, as they literally can be paired with every dish.

DIY recipe—

12. Hasselback Tomato Caprese Salad

Total calories (per 100g): 187
Total preparation time:
20 minutes

Big juicy tomatoes are partially cut to create openings for a layer of mozzarella and basil and then topped with a balsamic drizzle to create a chef’s kiss flavor.

Hasselback Tomato Caprese salad is a visually pleasing and deliciously unique side dish to take to your next potluck gathering.

DIY recipe—

13. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Total calories (per 100g): 164.3
Total preparation time: 30 minutes

Another interesting side dish for your upcoming potluck.

Bacon-wrapped asparagus is a sensational side dish as it combines the salty, juicy, tender, and crispy taste and texture into one dish.

It can be made in advance and qualifies as a vegetable side dish.

DIY recipe—

14. Stuffed Tomatoes

Total calories (per 100g): 134
Total preparation time:
20 minutes

Stuffed with cheese and packed with Italian flavors— stuffed tomatoes are a thriving potluck side dish.

You can grill them or serve them baked; it will not affect the craze they’ll create at your next potluck gathering.

DIY recipe—

15. Roasted Red Potatoes

Total calories (per 100g): 125
Total preparation time:
45 minutes

An easy and classy side dish— roasted red potatoes do not take much time to come together.

Roasted red potatoes are covered in garlic, herb, and parmesan cheese and then baked to create a masterpiece.

This is a perfect side dish to carry to a potluck session.

DIY recipe—

16. Zucchini Casserole

Total calories (per 100g): 64
Total preparation time:
35 minutes

Zucchini casserole is a great side dish for potluck gatherings.

An old-fashioned zucchini casserole can be taken to next level by adding cheese and garlic and topping it with buttery parmesan breadcrumbs.

DIY recipe—

17. Creamed Corn

Total calories (per 100g): 72
Total preparation time:
15 minutes

Creamed corn has the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

This creamy delight can easily be cooked in large batches.

It is flavorsome and convenient to make which makes it a superb side dish for potlucks.

DIY recipe—

18. Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Total calories (per 100g): 55
Total preparation time:
40 minutes

Grilled Brussels sprouts are crispy and tasty.

With proper ingredients and dressing, it turns into a beautiful delicacy.

For your next potluck, consider taking grilled Brussels sprouts with balsamic bacon— it is an irresistible Brussels sprout dish with crispy bacon and balsamic glaze.

DIY recipe—

Potluck Appetizers

You can mark the beginning of a potluck feast by serving appetizers like Sausage Balls, Mini Cheese Ball Bites, or Party Pinwheels.

Buffalo Chicken Wings and Deviled Eggs are also popular options.

Some light appetizers for potluck include Chex Mix, Pretzels, Ritz Crackers, and Candied Nuts.

Or you can pair dips like Taco Dip, Ham and Cheese Dip, or Jalapeno Poppers Dip with Pita Chips or vegetable sticks as appetizers.

Potluck Drinks

Potlucks are quite festive and therefore require some happening cocktails like Watermelon Margaritas, Champagne Punch, Peach Wine Cooler, and Bourbon Slush.

Other alcoholic drink suggestions for potluck are— Orange Dream Mimosas, Coquito, Blackberry Beer Cocktail, Cranberry Bourbon, and Spiced White Sangria .

Lemony Fruit Cooler, Raspberry Fizz, Cranberry Limeade, Blackberry Shrub, and Strawberry-Basil Refresher are non-alcoholic drink suggestions for a potluck .

Mocktail suggestions for potluck include— Virgin Mojito, Shirley Temple Mocktail, Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri, and non-alcoholic Mimosas.

Potluck Desserts

Popular desserts like Fudge, Amish Sugar Cookies, Peanut Butter Bars, and Chocolate Chip Cookies are accepted and appreciated at potluck gatherings.

Ambrosia Salad and Frosted Banana Bars are also amazing dessert options to bring to a potluck.

Cakes to bring at potlucks can include Louisiana Crunch Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Other dessert suggestions for potluck are—Mocha Brownie Trifle, Pecan Pie Bars, Chocolate Pudding Pizza, Chocolate Peanut Clusters, and Oreo Cookie Balls.

To Sum Up

We hope this wholesome guide helped you in deciding which side dish you should take to your next potluck session.

If you have any tips or suggestions, please let us know below!

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.

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