Our 15 Best Potluck Side Dishes Are So Good Everyone Will Be Begging You for the Recipes

an overhead, close up view of a large bowl of classic macaroni salad
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If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing side dish to bring to the next potluck, do we have some ideas for you! We've rounded up 15 top-rated side dishes that are so good people will be asking you for the recipe all day long. Scroll through to find your new go-to potluck side dish, from pasta salad to potato salad (and every salad in between), plus some non-salad options like mac and cheese, baked beans, and cheesy side dish casseroles. Allrecipes home cooks rate these potluck side dishes the best of the best, and we think you will, too.

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Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

side view of Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese recipe in a blue casserole dish
Lisa Crawford

From the perfectly crunchy baked topping down to the creamy, cheesy center, this mac and cheese is decadence in every bite. You will never go back to the boxed stuff again (and your loved ones won't let you).

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Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

These baked beans are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Even though this recipe is made from scratch, there are only 30 minutes of hands-on time — the rest is allowing the beans to cook low and slow.

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Authentic German Potato Salad

Authentic German Potato Salad
Best of Oktoberfest | Photo by Dianne.

Good news for the mayo haters out there, this potato salad recipe has no mayo in sight! Instead, the diced potatoes are coated in white vinegar, water, and sugar.

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Zesty Quinoa Salad

This quinoa, tomato, and black bean salad has a nice, bright kick from lime juice and cilantro — as well as a little heat kick from red pepper flakes. You can serve this salad warm or cold.

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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

This slaw is great as a side dish — or as a topping for your potluck hamburgers, pulled pork, or fried chicken dishes too. The best part is, this recipe starts with a bag of coleslaw mix so you won't have to do that much chopping!

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Broccoli Potato Bake

This casserole has everything: hearty broccoli, comforting hash browns, creamy cheese sauce, and a crunchy bread crumb topping. It's so good that even the picky eaters will be scarfing down their veggies.

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Classic Macaroni Salad

an overhead, close up view of a large bowl of classic macaroni salad
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

No potluck is complete without macaroni salad. Be sure to let the macaroni salad chill for a few hours before serving so the flavors can really meld together.

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Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

Yes, you do actually need a recipe for fruit salad. And this is the perfect one! Your favorite fruits are served in an orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest juice, which makes for a better salad the longer the juice infuses with the fruit.

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Broccoli Salad

an overhead, close up view of fresh broccoli salad
Dotdash Meredith Food Studio

Twenty-five minutes and a few simple ingredients are all you'll need to whip up this broccoli salad. This salad is packed with flavor, but some reviewers also like to add cheese, seeds, and other dried fruits.

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Man-Lovin' Potatoes

Man Lovin' Potatoes in casserole dish
Meredith Food Studios

This cheesy, meat-filled casserole isn't your typical scalloped potatoes dish. These potatoes have a creamy and cheesy base and are loaded with bacon, red onion, and seasonings.

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Squash Casserole

a large scoop of golden-brown yellow squash casserole on a blue plate sitting in front of 9x13 casserole dish
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

A Southern summer classic, this squash casserole is sure to be a hit. Load up your yellow squash with onions, cheese, butter, and top it with buttery round crackers for a popular side dish goes with everything.

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Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake

Ranch lovers won't be able to get enough of this cheesy potato casserole. It's made with seven ingredients — one of which is an entire bottle of your favorite ranch dressing, so this recipe really is perfect for people who put ranch on everything.

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Seven Layer Salad

Seven layer salad in a clear trifle dish so all layers are visable.
Meredith Food Studios

This layered is incredibly easy to make and it'll look gorgeous on the potluck table. Add or subtract any ingredients you like to customize this tasty creation.

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Sarah's Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Some may say this fruit salad is more of a dessert — but who doesn't love a sweet side dish? In any case, this old-fashioned ambrosia salad is ridiculously easy to make with five simple ingredients, and it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This hearty pasta salad is packed with ranch flavor along with bacon, tomatoes, olives, and cheese, and could double as a main dish as well.

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