30 Cold Side Dishes for Picnics and Potlucks
Warm weather calls for cool and refreshing sides that pair perfectly with your favorite summer meals. Whether you're looking for a classic picnic staple (we've got more potato and pasta salad recipes than you'll ever need) or something light and healthy (seasonal fruits and veggies are abundant in this collection), you'll absolutely love these cold side dishes.
Perfect Potato Salad
Best Ever Cowboy Caviar
We love Cowboy Caviar with tortilla chips, but it works just as well as a refreshing side dish. This top-rated recipe comes together in about half an hour.
Savoy Cabbage Salad
This delicate salad is easy to assemble with just eight ingredients: cabbage, a pear, lemon juice, walnuts, Pecorino Romano, black pepper, olive oil, and champagne vinegar.
Cold Macaroni Salad with Hot Dogs
Hot dogs in salad sounds weird, but just trust us on this one. It couldn't be easier to throw this recipe together with just pasta, hot dogs, olives, Cheddar, and a bottle of creamy dressing.
Ranch, Bacon, and Parmesan Pasta Salad
Dad's Creamy Cucumber Salad
Looking for a cool and refreshing summer side dish that everyone will love? Your search ends with this creamy cucumber salad.
Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad
Lebanese Radish Salad
Lemony Cabbage Avocado Slaw
Here's a colorful coleslaw that is sure to make an impression at your next picnic or potluck. Lemon juice perfectly complements the creamy avocado and the pungent red onion.
Peppery Coleslaw with Cucumbers and Celery
Refreshing Watermelon Salad
Sweet and Peppery Watermelon Salad
Tomato Cucumber Salad
You only need six ingredients (tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, lemon juice, salt, and pepper) for this delightfully simple summer salad.
Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad
Simple Pasta Salad
Picnic Potato Salad with No Mayonnaise
No mayonnaise? No problem. Whether you're skipping the mayo because of health reasons or because you just ran out, this is a summer side dish you don't want to miss.
Chickpea, Artichoke, and Feta Salad
Sarah's Ambrosia Fruit Salad
"This recipe has been in my family for years and years," according to recipe creator smviolante. "We make it at every holiday family get together and everyone loves it. It's a great refreshing fruit salad for every occasion, especially summer months and hot days."
Strawberry and Feta Salad
Almond Mandarin Salad
This unusual combination of ingredients (slivered almonds, bacon, and canned Mandarin orange wedges) is surprisingly delicious and easy to make.
Fruit and Broccoli Buffet Salad
Tortellini Pesto Salad
Creamy Macaroni Salad
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad
A package of pepperoni slices, black olives, mushrooms, mozzarella, tomatoes, and oregano make this fun pasta salad taste just like your favorite pizza.
Try this simple salad — made with arugula and fennel bulbs and tossed in a lemon-olive oil dressing — next time you're in need of a light and fresh side dish.
Persian-Style Tomato Avocado Salad
Summer Veggie Salad
Horseradish Potato Salad
Horseradish adds a surprising-yet-welcome zip to this potato salad, made extra creamy with mayonnaise and sour cream.
Perfect Summer Fruit Salad
Hungry for more? Find delicious inspiration in our collection of Quick and Easy Side Dish Recipes.