27 Vegetarian Recipes to Bring to a Potluck

French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese
Photo: N G Angel

These vegetarian recipes will please the palates of both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. We have a plethora of meat-free options, from potluck classics like macaroni or potato salad to veggie-packed salads and more. Everyone will welcome these vegetarian options to the spread.

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Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

crumb-topped macaroni and cheese on a white and blue plate with meat
Rebekah Rose Hills

A classic baked mac and cheese is always a crowd-pleaser and this recipe can easily be doubled for a potluck, according to recipe creator MRSO. Sour cream and cottage cheese make this mac extra creamy.

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Zesty Quinoa Salad

Zesty Quinoa Salad

The combination of fresh lime juice and cumin makes this veggie-packed quinoa super bright and vibrant. Try cooking the quinoa in vegetable or chicken broth for even more flavor. This recipe can be served immediately or made ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator.

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Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake

Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake in a white dish with parsley garnish
Melissa Goff

What's not to love about a cheesy potato casserole with Ranch dressing? Recipe creator JENNYBRIANNE describes it as "a great complement to a barbeque or any potluck meal."

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Classic Macaroni Salad

side view of a glass bowl heaped with a colorful macaroni salad made with pimentos, celery, and green pepper

No potluck would be complete without a classic macaroni salad. Be sure to allow plenty of time (at least 4 hours) to let the flavors meld in the refrigerator.

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Ethiopian Cabbage Dish

Ethiopian Cabbage Dish

Here's a simple, budget-friendly side dish made with carrots, onion, cabbage, potatoes, and loads of spices. "My Ethiopian friend brought this dish to a potluck and I've been making it ever since," says recipe creator stamarex.

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Spinach and Orzo Salad

Spinach and Orzo Salad in a white bowl
Allrecipes Magazine

It couldn't be easier to make this light and pleasing salad; make it a few hours in advance to give the flavors time to mingle in the refrigerator. Reviewer Mallinda says, "This was eaten enthusiastically by the people at a potluck dinner."

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Chef John's Meatless Meatballs

Chef John's Meatless Meatballs in a white bowl

Meatballs are always a popular appetizer, and now you can make them without any of the meat: "Thanks to a thorough browning, mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness," says Chef John. "The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest. What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs."

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Strawberry and Feta Salad

Strawberry and Feta Salad

Between all the barbeque and burgers, everyone will welcome this fresh salad with its sweet and tangy dressing.

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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad

Looking for a different take on pasta salad (with no meat, of course)? Chili powder adds a kick to this Southwestern-inspired side dish.

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Napa Cabbage Salad

Napa Cabbage Salad with peanuts and ramen on top

Toasted ramen noodles and almond slivers add a crunch to this simple salad. "The bowl is always licked clean at potlucks!" says recipe creator Carol.

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Quinoa, Beet, and Arugula Salad

Quinoa, Beet, and Arugula Salad on a white plate

Light and fluffy quinoa is the perfect pairing here for peppery arugula and earthy beets. For a potluck, wait to toss it with the dressing until right before serving to make sure the arugula doesn't get too soggy.

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Eggless Tofu Spinach Quiche

Eggless Tofu Spinach Quiche

For a breakfast potluck at work or otherwise, these eggless mini quiches ensure everyone will have something to enjoy. Recipe creator CookingForDummies says, "I've brought it to potlucks where friends aren't vegetarian...no one ever knew!"

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Fresh California Salsa

salsa and tortilla chips

This fresh and flavorful salsa can easily be adjusted to suit your tastes. Be sure to provide tortilla chips — undoubtedly the best vehicle for salsa.

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Summer Tomato Pie

closeup of Summer Tomato Pie in a pie dish

Here's a classic Southern dish that puts in-season tomatoes on display. In this recipe, it's all topped off with a layer of bubbly mozzarella cheese.

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Shoepeg Corn Casserole

Shoepeg Corn Casserole
Jillian Kuhlmann

Onion, celery, green pepper, cheese, corn, green beans, cream of celery soup, and sour cream are all topped off with a buttery cracker topping in this comfort food casserole.

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Basil Pesto Bread Rounds

Basil Pesto Bread Rounds

Served alongside soup or salad at a potluck, these cheesy baguette slices will be a big hit. Use jarred basil pesto or make your own.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

breakfast casserole with spinach, egg, and sausage in aluminum casserole dish

Breakfast casseroles are great for a potluck because you can assemble them the night before and pop them in the oven in the morning. And this one happens to be meatless to boot!

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Mendi's Favorite Orzo

Mendi's Favorite Orzo
Kathy B

You can easily scale up this simple side dish for a potluck. Reviewer naples34102 describes it as, "Beautiful, fresh, and delicious--the perfect side dish."

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Rainbow Rotini Salad

vegetable and rotini salad in pot

Tri-color rotini, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, and olives are tossed in Italian-style dressing to make a truly eye-catching potluck dish that's best served cold.

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Edamame Bean Salad

salad with edamame, corn, black beans

You'll want to make a double batch of this edamame salad — one for the potluck and one for work or school lunches throughout the week!

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Standard Greek Salad

salad with cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, red onion, and feta cheese
Cupcakes and Cutlery

"Salads in Greece don't actually have any lettuce in them, and neither does this salad. It also doesn't have any oil. It's very easy to make, and it's perfect for barbeques, potlucks, and picnics," says recipe creator MIKEGINNY of this six-ingredient salad.

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Super Spicy Pea Salad

pea salad with jalapeno in ramekin

This spicy pea salad will stand out from the classics like potato or macaroni salad. Fresh jalapeño adds a serious kick.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa salad with tomatoes and cucumber

Tabbouleh is traditionally made with bulgur, but this recipe uses quinoa for a lighter take on the Lebanese dish.

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French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese

French Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese
N G Angel

French lentils — also called "du Puy" lentils — have an earthy, peppery taste that gives this dish something different. Plus, they hold their shape very well, making them a great choice for salads.

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Grilled Poblano Queso Dip

Grilled Poblano Queso Dip
Erica Schwarz

Mildly sweet, earthy poblanos bring unique flavor to queso. You can always use more cayenne if you prefer a spicier dip.

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Crystal's Awesome Potato Salad

up close potato salad

You won't find bacon in this potato salad, but that certainly doesn't mean it's without flavor. Roasted red pepper and pepperoncini enhances the flavor of this creamy potato salad.

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Grilled Corn Salad with Mozzarella, Bell Peppers, and Cherry Tomatoes

salad with grilled corn, pepper, and tomato

When fresh corn is in season, grill it up for this summery salad that also features cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red onion, bell peppers, and a basil vinaigrette.

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close-up of a slice of Judy's strawberry pretzel salad. Topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberries and pretzel crumbles.
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