Potluck Salad Recipes

Looking for potluck salad recipes? Allrecipes has more than 230 trusted potluck salad recipes complete with videos, ratings, reviews, and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Chicago Macaroni Salad

Rating: Unrated
25
My family is from Chicago. This is one of my grandma's best recipes that's been handed down. Kids love it because of the cheese cubes! It's a great potluck dish because it has a lot of color! I use salad macaroni because of its small size.

Authentic German Potato Salad

Rating: Unrated
1154
This is my mother's recipe. Everyone, German or not, loves it. It is easy to double the recipe as well. I often bring it to potlucks, and we also have it at home on special occasions. There are usually no leftovers, but if there are, they don't last long!

Cornbread Salad

Rating: Unrated
95
A colorful summer salad with great flavor. Whenever I share this dish at a potluck, I am always asked for the recipe.

Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Rating: Unrated
38
My aunt and mom created this recipe. It is a family favorite and a great item to bring to picnics and potlucks.

Aunt Karen's Brussels Sprouts Salad

Rating: Unrated
6
This salad goes very well with most pork dishes. Light and refreshing!

Napa Cabbage Salad

Rating: Unrated
335
This is a yummy, crunchy cabbage salad with toasted ramen noodles and almond slivers. The bowl is always licked clean at potlucks!

Three Bean Salad With Celery

Rating: Unrated
35
This salad recipe is great for summer picnics. It's delicious, quick, and easy to make. You can substitute the variety of beans in this recipe with other types and still have a great bean salad. I sometimes use cannellini beans in place of the green beans and it still tastes great!

Thai Cucumber Salad

Rating: Unrated
434
This sweet and tangy summer salad of cucumber, cilantro, and peanuts with just a hint of heat is always a hit at picnics and potlucks since it doesn't need to be refrigerated and you're pretty much guaranteed to be the only one bringing this dish!

Black Bean and Wild Rice Salad

Rating: Unrated
19
I love this cold salad as a light lunch or dinner, or as a side dish in the summer or fall. The orange and herb vinaigrette is really delicious! Dried cherries are a tasty substitution for the dried cranberries. And pecans work well if you don't have cashews.

Freda's Cherry Supreme Salad

Rating: Unrated
32
This was my grandmother Freda's 'famous' cherry salad. It was a huge hit at family gatherings. My mom mixes the lemon Jello, lemon juice, cream cheese and mayo in the blender. But here's the original recipe. Enjoy!

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: Unrated
2078
This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.

Chicken Noodle Salad

Rating: Unrated
10
Get ready to make all sorts of friends when you bring a big bowl of this Asian chicken noodle salad to the next big cookout. The only folks you might scare away are the ones who brought regular pasta salads. There's just something delightfully addictive about this special combination of cold and spicy. This recipe is the perfect catchall for all those summer vegetables we're supposed to be eating more of, as well as any dry leftover chicken you have around.

Inspiration and Ideas

Alyson's Broccoli Salad

Rating: Unrated
1564
Confirmed broccoli haters have changed their minds after tasting this salad. It is great for potlucks or buffet meals. Make a day or so before you wish to serve to meld the ingredients. I have used sugar substitutes for the white sugar and also used nonfat or low-fat mayonnaise and it still tastes great!

Broccoli Salad with Red Grapes, Bacon, and Sunflower Seeds

Rating: Unrated
57
Try a flavor from the beaches of the eastern shore. This refreshing yet hearty family recipe has been adopted into the families of all of our friends. We never steam a bushel of crabs without having a huge bowl of this salad and corn on the cob on the table. This dish is simply mandatory at every BBQ, potluck or pitch-in event. Give it a try!

Ranch, Bacon, and Parmesan Pasta Salad

Rating: Unrated
61

A great side dish for the summer picnic. I made this on accident when I put some soup ingredients into the bowl instead of the stock pot. I doctored it up and added other ingredients, and voila! Use your favorite pasta shape.