Potluck Salad Recipes

Pasta salad, broccoli salad, fruit salad, potato salad, grain salad, and slaw - browse trusted recipes that are easy to make, easy to take, and feed a crowd.

Staff Picks

American-Italian Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 213
Garden veggies with fusilli pasta, Italian Parsley, Genoa salami and creamy Italian dressing makes for a pasta salad that will be a favorite at your next picnic or pot-luck.
By Carol Emory

Authentic German Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 1520
Bacon gives this warm German potato salad recipe a boost of flavor. The vinegar and sugar dressing on this salad has the perfect combination of salty and sweet.

Cornbread Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 119
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: 4.5 stars 46
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: 4 stars 6
This salad goes very well with most pork dishes. Light and refreshing!

Napa Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 415
This is a yummy, crunchy cabbage salad with toasted ramen noodles and almond slivers. The bowl is always licked clean at potlucks!
By Allrecipes Member

Three Bean Salad With Celery

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
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: 4.5 stars 598
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: 4.5 stars 27
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.

BLT Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 523
This is an easy but flavorful pasta salad that I'm always asked to bring to potlucks. With chunks of onion, tomato, and bacon, smothered in Ranch dressing, it is full of flavor! This salad tastes best if made several hours ahead of time.

Freda's Cherry Supreme Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
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!

Strawberry Spinach Salad I

Rating: 5 stars 2952
Someone brought this salad to a pot luck dinner and I had to have the recipe. I have made it many, many times since then and I have been asked for the recipe every time I bring it somewhere. It is also a great way to get kids to eat spinach!

Inspiration and Ideas

Mediterranean Zucchini and Chickpea Salad
Rating: Unrated 149
"Delicious, refreshing and hearty salad for the hot days of summer -- and also an excellent gluten-free substitute for pasta salad." -- Lazy Cook
Cold Side Dishes for Picnics and Potlucks
We've got the recipes for cool side dishes and salads to take along to any potluck or picnic.
Chef John's Classic Macaroni Salad
Rating: 5 stars 394

Whether it's sitting next to some smoky ribs or just a humble hot dog, this deli-style macaroni salad will always be a crowd favorite, as long as you pay attention to a few key details.