Potluck Side Dishes

Everyone knows the side dishes at any potluck are the best - think baked beans, potato casseroles, macaroni and cheese, and veggie salads. These potluck side dish recipes are rated and reviewed, easy to make, and easy to take along.

Staff Picks

Ryan's Favorite Beans

Rating: 4.7 stars
My 17 year old has always loved this recipe, so it's been a mainstay in my family for many years. A great summer potluck dish.

Unbelievable Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.63 stars
A wonderful casserole, even for those who don't particularly care for squash!

Teena's Bacon and Cheddar Potatoes

Rating: 4.72 stars
Yummy potato side dish. Goes well with chicken, beef, all the usual suspects. Perfect for Thanksgiving, too!

Gramma Beaton's Brown Sugar Beans

Rating: 4.46 stars
This recipe was given to me by my Aunt Joan, who got it from her neighbor. It is deceptively simple, but so good. I just took it to a potluck and got rave reviews: 'These beans are awesome!'

Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

Rating: 4.27 stars
Easily doubled for a potluck, cottage cheese and sour cream are the unique elements to this macaroni and cheese recipe.

Swiss Vegetable Medley

Rating: 4.4 stars
Great dish when you are tired of the same old thing. I always get asked for the recipe if I bring it to a potluck. I usually use the frozen bag of mixed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

Three Bean Potluck Casserole

Rating: 4.55 stars
This a great dish for a crowd--it can be doubled or tripled. Ingredients can be kept on hand and preparation is simple and fast! Also can be made in slow cooker.

BLT Pasta Salad

Rating: 4.36 stars
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.

Calico Beans with Beef and Bacon

Rating: 4.69 stars
These hearty beans full of ground beef and bacon are great for a picnic or potluck.

Summer Seasoned String Beans

Rating: 4.56 stars
A new way to season an old classic. String beans, ham, and small red potatoes are simmered with dry vegetable soup mix. A stand-alone dinner dish or a great side for a crowd/potluck!

Boston Baked Beans

Rating: 4.58 stars
A wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor. This recipe has served by family for 29 years and originally came from my mother-in-law. It tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole With Bacon

Rating: 4.66 stars
A slight twist to an old favorite, this cheesy recipe will surely set their mouths to watering. For a creamier casserole, use a potato masher and mash potatoes thoroughly.

Inspiration and Ideas

Best Baked Bean Recipes for Perfect Potlucks
A big pot of sweet-and-savory baked beans is summer's essential side dish, the perfect partner for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues.
Quick and Easy Potluck Side Dishes
Making the dish that disappears first is what you (secretly) want, but too much time in the kitchen is not. Have it both ways with these  simple, potluck-approved recipes.

Loaded Bacon, Cheddar, and Ranch Potatoes

Rating: 4.34 stars

Best potatoes you will ever make, guaranteed! This recipe feeds a lot of people. I took it to a potluck and the pan came home licked clean, literally! People were going back for seconds and thirds and disappointed when it was all gone. This is a totally addictive potato recipe, you just can't stop eating them! It's a cinch to toss together and goes great with chicken, beef or pork, heck it would even make your sneakers taste good. Recipe can easily be halved to feed a family of four.