36 Summer Potluck Recipes to Feed a Crowd

Do you need an easy recipe for your next BBQ, picnic, or potluck? Try these 36 summer potluck recipes to feed a crowd and wow your friends and family this summer.

Baked beans, pasta salad, pulled pork and strawberry salad for potluck

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There is no question that one of the best things about summer is all the tasty food. Whether you are enjoying mouthwatering grilling recipes, summer sides, no-bake desserts, or packing a picnic to enjoy during your summer activities, the food takes center stage. 

Between the 4th of July, backyard BBQs, and graduation parties, it seems like I’m always on the lookout for easy potluck recipes that are quick to throw together. If you are in the same boat as me and looking for that perfect recipe to wow your friends and family at your next summer party, then these summer potluck recipes to feed a crowd are for you. 

You will find easy salsa, dip, and casserole dishes as well as shredded pork and chicken recipes. If you are looking for summer salads, there are pasta and potato salad recipes to try. And, we can’t forget the desserts! Find delicious strawberry recipes and more tasty treats you can bring to your next potluck.

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36 Summer Potluck Recipes to Feed a Crowd

Salsa with corn in white dish for potluck

Mango and Grilled Corn Salsa-Sprinkled with Balance

This delicious mango and grilled corn salsa is a must-try for your next summer potluck! The combination of sweet mango and corn is absolutely delightful and jam-packed with flavor. Perfect as a dip, on tacos, as a side of grilled meat or fish, and more!

Avocado dip in white bowl on white plate with tortilla chips

Creamy Green Avocado Dip- Two Pink Peonies

Creamy green avocado dip is so easy to make. It is sure to be a hit at your next potluck.

Corn dip in glass dish

Corn Dip– The Gunny Sack

This creamy Corn Dip is full of flavor and totally dippable! It can be served cold or hot.

Shredded BBQ Chicken on Buns on a white plate

Slow Cooker BBQ Hawaiian Roll Chicken Sliders– On My Kid’s Plate

 These slow cooker BBQ Hawaiian roll chicken sliders are perfect for parties, or potlucks. The combination of sweet BBQ sauce mixed with pineapple on a sweet Hawaiian roll is so delicious and satisfying. Plus making them in the slow cooker not only makes it easy, it keeps the chicken warm.

Pulled pork in blue dish for potluck

Instant Pot Pulled Pork– Allergy-free Alaska

This Instant Pot pulled pork recipe delivers pork that is melt-in-your-mouth tender and full of flavor without needing the addition of a bbq sauce.

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Cheese and Zucchini Bake on White Plate for Potluck

Italian Zucchini Bake- Cooking with Mamma C

 Italian Zucchini Bake is made from scratch with Parmesan and Pecorino Romano! It’s always a big hit and a perfect way to use up the zucchini from your garden this summer.

Potluck Potato Casserole with Cheese in aluminum pan

Smoked Potato Casserole– Gimme Some Grilling

 Smoked Cheesy Potato Casserole is made with hash browns, topped with a buttery Corn Flake topping, and then smoked for the ultimate flavor.

Chicken cordon bleu pasta casserole on white plate

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta Casserole-Yum in the Kitchen

Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta casserole is a delightful and indulgent dish that combines the classic flavors of chicken cordon bleu with creamy pasta. This recipe is perfect for potlucks, offering a satisfying combination of tender chicken, savory ham, gooey cheese, and rich creamy sauce, making it a crowd-pleasing favorite.

Deviled egg pasta salad in white dish

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad Cincy Shopper

This Deviled Egg Pasta Salad is a simple, yet tasty side dish that comes together quickly and easily. The flavors of deviled eggs and pasta salad combine perfectly in this recipe, making it an ideal party dish.

Creamy potato salad in white dish with spoon

Creamy Potato Salad-The Forked Spoon

Made with hard-boiled eggs, dill pickles, onions, and celery in a creamy mayo dressing, this Potato Salad is the perfect side dish for all your summer BBQs, potlucks, and cookouts. This easy recipe is extra flavorful and so delicious!

Red potato salad for potlucks in white bowl

Red Potato Salad– Recipes from a Pantry

This recipe for Red Potato Salad is full of flavor, color, and texture. And since it is so quick and easy to make, it’s the perfect addition to your holiday parties and potlucks.

Potato salad in white dish

Potato Salad Without Mayo– Aleka’s Get Together

Try this lightened-up classic potato salad recipe with a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil, sherry vinegar, Dijon, and fresh herbs. The result is a lovely tangy flavorful side dish without all of the calories, fat, and heaviness of those traditional versions.

Tuna pasta salad in white bowl

Tuna Pasta Salad-Little Sunny Kitchen

Tuna Pasta Salad is a classic side dish made with cold pasta, canned tuna, fresh veggies, and creamy mayo, and Greek yogurt dressing. Everyone is sure to love this simple summer salad!

pasta salad with peas, tomatoes, rotini noodles and onions in white dish

Summer Pasta Salad- Debra Klein

This easy summer pasta salad is delicious and colorful. Perfect for meal prep or making ahead for a potluck.

Italian pasta salad with salami and vegetables in white bowl for potluck

Italian Pasta Salad– Simply Stacie

Italian Pasta Salad is the best BBQ side dish! This pasta salad recipe is made with a simple homemade Italian vinaigrette and filled with tender pasta, peppers, tomatoes, olives, and salami.

Italian pasta salad with vegetables and rotini in white dish for potluck

Vegan Italian Pasta Salad– Strength and Sunshine

A Classic Italian Pasta Salad that’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! The cold pasta salad you love, with tri-colored pasta, fresh veggies, and a healthy homemade Italian dressing! A super easy and quick meat-free vegetarian and dairy-free recipe that’s a perfect side dish to feed any crowd!

Tortellini Caprese pasta salad in white dish

Tortellini Caprese Pasta Salad– Lemons + Zest

A twist on the classic, this Tortellini Caprese Salad is the pasta salad of the summer–and every season in between. Toss it together in 10 minutes and enjoy the fresh flavors of basil, tomatoes, cheesy tortellini, and a delicious balsamic glaze. A perfect side but also hearty enough for a meal!

Ranch pasta salad in white dish

Barbecue Ranch Pasta Salad– Jar of Lemons

Creamy, savory, hearty, fresh, flavor-loaded Barbecue Ranch Pasta Salad. This delicious summer side dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next potluck.

Chicken bacon ranch pasta salad in white dish

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad– The Reid Homestead

This chicken bacon ranch pasta salad has everyone’s favorite flavors! It’s so easy to make ahead of time too.

Greek chicken pasta salad in brown bowl

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad– The Clean Eating Couple

Greek Chicken Pasta Salad is the perfect summer side dish for your next BBQ or potluck dinner. A Mediterranean pasta salad with chicken that is healthy and delicious!

Corn, bacon and arugula pasta salad in white bowl

Corn, Bacon, and Arugula Pasta Salad– Herbs and Flour

Try this easy Corn, Bacon, and Arugula Pasta Salad that is smothered in a creamy honey Dijon dressing and loaded with fresh, sweet corn, crispy bacon, and fresh arugula! It makes the perfect side to grilled meats at your next cookout.

7 layer salad in glass dish on red and white checkered tablecloth

7 Layer Salad– Delicious Table

This  7 Layer Salad recipe is also called an overnight salad because it can hold without wilting overnight! Famous for its colorful charm, this great party food idea serves large groups for picnics, potlucks, cookouts, or as a BBQ side dish.
Salad in white dish with red onions, corn, black beans and barbecue dressing on side.

BBQ Salad– Mama Likes to Cook

Vegetarian BBQ Salad is easy to make and is a delicious and healthy side dish to enjoy at a summer barbecue, picnic, or potluck. The flavorful salad is packed with vegetables, protein, and fiber and topped with a creamy barbecue sauce salad dressing.

Broccoli salad in white dish

Broccoli Salad– In Fine Taste

This lightened-up broccoli salad has broccoli crowns, broccoli slaw, chopped sweet apple, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, green onions, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and a creamy Greek yogurt dressing.

Cucumber salad with with onions in dish

Cucumber Salad-Love From the Oven

Cucumber Salad is a refreshing, flavor-exploding side dish that can be made for any occasion! Crunchy, fresh, cucumbers are thinly sliced and tossed in a sweet yet zesty Italian dressing, ready for you to serve up in under 30 minutes!

Tomato and Avocado salad in white bowl

Tomato and Avocado Salad with Grilled Corn– Fit Mama Real Food

Welcome to this fresh and perfect for summertime tomato and avocado salad with grilled corn! It is a healthy and flavor-packed side dish to take along to an outdoor BBQ, picnic, or potluck. A light herby dressing brings the whole dish together. Once the corn is grilled, it’s ready in minutes!

Strawberry avocado salad in white dish

Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad– Budget Delicious

Sweet, tangy, colorful, and fresh Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad with poppy seeds is ready in under 20 minutes and is a great side dish for holiday gatherings during the summer.

Watermelon, cucumbers and feta cheese in white bowl

Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber– Dinner at the Zoo

This watermelon salad is full of sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese, and mint, all tossed in an easy lime dressing. A simple yet unusual summer salad that’s sure to get rave reviews.

Crockpot baked beans in white bowl with spoon

Crockpot Baked Beans– Harbour Breeze Home

A simple crock pot baked beans recipe that’s perfect for backyard barbecues or potlucks. It can be prepped ahead of time and even transported right in the crock pot – which makes it even easier!


Sweet and spicy baked beans on spoon

Sweet and Spicy Baked Beans– Butter Your Biscuit

Sweet and spicy baked beans are a delightful twist on the classic recipe. Infused with a perfect balance of sweetness and heat, these beans will be a hit all summer long!

Lemon Blueberry bars on wire rack

Lemon Blueberry Blondies– Savor the Spoonful

These soft and fluffy lemon blueberry blondies are rich in flavor and packed with juicy fresh blueberries. Topped with a lemon glaze, these blondies are easy to make and are perfect for summer.

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No Bake cherry cheesecake on white plate

No Bake Cheesecake– Daily Desserting

This No Bake Cheesecake recipe yields a rich and creamy mousse-like cheesecake. It’s luscious and perfectly accented with cherry pie filling on top!

No bake strawberry dessert for potluck

No-Bake Strawberry Dessert– Cinnamon and Sage Co.

Creamy and sweet No Bake Strawberry Dessert is a refreshing and cool summer treat that will leave everyone asking for more. With crunchy graham cracker crumbs, fresh and juicy strawberries, and a light whipped cream, this dessert is simply irresistible.

Peach cobbler in white bowl

Peach Cobbler– Christina’s Cucina

The best peach cobbler recipe is also the easiest! Everyone raves about it! A perfect addition to your next BBQ, potluck or picnic.

Sugar cookie pizza on blue background with bowl of blueberries and strawberries

Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizza– Little Sweet Baker

This delicious fruit pizza is as easy as 1-2-3. It’s made with store-bought cookie dough, topped with yogurt for a healthier option, and finished with a colorful array of fresh fruit.
Peanut Butter bars with chocolate on top stacked on top of each other
Peanut Butter Bars-Meaningful Eats
You only need 5 INGREDIENTS and 10 MINUTES to make these dreamy no-bake peanut butter bars! 
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