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Summer Potluck Recipes (Appetizers, Sides, Main, and Desserts)

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Being invited to, or throwing a Summer Potluck usually means you have to make enough food to feed a crowd.

Being put on the spot for a potluck isn’t any fun especially when you’re fresh out of ideas on what to bring. This list of summer potluck recipes has something for everyone!


Potluck Success

Whether you have signed up for a salad or dessert, or anything in between, there are lots of options to choose from in this list of summer potluck recipes!

Signing up for a warm dish to a potluck can be a little concerning because who wants to bring a hot dish to a party and then have to ask the host to heat the dish up before serving! Potlucks are supposed to be fun, relaxing, and stress-free. I don’t know about you but having to ask to warm up a dish is stressful enough for me! Especially, when the hostess is busy mingling with party guests.

Being equipped with the right accessories will take the stress out of bringing a hot dish and the party guests will love you for it! Taking along a thermal bag that keeps your food hot (or even cold) will make everything that much smoother once you get to the party.


Instant Pot Summer Potluck Recipes

Instant Pots are great to use at home but they’re also awesome to bring along to potlucks! They’re convenient, they keep food warm, and they’re so easy to use while on the go. You can make a complete meal in an Instant Pot and I know of a lot of people that use them while camping!

Instant Pots are absolutely amazing when attending or throwing a potluck party! When making a large amount of food such as pulled pork or shredded chicken for tacos, bringing this tote bag for the Instant Pot along makes life so much easier!


Summer Potluck Recipes

Everyone wants to bring a tasty dish to share when attending a summer potluck and these recipes are just that – tasty!  Whatever you’re in the mood to bring, there’s something in this list for you!  There are all types of salads, dips, appetizers, sides, and even main dishes.  Let’s not forget the desserts, there are plenty to choose from as well!  

4th of July Celebration – Patriotic Red, White, and Blue!

Included in these summer potluck recipes are patriotic red, white, and blue desserts!  There are tarts, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and more!  Independence Day celebrations wouldn’t be completed without these tasty patriotic treats, and it really helps set the theme! 



Potato Salads

A wide variety of flavors and textures, there's a potato salad recipe here that everyone will love.


Pasta Salads

From traditional to creative, these pasta salads are full of flavor and easy to make for potlucks.


Other Salad Recipes

More delicious salad options to choose from.


Potluck Dips, Appetizers, and Sides

Dips, appetizers, and sides to make your potluck easier.


Main Dishes

Delicious and pleasing main dishes for any potluck.


Potluck Desserts

Cupcakes, Cakes, Cheesecakes, and more!


Patriotic Desserts

Red, White, and Blue desserts perfect for your 4th of July celebration!

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Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Sunday 23rd of June 2019

Love this collection, Dana! So many delicious recipes to enjoy all summer long. Thanks so much for including my pearl couscous salad ? Now I’m hungry!!