9 Make-and-Take Dishes for Summer Potlucks


Make one of these dishes for your next neighborhood cookout. They're all easy to transport, simple to serve and, most importantly, delicious!

  1. bulgur salad

    Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chickpeas, Lemon and Dill

    Made with bulgur, fresh herbs, chopped vegetables and buttery chickpeas, this Middle Eastern-style salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh.

  2. sun-dried tomato dip

    Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

    If an empty bowl is the sign of a good dish, this dip adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is a sure winner. It’s tangy and full of bright summer flavor.

  3. cucumber salad

    Minted Cucumber Salad

    Sweet and tangy, this cucumber salad satisfies on a hot summer day. Serve with BBQ chicken, ribs, or anything off the grill.

  4. salad

    Black Bean & Corn Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

    With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves.

  5. corn salad

    Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil

    Instead of boiling corn on the cob for a crowd, try a fresh corn salad that you can make ahead of time.

  6. salsa verde

    Roasted Salsa Verde

    Made from tomatillos, this salsa verde is tangy, fiery, chunky, smoky, and 100% good enough to eat with a spoon. But your guests may appreciate tortilla chips.

  7. couscous

    Warm Couscous Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

    This is the perfect summer side dish: it’s wonderfully light, takes mere minutes to make, travels well to a picnic or BBQ, and can be served warm or room temperature. Try it with my Grilled Moroccan Chicken.

  8. black bean dip

    Black Bean Dip

    This dip may never win a beauty contest, but it’s the best black bean dip I’ve ever tried. The secret is lots of onions, garlic, jalapeños, and fresh lime to boost the flavor.

  9. German Potato Salad

    German Potato Salad

    This recipe makes a ton, improves over time, and can be served cold or room temperature, so it’s the perfect do-ahead dish for a picnic or potluck.

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