POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Picture-Perfect Potluck Dishes

Sep 21 2011 - 4:51am

With book clubs reuniting and back-to-school nights on the way, potluck season is in full bloom. My perfect recipe for a potluck dish? One that's fairly easy to make, simple to transport, packed full of flavor everyone will enjoy, with little to no cleanup necessary! Instead of scrambling to figure out what you should create before the big night, take a tip from these 10 picture-perfect dishes that everyone will enjoy.

Cold Bites

I threw together these supersimple Greek salad bites [1] for a potluck last week. As soon as they hit the table, they were gobbled up!

Bean Salad

East meets west in Giada de Laurentiis' edamame and pecorino salad [2]. This nontraditional bean salad is a crowd-pleasing choice.

Pasta Salad

The Barefoot Contessa's sun-dried tomato pasta salad [3] is always a big hit.


Try your hand at Spanish fare with these yummy baked patatas bravas [4]. I'd love to take one for a dip in that tomato- and chile-based sauce.

Veggie Salad

This fast and easy zucchini salad [5] is a great make-ahead dish. After a few hours, the flavors come together beautifully.


Another one of my favorite Fall recipes is the Barefoot Contessa's portobello mushroom lasagna [6]. It's cheesy, creamy, and in a word, divine.

Mac and Cheese

Try a grown-up twist on macaroni and cheese with this recipe for sharp cheddar macaroni with sautéed leeks [7].

Potato Salad

This recipe for German potato salad [8] is a great addition to any potluck meal.

Fruit Tart

A delicious tart that transports easily would be a great treat. Try something a little different with a tasty fig tart with orange blossom custard [9].


Can you ever go wrong with some rich, fudgy brownies [10]? The classic dessert is always a perfect end to meal.

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