Delicious Side Dishes That’ll Steal the Show at Your Next Potluck
When it comes to any potluck, the side dishes can make all the difference between a ho-hum supper and a real crowd-pleasing feast. Like with homemade cornbread and sweet tea, there’s no such thing as too much when it comes to your potluck side dishes. We’re talking a table lined from end to end with cheesy scalloped potatoes, creamy green bean casserole, cool broccoli-and-grape pasta salad, and maybe some fluffy corn pudding. Our gatherings showcase the best of our fresh vegetable casseroles and classic comfort dishes, and it’s never a bad idea to keep a running list of delicious and easy side dishes for a crowd. These easy-to-make and easy-to-take potluck sides deserve a spot at your next neighborhood, church, or family affair.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
Though fresh renditions come out every season, it's hard to beat this traditional recipe for squash casserole. The bright yellow squash, creamy sauce (made from cheese, mayonnaise, and eggs), and crunchy, buttery cracker topping keeps everyone coming for more.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
It's almost too easy to mix up this popular pasta salad, but the colorful ingredients—including broccoli and grapes—along with the tender farfalle pasta and tangy-sweet dressing makes for a potluck staple.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Why settle on just one fresh vegetable when you can have all three? This summertime trio of zucchini, squash, and corn—bound together with a cheesy, creamy filling—deserves a spot at any supper.
Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
This lavishly rich casserole gets scraped clean at every family supper, potluck, or holiday. For a slight twist, try Gruyère cheese instead of Parmesan.
Slow-Cooker Green Beans
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
These easy slow-cooker green beans not only free up precious stove-top space, but also remind us of the traditional green beans our grandmothers used to make. And there's something about bacon that just makes everything a little bit better.
Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Southern Pimiento Mac and Cheese
As we all know, pimiento cheese tastes good with just about anything. Why not incorporate it into a delicious macaroni and cheese recipe for a flavorful twist? Our thoughts exactly.
Cheesy Broccoli-and-Rice Casserole
An old-school broccoli casserole is a longtime pillar of the Southern supper, and we especially adore this tasty version with fresh broccoli and mushrooms—and without even a dollop of creamy canned soup.
Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Field Pea and Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is packed full of fresh summer veggies and tender farfalle, tossed with a vinegar-based citrus Dijon dressing. It makes for a versatile summer potluck side dish.
Wild Rice with Mushrooms
Recipe: Wild Rice with Mushrooms
With the addition of sautéed sweet onion and fresh mushrooms, this wild rice dish becomes a total standout side at any gathering. Rice is one of those simple, yet favorite side dishes that always works.
Tee's Corn Pudding
Summer Squash Casserole
Recipe: Summer Squash Casserole
This summery side pairs perfectly with any Southern lineup. Sharp Cheddar cheese and fresh breadcrumbs finish the fresh veggie with a creamy, crunchy twist.
Penne with Green Beans and Tomatoes
How pretty and bright this pasta salad is—you'd never know it's only five ingredients, including the zingy Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette. Serve this dish up at a summertime potluck for rave reviews.
Old-School Green Bean Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Green Bean Casserole
When you don't know what to bake and take, you can always make green bean casserole. The traditional Southern side dish doesn't disappoint with its epic creaminess and French fried onion topping.
Brussels Sprout Slaw with Apples and Pecans
When you think the potluck could use a cool side dish, this crisp, fresh salad of shaved Brussels sprouts, Honeycrisp apples, Parmesan cheese, and toasted pecans will become an easy crowd-pleaser. The light dressing on this slaw is made with lemon, olive oil, and a touch of honey for sweetness.
Au Gratin Potato Casserole
Recipe: Au Gratin Potato Cassreole
This no-fuss cheesy, creamy potato casserole will comfort and impress at your next family gathering. You can make it easy with frozen hash browns, cream of mushroom soup, and cornflakes cereal.
Grits and Greens with Brown Butter Hot Sauce
Grits aren't just for breakfast, especially down here in the South. This grits bake gets delicious flavor from stewed greens and a spicy, buttery sauce—resulting in a creamy side dish that works for any meal of the day.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
There's no occasion when a melty, creamy dish of macaroni and cheese won't be heartily appreciated—and this classic recipe will feed a hungry Southern crowd without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.
Southern-Style Potato Salad
Recipe: Southern-Style Potato Salad
Packed with onions, celery, sour cream, and bacon, this classic Southern side dish is sure to send your taste buds on a ride. Any potluck gets a bonus point for having this essential salad on the lineup.
Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries
This fresh side dish is loaded with sweet dried cherries, chopped scallions, fresh parsley, tangy lemon juice, crunchy toasted pecans, and crumbly feta cheese. It'll serve as a filling, yet sophisticated addition to your potluck table.
Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Recipe: Deb Wise’s Tamale Pie Mix-up
This layer-free, super easy tamale pie makes the perfect quick-fix dish to bring to the potluck. It's packed with a filling of ground beef, cornmeal, tomato sauce, and corn that gets finished with a layer of gooey cheese—for a more filling side dish that'll be appreciated at a crowded occasion.
Recipe: Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread
Browned butter give this cornbread its "perfect" title. Southern spreads can always use a few full dishes of this classic comfort food.
Hot Potato Salad
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
This casserole exists as the perfect marriage of potato salad with a bubbly, cheesy gratin. The ingredients are few and no-nonsense, and the bacon gives an epic finishing touch.
Smoky Chipotle Baked Beans
Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Baked Beans
This smoky-style baked beans recipe lets the savory flavors of bacon, chipotle, and paprika really stand out in a way just plain brown sugar wouldn't.