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Easy Potluck Ideas

To make your next office or crowd gathering a culinary success, we’ve compiled a list of 25 easy potluck ideas to please everyone’s palate.

This collection covers different skill levels, from appetizers and mains to desserts, and uses easy-to-find ingredients.

So, roll up your sleeves, gather your coworkers, friends, or family, and let the feast begin!

1. Creamy pasta salad

Creamy pasta salad with mayo and olives

This creamy pasta salad (with homemade egg-free mayonnaise) is excellent for potlucksbarbequescookouts, and picnics.

It’s a quick and versatile meal, and you can serve it as a starter, side dish, or light and refreshing main.

2. Farro salad

Farro salad with tomato

The next meal on our list is a tastysatisfying, and colorful farro salad with a creamy mustard dressing.

It’s excellent to make ahead and bring to potlucks, barbecues, cookouts, and picnics or as a healthy lunch or quick dinner.

This grain-based meal can be conveniently prepped beforehand and maintain its fresh flavors and textures for days.

3. Muhammara

Muhammara with hand

This Muhammara dip is a delightful Middle Eastern-inspired spread, bursting with the rich flavors of roasted red peppers, walnuts, and herbs.

Bring it to your potluck will undoubtedly add an exotic twist to the gathering and delight everyone’s taste buds with its unique and savory profile.

TIP: store leftover muhammara in the fridge for up to 5 days. We recommend putting it in a small bowl or an airtight container and cover by a thin layer of olive oil and plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

4. Hummus

Hummus on a plate with chickpeas

Hummus is an excellent potluck companion as it adds a touch of Mediterranean flair and a creamy dip option to the gathering.

Just bring some pita or Naan bread for dipping, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s both healthy and delicious.

5. Falafel

Falafel with bite on a plate

Falafel is a delicious blend of chickpeas, herbs, and spices formed into crispy, bitesized balls.

Its handheld nature makes it easy for guests to enjoy without the need for utensils, and since it is vegetarian and veganfriendly, it accommodates all dietary preferences.

TIP: Serve it with tahini sauce and pita bread for a complete Middle-Eastern dish.

6. Rice salad

Rice salad with fresh parsley

The next potluck superstar is a convenient Italianinspired rice salad you can make a few days in advance.

It’s easy to travel with, and whether you serve it warm or chilled, this crowd-pleasing dish adds a wholesome touch to any potluck gathering.

7. Coleslaw

Coleslaw with red apple pieces

Coleslaw is the perfect potluck choice because the apples provide a refreshing contrast and prevent the cabbage from wilting.

This creamy salad remains fresh and crunchy throughout the event and makes for a versatile side dish with any main.

8. Broccoli salad

Broccoli Salad with lemon wedges

Broccoli salad is a quick and tasty way of enjoying this healthy vegetable as a creamy and crunchy side dish for BBQs, parties, and potlucks.

This recipe is lighter as we replace sundried tomatoes with bacon and use homemade mayonnaise for the dressing.

TIP: you can make this broccoli salad two days before, and it will taste even better.

9. Banana zucchini bread

Banana zucchini bread in slices

This banana zucchini bread offers a moist, tender crumb and rich flavor, making it an irresistible treat for gatherings.

It’s an excellent snack similar to banana bread, and it’s great for sharing as it pleases diverse palates but also offers a healthier twist to a beloved classic. It’s a crowdpleaser for holidays, potluck, and parties.

10. Orzo salad

Greek orzo pasta salad

Orzo salad is a healthy potluck idea and offers a bowl of tender pasta, fresh vegetables, and zesty dressing.

Packed with fiber-rich orzo and colorful veggies, it provides essential nutrients while keeping calories in check.

TIP: you can make orzo salad up to a day in advance. We advise against making it earlier since the veggies tend to lose their crunch.

11. Moroccan carrot salad

moroccan carrot salad on a platter

Here is a Mediterranean salad with sweet roasted carrots, aromatic cumin, and zesty lemon dressing that you must try.

Its colorful presentation makes it an eye-catching side dish to your potluck event, while its versatility as a vegetarian dish ensures it’s a crowdpleaser for all to enjoy.

12. Lighter mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes with butter

Elevate your office party or potluck with this velvety smooth mashed potatoes, a side dish that guarantees satisfied taste buds.

With only five ingredients, you can turn your potatoes into a creamy-licious mash that makes an excellent potluck dish.

TIP: Serve it with a square of butter and chives, or enjoy it with our delicious mushroom gravy on top.

13. Pesto pasta

pesto pasta with green beans and small potatoes

Pesto pasta is the perfect potluck crowdpleaser, where fresh basil and pine nuts marry zesty garlic for a convenient and delicious dish.

We’ll show you how to make a quick and easy pesto pasta as they do it in Italy, and this recipe is also with dairy-free instructions.

14. Romesco sauce

Romesco recipe with silver spoon

Drizzle this creamy romesco sauce over grilled vegetables, or serve it as a dip for crusty bread to add a touch of Mediterranean magic to your potluck gathering.

You can make this quick sauce at home with simple pantry staples that you can find in most supermarkets.

15. Bruschetta

Bruschetta with different toppings

Bruschetta offers a combination of tomato flavor and crispy bread, making it a crowdpleaser at any potluck.

Serve it as a delicious and easytoshare addition to your gathering as a Mediterranean input.

TIP: Top your bruschetta with other toppings, such as cheese, sauteed mushrooms, and olive tapenade.

16. Chickpea pasta salad

Chickpea pasta salad with a silver fork

This chickpea pasta salad is versatile, tasty, and packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and plantbased protein from wholesome ingredients.

It’s a crowd-pleasing option that’ll make your potluck unforgettable. Find this recipe at the bottom of the page, in the recipe box.

17. Spaghetti salad

Spaghetti salad with feta and oregano

Spaghetti salad is a potluck favorite; it combines al dente pasta with a medley of fresh veggies and herbs.

Tossed in a zesty Italian dressing, it’s a veggiepacked, crowdpleasing dish perfect for sharing.

TIP: You have to swap wheat pasta with your favorite gluten-free pasta brand for gluten-free.

18. Eggplant dip

pita bread dipped in eggplant dip

Surprise guests at your potluck and community event with this creamy, smoky eggplant dip.

Roasted eggplant blended with tahini creates a velvety texture, while a medley of Mediterranean spices adds exquisite flavor.

TIP: Store leftovers in an airtight container or covered with foil in the fridge for two to three days. Stir in some fresh lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil before serving it.

19. Macaroni salad

Macaroni salad with peas

This creamy macaroni salad can be made with simple veggies and a tangy mayo-yogurt dressing. The result is a delicious dish with a cooling crunch and irresistible creaminess.

TIP: You can make it ahead and serve it as a main or side dish for potlucks and office events.

20. Broccoli salad

Broccoli Salad with lemon

Broccoli salad is a quick and refreshing way to enjoy this healthy vegetable as a creamy and crunchy side dish for BBQs, parties, and potlucks.

Whether served as a side dish or the main attraction, this broccoli salad adds a healthy and flavorful touch to any potluck spread.

21. Watermelon salad

Watermelon cucumber salad with feta and avocado.

This watermelon salad is excellent for picnics and potlucks and as a light and healthy meal, as it will leave you satisfied and hydrated.

TIP: to get ahead in the kitchen, you can dice the watermelon in advance and keep it in an airtight container or a bowl wrapped in plastic for up to a day.

Avoid mixing the salad more than a couple of hours ahead; combining the ingredients shortly before serving is best.

22. Creamy dill potato salad

Dill Potato Salad with paprika and radishes

Dill potato salad is creamytangy, and excellent to make ahead for BBQs, cookouts, picnics, and potlucks.

It’s a crowdpleasing side dish for an everyday dinner, and it stores well in the fridge for up to three days.

23. Zaalouk

Moroccan zaalouk in a bowl

Zaalouk is a delicious Moroccan dip made from roasted eggplants and tomatoes infused with aromatic spices and herbs.

It has a smoky flavor and rich texture, making it a perfect addition to any potluck or office event.

24. Black bean salad

Black bean salad with sweet potato

The tender roasted sweet potatoes are a delicious contrast to earthy black beans and colorful bell peppers, making this salad crowdpleasing.

With its nutritious and hearty components, this salad is also a mealplanning superstar, making it a wholesome option for lunches throughout the week.

25. Vegan brownies

Vegan brownies stacked on white plate

Our rich vegan brownies are the last item on this list of potluck ideas. This dessert is without dairy or eggs, making them inclusive of all dietary preferences.

Their fudgy texture and intense flavor will undoubtedly be the star of your potluck and show that plantbased desserts can be just as indulgent as traditional ones.

More easy potluck ideas

Wow your guests with these easy and nutritious potluck ideas that store well in the fridge:

zucchini salad on a serving platter

Three tips for stress-free potluck ideas:

  1. Double the Recipe: If you have a go-to recipe that’s easy to make, consider doubling the quantities to ensure enough to go around.
  2. Make Ahead: Choose dishes that can be prepared in advance and taste just as good (or better) when served later. This will reduce the stress of last-minute cooking.
  3. Plan for Dietary Restrictions: Ask guests about dietary restrictions in advance so you can plan accordingly. Prepare at least one dish that caters to specific dietary needs, for example, glutenfree, vegetarian, and vegan options.
Easy zucchini boats on a platter

For many more 30-minute meal ideas, check out our 30-minute meal category page.

Easy Potluck Ideas with pasta salad, dips and desserts

25 Potluck Ideas

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 1 vote
Chickpea pasta salad is one of the tastiest potluck ideas you can make when you want something healthy, easy and satiating.
It's packed with crunchy veggies, a delicious mustard dressing, and plenty of fiber and protein to keep you full and nourished.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 – 6 people
Course: Lunch, Main
Cuisine: American, Italian


For the salad

  • ½ pound pasta rotini, fusilli, penne, farfalle
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas or 1½ cups of cooked chickpeas (drained)
  • cups cherry tomatoes
  • cups cucumber
  • ½ cup olives
  • cup red onion
  • ½ cup canned corn
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 1 ripe avocado optional

For the dressing

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice sub apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup sub honey
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin optional


  • Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water. When "al dente" drain it and cool it down under cold water to prevent the pasta from overcooking.
    raw fusilli pasta
  • Add all dressing ingredients to a small jar. Close and shake until well combined.
    Alternatively, you can make the dressing by whisking the ingredients in a bowl.
    honey mustard dressing in a jar
  • To a large serving bowl, add:
    Drained and rinsed chickpeas and canned corn kernels.
    Diced cucumber (we keep the peel on).
    Halved cherry tomatoes and olives.
    Finely chopped onion and parsley.
    chopped vegetables in a bowl
  • Add the cooked pasta to the bowl. Pour the dressing, mix well, taste, adjust for salt, and serve.
    To make chickpea pasta salad extra creamy add a diced avocado shortly before serving.
    chickpea pasta salad in a bowl


Chickpea pasta salad | Easy lunch ready in 20 minutes!


Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 serving of chickpea pasta salad out of 5 servings, with avocado and the dressing.
– green, yellow, or red bell peppers
– crumbled feta
– fennel or celery
– red cabbage (thinly sliced)
– eggplant (diced and roasted)
– sun-dried tomatoes in oil (chopped)
– artichoke hearts in oil (chopped)
– lettuce or arugula
Check out the “variations” chapter above for more ideas.
– Make ahead: our chickpea pasta salad is an excellent recipe to make in advance and for meal prep, as it keeps well for several days. I’d say that a few hours up to a day after it’s made, it tastes even better as the flavors have time to meld.
– Refrigerator: keep the salad in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Take it out of the fridge 15 to 30 minutes before serving it, as the veggies taste better at room temperature.
– Freezer: this recipe is not suitable for freezing.


Calories: 368kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 411mg, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 581IU, Vitamin B6: 0.4mg, Vitamin C: 20mg, Vitamin E: 2mg, Vitamin K: 61µg, Calcium: 59mg, Folate: 44µg, Iron: 2mg, Manganese: 1mg, Magnesium: 55mg, Zinc: 1mg
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