8 Easy Summer Potluck Recipes

8 Easy Dishes to Bring to a Summer Potluck

Hey there, friends! I’d like to interrupt your regularly scheduled programming (i.e. the weekly recipe I post every Thursday) to share this special post with you! I’m doing a quick little roundup for you of some of my favorite summertime dishes from The Savvy Plate. Food is often the focal point of gatherings for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and family reunions, so whether you’re grilling out and looking for some side dishes or you’re on the hunt for something to bring to a potluck, here’s a list of eight easy summer recipes to check out!

8 Easy Summer Potluck Recipes

Side Dishes

Asparagus Pasta Salad

I created this recipe in the spring, and I brought it for Easter lunch with Oliver’s family. Asparagus is more of a spring vegetable, but you may still be able to find some fresh asparagus in your area. If not, green beans could be an easy replacement for a summer version of this recipe!

Quinoa & Lentil Salad

We love this recipe around here because it feels so light and fresh, yet it’s quite wholesome and it can keep you satisfied for a while! Even if you don’t need this quinoa salad for a potluck or gathering, it’s a great recipe to use if you’re into meal-prepping or planning ahead for the week because it keeps well in the fridge.

Summer Veggie Tortellini Salad

Here’s a little throwback to one of my very first recipes on the blog! Pasta salad is always a great idea for potlucks and summer parties, but I feel like the use of tortellini makes this one extra special. It’s a great use for fresh summer veggies like corn and bell peppers, and tortellini cooks so quickly that this recipe is sooooo easy to throw together.

Simple Pineapple Salsa

I’m crazy about chips and salsa, y’all. I really am. Back in college, my roommates and I were absolutely obsessed with Blue Coast Burrito (When we got back in town at the beginning of our senior year, they told us they’d missed us during the summer. We were regulars, for sure.), especially their pineapple salsa! If I make a batch of this at home, it rarely lasts longer than one night.

Strawberry Kiwi Salsa

Here’s another salsa recipe because I told you I love salsa. (Seriously, you can read more about that in the blog post for this recipe.) This recipe might just be the easiest recipe in this post, only requiring three ingredients! You might want to prepare a double batch so you’ll have plenty to share.


Jell-O Foam Salad

This one is a twist on the “foam” my great-grandmother used to make all the time, and it’s one of my favorites. I created a lactose-free version of her classic recipe, and I think it’s every bit as delicious! The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it with any flavor of Jell-O you like!

Peach & Cherry Crisp

This crisp uses some of my favorite summer stone fruits (although you can use frozen fruit to make a delicious and easy version of it anytime of year!) and I think it would be phenomenal with vanilla ice cream on top. This summer recipe is as simple as tossing some fruit in sugar & spices, whipping up a crumbly topping in the food processor, and baking!


Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

I’m only including one drink recipe in this post, but I think this one is absolutely worth a shot! Lemonade is one of my favorite cold refreshers, and the addition of blueberry simple syrup and a little fizz makes this one delightful for a summer gathering.

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13 thoughts on “8 Easy Summer Potluck Recipes”

  1. This was so helpful! I also need a quick potluck recipe and then feel like I scour the internet forever trying to find a “good” one! That Strawberry Kiwi Salsa sounds so good

    1. I get that. I waste an absurd amount of time on Pinterest looking at recipes sometimes! Honestly, how many things would I be able to make if I’d just quit the Pinterest search and get in the kitchen instead?!

  2. I love a good pasta salad during the summertime, they’re just so light & refreshing! I also really want to test out that pineapple salsa-sweet and spicy is my favorite flavor combo!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    1. I’m excited to make the pineapple salsa again soon! I tried it back in February, but it’s just SO much better with fresh, summertime tomatoes rather than pale winter tomatoes.

  3. YUM, these all sound delicious! My family personally loves pasta salad AND asparagus, so your recipe would probably be a hit over here. Also I’ve been on a major lemonade kick recently, and the blueberry lemonade sounds easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Totally saving this post, I love me a summer time potluck but bringing the same thing every single time is getting old. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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