A table full of bowls of fruit salad and jars of yellow daffodils.

Summer potlucks are a great way to spend time with friends and family while enjoying delicious and refreshing food! Whether you are hosting one or have been invited and need a dish to bring, look no further. In the sections below, you’ll find all kinds of recipes that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Enjoy!

Main Dish

Algerian Kefta

Algerian Kefta is a delicious meatball dish that is commonly eaten in northern Africa. Served with juicy Roma tomatoes and seasoned with parsley and Ras el Hanout, this dish will add some delightful flavors to the party.

Chicken Burger

These chicken burgers are light and have a great flavor. They are great with typical hamburger toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. You can also get creative with your toppings by adding things such as tzatziki sauce. Don’t be afraid to branch out!

Red Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike are sure to enjoy this delicious burger! These make for a great vegetarian option alongside other burgers, or they are great as a stand-alone option.

Side Dish

Confetti Pepper Cornbread

Your classic cookout side dish, but with a twist! These work great as bread or in muffin form. If you have leftovers, crumble them on top of chili or soup. You can also toast them to use as homemade croutons in a salad. The options are endless!

Texas Pinto Beans

These beans are great as a low-maintenance side dish. Set them up to cook for 2 hours while you prepare other food or work on other tasks.

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

These buffalo cauliflower wings are bound to be a hit, and the extra serving of veggies you’ll get with the cauliflower is just an added bonus.


Lemony Chickpea Salad with Dill

Look no further if you’re on the hunt for a delicious, refreshing salad. The bright, lemony dressing compliments the delicious summer vegetables beautifully, and you won’t have to worry about wilted lettuce!

Southwestern Black-Eyed Pea and Corn Salad

When you think of versatility, this salad should come to mind. It works great as a stand-alone dish, as a dip for chips, or as a topping on your burger. Don’t forget to take advantage of fresh corn in the summertime if you have it on hand!

Split Pea Summer Salad

It’s hard to pass up a salad like this that highlights some delightful summer veggies with an extra boost of protein from the split peas. It’s one that everyone is sure to enjoy!


Peach Crisp

Not many things can top a peachy dessert in the summertime. If you happen to have fresh peaches on hand, use those, or use canned peaches. Both options will be delicious!

Blueberry Cobbler

Nothing says Maine like blueberries. Use whatever form of blueberries you have available (fresh or frozen), and it is bound to taste great!

Black Bean Brownies

These are a fun and tasty alternative to your traditional brownie. The pureed black beans add an excellent texture to the brownies as well as an added boost of fiber and protein.


Raspberry-Lime Fizz

A delightfully refreshing combination of sweetness from the juice, and sparkle from the seltzer water. It’s a drink everyone can enjoy, even those who might not be a fan of seltzer water!

Flavored Water

Most drinks you’ll find at a potluck have added sugar for sweetness. This flavored water only has the simple, sweet taste of the added fruit. On top of that, the varieties of flavors are endless!

Honey-Sweetened Lemonade

This summertime classic is hard to pass up. Drink it as it is, or add your favorite fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or sliced peaches for an extra pop of flavor.