If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing side dish to bring to your next potluck, we’ve got a few ideas for you! We’ve rounded up 15 top-rated side dishes that are so good, people will be asking you for the recipe all day. Scroll on to find your new side dish for potlucks, from pasta salad to potato salad (and every salad in between), plus a few non-salad options like mac and cheese, baked beans, and cheesy side casseroles. The home cooks at Allrecipes rate these shared side dishes the best of the best, and we think you will too.
From the perfectly crispy baked topping to the creamy, cheesy center, this mac and cheese is decadent in every bite. You’ll never go back to boxed stuff (and your loved ones won’t let you). These baked beans are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Even though this recipe is made from scratch, there’s only 30 minutes of hands-on time; the rest is letting the beans cook slowly. Good news for you mayonnaise haters out there, this potato salad recipe has no mayonnaise in sight. ! Instead, the diced potatoes are covered in white vinegar, water, and sugar.
This quinoa, tomato, and black bean salad has a nice bright hint of lime juice and cilantro, as well as a little heat from the red pepper flakes. You can serve this salad warm or cold. This cole slaw is great as a side dish, or also as a topping for your shared burgers, pulled pork, or fried chicken dishes. The best part is that this recipe starts with a bag of coleslaw mix so you don’t have to chop as much. This casserole has it all: hearty broccoli, comforting hash browns, creamy cheese sauce, and a crunchy breadcrumb topping. It’s so good that even picky eaters will gobble up their vegetables.
No potluck is complete without a macaroni salad. Be sure to let the macaroni salad chill for a few hours before serving so the flavors really blend. Yes, you really need a recipe for
fruit salad. And this is the perfect one! Your favorite fruits are served in orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest juice, making the salad better the longer the juice is infused with the fruit. Twenty-five minutes and a few simple ingredients are all you’ll need to make this broccoli salad. This salad is full of flavor, but some reviewers also like to add cheese, seeds, and other dried fruits. This cheesy meat-filled casserole is not your typical scalloped potato dish. These potatoes have a creamy, cheesy base and are loaded with bacon, red onion, and seasonings.
A southern summer classic, this butternut squash casserole is sure to be a hit. Load up your yellow squash with onion, cheese, butter and top with buttered round crackers for a popular side dish that goes with anything. Ranch lovers will not be able to get enough of this Cheesy Potato Casserole. It’s made with seven ingredients, one of which is a whole bottle of your favorite ranch dressing, so this recipe is truly perfect for people who put ranch on everything.
This layer is incredibly easy to make and will look beautiful at the potluck table. Add or subtract any ingredients you like to customize this tasty creation. Some may say that this fruit salad is more of a dessert, but who doesn’t love a sweet side? In any case, this old-fashioned ambrosia salad is ridiculously easy to make with five simple ingredients, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. This hearty pasta salad is bursting with ranch flavor along with bacon, tomatoes, olives, and cheese. and could also work as a main dish.