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It’s the Fourth of July and you are excited to get to your picnic, barbecue, or cookout on this afternoon. But as you look back at the invitation for today's festivities, you realize that it says “potluck.” Wait, what? Oh no. You definitely didn’t see that before. You most certainly are not prepared.

But never fear. Food52 is here to save you with some effortless recipes fit for a crowd. Wow your friends with rich chocolate cake or spicy salsa. They never have to know that you pulled it together just moments before arriving. Now go forth and enjoy the holiday.

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash, and Roasted Onions
by Merrill Stubbs

Tomato Salad on Food52

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
by Genius Recipes


Guacamole on Food52

Roasted Baby Turnips with Dijon-Shallot Vinaigrette and Tarragon
by Ty Ryavec

Roasted Baby Turnips on Food52

Patricia Well's Green Lentil Salad by Genius Recipes

Green Lentil Salad on Food52

Summer Pasta alla Caprese by Merrill Stubbs


Summer Pasta on Food52

Crunchy Celery, Radish, and Turnip Salad-Slaw in Blue Cheese Sauce by Kukla

Salad-Slaw on Food52

Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde) by Pati Jinich

Green Salsa on Food52

Alice Waters' Ratatouille by Genius Recipes

Ratatouille on Food52

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies
by Genius Recipes

Blondies on Food52

Margaret Fox's Amazon Chocolate Cake by Genius Recipes

Amazon Chocolate Cake on Food52

Tags: menu ideas, potluck, last-minute