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This article was originally published in 2014. When we saw you wanted summer potluck ideas, we spruced it up and returned it to the homepage.

It’s almost the weekend and you're excited to get to that picnic, barbecue, or cookout your friends invited you to. But as you look back at the invitation (or scroll to the bottom of the email) for the get-together, you realize that it says “potluck.”

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...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. 

Kimchi, Shrimp, and Soba Salad by Ali Slagle

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Mango Cucumber Chile Salad by Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch



Sriracha-Lime Corn Salad by Kendra Vaculin


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

Tomato Salad on Food52

It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad by Amber Olson

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint by drbabs

Southwestern Quinoa Salad by Way of the Pantry by Nicholas Day




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

Burmese Chicken Salad by Giao Chau





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