Need some ideas for a dish to bring to an office potluck (21 ppl) that can be served room temperature (that's not pasta salad)
This is my go to recipe that is good cold/room temp: Silver Palate's Chicken Marbella
We have regular office potlucks, and I am the salad lady. My favorite room-temp dish is a black bean and corn salad. Black beans, corn, red onions. Add some cumin to a balsamic vinaigrette (I usually make my own with white balsamic, since the bottled variety often aren't vinegary enough for me), and marinate the salad overnight. Prior to serving, stir in some cilantro. It's simple, but my co-workers love it. Others that are often requested are a couscous salad with veggies and vinaigrette dressing, or the "Fancy Salad" - a green salad with baby greens with a bunch of veggies, including baby peppers, halved cherry tomatoes and cucumber, slivered almonds, dried cherries or cranberries, sometimes a crumbled gorgonzola or blue cheese and a variety of dressings. Fancier than what most people will bother to prepare at home, I guess.
In general, I rarely get excited about cold food with the exception of my now go-to potluck dish--pasta with green beans, potatoes, and pesto genovese. (I know, you said no pasta salads--I often make it without the pasta and it is also quite good that way, too.) The combination is great, and the sweetness of the green beans really comes out with the cooler temperatures and pesto.
I've shared a recipe for lentils with chard that is delicious at any temperature. You can easily make it your own, too. If you make a great variation, please tell!
I'm a big time fan of this chickpea salad:
I use moscatel or sometimes vinegar instead of the champagne.
I do MCJen corn and black bean salad, with a couple of substitutions. Lime juice instead of vinegar. And flat parsley instead of Cilantro. (with a crowd of 20 or so...some will HATE cilantro). But there is hope. My partner is a cilantro hater, it turns out he reacts the leaf (that filthy nasty soap weed). But stems chopped up are fine. Apparently they don't soapins (sp). that the leaf contains but still have the flavor. YMMV on that.