Wooohoooo! Summer’s here!
Whether you just celebrated Canada Day or the 4th of July, there’s no doubt about it – it’s summer!
For us, summer is both relaxing and busy – lots of parties, bbqs, potlucks, large family gatherings and picnics. But SO much fun!
I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to feed a crowd, especially recipes that I can make ahead of time. And it definitely helps if they’re budget-friendly recipes too! If you’re cooking a dish for a big family reunion or birthday party, you want to make sure it’s somewhat inexpensive.
Here are 21 of our favourite potluck recipes – dishes that will be just as welcome at a summer bbq for friends and family as at an office party, graduation party or church gathering.
Summer Potluck Recipes – Appetizers
You can’t go wrong with our Quick & Healthy Mediterranean Dip if you’re looking for a refreshing, healthy start to a gathering – and it only takes 10 minutes to throw together!
(PS – this makes a lovely summer lunch too!)
If you’re looking for a more indulgent option, this Cheesy Bacon Pull Apart Bread is a total crowd pleaser and can be made ahead of time – perfect for a potluck recipe.
Plus, who doesn’t love garlicky bread smothered in melted cheese and bacon?
Plus a few other popular party appetizers from our collection:
Summer Potluck Recipes – Main Dishes
If you’re still enjoying lots of asparagus like we are, you can’t go wrong with this Asparagus Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza! So many delicious things in one pizza!
These Easy Greek Meatballs pack a TON of delicious flavour into a tiny package! Easy to make ahead of time, delicious hot or at room temperature, you can eat them on their own or stuffed into a pita with veggies and our Homemade Tzatziki.
If you’re looking for a different kind of pizza to try:
Summer Potluck Recipes – Side Dishes
You seriously cannot go wrong with these Easy Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes. Everyone loves them, and they’re the perfect make ahead side dish!
This Fresh and Easy Peach Salsa is fast to throw together but BIG on flavour! It’s delicious with any kind of grilled meat, or even just with tortilla chips!
More great bbq side dishes:
Perfect Summer Potluck Dessert Recipes
These Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Bars are dreamy and filled with everyone’s favourite summer flavours.
You can make this Easy Strawberry Cake Roll with whatever fresh summer berries you have on-hand.
A few other lovely summer desserts that are perfect for parties and potlucks:
Bonus Recipes for Summer Fun:
This Sweet & Smoky Dry Rub Mix is SO good on chicken and pork!
Blueberry Peach Popsicles are perfect for the kids!
That’s just a scattering of recipes to help you plan your summer events! You can find lots more delicious inspiration right here on the site!
If you try any of our recipes, please come back and leave us a star rating and/or comment to let us know what you think!
Happy summer partying!