Love A Good Potluck Dinner Party? You’ve Been Asked to Bring A Side and You Need Inspiration. To Wow You Guests, Here Are Some Tried and Tested Potluck Salad Recipes That Will Last the Journey to The Party and Also Perfect for Feeding A Crowd.
A potluck party is a gathering of friends and family whereby each guest contributes a homemade dish of food for everyone to share.
This concept is also known by other names such as spread, Jacob’s Join, fellowship meal or as we would say in Australia, bring a plate. The etymology of the phrase potluck can be traced back to the 16th century when it was thought to mean “to provide food for an unexpected guest through the luck of the pot” or essentially, whatever they could put together with the provisions they had.
Potluck parties are in our book, the best way to have a big gathering. What used to be considered rude, asking your guests to bring food to a party you’re hosting has now become a norm. So much so, it’s now uncommon to turn up without a dish of some kind to contribute to the overall meal.
I’m not sure about you, but we are constantly attending potluck gatherings or hosting one, almost every weekend. It is unrealistic to expect friends to constantly cook for large groups all of the time. It is expensive, exhausting and after a while, simply no fun. We catch up with our network of friends regularly, and the best way to spread the load is to also bring food to add to the day’s overall meal.
Potluck parties are a culinary feast! As guests are only bringing one dish, it is usually their best dish. Potluck parties are also great as we get to hone in other people’s talents. Obviously for us, Sammy and Amy, we are never given a choice, and we always have to bring a salad or 2.
Little known fact is that Phenie, our resident digital marketer is the dessert queen! She also doesn’t get a choice anymore, and she is always relegated to bring a sweet dish. We have become so accustomed to these parties that we have also lost our subtlety. Quite often we would send recipes to Phenie, “hinting” what a complementary dessert that would be for the party.
If you’re always bringing a plate and you need to up the ante because you simply can’t feed your friends the same dish every time, here are 15 potluck salads for some inspiration. These salads are tried and tested by us. Salads that will last from the time you prepare every component (and packed separately), including the salad dressing, until the time you assemble the ingredients just before serving. You’ll no doubt have the dish of the day!
A potluck side salad doesn’t always have to be a pasta salad, potato salad or coleslaw. There are so many options for a side salad and as expert potluck goers, we have created some salads just for this purpose. We transport these recipes all of the time and they are always a hit! Go on, give them a go!