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10 Fresh and Fast Summer Potluck Ideas

Published on: June 19, 2013

Avocado-melon medley

Melon Medley

Summer party overload? This simple avocado melon salad by Drum Beets is the cure. The potluck recipe features ingredients like lime, sea salt, black pepper and cilantro to add a spicy kick to your favorite types of melon.

Pesto salad

Presto Pesto

A cold pasta salad is a backyard-barbeque staple. This idea over at Laura’s Sweet Spot features a tried-and-tested recipe for a tasty pesto. Mama Laura promises the dish to be a crowd pleaser for even the pickiest eaters. Because when people hear “garlic, basil, tomatoes, and pasta,” all they can think is "delicious."


BLT and avocado

Re-imagined BLT

Farmgirl Gourmet sure has our ticket with this BLT-stuffed avocado. Yes, even the bread is in there somewhere! Avocado halves are filled with BLT goodness, then are crisped up in the oven for about 10 minutes. Brush the avocados with some lemon juice to combat browning, and you’ve got a tote-able potluck winner.


Zucchini chips

Veg Out

Get the kiddos to eat their veggies with this idea for zucchini chips by Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice. Easy prep involves dredging zucchini slices in milk, then coating them in a parmesan-bread-crumb mixture. The beauty of this recipe is that the “chips” are baked instead of fried.


sriracha popcorn

Some Like It Hot

Sriracha anyone? The kicky condiment has a growing fan base, and this recipe for sriracha popcorn by Taste, Love & Nourish is making us believers. Olive oil, sriracha, and salt season the popcorn just right, and mama Caroline gives tips for how to pop kernels in a brown paper bag – a quick and easy winning summer snack.


Asparagus quiche

Piece of Quiche

If a brunch is in your future, bring this ham and asparagus quiche by Weelicious as a savory main dish. Using a packaged pie crust cuts down on the prep time, but homemade crust is welcome, too. Ham and asparagus not your style? Substitute other veggie and cheese combos for a custom quiche.


Ravioli lasagna

Easy Lasagna

Oh, homemade lasagna. Who has the time or patience for that? Alida’s Kitchen shares a recipe for a lasagna with a very clever shortcut – pre-made ravioli. With only 5 main ingredients, the dish can be oven-ready in 10 minutes. Head over to the full post for layering tips – your potluck guests will thank you.

Kiwi pops

Kiwi Pops

It’s not just all about pastas and kebabs. A good summer gathering needs a cool dessert like these coconut-kiwi popsicles by Will Cook for Smiles. Frozen coconut water, cream of coconut and kiwi add up to a cool and refreshing potluck dessert.

Honey Poke cake

Hokey Poke Cake

To those moms with their secret, from-scratch recipes ... who says anything's wrong with boxed cake mix? Especially when you create something as delicious as this lemon poke cake by Something Swanky! From start to finish (including chilling), this cake takes 20 minutes to make. The recipe features a box of lemon cake mix, super easy-to-make lemon curd, Cool Whip, white chocolate chips, and pecans -- an overall perfect summer dessert.

Strawberry shortcake

Got 5 minutes?

If back-to-back barbecues are wearing you out, give yourself a break with this recipe for berry sweet parfaits by Very Culinary. Here's the game plan: layer cubes of store-bought pound cake with Cool Whip and strawberries, and repeat. Less prepping and more partying!

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