Potlucks are fun get-togethers where everyone brings a dish to share in a big communal meal. Potlucks have lots of advantages. People get to share their favorite dishes and the host doesn’t have to worry about providing all the food and drinks or being stuck in the kitchen. It’s less expensive to host a party if each guest provides a dish and a great variety of food is guaranteed.
As a guest, you want to make sure that the dish you bring is something delicious, healthy (if possible), and great for sharing. If you’re looking to bring an option that is meat and dairy free, it can be a bit tricky to think of really creative ideas that extend beyond the boring crudités.
If you are the host and decide to make it a meat-free potluck, you may need to help your guests with recipe ideas and plant-based substitutions. Check out How to Host the Best Vegan Potluck and Simple Tips for a Healthy Potluck Party for helpful suggestions. If you’re at a loss about what types of dishes would appeal to most people, we are here to help. Look at these 25 Scrumptious, Shareable Vegan Dishes for Your Spring Potluck and 10 Cobblers and Pies to Bake for Your Summer Potluck. Need more? You got it. Here are 15 more incredible vegan dishes to bring to your summer potluck party.
1. Cherry Tomato Bites
Forget that tub of store-bought hummus. These Cherry Tomato Bites make the perfect appetizer for any potluck. Pretty heirloom cherry tomatoes are filled with a creamy chickpea mixture and topped with green scallions for a beautiful dish everyone will love.
2. Phulkopir Shingara (Bengali Samosa)
No one will be able to resist these Bengali Samosas with their crisp and flaky crust. Filled with cauliflower, potatoes, peas, warm, fragrant spices and crushed peanuts for an added crunch, these Indian treats will be a hit.
3. Sunflower Chive ‘Cheese’ Cucumber Bites
These Sunflower Chive “Cheese” Cucumber Bites have party written all over them. Festive and delicious, it takes no time at all to whip up enough of these to feed the biggest potluck.
4. Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez (a.k.a. Vegan Boursin)
Show everyone at the potluck that being vegan doesn’t mean having to live without cheese. Not when you can make this creamy Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez. Set it out with some crackers and stand back because everyone is going to want some.
5. Dijon Fingerling Potato Salad
Spice up the usual boring potato salad with some Dijon mustard and make this zingy Dijon Fingerling Potato Salad. With egg-free mayo, you can bring this to the hottest outdoor potluck and not have to worry about it going bad.
6. Simple Basil Citrus Salad With Balsamic Jam Dressing
Colorful and refreshing, this Simple Basil Citrus Salad has sweet and tangy oranges, grapefruit and blood oranges. It’s mixed with a balsamic cherry jam dressing for a unique and yummy take on ordinary fruit salad.
7. Chilled Peanut Noodles
Cold dishes are perfect for potlucks where you can’t always warm food up before serving. These Chilled Peanut Noodles have a quick and easy peanut sauce for a simple, tasty dish everyone will want to slurp up.
8. Rustic Pesto and Heirloom Tomato Tart
Impress all the guests with this Rustic Pesto and Heirloom Tomato Tart. The light and tender tart is topped with a bright basil-spinach pesto and pretty, colorful heirloom tomatoes. Pine nuts add a nice crunch to this beautiful dish.
9. The Best Vegan Lasagna You Will Ever Make
Lasagna is always a potluck favorite because it’s pasta which everyone loves and it can feed a crowd. Filled with layers of decadent butternut squash, tofu ricotta, and creamy béchamel sauce, this will be The Best Vegan Lasagna You Will Ever Make and eat.
10. Spicy Kale and Quinoa Black Bean Salad
Everyone might expect the vegan to bring a salad to the potluck, but this isn’t just any boring salad. This Spicy Kale and Quinoa Black Bean Salad has quinoa, kale and black beans topped with a spicy dressing that will change the way people think about salads.
11. Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake
Casseroles are always popular at potlucks. It’s a one-dish meal that can feed a lot of people. This Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Brown Rice Bake will satisfy everyone’s cravings for something comforting, nostalgic and cheesy. That’s a trifecta of deliciousness.
12. Frittata With Swiss Chard and Red Pepper
Show everyone that eggs are not necessary to make a stunning frittata. This Frittata with Swiss Chard and Red Pepper is made with tofu and fresh vegetables for a flavorful dish that will leave them speechless except to ask for seconds.
13. Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies
Brownies are the perfect potluck dessert. They’re chocolate. They are cut up into individual portions. They’re chocolate…oh, we already said that. It bears repeating because these are Ultra-Rich Fudgy Brownies. They are also gluten-free and nut-free so everyone can have one…or two.
14. Maamoul (Date-Orange Stuffed Cookies)
You could tell people these are vegan pop-tarts, but they’re much too pretty and scrumptious for that. These Maamoul are tender cookies stuffed with a sweet and spicy mixture of dates, orange, and ginger. Everyone is going to want the recipe for these cuties.
15. Homemade Twinkies With Coconut Whipped Cream Filling
Show everyone that we can make anything vegan…anything! These Homemade Twinkies with Coconut Whipped Cream Filling look exactly like the originals, but they are healthier, kinder and much more delicious.
Whether you are the host of a guest, make sure the vegan dishes you bring to your potluck are incredible. It’s your chance to show everyone that eating plant-based foods doesn’t mean sacrificing anything, especially not taste.
Lead image source: Rustic Pesto and Heirloom Tomato Tart