Best Summer Salads for Potluck

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Summertime is all about backyard barbecues with friends and family, and these are my best summer salads for potluck. All of the recipes below are crowd pleasers, and you should make them for your next “share-a-dish” occasion!

Favorite Salad Recipes

The recipes included in this post are some of my very favorite salads to bring to potlucks during the summer. They are all fresh, made with simple ingredients, and are super delicious.

I love the variety of main ingredients to choose from – cabbage, potato, cucumber, quinoa, farro, spinach (and other greens) and pasta. Now you never have to search for the perfect recipe again. They are all right here in this post!

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Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad 

Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad is a classic potluck dish that I’ve made a hundred times. I tweaked the recipe slightly, by adding shelled edamame and adjusting the salad dressing to up the health factor. Still SO good and an easy recipe I keep coming back to again and again!

A large bowl of Asian Cabbage Salad.

Best Italian Chopped Salad

Best Italian Chopped Salad with Salami is full of vibrant ingredients, and makes dinner time interesting. Combining romaine lettuce with veggies, chick peas, olives, mozzarella cheese, salami, and a creamy Italian Dressing encourages healthy eating all week long.

A large Italian salad mixed together with wooden salad spoons.

Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing is the perfect salad for entertaining or for any weeknight meal. Easy to prepare, hearty enough for the biggest appetite, and the tangy dressing adds an extra punch of flavor. I’ve been making this for several years and it never gets old!

The bowl of the spinach salad, by ingredients.

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Kale and Quinoa Salad combines kale and quinoa with all the tasty things, including apple slices, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and the best Honey Dijon dressing. This powerhouse salad packs a serious flavor punch, and the leftovers are great as well!

Overhead shot of a bowl of kale and quinoa salad.

Potato Salad with Miracle Whip

Norma Jean’s Potato Salad with Miracle Whip really is the BEST ever! It combines russet potatoes and egg whites with a creamy dressing made from egg yolks, Miracle Whip, and more. SO good and it reminds me of summers in Iowa!

Side view of the bowl of potato salad with a serving in back of it.

Greek Farro Salad

Greek Farro Salad is fresh and healthy, bursting with Mediterranean flavors. This delicious salad combines farro, fresh veggies, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, olives, and feta cheese – with a zesty Greek salad dressing. A perfect main course salad or a side dish to your choice of protein!

Closeup on Greek farro salad with dressing.

Shrimp Avocado Salad

Shrimp Avocado Salad combines healthy greens and veggies, grilled shrimp and corn, feta cheese, and is topped with a delicious and light honey lemon vinaigrette. Top this salad with some quick pickled red onions, and enjoy the tastiest meal!

A wooden bowl of a shrimp avocado salad with feta, tomatoes, and corn.

Mom’s Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

Mom’s Best Cucumber Salad combines thinly sliced cucumbers and onions with a delicious creamy dressing.  The perfect combination of crunchy, creamy, sweet, and savory all at once. This salad brings back so many wonderful memories of childhood!

Closeup of a bowl of cucumber salad.

Summer Pasta Salad

Summer Pasta Salad is THE SALAD you should make for all the summer gatherings. This combines pasta cooked to al dente, crunchy vegetables, protein-rich chickpeas, salt feta cheese, and zesty lemon dressing! You will get rave reviews from this delicious pasta salad!

Closeup on a large bowl of summer pasta salad.

Now that we’ve covered all of my favorite potluck salads for summertime fun, which one are you going to make first? 😀


  1. Your salads are the bomb!

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