28 Potluck Picnic Side Dishes

With the weather getting warmer it’s the time for picnics, potlucks, and barbecues. Getting together with family and friends and enjoying the outdoors. With delicious foods of course.

I have gathered some delicious recipes for you to make for your upcoming picnic. You will find salad recipes, baked bean recipes, sandwich recipes, and dessert recipes.

Potluck Picnic Side Dishes

Salad Recipes

cucumber watermelon salad with feta cheese

1. Watermelon Cucumber Salad

The first recipe on the list shows you how to make a delicious watermelon cucumber salad. It is loaded with watermelons, feta cheese, and cucumbers. They are all combined with a lime dressing.

Get this recipe on Dinner at The Zoo.

2. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Try this tasty macaroni salad. This is an easy recipe to make that is perfect to bring for picnics. The macaroni noodles are combined with a great homemade creamy dressing that gives this salad a sweet and slightly tangy taste.

Get this recipe on Food, Folks, and Fun.

3. Potato Salad

Here is a simple potato salad recipe you should definitely try. This is a great side dish for your summer barbeque. It goes great will all kinds of grilled meats.

Get this recipe on Foodie Crush.

4. Fruit Salad

Make your own homemade fruit salad with your favorite ripe fruits. This is the perfect snack to enjoy on a hot day. This fruit salad is loaded with pineapples, strawberries, grapes, kiwis, blueberries, and oranges.

Get this recipe on Go Money Mom.

5. Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad

This is a great recipe to use up your leftover chicken with. This chicken salad is perfect to make sandwiches with. It is loaded with chicken, bacon, celery, green onion, and a creamy dressing.

Get this recipe on Spend With Pennies.

6. Tuna Pasta Salad

This is an easy recipe to take to your potluck picnic. This salad is loaded with macaroni pasta, tuna, celery, and a few other ingredients.

Get this recipe on Amanda’s Cookin.

7. KFC Coleslaw

Do you love KFC coleslaw? If you do then you will enjoy this copycat coleslaw recipe. This recipe tastes just like the coleslaw you would get at KFC.

Get this recipe on Love From The Oven.

8. Chicken Salad

Here is another great chicken salad you should try. The salad is packed with chicken, grapes, celery, onions, mayonnaise, and seasonings. You can serve this salad in a sandwich, use it as a dip, or in a tortilla wrap.

Get this recipe on Downshiftology.

9. Spinach Strawberry Salad

This is a delicious salad recipe that is perfect for summer. It is loaded with spinach, strawberries, pecans, and feta cheese. All these ingredients are combined with a homemade poppy seed dressing.

Get this recipe on Well Plated.

Bean Recipes

baked beans in a bowl

10. Baked Beans

Baked beans are always the perfect side dish for potlucks or barbecues. This recipe is loaded with beans and bacon.

Get this recipe on The Pioneer Woman.

11. Baked Beans with Sausages

This is a great baked bean recipe that you can make on the stovetop. It is loaded with baked beans, sausages, and bacon. You will get that great smokey flavor from this bean recipe.

Get this recipe on Diethood.

12. Brown Sugar and Bacon Baked Beans

Whip up a batch of baked beans to make as your side dish for your family gathering. This bean recipe is loaded with beans, brown sugar, and bacon. It has a delicious sweet and smoky flavor.

Get this recipe on The Chunky Chef.

13. Bacon Baked Beans

Here is another flavored baked bean recipe that is also combined with bacon.

Get this recipe on The Kitchn.

Sandwich Recipes

chicken sandwich with lettuce tomato and cheese

14. Chicken Club Sandwich

Sandwiches are the perfect option to make for picnics. This sandwich is loaded with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cheese, and a homemade garlic butter spread.

Get this recipe on Eazy Peazy Mealz.

15. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This is a great recipe that you can make in your slow cooker. It will take longer than the other recipes to make but it is well worth it. These juicy, tender, flavorful pulled pork sandwiches will be a hit at your picnic.

Get this recipe on Cooking Classy.

16. Chicken Wraps

Make a bunch of these chicken wraps to take to your picnic. They are filled with chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and sauce.

Get this recipe on Simple Joy.

17. Turkey Bacon, and Avocado Sandwich

Skip the chicken and make a turkey bacon sandwich instead. This sandwich is loaded with turkey bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and cheese.

Get this recipe on Tidy Mom.

18. Cucumber Sandwich

These simple light cucumber sandwiches would be an easy and quick option to make for your picnic. You only need a few simple ingredients to make these delicious little sandwiches.

Get this recipe on Belly Full.

19. Ham Sandwich

Make this simple ham sandwich for your picnic.

Get this recipe on Food Network.

Dessert Recipes

lemon bars

20. Lemon Bars

I love any lemon dessert so I had to include this one on my list it’s one of my favorites. These bars taste so good you won’t be able to stop eating them.

Get this recipe on Preppy Kitchen.

21. Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong bringing a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies to your picnic. This recipe shows you how to make the best cookies.

Get this recipe on Joy Food Sunshine.

22. Blueberry Bars

This is another great bars recipe. These bars are loaded with fresh blueberries and have a crispy crumb topping.

Get this recipe on Simply Recipes.

23. Rice Krispie Treats

The kids are sure to love these rice krispie treats. This is my go-to recipe when I need to make a quick treat for the kids.

Get this recipe on Once Upon A Chef.

24. Macadamia Nut Cookies

You got to try these delicious macadamia nut cookies. These cookies are loaded with white chocolate and macadamia nuts.

Get this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.

25. Lemon Cookies

Here is another lemon recipe for you to try. This recipe shows you how to make the best lemon cookies.

Get this recipe on Averie Cooks.

26. Peach Bars

This is the perfect summer dessert to make for your picnic. It has a similar flavor to peach pie. Eat them by themself or enjoy them with ice cream.

Get this recipe on Lil Luna.

27. Strawberry Bars

Here is another favorite summer treat to make. Try these delicious strawberry bars.

Get this recipe on Flavor Mosaic.

28. Zucchini Bread

Use up your zucchinis and make this delicious zucchini bread. Have fun at your picnic.

Get this recipe on Cookie and Kate.

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28 Potluck Picnic Side Dishes

Delicious picnic recipes.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Picnic Recipes, Potluck Picnic Side Dishes
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal


  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Dressing


  • Pick a recipe to make.
  • Gather all your ingredients.
  • Follow the recipe instructions.
  • Make the recipe and enjoy.


Nutrition, serving size, and cooking time may vary depending upon which recipe you choose.