Potluck Pasta Salad Recipe & what to bring to a potluck

Today I’m going to share with you the pasta salad recipe that I always make for potlucks, and share a list of 18 ideas of what to bring to a potluck.

Potluck pasta salad recipeI have an confession to make …. it’s taken me over 2 years to share this potluck pasta salad recipe. Yup, two whole years since I originally alluded to this recipe when I made this 4 ingredient dinner. It was from when I went on a little vacation with my parents where we went to a family potluck – and then my hubby and I went on our own little vacation along the coast of Oregon (I want to go back there – it was so gorgeous).

Making potluck pasta salad recipeOver the years, I’ve made this recipe countless times. It’s super simple, and super yummy, and perfect for potulcks and family get togethers.

It has fresh summer veggies in it like bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers (that can be purchased from the farmers market) and then some extra ingredients like artichoke hearts and pine nuts, and then is combined with pasta and a zippy Italian dressing.

Potluck Pasta Salad Recipe & what to bring to a potluck
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Serves: 25
  • 2 boxes pasta (2 lbs dry pasta - I like using farfalle pasta)
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 orange), seeded and chopped
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bag baby spinach (about 2 cups packed)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or 2 large tomatoes, chopped)
  • 2 jars (6 oz each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (16 oz) Italian salad dressing
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions, drain, set aside and allow to cool.
  2. Toast pine nuts by baking them on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet for 5 minutes at 350. Set aside and allow to cool.
  3. In a large bowl combine all the chopped vegetables (bell peppers, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and green onions) and stir.
  4. When pasta has cooled, add pasta to the bowl and pour Italian dressing over the pasta and stir to combine everything. Allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to overnight) and before serving finely crumble the feta cheese over the pasta salad and sprinkle on the pine nuts, stir and serve!
If you don't have a super large bowl to mix this all in, you could easily make it in two separate bowls
I always buy a stack of aluminum foil baking dishes (like this)at the beginning of the summer so that I always have them on hand, then when I go to potlucks I just bring the food in them so that I don’t worry about having to keep track of my dishes!

With summer coming to an end and fall almost here, I know that means gatherings galore!  Whenever I’m faced with what to bring to a potluck, I feel like I momentarily freeze and draw a blank on what to bring. So I’ve put together a list of 18 of my favorite recipes to whip up and bring along to your next potluck.

perfect potluck recipes                 

     Oil & Vinegar Vegan Potato Salad                                          Three Bean & Steak Salad  


            Whole Wheat Pasta Salad                                       Honey & Goat Cheese Appetizer 


       5 Ingredient Jalapeno Cheddar Dip                                      Hot Cheesy BLT Dip


                   Watermelon Salsa                                                            Grape Tomato Tarts  


  5 Ingredient White Bean Artichoke Dip                              Italian Herb Pasta Salad  


            Mexican Street Corn Salad                                          5 Ingredient Spinach Feta Dip


        Tortellini & Chicken Sausage                                             Potato & Kohlrabi Salad 


   Spinach Salad & Mustard Vinaigrette                       White Chocolate PeanutGrape Bites 

Rocky road blondies, blondies with caramel marshmallows and chocolate chips               

Caramel Marshmallow Tuxedo Chip Blondies         Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are some of my favorites of what to bring to a potluck – how about you? What do you like bringing to a potluck? I’d love to know!

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  • Sues

    This looks perfect for a potluck! And also perfect for me to pack as my work lunch all week long!

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much girl! I definitely make this in a big batch and have it for lunches 🙂

  • Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl- it all looks so yummy!

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much – I love all the summer potlucks 🙂

  • Little Cooking Tips

    Fantastic post Phi! Panos loves artichokes so we’re definitely trying this one soon:) And it’s so easy to make! Thank you for another delicious recipe dear!
    Mirella and Panos

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much – I love using fresh summer veggies, and pasta is just one of my all time favorites, so how can one go wrong? This dish is especially great for sharing 🙂

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