25 Easy Vegan Potluck Ideas [So You Won’t Go Hungry]

Delicious & Fast Vegan Potluck Recipes

Are you not sure what to bring to a potluck or get-together as a vegan? It can be difficult to figure out whether there will even be food for you to eat unless there are other vegans attending too.

If this sounds like you, then the following recipes will give you tons of easy vegan potluck ideas. These recipes are fast, easy, and inexpensive to make. Most non-vegans won’t even mind there’s no meat because they taste so delicious.

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What to take to a potluck that’s vegan?

Getting invited to a potluck as a vegan can be tricky. Likely, most of the other food will not be vegan so your dish needs to be something that you’ll eat.

No matter whether you’re looking for vegan potluck ideas for work meetings or other vegan party food, these dishes will work for them all.

Some of my favorite foods to bring to a potluck or cookout are:

  • Casseroles – Typically easy to make, you usually toss everything into baking pan and bake it. Casseroles can serve large crowds of people inexpensively.
  • Cold Salads – This includes pasta salads, bean salads, couscous salads, and quinoa salads. Just double or triple the recipes if serving large groups of people.
  • Spring Rolls or Summer Wraps – Refreshing and light for the hotter months of the year.
  • Dips – Everyone loves dips. You can use it with healthy chopped vegetables or other dippable snacks for grazing.
  • Desserts – I typically don’t bring desserts to a potluck because as a vegan, I want to make sure there’s food that will satiate me that I can eat. If you’re going to an all-vegan potluck, then a dessert may be a good option.

When deciding on a potluck dish, it’s important that it travels well in the car and is easy to make. Below I’ll show you all of my favorite vegan potluck recipes that are proven crowd-pleasers.

Tools For A Potluck

One part of a potluck people typically forget about is the transportation and serving of the food. All the focus is put into what you’re making but getting the food to the potluck is equally as important.

Here are some of my favorite tools that I use for cookouts and group get-togethers:

  • Traveling Slow CookerThis one holds 8 quarts of food. You can serve the food directly out of the cooker and you don’t have to worry about glass lids breaking.
  • Casserole CarrierThis one is thermally insulated to keep your food warm while traveling.
  • Pie Dish with Lid – I like this one because the bottom is a glass pie plate you can bake the pie in. The lid fits over the top so you don’t have to worry about ruining your pie.

Potluck Dips

Dips go with just about everything. You can keep them healthy by using low or no-oil. A tray of cut vegetables makes an easy dipping utensil. You can also buy a bag of baked pita chips to handle heartier dips.

muhammara roasted red pepper and walnut dip in a bowl with pita chips from littlesunnykitchen
Photo Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

1. Muhammara

Muhammara is an insanely delicious recipe made from roasted red peppers and walnuts blended together with spices. This dip tastes best cold and is easy to take along with a bag of pita chips.

2. Roasted Cauliflower White Bean Hummus

This cauliflower hummus is easier to make than it sounds. Once your cauliflower is roasted and white beans are cooked, toss them together in a food processor to blend.

colorful healthy vegetable cowboy caviar from boulderlocavore
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3. Cowboy Caviar

This blend of corn, tomatoes, and beans is a wonderful dip or side dish. The key is to chop everything small so that chips can scoop it easily. You cover the vegetable-filled caviar with a fresh lime juice dressing and chill it until ready to serve.

4. 5-Minute Mild Salsa

This is indeed a salsa that is so fast, it takes less than 5 minutes to make. This recipe used canned diced tomatoes and blends it in a food processor with spices to get a tasty quick salsa.

5. Baba Ganoush

Baba ganoush is a middle eastern roasted eggplant dip blended with lemon and spices. With this vegan baba ganoush recipe, you can roast the eggplant a day before and then blend it together with the other ingredients right before you go.

sweet cashew cheese ball covered in dried cranberries and pistachios from rhiansrecipes
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6. Cashew Cheese Ball

This cheese ball is made completely out of blended cashews and is covered in dried cranberries and pistachios. Serve this on a platter with artisan crackers and fruits for guests to graze.

7. Kale Pesto Pâté

This vegan pâté recipe is filled with healthy kale, basil, and navy beans. This is thick enough that you can use a piping bag to create fun shapes with the pâté which I highly recommend.


Vegan Sides

Sides are some of my favorite foods at a potluck. I love making and eating traditional comfort-style foods such as potato salad and macaroni and cheese. If it’s hot out, then light refreshing cold salads are easy enough for even the most inexperienced vegan chef to shine.

easy potluck everything bagel potato salad by dancingintherain
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8. Everything Bagel Potato Salad

An inventive take on the classic potato salad. This recipe uses Everything Bagel Seasoning to flavor the dish. You boil the potatoes, mix all the ingredients together, and then put it in the fridge to chill.

9. Cranberry Quinoa Salad

A quinoa recipe that blends dried cranberries, corn, and raspberry vinaigrette. This cold salad has a light, fruity taste that complements the creamy chunks of avocado perfectly.

10. Air Fryer Falafel Balls

This falafel ball recipe can work as a side to dip in sauce or as a main dish with pita sandwich fixings. Bring a pack of pitas for people to make their own sandwiches.

creamy and cheesy Mexican-inspired street corn salad grilled elotes from strengthandsunshine
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11. Mexican-Style Street Corn

Bringing whole cobs of corn to a potluck can get messy. Instead, roast the corn and use the kernels in this creamy, cheesy street corn recipe. If you don’t have a grill, there are instructions on cooking the corn cobs in your oven.

12. Eggless Egg Salad

This egg salad recipe is completely without eggs. Instead, it uses tofu to get that egg look and taste. It only uses a few ingredients and tastes better when the flavors meld making it perfect for mixing the day before.

13. Indian Kachumber Salad

This vegetable-filled recipe is an Indian-flavored cucumber tomato onion salad. It uses cumin, cilantro, and lime to give it a refreshing and unique flavor that you won’t be able to stop eating.

fresh pomegranate mango salad with guava, coconut, and mint from gohealthyeverafter
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14. Pomegranate Mango Salad

This fresh fruit salad tastes as amazing as it looks. It’s made of fresh mango, guava, and pomegranate seeds tossed in a sweet mint dressing and topped with crunchy coconut flakes. It’s super easy to assemble but is sure to wow everyone at the potluck with the vibrant colors.

15. Herbed White Bean Picnic Salad

A hearty vegetable-filled summer salad recipe with white beans, carrots, cucumbers, and fresh garden herbs. The dressing is a light lemon dill miso whose flavors work well together.


Pastas and Casseroles

Pasta dishes are some of the easiest recipes to make. They typically involve boiling the noodles and then tossing in the remaining ingredients. Pasta holds up well in the fridge as well as being reheated which makes it an excellent choice for a potluck.

vegan potluck ranch pasta salad from vnutritonandwellness
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16. Ranch Pasta Salad

This ranch pasta salad has hidden protein in the form of tempeh. It mimics the bacon taste you find in traditional pasta salads.

17. Penne Alla Vodka

This penne dish gets its creaminess from blended cashews. The hardest part of this dish is to remember to soak the cashews the night before. Great for serving a large crowd.

18. Italian Spaghetti Pasta Salad

This pasta salad uses spaghetti noodles, a bottle of Italian dressing, and garden vegetables. You can whip this easy potluck recipe up in the amount of time it takes to cook noodles.

creamy vegan baked mac and cheese large portions from wowitsveggie
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19. Creamy Baked Mac And Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe gets its creaminess from cauliflower and is topped with breadcrumbs. It’s easily baked in a large casserole dish so that you’ll have more than enough to feed a crown. You can have a huge dish of vegan mac and cheese ready in under 30 minutes.

20. Vegan Eggplant “Parmesan”

This vegan eggplant casserole uses homemade cashew mozzarella. The top is sprinkled with lots of bread crumbs that brown nicely and give the eggplant parmesan that cheesy baked crunch.


Main Dishes

A vegan main dish is a good way to bring food with protein to a potluck. Hearty chilis or pot pies work well in group settings. You can also make mini versions of favorites such as appetizer-sized pizzas or vegetable meatballs.

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21. Vegan Pizza Pinwheels

These easy to make pinwheels use store-bought pizza dough, sauce, and your favorite vegetables. The small size makes it easy to serve at a get-together.

22. Pressure Cooker Lentil Chili

This lentil chili is as simple as tossing all the ingredients into your Instant Pot and letting it cook itself. You can also cook this in a slow cooker if you’d prefer.

23. Veggie Swedish Balls

This vegetable ball recipe mimics the famous Swedish veggie “meatballs” but is completely vegan. You can serve them simmered in a marinara sauce or use them as appetizers with sweet chili sauce.

super fast shepherd's pie that's completely vegan from littlesunnykitchen
Photo Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

24. Quick Shepherd’s Pie

This vegan shepherd’s pie recipe uses mushrooms, lentils, and potatoes to make it hearty. It bakes in a casserole dish and is ready from start to finish in under an hour making it perfect to take along to a cookout.

25. Guatemalan Black Beans and Rice

A yummy take on traditional black beans and rice, this Guatemalan recipe blends tomato, onion, and pepper with cooked black beans and rice. It holds up well so can be made a day before and reheated in a casserole dish before heading to the potluck.

Go Enjoy Your Potluck!

Now that you have tons of ideas for what to bring to your potluck, you can stop stressing and relax because you know you’ll have something to eat.

Potluck meals don’t need to be time-intensive. In fact, some of the best tasting food tends to be simple to make and inexpensive.

What’s your favorite food to bring to a potluck?

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Stephanie Mantilla

Plant-Based Diet & Vegan Lifestyle Expert

Stephanie is the founder of Plant Prosperous, a plant-based vegan living, and parenting blog. She has been eating a plant-based diet for over 24 years along with a B.S. in Biology & Environmental Science. Stephanie is currently raising her son on a plant-based diet and hopes to help others who are wanting to do the same. You can read more about her here.

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