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Cold Dishes for Parties and Potluck Dinners

Updated on January 9, 2010

Have you been asked to bring a side dish to an upcoming potluck dinner? If you don't want to have to worry about how you're going to keep a hot dish at the appropriate temperature both in transit and during the event, consider taking an item that's designed to be served cold. It can be much easier to keep a cold side dish chilled while traveling and during an event than it is to keep an item that needs to be served warm at an appropriate temperature.

Cold Side Dish Recipe Ideas and Instructions

When you're looking for a low maintenance side dish to take to a party or other event, consider one of the following "made to be served cold" recipe ideas:

Cold Salad Recipes

Visit this hub if you'd like to learn how to make delicious and unique chilled salad recipes, including Onion Salad, Broccoli & Bleu Cheese Salad, Orange-Pineapple Cottage Cheese Salad, Traditional Ambrosia, and Cucumber and OnionSalad.

Coleslaw Recipes

The coleslaw recipes in this hub are perfect for potluck dinners because they are all made without mayonnaise. There's always a safety risk when transporting dishes made with mayo or when they are left sitting out on a buffet serving table during an event. This hub provides easy to follow instructions on how to make interesting (and mayo-free) coleslaw recipes including: Colorful Coleslaw and Oriental Coleslaw.

Dip Recipes Made with Sour Cream

Chips or crackers with dip are popular at all types of gatherings where food is served. This hub is filled with dip recipes made to be served cold. (You'll also find a recipe for Hot Taco Dip here, so safe it for an occasion when you'll be serving snacks at home. Visit this hub to learn to make cold dip recipes including: French Onion Dip, Salsa Sour Cream Dip, Sour Cream Vegetable Dip, and Spinach Dip.

Green Salad

Salads are always popular items for potluck dinners. Many times, the majority of items sitting on the sideboard during covered dish dinners are laden with fat and calories. Many people enjoy finding a salad among what is usually a variety of cream based dishes, casseroles covered in cheese, and other less than diet friendly selections. Check out this hub for great ideas on putting together a green salad that is sure to be a hit.

Pickled Vegetables

If you want to take an interesting side dish that will get people talking, consider taking pickled vegetables that you made yourself. Visit this hub and learn how to make Pickled Carrots and Pickled Squash. As an added bonus, you can prepare these recipes ahead of time and can them. When you keep homemade pickled vegetables on hand, you'll always have something you can grab from your pantry to take to a party or potluck dinner without having to put time and effort into preparing a dish.


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