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Potluck Chopped Salad

Potluck Chopped Salad

This recipe is from chef Yia Vang at Union Hmong Kitchen in Minneapolis. This style of salad is a staple of Hmong potlucks. It was one of the first things that new Hmong immigrants to the Midwest learned to make from the families who sponsored them in the 1980s and ’90s.


  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • ¼ tsp. Aji-No-Moto umami seasoning (MSG; optional)
  • 1 romaine heart, quartered lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1" pieces
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 medium radish (such as watermelon or black), cut into quarters through root end, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups mixed tender herb leaves (such as Thai basil, cilantro, dill and/or mint)

Recipe Preparation

  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Carefully lower eggs into water with a slotted spoon and cook 8 minutes. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Remove eggs from ice water, pat dry, and peel. Slice eggs crosswise and set aside for serving.

  • Whisk garlic, buttermilk, mayonnaise, dill, and Aji-No-Moto seasoning (if using) in a large bowl to combine; season with salt and pepper. Add romaine, carrot, radish, and herbs and toss to coat; season with salt.

  • To serve, tuck egg slices in and around salad.

Recipe by Yia Vang, Union Hmong Kitchen, MinneapolisReviews SectionYUM!! We all loved this salad! My daughter kept saying that it tastes like summer with all the fresh herbs. It was a lot of dressing, but I like the extra just pooled at the bottom of my bowl and didn’t seem to be overwhelming. I used the tiniest clove of garlic that O had on hand since it was raw in the salad, and that was perfect. I can’t wait to be able to bring this salad to an actual potluck. thank you!carolinasfinaChicago, Illinois 04/25/20I thoroughly enjoyed this salad! I wish I would've split the dressing between my big salad bowl and a jar to save for later. The dressing is delicious but there is bit too much of it for the quantities of vegetables listed.

Summer is the season for cookouts and potlucks — where everyone is invited as long as they bring a dish to pass — even if some gatherings remain limited to family members or socially distanced neighbors. You'll find versions of some classic American party recipes at every potluck, including potato salad, deviled eggs, and Jell-O molds because, even though vintage recipes go in and out of style, they're often the first dishes to disappear from the buffet line. As you gear up for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July this year, consider making one of these delicious, retro potluck dishes that everyone loves.

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20 Vegetarian Potluck Recipes Everyone Will LOVE

When attending a potluck, food is everything! Wow guests by preparing one of these delicious vegetarian potluck recipes. All feature simple, easy-to-use ingredients and are packed with intense flavor!

Potlucks are always fun occasions, no matter the time of year. Regardless of what your potluck looks like, there’s always one thing that gets tricky: deciding which dish to provide. Something hearty and filling? A side salad? Something appetizer-style? A dessert?

To help you calm your wandering mind and figure out what to make, I’ve compiled 20 vegetarian potluck recipes that everyone will love. All of these dishes use easy, simple ingredients, and trust me when I say that not one lacks an ounce of flavor.

Guests will absolutely devour any of these yummy, savory, memorable options!

Best Potluck Salad Recipes

Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and summer barbecues are all perfect occasions for serving salad. If you&rsquore faced with having to bring something to contribute to a potluck, a salad is an easy, low-stress contribution. This collection of the best potluck salad recipes includes green salads, bean salads, potato salads, pasta salads and more. Bookmark your favorites to make for summer potluck parties!

&ldquoTo be successful, you can&rsquot show up to the potluck with just a fork&rdquo

-Dave Liniger

Three Bean Salad by Recipes For Holidays. Better than the classic version, the addition of vegetables and a totally delicious, homemade dressing turns out a great salad to serve for a potluck party!

Green Bean Salad by A Southern Soul. Fresh green beans tossed in a bright, lemony dressing with tomatoes, onions, and feta cheese make an irresistible salad!

Grilled Corn Salad by Recipe Girl. This is clearly a favorite summer salad recipe. It&rsquos full of all the great flavors of summer!

Kicked-Up Chicken Macaroni Salad by Noble Pig. The combination of jalapeño ranch dressing, fresh jalapeños and Fritos make this a super delicious macaroni salad!

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad by Recipe Girl. This is a bright, colorful and delicious salad with a simple dressing.

Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad by Recipe Girl. Perfect for barbecues and potlucks, this is a great, classic macaroni salad recipe.

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad by Recipe Girl. It&rsquos a pasta salad full of plenty of vegetables, cheese and tossed with a good vinaigrette.

Dilled Potato Salad with Feta by Recipe Girl. This is a delicious Greek-style, mayo-free potato salad

Classic Potato Salad by Foodiecrush. This potato salad recipe has been handed down through the family, and it includes secret tips that makes it the very best potato salad recipe every single time.

Spinach Salad with Chicken Avocado and Goat Cheese by Recipe Girl. This is a big-time favorite salad recipe filled with delicious things and tossed with a tangy dressing.

The Best Broccoli Salad by Small Town Woman. This is a favorite go to summer salad recipe with fresh broccoli, crisp smoked bacon, sweet red onion and crunchy sliced almonds.

Black Bean Salad by Dinner at the Zoo. This salad is a colorful and refreshing blend of beans, corn, peppers, herbs and avocado, all tossed in a zesty lime dressing.

Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad by Recipe Girl. This is the quintessential summer salad with the perfect combination of watermelon and feta cheese.

Tex Mex Chicken Chopped Salad by Life in the Lofthouse. This salad is filled with crunchy romaine lettuce, corn, black beans and grilled chicken. It&rsquos tossed with a taco-flavored ranch dressing!

Grilled Corn Pineapple Salad by Reluctant Entertainer. This salad combines sweet, tangy, spicy, salty flavors with complimentary hints of bitter char and deep caramelization.

Mexican Street Corn Kale Salad by Eating Bird Food. A twist on the original, this salad is packed with veggies and protein too.

Kiwi Berry Salad with Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing by Recipe Girl. This salad is bursting with kiwis, fresh berries, pistachios and feta to create a pretty and delicious salad!

Mediterranean Orzo Salad by Salt and Lavender. Think of this as a traditional Greek salad with orzo pasta mixed in.

BLT Red Potato Salad with Avocado by Tidy Mom. This potato salad has an avocado ranch dressing along with bacon, lettuce, and tomato!

Easy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad by Baker by Nature. Made with just 5 basic ingredients, this is the perfect potluck salad recipe.

Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad by Closet Cooking. This is a cool and creamy cucumber and dill salad that is perfect for hot summer days!

The Best Pea Salad by Mom on Timeout. Perfect for small or large gatherings, this easy potluck salad can be pulled together in just minutes and can also be made up to three days in advance.

Caesar Chicken Pasta Salad by Just a Taste. Pasta salad meets chicken caesar salad in this awesome salad recipe!

Blueberry Corn Salad with Prosciutto by Recipe Girl. This salad is a really unique, beautiful and delicious summer salad for you to try.

Best Ever Greek Salad by Can&rsquot Stay Out of the Kitchen. This salad has a delicious homemade salad dressing, and it&rsquos perfect for potlucks.

Betty’s Couscous Salad

Betty didn’t specify how much couscous to cook , or how much feta to add for her delicious version of this salad, so I just wing it…

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed/minced
  • 2 tbsp snipped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt
  • pepper

Whisk all ingredients together, or shake up in a jar.

  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cucumber, unpeeled and cut into small pieces
  • red onion, sliced (to taste)
  • black olives, to taste
  • feta cheese, crumbled or cut up
  1. Cook the couscous, stir, and set aside to cool (follow the directions on the box) whole wheat is my preference.
  2. Combine the salad ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the dressing to the vegetables and toss.
  4. Add the couscous to the vegetables, toss. Just before serving, gently stir in the feta cheese.

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Nutritional InformationShow More

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 67
  • Calories from Fat 13
  • Total Fat 1.4g 2 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.5g 2 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 4.7g 9 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 3.3mg 1 %
  • Sodium 470mg 20 % Potassium 0 0 % -->
  • Total Carbohydrates 10g 3 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.8g 11 %
  • Sugars 6.2g 0 %

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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just curious, how well does this keep?

Hi there! The Test Kitchen says that this will keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. Enjoy!

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Potluck Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad

I had cabbage and radishes aplenty when informed of the impending opportunity to use up farm share veggies pot luck. Following my tip to stick with the familiar, from my post Five Tips to Feed Your Family From the Farm Share, I decided to make a chicken & cabbage salad with an Asian dressing. The guests did not include vegetarians or folks with nut allergies, so I felt comfortable making my usual recipe which comes from the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook (Amazon affiliate link).

I've tweaked this recipe in a few ways, shown below. First off, I added salad greens since I'm serving a crowd. Second, I added radishes since I had some, I thought they'd look pretty, and the extra crunch would go well. Third, I used seasoned rice vinegar (the kind I use for my sushi rice) and, since that is sweetened, I omit the sugar. I double the dressing since it's so good--and so easy to make. Method-wise, I change the recipe by tossing the chicken-cabbage mixture with the dressing and let it hang out for a few hours. Then I toss the whole lot together with a bit more dressing and it's ready to serve.

25 Pasta Salad Recipes

You’ll be the hit of the potluck when you bring one of these 25 Pasta Salad Recipes! There’s something for every taste, and everyone will want your recipe!

During the summer months, we love to eat outdoors and have friends over for a cookout. The one thing every cookout needs is a great pasta salad recipe!

We love cold pasta salad recipes to help balance the heat. They’re the perfect make-ahead side dish to share.

These 25 pasta salads have something for everyone – meaty, loaded with veggies, or Mediterranean flavored. The hard part is choosing which one to make first!

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    – Pasta salad with a kick! I love the spice in this recipe! – A classic the whole family loves! – Summer perfection! Sweet crab and creamy dressing! – I swear I would eat buffalo flavored everything, especially pasta salad! – Light, refreshing, and OMG so good!

I love a yummy pasta salad with Mediterranean flare, and these easy recipes deliver!

    – This antipasto with pasta. Heaven in a bowl, friends! – Simple flavors done right! Add some pesto and you’re in business! – Fresh veggies and hearty beans are a hit in this pasta salad! – I may or may not sneak into my fridge to eat this pasta salad right from the bowl. I just can’t wait! – Bright flavors that go great with grilled chicken or fish!

Load up your pasta salads with veggies for fresh flavorful everyone will love!

    – How pretty is this pasta salad?! My boys gobble it up! – I could easily eat this pasta salad for the main dish! – I love all the fresh veggies in this recipe! So fresh! – Any time I bring this recipe to the potluck there are never leftovers! – A little citrus is your pasta salad is perfect for spring or summer!

Bacon makes everything better and these pasta salads prove it! It’s so hard to pick just one!

    – Creamy delicious and maybe even better than the sandwich! – You can’t go wrong with this recipe! Easy and so tasty! – So much yes! You may need to make a double batch…it’s that good! – Creamy with pops of salty bacon and sweet roasted tomatoes. What’s not to love?! – This pasta salad is dangerous! Dangerously delicious!!

These pasta salads are fun, flavorful, and gorgeous! Everything you want at your potluck or cookout!

    – Forget your regular tacos salad and make this instead! – I love all the colors and flavors of this pasta salad recipe! – This recipe takes me back to the islands every time I make it! – A hand me down recipe in my family that you DO NOT want to miss! – Kids love this pasta salad. It’s so easy and yummy!

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Not the most gorgeous picture.

Luckily it still tastes good, and enough so that I finished it off and immediately made a second batch that was much prettier to photograph.

So again, balsamic is for DRIZZLING.

Also, when I was reading other's recipes about this chopped Caprese salad, many of them had (in my opinion) way too much oil and vinegar added.

I only used 2 Tablespoons olive oil and 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar. One recipe called for 1/4 cup balsamic alone, which I started to do in the first batch but realized it was drowning in brown liquid.

I'd recommend to start small with the oil and vinegar. You can always add more later!