16 Easy Vegan Potluck Recipes

Holiday party season is in full swing, and for a lot of people, that means potluck after delicious potluck. Change hearts and minds with these crowd-pleasing and EASY vegan potluck recipes!

If you’re new to eating vegan, attending a potluck might be a little bit anxiety-inducing. Maybe you’ve got a friend or coworker who is outspoken about all vegan food being “gross.” Or maybe you’re just not confident yet about your plant-based cooking skills.

Don’t panic!

Armed with the right recipes, a potluck doesn’t need to be a source of stress. It’s an opportunity to introduce people to the wonders of plant-based eating. Trust me: after 12 years of veganism, I’ve learned that people will gladly devour the vegan dish, if you set it out casually.

16 Easy Vegan Potluck Recipes

Casual is key, especially if you’re trying to win over skeptical eaters. Don’t label your dish as vegan. Just set it out amongst everything else, and let the deliciousness speak for itself. At most potlucks, my vegan dishes are the first to disappear, and the vegan potluck recipes here will help set you up for similar success.

Easy Vegan Potluck Recipes

The collection of vegan potluck recipes below has a little bit of everything, from salads and casseroles to snacks and a few sweet treats. No matter what the potluck theme, we’ve got you covered!

Easy One-Pan Red Curry with Spinach and Carrots

1. Easy One-Pan Red Curry with Spinach and Carrots

Curry might not seem like a shoe-in at a potluck, but a dish like this often gets a lot of love. It stands out, and it’s the type of meal that tastes even better the next day, so you can prepare it the night before, then just warm it up before serving.

Lentil-Sweet Potato Stew

2. Lentil-Sweet Potato Stew

This is another dish that tastes great the next day. It’s hearty, satisfying and sure to please. Just toss the avocado slices with a bit of lime juice, so they don’t brown before people get a chance to devour them on top of this tasty stew!


3. Lemony Kale Salad With Avocado Coconut Dressing

Vegans don’t only eat salads, but when we do, they’re super flavorful numbers, like this sweet-and-savory kale salad! Because of the lemon juice in this recipe, you don’t need to worry about the avocado browning, though I’d probably make this salad day-of, so it’s as fresh as possible when you serve it.

This quick and easy Warm Tempeh Salad is a perfect light meal on a chilly evening.

4. Warm Tempeh Salad with Herbed Tahini Dressing

This is another hearty salad, and you just need to take a few precautions to make sure it doesn’t get soggy. By all means, prepare the veggies, tempeh and dressing the night before, but don’t toss them all together. Instead, serve separately, so the tempeh and dressing won’t wilt the salad greens before you get a chance to enjoy them.

Pickled Jalapeno Cornbread

5. Pickled Jalapeno Cornbread

If you’ve signed up to bring a side dish, this simple quickbread loaded with whole corn kernels and flavorful pieces of pickled jalapeńos is a great option. You can make it up to a day ahead, and just bring a butter knife to slice and serve.

Vegan Baked Cabbage Rolls

6. Baked Cabbage Rolls

Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with tomatoey mashed chickpeas and smothered in even more tomato sauce is healthy comfort food. You can assemble these the day before, then bake them day-of so they’re fresh and hot!

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

7. Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is a veganized version of a dip that my mom used to make for every single potluck we attended when my sister and I were kids. It vanished within minutes back then, and this updated version does the same at potlucks now. You can serve this warm or cold, but I do prefer it warmed up. I’d definitely label this dish as containing nuts, because no one will guess that the creaminess comes from cashews otherwise!

Jackfruit Carnitas Enchiladas by Fried Dandelions

8. Jackfruit Carnitas Enchiladas

If you can get your hands on some canned jackfruit (in brine or water – NOT syrup), I highly recommend this dish! You can make it the night before, then reheat day-of, like most of the dishes on this list. It’s packed with flavor and allergy-friendly!

Vegan Broccoli and Rice Casserole from Dianne's Vegan Kitchen

9. Broccoli and Rice Casserole

This is another dish that I’d definitely label as containing nuts, since the cheese sauce is cashew-based. Creamy, vegan broccoli-cheese sauce and hearty rice bake up into a healthy-yet-delicious casserole that everyone will love. For the best results, you can make this whole dish day-of or assemble the night before and bake just before serving.

Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese from V. Nutrition and Wellness

10. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

My five-year-old loves this vegan mac and cheese recipe, and so will your potluck guests! It’s rich and creamy and reheats beautifully. Like the other dishes here with cashew-based sauces, make sure you label accordingly!

Mini Gluten Free Vegan Apple Muffins

11. Vegan Apple Mini Muffins

Got a breakfast potluck on the books? These adorable muffins are a surefire hit. They’re gluten free and nut free, though they do contain coconut oil, so you may need to label for that, just in case. They’re also packed with apple deliciousness alongside cardamom and nutmeg, and the crunchy cinnamon-sugar coating really takes these over the top.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie from Healthier Steps

12. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

If you’re in charge of dessert, you can’t go wrong with a classic pumpkin pie! You make the rich, creamy filling for this pie in the blender, then pour it into the crust and bake. If you don’t care about the gluten free part and want to save some time, you can use store-bought pie crust. Many of them are accidentally vegan! Just check the ingredients for milk, eggs, butter, etc.

Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese from Cadry's Kitchen

13. Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese

Dress up some store-bought vegan cream cheese with beautiful cranberry salsa for a spread that looks like a beautiful, edible jewel. This tart, creamy side is perfect on your favorite crackers. You need to serve immediately after assembling, but you can make the salsa up to a day ahead. In fact, she recommends it, so the flavors have a chance to meld!

Vegan Shiitake Shallot Quiche from Spabettie

14. Shiitake Shallot Quiche

Quiche is a potluck classic, but this quiche is anything but. Packed with shallots, garlic, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms, it’s a brunch or lunchtime treat. Like the pumpkin pie above, you can make the gluten free crust or look for a pre-made, vegan crust at the grocery store. This recipe uses cashew milk, so definitely label it as containing nuts or substitute soy milk instead.

Superfood Salad from Vegan in the Freezer

15. Superfood Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

This hearty salad is a meal in a bowl. It’s got hearty brown rice, lentils and edamame tossed with veggies and fruits in a sweet-and-sour maple vinaigrette. It’s a true party in your mouth. Keep the dressing and the salad separate until just before serving, then toss them together before you put them out.

Kidney Bean Salad from A Virtual Vegan

16. Kidney Bean Salad with Lemon and Parsley

The slightly-sweet lemon dressing and healthy dose of fresh parsley transform a classic bean salad into something truly special. This recipe is simple and filling, and you can make it a couple of days ahead, if you like.

Do you have any go-to, easy vegan potluck recipes? I’d love to hear what you bring to wow your friends and family. Tell us about it in the comments!

All images via recipe authors, used with permission.

51 comments

Emma L
Emma L25 days ago

thank you

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Sophie A
Sophie A27 days ago

thank you for posting

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Diane Wayne
Past Member 29 days ago

yummy! cheers! Don't like the ones with corn. In America corn is all gmo, as well as soybeans, another issue that needs to be stopped

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Jetana A
Jetana Aabout a month ago

I'm not vegan, but prefer to cook food that everyone can enjoy. I'm especially excited to try the cream cheese free spinach artichoke dip. Cashew "cheeses" I've made were yummy.

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Ruth S
Ruth Sabout a month ago

Thanks.

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Patty L
Patty Labout a month ago

these sound & look yummy!! thank you!

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Shirley P
Shirley Pabout a month ago

wonderful for vegaans in my family

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Linda Wallace
Linda Wabout a month ago

Thank you.

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