You have tons and tons of options. The variety of vegan food is endless.
Just bring something that’s 100% vegan. That’s the only requirement.
(Remember vegan = no meat, no poultry, no fish, no seafood, no dairy, no eggs, no honey. No animal products of any kind.)
Here are some ideas to get you started on what to bring to a vegan potluck:
If you have only five minutes, or if you’re nervous about cooking for others, bring…
- …store-bought bread, muffins, or cookies. (Read the ingredients to make sure it’s vegan).
- …a fruit plate. You can usually pick up a pre-made fruit platter from your local grocery store.
- …a veggie platter. (Many come with nonvegan ranch, so find one without or toss the ranch and replace it with a vegan salad dressing.)
- …fruit juice, seltzer, water, tea, or coffee.
- …vegan wine, if allowed. For a list, check here >>
- …napkins, plates, utensils, and cups.
If you have fifteen minutes, bring…
- …a home-made green salad. Dress it with oil and vinegar, Italian dressing, or any number of other vegan salad dressings.
- …a fruit salad. (No yogurt, or cottage cheese, though, please.)
- …a bean salad.
- …a spouted salad.
- …dip: bean dip, pate, salsa, guacamole, etc.
If you have half an hour, bring…
- …a pasta salad. Try this one >> or this one >>
- …a rice dish. For example >>
- …mini sandwiches or crackers and “cheese”
If you have an hour or two, bring…
- …a vegan casserole. For example >>
- …a vegan potpie. You can find one here >>
- …lasagna (raw or cooked). Try this one >> or do it raw >>
If you have all day, bring…
- …something from a crock pot. Here are some options >>
- …Red Beans and Rice.
There’s something else you should bring to a vegan potluck if you can…
What shouldn’t you bring to a vegan potluck? Here are some things to avoid bringing to a vegan potluck:
- Leather, wool, or fur: Out of respect, don’t wear a leather jacket or a fur coat. Even if it’s an old, used coat and you only wear it to reduce wastefulness, please avoid it for the potluck. Other potluck-goers may be offended and hurt if you wear animals to a vegan potluck.
- Honey: Even if you’re a “beegan” and don’t consider honey to be an animal product, don’t assume other vegans feel the same way.
- Confusion: Avoid confusing people by adding a sign. If you want to be really nice, make a little sign for your dish that lists all the ingredients. This helps people who have allergies or special dietary conditions.
- Faux meats: If it’s your first time, you may want to skip the faux meat or faux cheese dish. Some vegans love it, some hate it. If you choose to use faux, bring along the package so other potluck participants can verify that it’s vegan. (Believe it or not, some mean people will bring nonvegan food to vegan potlucks and ‘fool’ vegans.)
- Furry friends or babies: Ask the host about companion animals and children. Some potlucks will welcome them but others won’t.
For free vegan recipes, try these websites: