Summer Picnic Food Ideas & Recipes

Pack Your Picnic Basket Full of these Picnic Foods!

May 23, 2019
Portable Picnic Food
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Pack a picnic! These 10 picnic recipes will keep well and are easy to transport. From sesame chicken wings to potato salad to strawberry hand pies, bring this delicious food to your outdoor patio or a picnic in the park—or, pack in a cooler for a long drive!

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Summer Picnic Recipes

Summer Salsa Salad
This prize-winning salsa can be served over salad greens or served as a side with tortilla chips. For easy carrying to a picnic, pack in a sealable bowl or pretty glass jars!

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Sesame-Ginger Wings
These wings are good cold, too–great in a picnic basket.They’re already fully flavored with sesame and ginger, so need need to worry about a dip.

Photo: Coffeemill/Shutterstock

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
What else do we need to say?  Pack the buns and pork separately. Add some bagged slaw for topping (or, whatever you’d like).

Photo: Teri Virbickis/shutterstock

Potato Salad With Chicken and Green Beans
This Potato Salad With Green Beans and Chicken dish is loaded with fresh ingredients—and no mayonnaise.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Crunchy Asian Salad With Chicken
This salad tastes even better after it’s been dressed so it’s perfect to bring to a picnic or potluck.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Salad
This satisfying salad is very portable. It’s packed with protein, crunch, and flavor.

Photo: Margo Letourneau

Kat’s Tortellini Salad Bowl
This pasta salad is quick to prepare and great to have on hand for summer picnics and gatherings.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Picnic Desserts

Chocolate Sheet Cake 
A quick and easy dessert with a frosting that turns to fudge. Terrific for a summer picnic.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 
These cookies are super easy to make and extremely delicious. They are great with semi-sweet chocolate chips, but we recommend trying them with milk chocolate chips for a truly mouth-watering treat.

Photo: Photogal/Shutterstock

Strawberry Hand Pies
These hand pies—made with jam—are delightful and so easy to make! Cook in the oven or on the outdoor grill!

Strawberry Hand Pies. Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Strawberry Lemonade 
Our easy Strawberry Lemonade is loaded with fresh ripe strawberries and zesty tart lemon!

Strawberry Lemonade, by Amallia Eka, Shutterstock
Photo: Amallia Eka/Shutterstock

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