This year, pack a picnic and make some memories! We’ve got some delicious portable picnic food ideas—bean and potato salads, chicken salads, and fun sandwiches. Plus, we have summery drinks and yummy picnic desserts, including our best brownies.
On the next warm day, head outdoors—whether it’s your outdoor patio or a nearby park! Find a shady spot, spread out a picnic blanket, bring a book or board game, and enjoy the day!
While a traditional wicker basket is romantic, a simple tote or cooler is perfectly practical. Don’t forget utensils including a knife, perhaps a cutting board to use as a flat surface, a botte opener if needed, napkins or paper towels, and a bag for clean-up.
3 Potato Salads
A true German Potato Salad recipe combines hot potatoes, vinegar, and hot bacon fat. If you’re seeking a delicious savory potato salad—without mayonnaise—try this adaptation of theclassic.
Our version of the picnic classic, this American-Style Potato Salad has a light and fresh taste and takes little time to prepare!
This Potato Salad With Green Beans and Chicken dish is loaded with fresh ingredients—and no mayonnaise.
2 Pasta Salads
A colorful no-mayo pasta salad that’s full of flavor. Adapt to whatever is on the pantry shelf—tomato instead of pimiento, green olives instead of black ones, or perhaps a different cheese.
Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
This tortellini salad combines the saltiness of olives, the creaminess of mozzarella cheese, and the freshness of spinach into one flavorful dish.
Curry adds flavor to this light chicken salad made with nuts and apple chunks for a filling lunch. Serve as a salad alone or in a sandwich.
This attractive Seven-Layer Salad looks great when assembled in a clear glass bowl. This salad should be made about 8 hours before serving, which makes it very convenient for potlucks when you don’t have time for a lot of last-minute preparations.
Photo: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein
Chips and Salsa
This prize-winning salsa can be served as a side with tortilla chips or as a salad. For easy carrying to a picnic, pack in a sealable bowl!
Move over potato chips—beet chips have you, well, beat! These easy-to-make vegetable chips are as beautiful as they are nutritious.
These wings are good cold—great for a picnic basket. They’re already fully flavored with sesame and ginger, so need need to worry about a dip.
Our Crunchy Chicken Salad has zip and zest with tart apples, crunchy pine nuts, and protein-packed quinoa! This recipe works as a chicken salad on its own, too.
Coat one side of each slice of foccacia or French bread with pesto or olive oil. Layer on the tomato slices, season with salt and pepper, add the mozzarella slices and fresh basil leaves, and top with a second piece of bread. Wrap in foil if transporting.
Everybody has a favorite brownie recipe, but these homemade brownies are hard to beat! Moist, rich, and fudgy.
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.
Our easy Strawberry Lemonade is loaded with fresh ripe strawberries and zesty tart lemon!
Photo: Amallia Eka/Shutterstock
More Picnic Recipes
None of the piqued your interest? Here are a few of our other top picnic picks…
- Green Beans Vinaigrette
- Cold Apple Bisque
- Summer Couscous and Shrimp Salad (or, substitute chicken)
- Three Bean Salad
- Main-Dish Picnic Biscuits
- Seven-Layer Salad
- Roasted Potato Salad
- Cold Macaroni Salad
- New-England Style Coleslaw
- Pickled Daikon
- Italian-Style Pasta Salad
- Crunchy Dill Pickles
- Brown Sugar Cookies
- Elderberry Pie
- Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Strawberry Delight Cake
- Best Brownies
- Date Bars
If you plan to grill, check out our great Grilling Recipes and Tips.