Now is the best time to have a picnic! There’s no reason to wait, grab your blankets and cutlery, get in a car with your family and go! And of course, don’t forget the delicious picnic food.
We’ve prepared some of the best picnic recipes for you, try them out, and share them with your family, I’m sure they’ll be impressed with you.
The best picnic foods not only look appetizing, but are delicious. Above all, they should be easy to make. Also, they should be easy to store and easily taken outdoors. It’s even better if they don’t require utensils to eat, right?
Well, the recipes we have prepared for you meet the above requirements. Check out the following 17 summer cookout recipes, I promise, you’ll want to try each one!
1. Avocado Summer Rolls
An excellent healthy snack or casual meal, these fresh vegetable summer rolls. Enjoy with a creamy vegan coconut basil sauce!
2. Easy Pasta Salad
The preparation time for this quick and simple pasta salad is only 30 minutes! It will be a success at any picnic when tossed in a tart vinaigrette and loaded with vegetables.
3. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
This simple chickpea salad dish will become a staple in your home. If you prepare it in advance, it preserves nicely, so bring it for a savory/sweet nutritious lunch.
4. Best Potato Salad
Perfect for picnics and barbecues, this potato salad recipe! A creamy, rich dressing covers tender potatoes, fresh herbs and crunchy vegetables.
5. Turkey, Gouda & Apple Tea Sandwiches
What a tasty addition to any fall function these fun mini sandwiches are. A touch of cranberry mayonnaise brings a unique flavor, while the apples add crunch. These Sammys will be the life of the party!
6. Grilled Lemon Chicken
The chicken I got from the lemonade concentrate. Its so simple and so sweet!
7. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Snack Mix
I love chocolate-covered strawberries, but that’s a treat you want to make only on special occasions. With a little experimenting, I’ve captured the same incredible flavor in a snack I can take anywhere. Everyone is always amazed when I pull this out at a picnic or tailgate, or on a car trip.
8. Mango Salad with Mint Yogurt Dressing
An abundant planter full of mint inspired me to create this summery salad. The flavors pair together so well, and really let the freshness of the mint shine.
9. Lemon-Ricotta Cookies
I work for a Special Education school and our students run their own catering business. Every time they make these lemon-ricotta cookies for a catering event, they get raves. They are the yummiest and chewiest cookies ever!
10. Confetti Snack Mix
I’ve made this party mix for many years, and I usually double the recipe. It makes a delightful gift, and everyone always asks how I make it.
11. Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs
For a lighter fare, use chicken sausage instead of hot dogs.
12. Frozen Tropical Fruit Kebabs
Mango and pineapple chunks are even more refreshing when served frozen—and even sweeter when drizzled in melted white chocolate.
13. Strawberry and Snickers Sticks
Make this healthy summer dessert by threading cut-up candy and sliced strawberries onto bamboo skewers.
14. Spicy Cashew-Lemongrass Snack Mix
Lime leaves and lemongrass bring citrusy flavor to the buttery cashews, toasted coconut, and crispy garlic. Frying each element individually ensures crunchy—not burned—components. Use a food processor to make quick work of the garlic.
15. Quiche Lorraine
The small amount of sour cream in this recipe gives the quiche a super-silky texture. We used chopped chives here, but lots of other herbs would be nice, too, such as sage, thyme or rosemary. The quiche is perfect for breakfast, or with a salad for a light lunch or dinner.
16. Homemade Tortilla Chips
Perfectly crisp, crunchy Homemade Tortilla Chips that can be fried, baked, or air-fried. Enjoy fresh, warm crispy chips with guacamole or your favorite salsa using only 3 ingredients in just 15 minutes. Super quick and easy guilt-free snacks!
17. Corn on the Cob with Parsley Butter
Dress up sweet summer corn with homemade butter.