Summer Picnic Recipes

20+ Easy and Delicious Summer Picnic Recipes

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Going on a picnic is especially enjoyable when the sun is shining brightly outside. It’s a good thing summer is just around the corner! However, you should know that going on picnics requires meal-prepped food or foods that do not require that much equipment. But do not worry because I have here 21 delicious and hassle-free picnic recipes perfect for the summer! See also Spring Picnic Ideas.

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21. Fresh Corn Salad Recipe – Easy Picnic Food Idea

This easy and flavorful Fresh Corn Salad Recipe is perfect for summer barbecues and potlucks! The fresh corn and simple dressing are sure to be a hit with your guests!

This delicious Fresh Corn Salad Recipe is easy to make with only a few ingredients. Your family will love this salad on the side of burgers, and it’s perfect to bring to picnics and BBQs!

Every time a new food season comes around (football season, the holidays, etc), I get really excited and think that this is my favorite food season. But now that we’re at the start of summer, my head is spinning with all of the great recipes I want to try. I guess this is really my favorite food season after all.

One of the best things about this fresh recipe is that it uses to produce that is easy to find in the summertime. It makes it the perfect fresh summer salad!

20. Low Carb Layered Keto Chessecake Jars – Summer Picnic Dessert

These delicious no-bake cheesecakes layered in jars and topped with fresh strawberries are so quick and easy to prepare and they also are healthy… they are low carb, keto friendly and sugar-free.

Honestly, I think that maybe I and my oldest son might be obsessed with cheesecakes.

If you are looking for the perfect dessert for a picnic or party summer in the backyard with your friends or family, you are in the right place. Your guests will definitely feel special when you hand them their own dessert jar!

Today I’m going to share with you a very simple recipe of no-bake cheesecake layered in jars. They look so pretty and taste amazing. And you don´t even notice they are low-carb.

There is fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, to give that kick to your palate. The lemon juice with gelatin is absolutely necessary to stabilize these cheesecake filling. And fresh lemon zest gives it a refreshing flavor. The lemon cheesecake filling is light, airy and fluffy. The most amazing is that the cocoa filling is also low carb and sugar-free. I used this erythritol sweetener which is a natural sweetener that is perfect for those who are on a keto or paleo diet, and it’s also great for diabetics.

19. Chickpea Salad

No matter if you choose to refer to them as garbanzo beans or chickpeas, these pulses form the basis for an invigorating and refreshing chickpea medley. Brimming with components like tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, red onion, avocado, feta, ample herbs, and a generous squeeze of lemon, this accompaniment is loaded with fresh ingredients ready to provide relief on a sweltering summer day. The best part is, these ingredients are accessible all year round, making for an effortless solution to a nutritious lunch or a crowd-pleasing barbecue side. Who needs to rely on the groundhog’s prediction?

This recipe suggests using feta that has been diced from a block. Though crumbled feta would taste splendid here (and it’s perfectly fine if you can’t get your hands on a block!), it tends to dissolve in the dressing. On the other hand, when feta is cut from a block, it tastes fresher and maintains its structure in the salad, yielding ideal morsels of creamy, savoury delight.

The chickpea medley is an excellent choice for preparation ahead of time. This marinated pulse salad keeps quite well in the fridge for up to two days. If planning to make it in advance, keep the avocado and basil aside until it’s time to serve. This ensures that the avocado remains fresh and the basil maintains its vibrant green hue and attractiveness.

18. Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a quintessential festive fare for spring, lending themselves to numerous variations. This season, infuse your celebration with a dash of Southern charm by merging them with another iconic Southern party delight – Pimiento cheese.

17. Asparagus Quiche

This tart takes its cue from Oceana County, Michigan, recognized as the Asparagus Centre of America, where the grainy soil offers the perfect environment for cultivating this green, stalk-like vegetable. Since 1974, every June they host the National Asparagus Gala, featuring an array of asparagus-themed happenings, an encounter with the Asparagus Monarch, a procession, and a multitude of recipe tastings. Unable to visit? Maximise the potential of your home-grown, award-winning stalks with this creamy quiche.

16. Watermelon Tomato Salad

I trust you’ve got a generous amount of tomatoes. And the reason is, I’ve got a unique watermelon and tomato salad recipe for you! This variant stands apart from the tomato salad we explored on Tuesday – it’s super quick to whip up and is teeming with a mix of hot/sweet/savory/sour taste. You might recall the ginger-infused tamari-lime dressing from the recipe book and also from these rice bowls. It’s absolutely ideal here since the contrasting tastes truly enhance the sweetness of the watermelon. This is the salad that will be my go-to until the summer season winds down because it’s incredibly delicious and invigorating.

15. Best Potato Salad

This recipe for potato salad undoubtedly tops any that I’ve experimented with. It’s smooth, it’s zesty, and it’s speckled with savory herbs, crunchy celery, and (though optional, highly recommended) hard-cooked eggs. I’ll be contributing it to every grill party and summer barbeque we participate in. This potato salad recipe is so delightful that I can’t resist!

Basically, it’s the traditional potato salad that was a constant at every outdoor meal and shared dish gathering during my younger years, but it carries a few crucial alterations. Firstly, I introduce chopped dill cucumbers for an extra crunch, and I stir in a bit of cucumber brine into the creamy mayonnaise and mustard concoction. This additional touch of tartness genuinely elevates the flavors of the potatoes. Fresh herbs bring this recipe to life too. Dill enhances the sharpness of the cucumbers, and chives deliver a hint of onion-like zing. Try it just once, and you’ll never require another homemade potato salad recipe.

14. Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Pepper-Onion Foil Packs

Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Pepper-Onion Foil Packs are one of our favorite tailgate party meals.

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13. Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy pasta salad is the perfect bring-along side dish for potlucks and tailgate parties. With an herby, tangy dressing for the win!

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12. Mini Cucumber Sandwiches with Dill Cream Cheese

These mini cucumber sandwiches are made with dill cream cheese and make the best appetizer, lunch, or snack. With both cucumbers and radishes, they’re loaded with veggies for a healthy twist on classic tea sandwiches.

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11. Apricot-Cherry Slab Pie

Apricot-cherry slab pie is a portable dessert, with a buttery, flaky crust and fresh spring fruit filling. It’s perfect picnic food.

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10. Pressed Italian Sandwiches with Olive Tapenade

Need an easy no-cook meal during the warmer months? Prep these sandwiches in 20 minutes and stick them in the fridge to “press” until you’re ready to slice & eat.

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9. Picnic Sandwich With Jalapeño Cashew Cheese 

This vegan picnic sandwich is loaded with a slathering of jalapeño cashew cheese spread, red bell peppers, thinly sliced onion, and local spinach. A terrific packed lunch that’s fresh, filling, and flavorful.

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8. Salted Peanut Bars – Simple Picnic Snack!

Perfect for a picnic or gathering, these easy salted peanut bars have a delicious brown sugar crust, gooey marshmallow filling and a peanut butter and salted peanut chewy topping. These are simple to make, perfectly portable and keep well in a cooler for those summer picnics!

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7. No-Bake Caramel Oat Bites Recipe

As an avid camper and RVer, I am always looking for easy but delicious food. If I can make something and not use an oven that is a major plus since many smaller campers don’t have an oven.

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6. Chili Lime Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers

While these Chili Lime Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers make an easy weeknight meal, we’ve also made them for summertime BBQs, 4th of July parties and more!  See also patriotic crafts and recipes for kids.

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5. Easy Southern Grape Salad – Healthy Picnic Recipe!

This family favorite Southern Grape Salad requires only 10 minutes of prep and a few ingredients to whip up! It is creamy, crunchy and a great side dish that doubles as dessert for Potlucks, BBQ, meal trains and summer evenings.

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4. How To Make A Fruit Tray Platter (V, GF, P)

Learn how to make a fruit tray that is bursting with gorgeous color and delicious flavor! I am sharing all my tips and tricks for assembling and customizing an amazing fruit platter that is perfect for all sorts of occasions.

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3. Quinoa Caprese Salad with Summer Corn – Easy Picnic Idea!

Enjoy this colorful, hearty Summer Corn & Quinoa Caprese Salad packed with veggies, protein, and flavor!

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2. Grilled Shrimp Pineapple Skewers – Best Picnic Food Idea

Grilled Shrimp Pineapple Skewers take your BBQ to the next level! Marinated in a garlic ginger soy marinade and threaded with sweet pineapple and bell peppers, you’ll love how easy this dish is to make — and how delicious it tastes!

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1. Pickle Slaw with Bacon – Oh My!

Give your tired old coleslaw a makeover with this updated twist on a classic: Pickle Slaw with Bacon! It’s got the whole sweet and tangy thing going on, giving it plenty of flavor, and the crunchy pickle bits and salty bacon are just oh-so good!

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Summer Picnic Recipes

Summer Picnic Recipes

20+ Best Summer Picnic Ideas

Enjoy the outdoors with these 21 easy and delicious summer picnic recipes for a perfect day out.


  • Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches With Pepper-Onion Foil Packs
  • Creamy Pasta Salad
  • Cucumber Sandwiches With Dill Cream Cheese
  • Apricot-Cherry Slab Pie


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