Spring and Summer are the seasons for picnics, and chances are you’re eager to get back outside again. Whether you’re planning a romantic picnic for two or organizing a backyard party for you and your friends, these tasty gourmet-style dishes will make your summer picnic an event to remember.
1. Muffeletta Sandwiches
Your friends and family will love these delicious sandwiches filled with ham, cheese, olives, and salami. The sandwiches are the perfect picnic food and offer a combination of savory, smoky, and briny flavors that will make your outdoor gathering even more enjoyable.
2. Black Bean and Cucumber Salad
3. Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches
If chicken salad sandwiches are one of your favorite picnic foods, add curry spice to these classic savory treats to make your outdoor event one of a kind. The dried cranberries in the chicken salad add a little sweetness that complements the chicken and the onion buns bring all the flavors of these delicious sandwiches together.
4. Asian Chicken Salad In a Jar
Salad in a jar is the perfect picnic food. It’s easy to hold while you socialize with friends, and all the flavors of the salad marinate together for an explosion of flavor. This Asian chicken salad in a jar features rotisserie chicken, lettuce, peppers, and carrots with crispy Asian noodles and a soy-rice vinegar dressing for a light and healthy meal that makes your picnic complete.
5. BLT Macaroni Salad
Picnics aren’t complete without macaroni salad, and you can add the savory flavors of a BLT into the salad to make it even more of a crowd-pleaser. The creaminess of the salad with the smoky flavor of bacon and sweetness of tomatoes is a winning combination for any outdoor meal, and the salad only takes minutes to prepare.
6. Grilled Lemon Chicken
Grilled chicken is a popular picnic meal choice, and you can make this main course even more delicious with a lemonade marinade that brings out the clove and garlic flavors in the chicken. You can enjoy this tasty chicken with fresh veggies, a pasta salad, or a platter of fresh fruit.
7. Ruby Raspberry Slaw
If you’re a fan of coleslaw, you’ll love this version topped with fresh raspberries. The carrots and cabbage lend a satisfying crunch to this side dish, and the raspberries offer a sweet and slightly tart flavor. Dress the coleslaw in raspberry vinaigrette for the perfect finishing touch.
8. Antipasto Pasta Salad
If you’re planning a picnic, you’ve likely got pasta salad on the menu. This antipasto version is filled with pepperoni, chickpeas, bell peppers, olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, and chives dressed in a basil vinaigrette. You’ll feel like you’re at a fancy Italian restaurant with each bite.
9. Giant Lemon Sugar Cookies
Add a sweet treat to your picnic with these giant lemon sugar cookies. They’ll remind you of lemonade in the form of a dessert and they’re delightfully chewy. These cookies are sure to be a hit whether you’re having an outdoor meal with family, enjoying a picnic date, or soaking up the sun with friends.
10. PB & J on a Stick
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic meal that most kids enjoy. You can make a fancier version of this tasty sandwich by cutting the sandwich into small squares and serving it on skewers in between fresh fruit like bananas and grapes. Of course, adults will enjoy this creative take on PB & J as well.
11. Chicken Caesar Pitas
Combine the flavors of a chicken Caesar salad into a pita to create a complete picnic meal. Adding some brown rice to the chicken and lettuce mixture makes the pitas more filling, and you can serve them with a side of pickled cucumber and onions for a fresh and delicious summer entree.
12. Strawberry Watermelon Lemonade
Your picnic isn’t complete without a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade. Add more of the flavors of summer into your beverage with watermelon and strawberry purees. This delicious lemonade is high in vitamin C and the watermelon is a wonderful source of hydration on hot summer days.