14 Easy, Ready-to-Go Recipes to Master for Picnic Season

Pack the ultimate picnic this summer with these recipes for portable soups, salads, sandwiches, and more
14 Easy, Ready-to-Go Recipes to Master for Picnic Season


Pack the perfect summer picnic with one of these easy, portable recipes.

Picnic season is upon us, and while we like dining al fresco in any fashion, the picnic ritual of cold salads, refreshing beverages, and simple sandwiches neatly packed in woven basket is our favorite way to enjoy great food, company, and the beauty of nature.

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Keep your picnics fresh and tasty this year by mastering straight-forward, classic recipes both easy to prepare and pack for your big outing. No picnic would be complete without a Zesty Dill Potato Salad and a cold glass of refreshing lemonade. If you are interested in trying something new, check out our Artichoke and Olive Tapenade recipe perfect for vegetarian sandwiches or to serve with a crusty loaf of bread.

Not all foods are created equal when it comes to packing for picnics. Be sure to include foods that won’t attract insects so you don’t find yourself swarmed by bees, and consider choosing foods that won’t go bad in the heat. Check out this story on The Best and Worst Foods to Take on a Picnic to find out more about foods you should leave at home before your next picnic.


From cold salads to simple sandwiches to sweet desserts, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite packable recipes for dining in the park this summer. Get inspired this picnic season by checking out our roundup of 14 simple picnic-perfect recipes to master.