There’s nothing like a nice picnic when the sun is shining and the rain clouds are nowhere to be seen. Whether in a local park, near a river or in your own backyard, food tends to taste better when it is eaten outside.
We reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see which recipes they love to make, to be enjoyed alfresco. From potato salad and pinwheels to brownies and galettes, we have a range of picnic-appropriate recipes, both classic and not, to spark your imagination. With these recipes at hand, the only thing stopping your potential picnic is yourself, and maybe the weather!
Lemony icing coats tender vanilla cake, which is spiked with lemon and berries. This recipe from Of Batter and Dough is a great sweet treat to bring along on a picnic — light, colorful, and delicious with no need for a plate or fork!
This salad from Cherry on My Sundae is a great healthy and hearty lunch. To ensure crispy leaves, you can dress the farro separately and mix the leaves in with everything once you are ready to eat.
If you have a grill at you outdoor gathering, this chicken satay from Seduction Meals makes for a delicious addition. This dish would be great cold too, so you can cook the skewers at home and enjoy them at your destination.
A brownie is a great picnic dessert, satisfying without being messy to eat. These brownies from The Hungary Buddha perfectly balance the flavors of chocolate, coconut, and bananas without any single taste overwhelming the others.
No picnic should be complete without a platter of deviled eggs! These deviled eggs from 2 Cookin’ Mamas are made extra bacon’y by using bacon mayonnaise instead of the regular stuff.
These oatmeal bars from Two Healthy Kitchens are full of crunchy almonds, sweet blueberries, and creamy white chocolate. They can be ready in less than 30 minutes, they are vegan, and they are gluten-free. They taste great too — what more could you ask?
Cold, refreshing, and crunchy pickled asparagus makes for a fabulous picnic side dish. This recipe from Savory Experiments uses a quick pickling method to impart tartness to preserve nutrients and the overall integrity of the asparagus.
In the summer, when peaches are ripe, they should absolutely be placed center stage (or center picnic table). This galette from Coley Cooks is beautiful and full of sweet and savory flavors, perfect for any occasion!
These pinwheels from Oat and Sesame come together in just 15 minutes. Instead of cream cheese, these use a healthy white bean spread to bind the filling together.