Picnic Recipes Perfect For Your Blanket And Basket

Having a picnic on a warm sunny day makes a perfect outing for the family. But of course, having the perfect food makes a picnic even better. These picnic staple recipes include delicious grilled meals, light salads and desserts that are all portable and refreshing for a lovely summer picnic.

Texas Caviar

There's no fish eggs in this caviar recipe. This Texan recipe is a great side dish for barbecue with fresh corn, black-eyed peas, onions and peppers.

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Sausage Cheese Balls

This recipe for sausage cheese balls is quick and easy to make and serve during family outings. It is also a classic comfort food you can make and freeze for a weeknight.

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Cucumber Salad

You don't have to make anything difficult or extravagant for a picnic. A simple cucumber salad is not only simple but also light and refreshing for a warm summer day. Fun fact: Hawaii, Louisiana and Missouri are the only states whose residents chose cucumber as their favorite vegetable.

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Penne with Black Olives, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Feta and Spinach

Making this penne with black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, feta and spinach recipe is a great way to make use of the leftover vegetables, pasta and more.

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The Cheesecake Factory's Mexican Tortilla Salad

The Cheesecake Factory's Mexican Tortilla Salad combines some ingredients that can be found in classic Mexican recipes, including tortillas, corn and black beans.

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Watermelon and Cucumber Salad

You're definitely not going to feel dehydrated while eating this salad. This watermelon and cucumber salad recipe is perfect to eat on a sunny day in the park.

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The Cheesecake Factory's Vegan Cobb Salad

This vegan-friendly recipe will be perfect for people who have dietary restrictions. The Cheesecake Factory's Vegan Cobb Salad recipe makes a nice hearty lunch with fresh veggies, quinoa, garbanzo beans and sunflower seeds.

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Marinated Tomato Basil Salad

You can easily make this tomato basil salad in five minutes, and it is great to eat on its own or as a side dish along with properly cooked steak, chicken and other foods.

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The Cheesecake Factory's Chinese Chicken Salad

This Cheesecake Factory's Chinese Chicken Salad is full of fresh ingredients that include veggies, mandarin oranges and nuts with wonton strips and crispy rice noodles for extra crunchy flavor. If you're craving chicken, here are other chicken recipes that were among the most popular coronavirus searches.

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Deviled Ham Salad

Not interested in just bringing boring ham sandwiches to the picnic? This deviled ham salad recipe is quick and easy to make while also adding a fresh new taste to your leftover ham. You can enjoy it with crackers or as a sandwich.

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The Cheesecake Factory's Wellness Salad

You don't have to always grill during a picnic. Sometimes, a fresh salad on a nice hot day is more than enough to enjoy. The Cheesecake Factory's Wellness Salad recipe takes everything that's great about salads and adds yummy fruits, nuts and seeds.

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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Why only bring sandwiches to the picnic when you can have whimsical pinwheels? This ham and cheese pinwheel recipe is also fun and easy to make at home with your kids.

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You can probably spot a bunch of muffulettas at a tailgate or picnic in Louisiana. This classic New Orlean dish is simple enough to make using deli meats and cheese in between a muffuletta bun or Italian seeded bread.

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Flaky Deli Slices

This flaky deli slices recipe takes your classic deli meat sandwich and upgrades it by using pie crust to create a flaky outer layer as opposed to the usual slice of bread.

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Healthy Egg Salad

If you need a recipe that uses a lot of eggs, this healthy egg salad is perfect. Eat it as a side dish or in a sandwich on any bread of your choice.

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Classic Egg Potato Salad

After cooking some delicious steaks on the grill, you need the perfect side dish for a tasty meal. This egg potato salad recipe is quick to make for any summer barbecue.

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Classic Grilled Cheese

If you're a fan of simple sandwiches, this classic grilled cheese is perfect for any time of day. Before following this recipe, brush up on this hack to make a good grilled cheese sandwich.

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Avocado Toast Grilled Cheese

There are a bunch of mouthwatering spins on a classic grilled cheese sandwich, and this is one of them. If you love grilled cheese and avocado toast, why not combine them? This avocado toast grilled cheese recipe is great to eat for breakfast, brunch and even dinner.

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Roasted Tomato Grilled Cheese

This roasted tomato grilled cheese recipe is super quick to make and has almost-charred roasted tomatoes to complement the cheddar cheese in the sandwich.

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Balsamic, Mushroom and Onion Grilled Brie Cheese Sandwich

There are a bunch of different additions you can make for your grilled cheese sandwich. This balsamic, mushroom and onion grilled brie cheese sandwich recipe uses caramelized mushrooms and onions with melted brie on toasted bread. Before cooking up this recipe, here are some answers to common kitchen tool questions.

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Spiral Ham Sandwich

Need an interesting twist to your boring ham sandwich? Swap out that white bread for a baguette, smear it with strawberry jam, and add spiral-sliced smoked ham and cheese butter spread to create this spiral ham sandwich.

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Asian Grilled Chicken Sandwich

There are plenty of grilled chicken recipes that aren't boring. This Asian grilled chicken sandwich adds in delicious flavors from ginger and soy sauce to your classic grilled chicken sandwich.

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White Castle Slider

Impress everyone at the picnic by making this fast food copycat recipe. This White Castle slider recipe will help you save some money by recreating these beloved sliders for any occasion.

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Pulled Pork Sliders

Barbecued pork is one of the most iconic foods in North Carolina, but you don't have to be in the South to make a good pulled pork sandwich. This slider recipe gives you delicious smoked pork smothered in your favorite sauce.

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Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

If you're looking for easy chicken recipes for the summer, this one fits the bill. You simply thread some chicken, your favorite vegetable of choice and peach slices onto a skewer and then throw it on the grill to create a masterpiece.

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Steak Skewers with Cherry BBQ Sauce

A nice summer day in the park should definitely include barbecuing. This steak skewers with cherry BBQ sauce recipe includes a sweet and savory sauce that uses cherry juice and fresh cherries to create a marinade for your steaks. There are also other unusual meat marinades you can use, including Dr Pepper.

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Quick Crescent Pecan Pie Bars

What's a picnic without some dessert? Instead of carrying a whole delicious pie to the park, this crescent pecan pie bars recipe transforms a classic pecan pie into easy-to-eat bars.

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Easy Nutella Cookie Roll-Ups

Need a treat that your whole family will enjoy during the picnic? Try this Nutella cookie roll-up recipe. You only need to use four ingredients to create these yummy cookies. If you haven't tried it before, Nutella is just one unexpected ingredient that goes great in cookies.

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Fresh Raspberry Tart

Bringing a fresh fruit salad to a picnic is fine but why settle for that? You can take those fresh fruits and combine them with a buttery shortbread crust for a sweet treat. This raspberry tart recipe is a great dessert to share with the family on any picnic.

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Fried Apple Hand Pies

Carrying around a whole apple pie during a picnic is cumbersome. But with this fried apple hand pies recipe, you won't have to worry about transporting them — and everyone gets an equal proportion of pie.

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Ants on a Log

This retro snack food is primed for a comeback. Ants on a log might bring back the nostalgia for afterschool snacks, but you can also eat them during a picnic with your kids.

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Rice Krispies Treats

This childhood favorite Rice Krispies Treats recipe is easy to make by using five ingredients or fewer. Get your children involved as a fun cooking activity for them.

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Abuelita Conchas

This abuelita conchas recipe is a perfect snack to eat during a picnic. Just make sure to follow any cooking tips, hacks and tricks you learned from grandma to make this sweet bread taste heavenly.

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Blueberry Basil Hand Pies

This delicious blueberry basil hand pies recipe uses heart-healthy blueberries to fill inside of a delicate buttery crust.

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Meyer Lemon Lavender Bars

You can make more recipes with lemons than just lemonade. This Meyer lemon lavender bars recipe is perfect for a picnic on a sunny day.

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White Chocolate Rainbow Popcorn

It's hard to forget this tasty childhood dessert. This white chocolate rainbow popcorn recipe is a sweet-and-salty treat you can make quickly while you're watching a movie or to take on a picnic to share.

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Carrot Cake Biscotti

Need a recipe to help you finish that last drop of milk? Try this sweet carrot cake biscotti recipe. It's an excellent dessert to bring along on a picnic or serve as an after-dinner snack.

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