A Fourth of July Picnic Menu

What to pack for an easy dinner served on the grass


There is no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend than by packing up a picnic dinner, a couple of blankets (and other cool tools), and some summery drinks for both kids and adults. To help you in the planning, we’ve put together some of our favorite, very-packable dishes that can be made in advance and don’t require constant refrigeration. 



Fried Chicken

I first made Shake N Bake chicken when I was about 10, along with a vegetable casserole...

— Valaer Murray


Warm Blue Potato Salad

When the weather starts getting warm and we begin breaking out our best bright pink sundresses...

— Big Girls Small Kitchen


Pesto, Peas, and Pasta Salad

I can't remember when I first discovered the combination of fresh peas, lots of freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and toasted...


Chickpea and Avocado Salad

This high-protein salad is every bit as hearty and satisfying as it is light and refreshing...

— Terry Walters


Chopped Greek Salad

This light, refreshing and incredibly tasty version of a traditional Greek salad is great... 

— Yasmin Fahr


As for dessert, if there isn't an ice cream truck nearby (what would the holiday be without your first chocolate eclair or strawberry shortcake-flavored Good Humor bar?), come prepared with some all-American favorites like brownieschocolate chip cookies, and slices of watermelon (for a seed-spitting competition). Packing the vanilla ice cream on ice and hoping it doesn't completely melt is up to you.