Popular Summer Picnics Recipes

Nothing says summer like a picnic, and with our recipes you'll be eating outside in style. Including classic potato salads, creative sandwiches, and bake-and-carry casseroles, our recipes make every picnic perfect.

Southwest Pasta Salad

Basil, prosciutto, and pine nuts pack plenty of flavor into this cool spinach and pasta salad.

From Diabetic Living

Southwest Pasta Salad

Stuffed Baby Watermelon

Watermelon will never taste better than in this lime- and honey-tossed medley of melon, peaches, and grapes.

From Diabetic Living

Stuffed Baby Watermelon

Triple-Green Bean Salad

From Diabetic Living

Triple-Green Bean Salad

Gingered Lemon Broccoli Salad

With soy yogurt in the ginger-accented dressing and roasted soy nuts topping the salad, you get a double dose of soy in this flavorful dish.

From Diabetic Living

Gingered Lemon Broccoli Salad

Hawaiian Lemonade for Kids

Here is a quick and easy lemonade punch recipe for a kid's summer party.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Hawaiian Lemonade for Kids

Pear Tartlets

These elegant tarts make an impressive dessert but are easy enough for a beginning baker. Thinly sliced pears are arranged on circles of pie pastry and baked.

From Family Circle

Pear Tartlets

Strawberry Swirl Shortcakes

To make these cute shortcakes, the dough is rolled into a rectangle, sprinkled with lemon peel and sugar, rolled up, sliced, and baked. The lemony spirals are superb with fresh strawberries and cream.

From Family Circle

Strawberry Swirl Shortcakes

Basil Quinoa Salad

To save time, prepare a big batch of whole grains (like quinoa) and store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Basil Quinoa Salad

Confetti Summer Salad

Made with bottled reduced-fat dressing, this versatile side-dish salad is low in fat and calories. For a main-dish version, stir in a can of black beans--rinsed, and drained.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Confetti Summer Salad

Lemon Curd Bars

Here's a quick and updated version of the classic lemon bar. It uses jarred lemon curd instead of a homemade filling and then adds a coconut and almond topper.

From Midwest Living

Lemon Curd Bars

Country-Style Slaw for a Crowd

You'll need an extra-large bowl to prepare and serve this old-fashioned coleslaw salad.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Country-Style Slaw for a Crowd

Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Cracker-Stack Bars

From Midwest Living

Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Cracker-Stack Bars

Luscious Lemon Bars

Sweet and tart, these moist, powdered-sugar-topped dessert bars will disappear fast.

From Midwest Living

Luscious Lemon Bars

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

From Midwest Living

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

This fizzy pink drink is a kid-friendly, real-fruit alternative to bottled pop. For an adults-only version, add two tablespoons of rum, tequila or citrus-infused vodka to each serving or 1 to 11/4 cups to the batch.

From Midwest Living

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

Arugula Salad with Berry Dressing

Arugula is a green with a peppery bite. Its flavor softens when combined with sweet strawberries in this summery side dish.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Arugula Salad with Berry Dressing

Lemon Tea Cakes

Cream cheese gives these lemony cupcakes a denser texture than other cakes. Lightly glazed with a lemon icing, they make a sweet-tart addition to a picnic basket.

From Family Circle

Lemon Tea Cakes

Layered Ice Cream Cake

The lovely striped crust for this frozen dessert is made with ice cream sandwiches. This recipe uses mint chocolate chip ice cream, vanilla yogurt, and strawberry ice cream for the filling, but you can use any combination of ice cream and frozen yogurt you like.

From Family Circle

Layered Ice Cream Cake

Frozen Apple-Oatmeal Sandwiches

These frozen chocolate-dipped cookies are a cool treat on a hot day. Make the cookie sandwiches with purchased oatmeal cookies and a cream cheese filling.

From Family Circle

Frozen Apple-Oatmeal Sandwiches

Berries 'N' Cream Cake

Strawberries and cream are a culinary rite of spring. Celebrate the ethereal combination by stacking golden cake layers with a whipped cream and cream cheese filing and juicy fresh strawberries.

From Family Circle

Berries 'N' Cream Cake

Perfect Summer Burgers

Vegetables add color, crunch, vitamins, moistness, and flavor to lean ground beef in this burger recipe. Try these low-calorie sandwiches at your next cookout.

From Fitness

Perfect Summer Burgers

Blueberry Scones

From Heart-Healthy Living

Blueberry Scones

Ruby Rhubarb Lemonade

Rhubarb is good for more than just pie! The vegetables bright ruby hue brightens up this easy homemade lemonade recipe. Toss in a few blueberries for a patriotic punch.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Ruby Rhubarb Lemonade

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

Use refrigerated sugar cookie dough to create the crust for this simple coffee-flavored brownie dessert.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

Sparkling Red and Green Tea

From Heart-Healthy Living

Sparkling Red and Green Tea

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