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.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

From Better Homes and Gardens

This classic cookie is an updated version of the recipe that appeared in the 1941 edition of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spring Chicken Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

Planning a baby or wedding shower? Serve this traditional chicken salad recipe that tastes great on its own or between slices of your favorite bread.

Spring Chicken Salad

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich

From EatingWell

Sliced strawberries and reduced-fat cream cheese come together in a sandwich for this quick and healthy lunchbox treat.

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Sandwich

Shrimp Cobb Salad

From EatingWell

Cooked peeled shrimp is perfect for quick and healthy meals--here we use it in place of chicken in our simplified Cobb Salad.

Shrimp Cobb Salad

Peanut Tofu Wrap

From EatingWell

Baked tofu tossed with storebought Thai peanut sauce makes a quick and healthy sandwich filling. Finish the sandwich with your favorite crunchy vegetables for added nutrients and fiber.

Peanut Tofu Wrap

Jerk Pork Loin

From EatingWell

"Jerk" isn't Jamaican for "as hot as you can stand it." Instead, a jerk paste should be a carefully blended, aromatic melange, as much nose tickle as tongue spike. Here we use that flavorful paste on grilled pork loin. Watch out for that hot chile pepper: wear rubber gloves to protect your skin and touch no one until you've washed up thoroughly. If you have time, marinate the pork the full 24 hours for the best flavor.

Jerk Pork Loin

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

From EatingWell

Stir lemon pepper into cottage cheese for a quick and healthy vegetable dip. We like carrots and snow peas, but any crunchy vegetables you have on hand will do.

Cottage Cheese Veggie Dip

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

From EatingWell

Toss leftover cooked chicken with barbecue sauce and crunchy carrots for a quick and healthy lunch.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Rhubarb Chutney

From EatingWell

This quick, zesty chutney complements almost any meat or poultry. Use fresh or frozen rhubarb.

Rhubarb Chutney

Hungarian Apple Soup

From EatingWell

Crunchy jicama and apple plus oranges and avocado combine in this crisp and refreshing dairy-free slaw.

Hungarian Apple Soup

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

From EatingWell

Finely chopped raw broccoli is tender and mild--here it's tossed with a creamy dressing, meaty chickpeas and sweet bell pepper.

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

Plum Chutney

From EatingWell

Try this summertime spread on crackers with cream cheese or as a dipping sauce for grilled chicken.

Plum Chutney

Turkey & Tomato Panini

From EatingWell

A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.

Turkey & Tomato Panini

Honey-Lemon Tea

From EatingWell

This is a popular drink served in homes along the Yangtze during the summer. In China, honey is highly praised for its medicinal value. Some say daily doses of local honey may help ease hay fever.

Honey-Lemon Tea

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad

From EatingWell

The mellow grilled eggplant melds perfectly with the smoked paprika and tart sherry vinegar that define the flavor of the dressing in this decidedly Spanish salad. Curls of mild Manchego complete the Spanish theme. If you can't find smoked paprika, substitute Hungarian paprika--the grilled eggplant brings some smoke to the salad on its own.

Grilled Smoky Eggplant Salad

White Sangria

From EatingWell

OK, so it's kind of a contradiction for a sangria, which is named for its blood-red color, to be made with white wine, but once you've tasted this festive thirst quencher it won't matter a bit. Pieces of mixed summer melons are the perfect match for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

White Sangria

Grilled Tomato Gazpacho

From EatingWell

Grill the vegetables for this refreshing soup earlier in the day or even the night before. We sometimes serve the gazpacho in clear Spanish wine tumblers to show off the rich color.

Grilled Tomato Gazpacho

Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

From EatingWell

Pureed berries give the tangy wine vinegar dressing a creamy texture that gently clings to the lettuce and fruit. This is a salad to enjoy when fresh berries are in the market.

Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

From EatingWell

Jammy raspberries and rich chocolate combine for a delicious, tart frozen yogurt. It is quick and easy to prepare, but plan ahead if you're using fresh berries - they take a little longer to freeze. Mini chocolate chips give you the most chocolate in every bite, but any kind of chip will work - dark-chocolate lovers should try bittersweet chips.

Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

From EatingWell

The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven.

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry-Almond Crumb Tart

From EatingWell

You can quickly make the crust for this tart in the food processor and then press it into the pan - no need to dig out a rolling pin and struggle to transfer a tender pastry dough from pin to pan. Extra crust dough doubles as a crumbly topping.

Raspberry-Almond Crumb Tart

Summer Berry Pudding

From EatingWell

A summer pudding is a British warm-weather wonder--not steamed like a sticky pudding but an easy dish that sets up thanks to the pectin in the berries. Be sure to use firm, bakery-quality bread.

Summer Berry Pudding

Steak & Purple-Potato Salad

From EatingWell

This hearty steak and potato salad is inspired by salpicon, a favorite dish in Chile. The purple potatoes add vibrant color but you can substitute any young "new" potatoes that are harvested early in the season--even small fingerlings would work. Serve on a bed of spicy mesclun greens to round out the meal. This recipe can easily be doubled.

Steak & Purple-Potato Salad

Salty Chihuahua

From EatingWell

This thirst-quenching cocktail was said to be created by a bartender from Chihuahua, Mexico, in the 1940s.

Salty Chihuahua

Iced Mint Green Tea

From EatingWell

Crisp and refreshing, you just may find yourself craving this beverage on a hot summer's night.

Iced Mint Green Tea

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