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.

Luscious Lemon Bars

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

From Midwest Living

Luscious Lemon Bars

Italian Pork Kabobs with Summer Vegetables

From National Pork Board

Italian Pork Kabobs with Summer Vegetables

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

From Midwest Living

Chicken Caesar Egg Sandwich

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

From Midwest Living

Sparkling Berry Lemonade

Fried Pickles

From Family Circle

Fried Pickles

strawberry mousse

This frozen strawberry dessert is so refreshing on a hot summer day. Made with only egg whites, sugar, and chopped strawberries, it's virtually fat-free.

From Family Circle

strawberry mousse

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

Two favorite dishes come together in this comforting pasta dish. Serve it at a potluck, a picnic, or as a family dinner any night of the week.

From Midwest Living

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette

This flavorful side dish pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or pork and makes the most of some favorite summer vegetables. Adjust the amount of jalepeņo to make the dressing more (or less) spicy.

From Fitness

Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette

Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad

Try this modern take on potato salad that has lean protein and vegetables included in the mix. Serve it up as a nutritious dinner option, or bring it to a potluck with friends.

From Diabetic Living

Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad

Chipotle-&-Orange Grilled Chicken

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce contribute a rich smokiness to this quick orange-infused barbecue sauce.

From EatingWell

Chipotle-&-Orange Grilled Chicken

Cucumber-Mint Raita

Tame the heat of curries with this cool sauce, or serve it on Curried Cashew Burgers.

From EatingWell

Cucumber-Mint Raita

Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash

Based on a traditional Lebanese Lenten dish, this recipe makes a terrific meatless meal. Serve with warm whole-wheat flatbread or pita and a dollop of tangy plain yogurt.

From EatingWell

Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash

Grilled Rosemary-Scented Chicken

Grilling chicken breasts on a bed of rosemary sprigs is an effective and easy way to infuse them with flavor. Savory black olive paste, contrasted with a sweet confit of caramelized onion, provides a sophisticated finish.

From EatingWell

Grilled Rosemary-Scented Chicken

Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

Humble limas are transformed into a sensational Mediterranean spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.

From EatingWell

Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise as a sandwich spread or as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables.

From EatingWell

Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise

Sugar Snap Salad

Sweet, edible-podded peas make a bright, crisp and colorful salad, which is easily varied by substituting shallots for scallions or adding asparagus to the mix.

From EatingWell

Sugar Snap Salad

Grilled Potato Packets

Cooking potatoes in a foil packet means one less pot to wash, and highlights the delicate, earthy flavor of just-dug new potatoes.

From EatingWell

Grilled Potato Packets

Flank Steak with Coffee-Peppercorn Marinade

Coffee has a remarkable affinity with beef. Here, it is complemented by balsamic vinegar, garlic and crushed peppercorns.

From EatingWell

Flank Steak with Coffee-Peppercorn Marinade

Whole-Wheat Burger Buns

No store-bought bun can compare with rustic, wheaty, homemade burger buns like these.

From EatingWell

Whole-Wheat Burger Buns

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

An ice cream maker allows you to create your own frozen desserts with wholesome ingredients like fruit and yogurt. This one is a terrific alternative to commercial ice cream. It is fat-free and, even though it contains some sugar, it is very low in calories. When strawberries are not in season, frozen are a fine alternative.

From EatingWell

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Key Lime Ice

This frozen treat features the sweet-tart flavor of a Key lime pie--but with a fraction of the calories. It's festive scooped into hollowed-out lime or lemon halves; freeze until ready to serve.

From EatingWell

Key Lime Ice

Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

A touch of coconut milk - infused with fresh ginger for a subtle kick - complements sweet pineapple and creates a luxurious consistency in this sorbet.

From EatingWell

Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

This colorful salad offers a symphony of flavors and textures. Savory black olives, sweet orange slices and crisp, licorice-flavored fennel balance the slightly bitter tastes of chicory, radicchio and Belgian endive.

From EatingWell

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette

Strawberry Topping

Macerating sliced strawberries in a little sugar creates a flavorful fruity syrup that soaks deliciously into the waffles.

From EatingWell

Strawberry Topping

Raspberry Sauce

Removing seeds from raspberry puree is a tedious step, but worth the effort to make a silky sauce.

From EatingWell

Raspberry Sauce

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