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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Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach

From EatingWell

This spicy salad with little jewels of dried apricot in the mix would be welcome at lunch or a simple weekday dinner. You can prepare the salad and dressing ahead of time.

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach

Tangy Chicken Salad

From Heart-Healthy Living

Using a lean cooked chicken breast and light mayonnaise helps make this great-tasting salad a heart-healthy meal.

Tangy Chicken Salad

Grandma's Potato Salad

From Midwest Living

Radishes add crunch and color to this slightly sweet, old-fashioned picnic staple.

Grandma's Potato Salad

Oriental Coleslaw

From Midwest Living

Uncooked ramen noodles, almonds, and sunflower seeds add crunch to this side salad. Quick to prepare and easy to tote, it's an obvious choice for potlucks and camping.

Oriental Coleslaw

Tropical Tomato Salsa

From Midwest Living

Tropical Tomato Salsa

Fresh Green Tomato Relish

From Midwest Living

Fresh Green Tomato Relish

Double Berry Cobbler

From Midwest Living

This dessert recipe uses ready-to-bake refrigerated biscuits and fresh fruit to create a short-cut cobbler.

Double Berry Cobbler

Fruit Hand Pies

From Midwest Living

Fruit Hand Pies

Peach Upside-Down Cake

From Midwest Living

This moist, glistening cake from Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, Illinois, is ideal for a cookout or summer potluck.

Peach Upside-Down Cake

Cool Cheesecake Sauce

From Midwest Living

Try this chilled make-ahead dessert sauce that tastes just like cheesecake. Serve it over store-bought cake for the quickest ever cheesecake-tasting treat. Try it on fruit too.

Cool Cheesecake Sauce

Pickled Green Beans

From Midwest Living

Pickled Green Beans

Chocolate-Chipotle Brownies

From Better Homes and Gardens

For a zesty punch of flavor, try this delicious brownie dessert recipe combining coffee, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and chocolate.

Chocolate-Chipotle Brownies

Quinoa Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

From Heart-Healthy Living

Quinoa Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

Berry Mango Slush

From Diabetic Living

Berry-flavored carbonated water and fresh summer fruits give this slushy drink recipe plenty of sweetness without adding sugar.

Berry Mango Slush

Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Create these posh brownies that feature the two uptown flavors of orange juice and chocolate for a dessert recipe so delicious, everyone will be asking for more.

Orange-Kissed Chocolate Brownies

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Coffee and Cookie Brownies

Citrus Chicken Salad

From Diabetic Living

This garden-fresh spinach salad recipe is a terrific way to use up leftover chicken. Use bagged baby spinach for even faster prep.

Citrus Chicken Salad

Glazed Strawberry Pie

From Diabetic Living

Create a low-calorie fruit dessert that features fresh strawberries. Serve with a spoonful of light whipped dessert topping.

Glazed Strawberry Pie

Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

From Better Homes and Gardens

With salads like this, who needs meat? This clever concoction is packed with protein-packed beans and feta, making it a perfect pick for vegetarian guests at potlucks and picnics. To up the nutritional ante, make the salad with whole-grain pasta.

Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

From Midwest Living

Greek Spinach-Pasta Salad with Feta and Beans

Skillet White Beans

From Better Homes and Gardens

Baked beans are a summer staple. This streamlined recipe develops the same deep, rich flavor without heating up the oven.

Skillet White Beans

Potato Salad with Sausage and Grainy Mustard Dressing

From Better Homes and Gardens

Potato Salad with Sausage and Grainy Mustard Dressing

Pasta Spinach Salad

From Heart-Healthy Living

A bed of spinach cradles the mixture of pasta, vegetables, and feta in this easy salad recipe. It's perfect for a potluck or cookout.

Pasta Spinach Salad

Country-Style Slaw for a Crowd

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grab an extra large bowl to prepare this old-fashioned side-dish salad!

Country-Style Slaw for a Crowd

Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

This pasta salad recipe is a fiver-rich complete meal, with vegetables, tuna, and cheese.

Citrus Tuna Pasta Salad

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