Crowd-Pleasing Picnic Recipes for the Best Outdoor Party Ever
Southern Pork Tenderloin Salad
Besides the incredible Southern dinner flavors, we adore this salad recipe for its easy make-ahead ability. Prep the corn bread muffins, salad, and buttermilk dressing in separate containers to tote separately to the picnic, then grill the pork tenderloin on site and combine everything on one platter.
Instead of sub sandwiches, try these fast food-inspired pizza pockets. Simply transport the cooked calzones to your picnic wrapped in foil, then reheat on the grill. Unwrap and enjoy!
Tuscan Bread Salad
Seasonal veggies like tomatoes, snap peas, peppers, and more add lightness and brightness to this grilled bread salad. This picnic-ready recipe is the perfect vehicle for your summer basil bounty.
Rose Cucumber Cooler
Cool off with this refreshing rose punch that’s extra special thanks to a cup of St. Germain elderflower liqueur.
Mexican Fruit Cups with Honey-Lime Syrup
Fresh fruit becomes a Mexican dessert masterpiece with a drizzle of honey, a splash of lime juice, and a sprinkle of cilantro and shredded coconut. Finish with a pinch of ancho chile pepper for kick!
Tortellini with Broccolini
No mayo is required for this fresh take on pasta salad. A light balsamic vinaigrette dressing coats this vegetable, white bean, and cheese tortellini salad, so it will stay fresher longer on a warm summer day.
Smoked Salmon Flatbread
These flatbread sandwiches are like bagel and lox, but in a garden-fresh format. For a lower-carb and gluten-free option, try a lettuce wrap in place of the pita.
BLT Potato Salad
This fully loaded side dish is like a mash-up of your favorite salad, sandwich, and potato salad recipes. In other words, it’s your new favorite potluck dish.
Pita Bread Toppers
Tote along containers with all the toppings, then let each picnic attendee create a lunchtime masterpiece. Craving sweet? Try the Peanut Butter-Banana version! Feeling salty? Go with the Avocado-Turkey recipe.
Apple-Berry Pie in a Jar
Slicing and serving pie by the piece can be a drippy, sticky experience. To cut down on the mess, bake individually portioned apple-and-berry pies in Mason jars, then pack several in your basket with some whipped cream for the ultimate sweet tooth-satisfier.
Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad
If you don't want to fuss with a pasta salad and an entree, try this two-in-one Mexican recipe! Grilled chicken gives this picnic dish enough protein to fuel you through several rounds of Frisbee or croquet.
Mason Jar Bourbonade
This easy cocktail is similar to the lemonade you order at summer fairs and festivals, but with a bourbon twist!
Easy Sugar Cookies
You can pick different flavor variations to dress up these classic cookies—including lemon-poppy seed and butterscotch—for each picnic you host this summer.
Chicken and Hummus Pitas
Brush chicken breasts with a mixture of oil, lemon juice, and spices, then broil your chicken straight on the rack. Packed with the chicken, hummus, tomato, and yogurt, these pocket sandwiches will fill you up for less than 300 calories.
For the ultimate refreshing summer side dish, try this fresh fruit salad. Stuff your cooler full of watermelon-loaded Mason jars, then dig in whenever you need to chill out.
Pasta salad is good, but you know what's even better on a steamy afternoon? A side of chilled tabbouleh. Water-rich ingredients like cucumber and tomato will help you rehydrate.
Salted Peanut Butter and Chocolate Blondies
Bar cookies are a breeze to bake and bring along in your basket. You'll be nuts about this dessert recipe after just one bite of the sea salt-topped sweets.
Lemon Veggie Couscous
Chock-full of tender-crunchy vegetables, hearty herbs, and fresh lemon, this dish shines at any gathering. You'll also love that it comes together in 25 minutes flat.
Cold-Cut Bundt Sandwich
Bake refrigerated bread dough in a Bundt pan for a sandwich “bun” like no other. We call for a combo of roast beef, ham, and turkey, but feel free to stuff your sandwich with whatever proteins and cheeses you like. Just don’t forget a knife to slice off wedges for each picnicker!
Greek Salad Club
Spread hummus onto pita bread and layer with feta cheese, Greek dressing, and crisp veggies.