6 Picnic Food Ideas and Recipes for a Perfect Outdoor Feast
Picnics are the perfect way to entertain during the summer—and while store-bought salads and snacks are great, you can always splurge on a special themed picnic menu that'll elevate your outdoor eating. Whether you're enjoying an outdoor concert and fireworks, or spending the day at the beach with the kids, we have the perfect picnic food ideas for you. (And don't be afraid to mix and match dishes from these picnic menus to create your perfect meal!)
Tuscan-Style Picnic Menu
A rustic, Italian-style meal al fresco is heavy on fresh produce. You can also include an antipasto spread with meat, cheese, olives, and roasted veggies to snack on.
Chicken-Pesto Flatbread Sandwiches
Nectarine Olive Oil Cake
Kid-Friendly Picnic Recipes
Many classic picnic recipes use the kinds of foods that kids really like. But if you have picky eaters at your picnic, opt for a grazing menu with kid-friendly options like cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and other goodies they can pick and choose from. Sandwiches also make good kid-friendly picnic food—you can always leave off any ingredients that your little ones won't eat.
Tomato, Bacon, and Garlic Mayo Sandwich
Orzo Tomato Salad
Hazelnut Swirl Blondies
Raspberry-Almond Crumb Bars
French Picnic Menu Ideas
The French really know how to eat—and while a baguette, great cheese, and a bottle of wine may be all you need for a French-style picnic, these dishes will make for a festive fete.
Ham and Leek Quiche
Caramelized Onion Tarts With Apples
Nicoise Summer Salad
Asian-Inspired Picnic Recipes
Cold noodle salads, flavorful slaws, and other Asian-inspired dishes travel surprisingly well. Plus, many of these picnic options can be made without meat (or are meat-free to start with) which is ideal for vegetarians and vegans.
Speedy Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches
Peanut Noodles With Edamame
Thai Cabbage Slaw
Tropical Fruit Salad
Coconut Pound Cake
Classic Picnic Menu
Sometimes you shouldn't mess with what works. This classic picnic menu includes all the essentials (hello, potato salad!).
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Zesty Chicken Salad
Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon
Ginger-Lime Melon Salad
Heat-Safe Picnic Menu
If you need picnic foods that can sit out for hours without spoiling, this picnic menu can take the heat and won't disappoint.
Watercress and Bean Salad With Almonds and Ricotta Salata
Spiced Carrot Salad
Crunchy Broccolini Salad With Lemon and Pecans
Garlic and Herb Potato Salad
Moroccan Couscous Salad
Mango Pound Cake
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