6 Picnic Menu 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 menu for you. (And don't be afraid to mix and match dishes from these picnic menus to create your perfect meal!)
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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.
Prosciutto and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich
Peach, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad
Bitter Orange Crostata
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 kids don't like.
Beef and Cheddar Rollups
Ants on a Log Sandwich
Parmesan Pasta Salad
Oatmeal Raspberry 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 and Sour Cherry Tartine
Nicoise Summer Salad
Asian-Inspired Vegetarian Picnic Recipes
Meatless picnic menus can include plenty of amazing fresh flavors—and your guests likely won't miss the meat.
Tofu Banh Mi
Peanut Noodles With Edamame
Carrot Slaw With Pineapple and Peanuts
Lemongrass Ginger 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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Spiced Cold Chicken
Creamy Potato Salad With Bacon
Minted Watermelon Salad
Strawberry-Thyme Hand Pies
Heat-Safe Picnic Menu
If you need picnic foods that can sit out for hours without spoiling, this picnic menu that can take the heat won't disappoint.