Now that the weather has finally warmed up, you might enjoy a meal in the park with family and friends. But instead of eating boring hot dogs and potato salads, try some new and inventive picnic food ideas. From chicken dogs to apple kebabs to spring vegetable pizzas, there are so many ways to put a spin on your outdoor feast.
This collection of picnic food ideas appeal to adults and kids, vegetarians and meat-lovers, and an array of restrictive eaters. There are also refreshing drinks and delicious desserts to round up the meal. These easy picnic recipes can all be cooked ahead, and take less than an hour to prepare.
Of course, you don’t have to make it an outdoor picnic. If the weather isn't cooperating or there isn't a nice spot near you, simply spread a blanket in the living room and dig in to these delicious dishes.
These adult-brownies have a hint of bourbon, adding a pop of flavor to this chocolate dessert.
The chicken in this taco recipe is tossed with cinnamon and cocoa for a delicious flavor twist.
Spruce up your dip game with this scallion one.
You won't have to wake up at the crack of dawn because this pizza takes just 35 to make.
The blue cheese and the buffalo chicken in this pizza make for a flavorful meal.
This broccoli and artichoke combo only adds up to 25 calories a serving.
These chicken hot dogs are overflowing with delicious veggies.
This pasta recipe comes to under $2 per serving.
You can let the steak marinate during your trip to the park before throwing them on the grill.
These snap pea fries are the perfect way to add more greens to your picnic feast.
The lemon in this recipe will add zestiness to this garlic bread.
This refreshing salad comes together with just a handful of ingredients.
Add another flavor dimension to corn on the cob with homemade parsley butter.
Get your kids involved in dinner with these pita pizzas. They can add their own toppings, making it a fun and easy-to-make meal.
Take advantage of seasonal summer squash with this dish. Serve them as appetizers and prepare for them to be the first to go!
Toss these on the grill and watch everyone enjoy the sweet, juicy flavors of pork and charred Gala apples.
Turn your picnic into a pizza party with this homemade creation that only takes 30 minutes.
Perfectly flaky salmon, potatoes, and hard-boiled eggs make an elegant summer salad that's perfect for any picnic.
Put your Instant Pot to good use and make these juicy, potluck ribs.
Flavors of the Mediterranean — mint, Kalamata olives, cucumber, and garlic — come together to upgrade rotisserie chicken.
Skewers are mess-free, making them the perfect appetizers to take to picnics.
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A picnic calls for a salad that's refreshing and easy to make and take — and this one definitely fits the bill!
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Serve these tasty tuna lettuce cups with chopped olives and feta for a fresh and healthy snack.
Perfect for picnics or backyard barbecues, your guests will love these savory skewers.
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These bread slices are topped with crunchy, peppery radishes that pack serious flavor and punch.
You don't have to worry about cutting slices when bringing these portable pies to the park.
This spring salad combines fresh green beans and arugula with a sprinkling of feta cheese.