By Vicky McDonald

Picnics are the perfect way to take a break from it all and enjoy that summer sunshine. You could buy all your picnic food from the store, but a few home-made sandwiches and treats makes a picnic extra special. Picnic food needs to be simple and easy to transport, but impressive and tasty at the same time. These delicious recipes take less than an hour to whip up, and will make your picnic memorable.

More: Find more ideas in our collection of picnic recipes.

1. Muffuletta Sandwich | Ready in 15 Minutes

You'll be the envy of everyone in the park with one these muffuletta sandwiches piled high with salami, ham, cheeses, and olives. "WOW - what a sandwich!" raves Jilian. "We got Italian bread from one of our favorite bakeries and this was fabulous! I threw some kalamata olives into the mix and used high quality meats and cheeses for this. It was very good and very filling!"

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

2. All Natural Strawberry Lemonade | Ready in 15 Minutes

This 5-star lemonade is better than anything you'll buy at the store. What better way to use fresh summer strawberries?

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Black Bean and Cucumber Salad | Ready in 15 Minutes

Take advantage of those bargain summer veggies, and make this delicious summer salad. The citrus dressing really sets it apart.

Photo by lutzflcat

4. Magnificent Macaroni Salad | Ready in 50 Minutes

This classic creamy pasta salad is the perfect complement to any kind of picnic food. You can even use it as your base recipe and add other tasty bits such as bacon, crab, shrimp, get the idea.

Photo by ReneePaj

5. Curried Chicken Tea Sandwiches | Ready in 20 Minutes

Apples and dried cranberries add crunch and sweetness to savory curried chicken salad.

Photo by *Sherri*

6. Asian Chicken Salad in a Jar | Ready in 25 Minutes

This mason jar salad is perfectly portable and a great way to use up leftover grilled chicken.

7. Corn Dog Bites | Ready in 30 Minutes

Kids, and adults wills love these home-made corn-dogs. Don't forget to bring some ketchup or sweet mustard to go with them.

Photo by Eula Cook

8. Black Bean and Couscous Salad | Ready in 30 Minutes

This vibrant couscous salad is full of fresh veggies, beans and herbs. It's filling and satisfying.

Photo by plantgrub

9. Savory Spanish Potato Salad | Ready in 35 Minutes

Instead of a regular potato salad, try this piquant Spanish version for a change.

Photo by lutzflcat

10. Awesome Pasta Salad | Ready in 40 Minutes

This pasta salad truly is awesome, and a favorite of our home-cooks. It looks and tastes divine, but it's a cinch to make.

Photo by The Sporadic Cook

11. Lasagna Flatbread | Ready in 40 Minutes

Enjoy the flavor of lasagna without any of the hassle with these ingenious flatbreads made with pasta sauce and ricotta.

Photo by lutzflcat

12. Lemon Pie Bars | Ready in 50 Minutes

These 'extra' lemony pie bars will add something zesty to your picnic.

Photo by KGora

13. Cheesecake in a Jar | Ready in 55 Minutes

These adorable cheesecakes can be whipped up in no time, but they're even better if you keep them in cool box for a little while before serving.

14. Chunky Cheesecake Brownies | Ready in 55 Minutes

If you love cheesecake and brownies, you can have it all with this tasty treat.

Photo by chekai

15. Delicious Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars | Ready in 55 Minutes

These oaty bars will give you just enough energy for that last game of frisbee.

Photo by raph_2122

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