Picnic Recipes

Find recipes for picnic food that is easy to make and easy to pack, including baked beans, no-fuss salads, and classic fried chicken.

Staff Picks

Chef John's Salami Bread

Rating: 4.8 stars
What started out as a frustrating attempt to test some pizza dough, turned into what we're calling salami bread. It would make a great Italian submarine sandwich, or just load it up with lots of Italian cheeses and fresh and pickled vegetables.

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Rating: 4.49 stars
This is potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery and relish. It's really good to serve with chili.

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Rating: 4.55 stars
Wow! Melt-in-your-mouth brownies that are easy and elegant. Chocolate brownies marbled with cheesecake make fabulous squares! This is by far my most requested recipe.

Classic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4.46 stars
This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments on this recipe and it is just a pleasing taste that seems to suit everyone.

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Rating: 4.37 stars
This recipe makes for fresh fruit that you can drink! It's best served cold over ice.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.42 stars
This is the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken I have ever tasted! It is equally good served hot or cold and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years.

White Texas Sheet Cake

Rating: 4.52 stars
This cake is good to make a day ahead, and is very popular at pot-lucks.

Picnic Baked Bean Casserole

Rating: 4.83 stars
Smoked bacon adds zest to this bean bake recipe I got from my mother. I must confess that lima beans have never been among my favorite foods, but I actually like them in this casserole, and their color brightens up the mixture.

Authentic German Potato Salad

Rating: 4.65 stars
This is my mother's recipe. Everyone, German or not, loves it. It is easy to double the recipe as well. I often bring it to potlucks, and we also have it at home on special occasions. There are usually no leftovers, but if there are, they don't last long!

Best Brownies

Rating: 4.53 stars
These brownies always turn out!

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Rating: 4.64 stars
This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely devour. It's really good on rye.

Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad

Rating: 4.71 stars
This is an easy salad that is perfect for a warm summer day.

Inspiration and Ideas

Triple-Dipped Fried Chicken

"This is the crispiest, spiciest homemade fried chicken I have ever tasted! Good hot or cold, it has been a picnic favorite in my family for years." – QUIRKYIQ

7 New Twists on Potato Salad

Pile your plates high with these potato salads: they'll be the stars of the picnic.

Melt In Your Mouth Blueberry Cake

Rating: 4.48 stars

This is a nice tender cake - one of my Mom's specialties from years ago. It is a great cake to take along to a picnic.