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: 4.45 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: 4.41 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.

Shoepeg Corn Salad

Rating: 4.59 stars
A simple but delicious no-cook side dish for summer that is equally good and easy to do any time of the year!

Real N'awlins Muffuletta

Rating: 4.74 stars
These gigantic sandwiches were invented a century ago at Sicilian Deli here in New Orleans. The spicy, tangy olive salad is what really sets this meat and cheese sandwich apart. A genuine muffuletta should be made on oven-fresh Italian bread topped with sesame seeds. Be sure and use the highest-quality ingredients available; it really makes a difference! Since you're going to all the trouble of making the olive salad, consider doubling the recipe so you'll have some extra waiting around for when you get another muffuletta craving -- it keeps for at least a month! Note: Use round bread loaves for real muffuletta.

Rainbow Pasta Salad II

Rating: 4.48 stars
This is a really quick and easy pasta salad. Great for picnics and BBQ's.

Easy Fruit Cobbler

Rating: 4.34 stars
This cobbler can be made with peaches, apples, cherries, or berries.

Inspiration and Ideas

Triple-Dipped Fried Chicken
Rating: Unrated
"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
New Twists on Potato Salad
Pile your plates high with these potato salads: they'll be the stars of the picnic.

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.