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.

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Chef John's Salami Bread

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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.
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Old Fashioned Potato Salad

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This is potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery and relish. It's really good to serve with chili.
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Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

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484
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.
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Classic Macaroni Salad

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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

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

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken

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730
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

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

Picnic Baked Bean Casserole

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3
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.

Best Brownies

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These brownies always turn out!
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Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

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This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely devour. It's really good on rye.
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Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad

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397
This is an easy salad that is perfect for a warm summer day.

Chef John's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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I love the tangy tenderization that the buttermilk provides. After the buttermilk soak, dredge the chicken pieces in seasoned flour, and fry them in hot oil until crisp and cooked.
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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.

Three Bean Salad

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We like a buffet with all the family here. We serve a variety of salads. This is also great for summer picnics and cookouts. Keeps well, and serves a lot of people.