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.

Community Picks

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 1300
Potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery and relish.
By jewellkay

Chef John's Salami Bread

Rating: 5 stars 5
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.

Chunky Cheesecake Brownies

Rating: 4.5 stars 688
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: 4.5 stars 2716
This classic macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser at every cookout, potluck, and picnic!

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Rating: 4.5 stars 191
This recipe makes for fresh fruit that you can drink! It's best served cold over ice.

Triple-Dipped Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 943
This is the crispiest, spiciest, homemade fried chicken I've ever tasted!

White Texas Sheet Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 418
This cake is good to make a day ahead, and is very popular at pot-lucks.
By Diane Kester

How to Pack a Cooler to Keep Food Fresh Longer

Get smart tips for packing a cooler or ice chest so food stays cold and fresh longer.
By Vanessa Greaves

Shoepeg Corn Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 49
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: 5 stars 216
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: 4.5 stars 171
This is a really quick and easy pasta salad. Great for picnics and BBQ's.

Easy Fruit Cobbler

Rating: 4.5 stars 490
This cobbler can be made with peaches, apples, cherries, or berries.
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

Triple-Dipped Fried Chicken
Rating: Unrated 943
"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: 4.5 stars 2114

Simple ingredients and quick prep makes the perfect egg salad for sandwiches!