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11 Easy Things to Bring to a Summer Picnic

There’s no better way to enjoy a summertime meal than al fresco on a blanket. From pasta salads to no-bake bars, these are a few of the easiest-ever recipes for your perfect picnic. And yes, they’re all totally #instagramworthy. 

1. Strawberry Yogurt Pretzel Salad Cups
Strawberry pretzel salad is an absolute must in the summer, and this totable version makes it a brilliant, mess-free addition to any picnic. Given that it’s the perfect harmony of sweet n’ salty, we recommend packing more than just one per person—the people are going to want seconds.


2. Chopped Chicken Salad with Pickleback Dressing
This genius chopped chicken salad has everything we look for in a picnic side: it’s easy to made ahead, chock-a-block full of toppings, and tossed with a pickleback dressing that takes it to the next level. Load up your Tupperware, you’re going to want to have enough to go around.


3.The Ultimate Three Meat Picnic Sandwich
When one meat just isn’t enough on your sammy, it’s time to call in the reinforcements. In this case, it’s the The Ultimate Three Meat Picnic Sandwich. We don’t call it “the ultimate” for nothin’ – it’s got all the fixins’ you’re gonna love: ham, turkey, roast beef, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, pickles, and all of the sauces.


4. Easy Caprese Picnic Sandwiches
Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto and basil get stacked on a ciabatta roll for the ultimate picnic lunch. We suggest a large glass of lemonade and some pasta salad for the quintessential summer meal.


5. Strawberry Lemonade Cookies
We turned the sweet, sweet nectar of strawberry lemonade into toteable cookies—bonus, they require zero ice. Topped with a homemade glaze, this is the dessert your picnic needs. Trust.


6. Creamy Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
Fact: it’s not a proper summer picnic without pasta salad. This creamy number couldn’t be easier to make, and it’s loaded with good-for-you kale, so you’re getting your greens, too. Win-win. 


7. No-Bake Oreo Chex Cereal Bars
We’re all about the no-bake desserts when packing for a picnic. These crazy-good bars have everything we’ve ever wanted out of a picnic dessert: crunch (from the Chex), just the right amount of gooey from the marshmallows and peanut butter, everything that is great about mini Oreos and zero chances of them melting into a puddle.


8. Peanut Butter S’mores Cookie Bars
The quintessential dessert of the season (looking at you, s’mores!) gets a mess-free makeover in these Peanut Butter S’mores Cookie Bars. Loaded with marshmallows, chocolate chips, and made easy with peanut butter cookie mix, these are the dessert soundtrack to our summer.


9. Kitchen Sink Brownies
When you can’t decide what you want in your brownies, don’t. Loaded with pretzels, potato chips, peanut butter cups and Oreos, these really do have everything but the kitchen sink. We suggest bringing them to every picnic from here on out.


10.  Red Cabbage Mojo Slaw
What’s a summer meal without a slaw? This one is big on flavor and has just the right amount of zest. It’s the perfect side dish that also doubles as a topping for all-things BBQ. That’s what we like to call a two-for-one.


11. Tricolor Potato Salad
This tri-color potato salad is a dreamy addition to any picnic. Made without mayo, it’s easy to pack and stays fresh while en route. Let’s hear it for the prettiest picnic addition ever.