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21 Shockingly Simple Picnic Ideas

By: Jordan Sward, Editor,

Summer is here and the weather is right for a picnic in the park. Nothing's better during the hotter months than spreading out a blanket to enjoy the summer sun. With these 21 Shockingly Simple Picnic Ideas, you'll be able to throw together a meal in a flash to enjoy during your picnic. If you're low on picnic recipe ideas, we've got deli salad recipes, portable desserts, and more. From deli salads you can pack and eat on disposable plates to on-the-go desserts you can hold in your hand, this list of picnic ideas has something for even the pickiest eaters. Picnic food just got a whole lot more exciting!

21 Shockingly Simple Picnic Ideas

Table of Contents

Portable Deli Salad Recipes

On-The-Go Simple Dessert Recipes

Other Picnic Menu Items

Portable Deli Salad Recipes

Doubly Good Deli SaladVery Best Broccoli Salad

  1. Doubly Good Deli Salad (shown above, left) - With flavors of both potato and egg salad, this recipe gives you the best of both worlds.
  2. Very Best Broccoli Salad (shown above, right) - Loads of bacon and other add-ins make this broccoli salad the best.
  3. Overnight Ramen Chicken Salad - Make this the night before your picnic and it's ready to go when you are.
  4. Amish Friendship Macaroni Salad - Creamy and delicious, just the way it should be.
  5. All-American Potato Salad - Potato salad is always a good picnic idea.
  6. Ranch BLT Pasta Salad - Bacon and ranch - need we say more?
  7. 10-Minute Creamy Cucumber Salad - Ultra creamy and quick salad with cucumbers and dill.
  8. 5 Minute Fruity Summer Coleslaw - Add some summer fruit to your slaw - you won't regret it.

On-The-Go Simple Dessert Recipes

Triple Chip Revel BarsLemon Streusel Squares

  1. Triple Chip Revel Bars (shown above, left) - These are filled with butterscotch, dark chocolate and milk chocolate chips.
  2. Lemon Streusel Squares (shown above, right) - If you're not a chocolate fan, these are a great refreshing summer dessert.
  3. Best Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars - Chocolate and peanut butter atop a coconut graham cracker crust.
  4. Ovenless O'Henry Bars - These no-bake dessert bars won't heat up the house!
  5. Disappearing No Bake Candy Cookies - These no-bake cookies won't last long.
  6. No Bake Ritz Dessert Cups - A perfect picnic idea that tastes like Kit Kat cups!
  7. 10 Minute Cool Whip Cookies - A recipe for cookies that are super simple and full of flavor.

Other Picnic Menu Items

Sonoma Chicken Salad SandwichesBaked Egg Salad

  1. Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches (shown above, left) - An easy chicken salad sandwich recipe with unexpected ingredients.
  2. Baked Egg Salad for Sandwiches (shown above, right) - The eggs are baked, so you don't have to fuss with boiling.
  3. My Family's Favorite BLT Dip - All the flavors of a BLT in a creamy dip.
  4. Classic Lobster Rolls - Seafood salad piled on a hoagie makes a fancy picnic feast idea.
  5. Texas Cowboy Caviar - Serve this with a fork or scoop it up with tortilla chips.
  6. Classic Deviled Eggs - Everyone loves creamy deviled eggs - this recipe is a classic.


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