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12 Perfectly Portable Picnic Foods


Photo Credit: Laura Levy

I have a huge case of spring fever — the outdoors are calling me as the temperatures are warming up. While I’m not able to be outside all day everyday, I can pack up a quick picnic for myself and the little one to get outside for a bit to enjoy the fresh air and a little quality time. Picnics don’t have to be anything elaborate. Pack up your basket and go to your local park or even just take a blanket out to the backyard. Regardless where you are, you’ll enjoy eating al fresco and spending quality time together.  If you’re looking for foods to stuff in your basket, we’ve put together 12 classic picnic foods (including that beautiful buttermilk fried chicken pictured above). You can find them all, after the jump.


  • Macaroni Salad 1 of 12
    Macaroni Salad
    A classic American picnic food — cold macaroni salad. This one is complete with homemade mayonnaise.
    Make macaroni salad
  • Dill Potato Salad 2 of 12
    Dill Potato Salad
    Lemon and fresh dill make this potato salad special. Use fingerling or baby red potatoes for even more twists on a classic.
    Make dill potato salad
  • Deviled Eggs 3 of 12
    Deviled Eggs
    It isn't a picnic without deviled eggs. This version is not only gorgeous, it packs a little horseradish punch.
    Make deviled eggs
  • Root Beer Baked Beans 4 of 12
    Root Beer Baked Beans
    Shake up your Grandma's baked beans recipe with a little root beer. The root beer gives the beans a little hint of sassafras and ginger. We're sure Grandma would approve.
    Make root beer baked beans
  • Pasta Salad Skewers 5 of 12
    Pasta Salad Skewers
    Forget the bowl, and grab some skewers. These pasta salad skewers are fun and don't require any dish washing when you're done!
    Make pasta salad skewers
  • Coleslaw in a Jar 6 of 12
    Coleslaw in a Jar
    Snacks in jars are the ultimate picnic foods. This apple-infused coleslaw will be a welcome addition to your picnic basket.
    Make coleslaw in a jar
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken 7 of 12
    Buttermilk Fried Chicken
    Buttermilk fried chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside — most definitely finger-lickin' good.
    Make buttermilk fried chicken
  • Chipotle Turkey Salad Sandwiches 8 of 12
    Chipotle Turkey Salad Sandwiches
    These sandwiches are made with smokey turkey meat, a few spicy peppers, and plenty of vegetables for crunch — sure to be a new picnic favorite.
    Make chipotle turkey salad sandwiches
  • Watermelon on a Stick 9 of 12
    Watermelon on a Stick
    Food is more fun on sticks, and watermelon is no exception. Grab a few extra napkins to catch the inevitable dripping.
    Make watermleon on a stick
  • Rainbow Fruit Skewers 10 of 12
    Rainbow Fruit Skewers
    Here's another fun and portable fruit snack on a stick that your family will be clambering over.
    Make rainbow fruit skewers
  • Lemonade 11 of 12
    Lemonade
    Fill up your thermos with this sweet and tart sipper. Angie's homemade lemonade recipe is the best ever.
    Make lemonade
  • Cherry Pie in a Jar 12 of 12
    Cherry Pie in a Jar
    Here's aother perfectly portioned portable picnic food: cherry pie in a jar. It's the perfect ending to your picnic.
    Make cherry pie in a jar


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