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 12A classic American picnic food — cold macaroni salad. This one is complete with homemade mayonnaise.
Make macaroni salad
Dill Potato Salad 2 of 12Lemon 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 12It 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 12Shake 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 12Forget 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 12Snacks 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 12Buttermilk 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 12These 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 12Food 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 12Here's another fun and portable fruit snack on a stick that your family will be clambering over.
Make rainbow fruit skewers
Lemonade 11 of 12Fill up your thermos with this sweet and tart sipper. Angie's homemade lemonade recipe is the best ever.
Cherry Pie in a Jar 12 of 12Here'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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