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23 Easy Picnic Recipes That Everybody Will Love

All of these dishes play nicely with blankets and sunshine.

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1. Hasselback Tomato Caprese

2. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

3. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

4. Caprese Sandwiches with Parsley Pesto

5. Pomodoro Fresco Pasta Salad

theparsleythief.com

YES. Recipe here.

6. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Avocado, and Lemon-Basil Dressing

7. Berry Cantaloupe Salad

damndelicious.net

Fruit salads can be sort of sad, but this one is cheerful, delicious, and lacking fruits that will get soft/brown/soggy/icky if they sit around for too long. Recipe here.

8. Tomato Cucumber Salad with Olives and Feta

9. Antipasto Skewers

10. Chocolate-Filled Strawberries

lilyshop.com

This way, they won't melt all over your hands. Recipe here.

11. Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares

sallysbakingaddiction.com

It's not a party without dessert. Recipe here.

12. Texas Style New Potato Salad

shewearsmanyhats.com

No mayonnaise, but plenty of bacon to make up for it! Recipe here.

13. Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

14. Green Goddess Hummus Sandwiches

cookieandkate.com

No cold cuts necessary. Recipe here.

15. Grilled Garlic Zucchini

natashaskitchen.com

I know this isn't inherently picnic food, but HEAR ME OUT: Grilled zucchini is quick, can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, and tastes better at room temperature when it' been sitting for a while, marinating in its own grill-flavored juices. Recipe here.

16. Chicken Salad with Pickled Grapes and Celery Leaves

Ashley Rodriguez / food52.com

Classic picnic comfort, with a special little twist. Recipe here.

17. Avocado Cucumber Salad

smittenkitchen.com

Better than guacamole because 1) you can eat it straight-up without getting weird looks and 2) mayonnaise. Recipe here.

18. Caesar Pasta Salad

spicysouthernkitchen.com

All pasta salads should be served with croutons. Recipe here.

19. Chicken Pesto Sandwich

damndelicious.net

There's a recipe for awesome homemade pesto, but you could totally use storebought. Recipe here.

20. Kale, Bacon, and White Bean Salad

whiteonricecouple.com

You can serve this dish warm or at room temperature, but don't serve it refrigerator-cold — the bacon fat will solidify and although it'll still be BACON FAT, it'll be less delicious. Recipe here.

21. Blueberry Brownies

hummingbirdhigh.com

'Tis (ALMOST) the season! Recipe here.

22. Roasted Corn and Poblano Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

23. Spicy Marinated Tomatoes

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