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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

Recipe here.

2. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe here.

3. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

Recipe here.

4. Caprese Sandwiches with Parsley Pesto

Recipe here.

5. Pomodoro Fresco Pasta Salad

YES. Recipe here.

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

Recipe here.

7. Berry Cantaloupe Salad

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

Recipe here.

9. Antipasto Skewers

Recipe here.

10. Chocolate-Filled Strawberries

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

11. Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares

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

12. Texas Style New Potato Salad

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

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

Recipe here.

14. Green Goddess Hummus Sandwiches

No cold cuts necessary. Recipe here.

15. Grilled Garlic Zucchini

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

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

17. Avocado Cucumber Salad

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

18. Caesar Pasta Salad

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

19. Chicken Pesto Sandwich

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

20. Kale, Bacon, and White Bean Salad

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

‘Tis (ALMOST) the season! Recipe here.

22. Roasted Corn and Poblano Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Recipe here.

23. Spicy Marinated Tomatoes

Recipe here.

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