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The Ultimate Picnic

Whether you're looking for a picturesque date or a sunny afternoon activity, the picnic is a totally underrated art form that we should all enjoy more often! Here are some of our favorite packable snacks.
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Take Things Up a Notch

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Lemon Herb Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon

Climbing Grier Mountain

This dish is a little different from your standard potato salad. The base is a lemon aioli, kicked up a notch with the help of trusty tarragon. The citrusy flavor paired with an anise bite alongside crispy bacon is a match made in heaven!

Do a Dip

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Smoked Fish Dip

Garlic & Zest

Make this a day ahead for extra convenience and deeper flavors. Everyone will rave about the smoky depth of this dip!

One-Bite Wonder

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Savory Mushroom Tartlets

Garlic & Zest

A savory little snack that is perfect for the holiday entertaining season. Feel free to double or even triple this recipe for a large crowd, and leftovers are easy to freeze and reheat!

Summer Sides

EASYLOW-FAT

Caribbean Cabbage Mango Slaw

Feasting at Home

This healthy, detoxing recipe is low in fat, vegan, and gluten-free. It makes a delicious summer side salad with its clean tropical flavors and crunchy texture!

Go Green

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Green Goddess Egg Salad with Avocado

Feasting at Home

This Green Goddess Egg Salad is great in a sandwich, but can also be served as an appetizer on bruschetta or even spooned onto endive. You can make a wrap with sprouts, or just pile a cupful over dressed greens with radish, tomato, sprouts, or micro greens to boost nutrition.

Mediterranean Flavors

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Lemon Parsley Bean Salad

Cookie and Kate

A delightfully crunchy and satisfying Bean Salad bursting with Mediterranean flavors, including lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs. This healthy salad is vegan and gluten-free, but mostly just delicious!

Power Up

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Warm Purple Power Salad

Margaret's Dish

Hello, power lunch! Sautéed purple cabbage, apple, beets, and arugula meet a tangy honey mustard vinaigrette in a tasty, warm salad. This is brain, body, and soul food, light and filling as well as visually delicious.

Restaurant Ready

PEANUT-FREEFISH-FREE

Vegan Cauliflower Steak Sandwich w/ Romesco Sauce

FoolProofLiving

Warm these sandwiches up before serving to make them feel like real café quality!

Spare Me

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Masala Spare Ribs

Fine Dining Indian

These oven-roasted, spicy Masala Spare Ribs will be your new favorite South Indian dish!

Raise the Bar

EASYTREE NUT-FREE

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are such an easy, fantastic treat! They get slightly crisp on the outside while staying a little gooey on the inside.

Wingin' It

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Sweet Chipotle Glazed Wings

Vodka & Biscuits

Let’s be real--who can pass up a good plate of wings? This marinade is full of yummy ingredients (like chipotle peppers, fresh orange and lime, ginger, honey, and ketchup) which give it the barbecue-spin off perfect for when winter ends and the sun comes out.

People Pleaser

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Australian Sausage Rolls

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

With the golden, flaky puff pastry and savory sausage filling, this is the perfect party snack or an appetizer!

Pack for Lunch

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Veggie Sandwich

Well Worn Fork

An open-faced omelette, tomato jam, arugula, and loads of goat cheese, all smashed between ciabatta bread. What’s truly amazing is how great this sandwich tastes the next day!

Feeling Saucy

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Hotwings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

East After Noon

Eating is far more enjoyable with one’s hands, especially if the hands in question get to be covered in a sticky, spicy marinade that’s totally addictive!

Yum for All Ages

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Lemons and Basil

These gluten-free cookie sandwiches, filled with chocolate hazelnut filling, will be a hit with adults and kids!

Veggie Lovers

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Gluten-Free Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

The Pure Life

Packed with protein and fresh veggies, these sandwiches happen to be fully plant-based! The flavors will absolutely WOW even your meat-eating friends.

High Class

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Sriracha Lobster Rolls

Garlic & Zest

The best way to enjoy these luxurious sandwiches is sitting poolside in your bathing suit, with kettle chips and an ice-cold beer.

Snack-Sized

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Mini Coppa and Mozzarella Muffalettas

Carnivore Club

These super simple, delicious Mini Muffalettas are the perfect snack-size sandwich for any smörgåsbord or lunchbox alike.

Spud-tacular!

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

Garlic & Zest

Spring and summer mean relaxing with friends, soaking up the sun, splashing in the water, and picnics. Potato salad pairs with all of the above!

Lighten Up

EASYGLUTEN-FREE

Grilled Potato Salad with Black Garlic Vinaigrette

Feasting at Home

A flavorful, lightened-up Potato Salad to serve alongside grilled meat or fish!

Jar-Jar Eats!

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Picnic Ready Mason Jar Salad with Sesame Yogurt Dressing

Cotter Crunch

Mason Jar Salads are healthy, portable salads, picnic-ready and packed with nourishment. This vegetarian version will keep you fueled and energized all day, with seasonal vegetables, roasted chickpeas, and a homemade sesame yogurt dressing!

Stud Muffins

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Ful-Filled

These muffins will change your life. That may be a hefty task for a baked good, but trust us, they're that yummy.

Square Up

GLUTEN-FREEPEANUT-FREE

Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Rice Crispy Squares

Joyous Health

These squares are crunchy, sweet, and super easy to make, the perfect little snack!

So Apeeling

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

Oatmeal Cookies are like giant hugs, delightfully chewy and so comforting. The addition of mashed bananas and chocolate chips sends these way over the top.

Quiche the Cook

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Loaded Ham Quiche

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

This Loaded Ham Quiche is an incredible brunch that is filled with goodness, complete with flaky crust and a ham, pea, potato, onion, and cheese custard filling!

Peachy Keen

EASYPEANUT-FREE

Peach, Prosciutto, and Basil Baguettes

SideChef

We promise you won't be able to resist this beautiful, classic sandwich with a peach kick! Perfect for picnics and summer Sundays.

Goes With Anything

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Inauthentic Tabbouleh

Garlic & Zest

Quick, easy, and light, this dish goes with anything grilled. With fewer herbs than traditional tabbouleh, there is still all the deliciousness of cracked wheat, crunchy cucumbers, briny olives, and salty feta cheese in this salad.

Eggcellent Choice

PEANUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Scotch Eggs

OnePotChef

Scotch Eggs are a classic dish from the British Isles, and they're commonly associated with Scotland. A hard-boiled egg is encased in a mixture of beef, pork, and herbs, then crumbed and deep-fried until golden and crispy. Served hot or cold, these little babies are great as a snack or a meal!

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