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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

GLUTEN-FREESUGAR-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

ENTERTAININGWHOLE30
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

VEGETARIANSUGAR-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

VEGETARIANPEANUT-FREE
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

FISH-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

GLUTEN-FREEBEGINNER
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

GRAIN-FREENUT-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

SUGAR-FREEPESCATARIAN
Vegan Cauliflower Steak Sandwich w/ Romesco Sauce
FoolProofLiving

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

Spare Me

LOW-CARBQUICK
Masala Spare Ribs
Fine Dining Indian

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

Raise the Bar

BEGINNERSHELLFISH-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

ENTERTAININGPEANUT-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

SUGAR-FREEPICNIC
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

SOY-FREEPESCATARIAN
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

EGG-FREELOW-CARB
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

GLUTEN-FREEVEGETARIAN
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

PICNICBEANS AND LEGUMES
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

SUGAR-FREEFISH-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

QUICK AND EASYNUT-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!

SUMMERFISH-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

VEGETARIANEGG-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!

FISH-FREEGLUTEN-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

HEALTHYTOMATO-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-FREEBEGINNER
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

FISH-FREEPEANUT-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

SUGAR-FREESOY-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

FISH-FREENO-COOK
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

SUGAR-FREEINTERNATIONAL
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

BACK TO SCHOOLFATHER'S DAY
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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