One of my favorite things about the warm seasons of the year is that I get to have picnics with my family and friends. I love hosting, but I also love showing up at someone else’s place with a yummy dish to share! Here are some of the best picnic recipes to bring to a summer get together.

My Best Picnic Appetizers and Sides Recipes

Argentinian empanadas are so easy to customize, and they are the ultimate finger food. Make them in advance for the best picnic appetizer ever! I also love to serve biscuits or cornbread with a pat of butter and a spoonful of homemade jam. These both make a great snack and go well with almost everything.

My Best Picnic Salad Recipes

Salads make a great side dish at a summer picnic because they are so fresh and healthy. Here are some of my favorite salads for picnicking—these hardy salad options hold up well to transportation and eating outdoors. 

My Best Summer Picnic Dish Recipe

These main dishes are shareable and portable—perfect for picnics! If you have access to a grill at a park or if you’re picnicking in your own backyard, make sure to check out my favorite summer grill recipes and my best fish fry recipes too.

My Best Picnic Dessert Recipes

Make your life easier by choosing a no-fuss dessert when you’re having a picnic. Cookies or bars are always a good choice! 

Best Summer Cocktails and Drinks for Picnics

Here is one of my favorite family-friendly drinks to bring to a picnic. Super refreshing on a warm, sunny day! And for the grown-ups, I highly recommend cooling off with one of these punch-style drinks. They’re easy to mix up in advance and pop in the cooler for the day… cheers!

Reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or and let me know which recipes you tried and which ones you loved best!

February 13, 2024 — Mary DiSomma