15 perfect picnic recipes

For perfect picnic food, pack these delicious dishes that are easy to spread out and share

Picnic Crostini with Roasted Pepper, Onion, and Anchovy

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Picnic Crostini with Roasted Pepper, Onion, and Anchovy

Andrea Slonecker, the Portland-based author of Pretzel Making at Home (Chronicle, April 2013), is an avid picnicker. With some like-minded friends, she formed the Portland Picnic Society, and created this recipe for one of their recent outings. To prepare this recipe for a picnic, bake the bread ahead of time and let cool; then pack the crostini, the topping, and the anchovies separately.

Recipe: Picnic Crostini with Roasted Pepper, Onion, and Anchovy

Picnic Crostini with Roast Beef, Chimichurri, and Quail Egg

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Picnic Crostini with Roast Beef, Chimichurri, and Quail Egg

Also by Andrea Slonecker, this recipe will delight your fellow picnickers. Bake the bread ahead of time and let cool; then pack the crostini and the topping separately.

Recipe: Picnic Crostini with Roast Beef, Chimichurri, and Quail Egg

Spring Aioli Feast

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Spring Aioli Feast

Savor the season with a fast and fresh picnic of crunchy veggies with zesty dip.

Recipe: Spring Aioli Feast

 

Mediterranean Garden Wraps

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Mediterranean Garden Wraps

A bounty of spring vegetables all in one quick and easy wrap.

Recipe: Mediterranean Garden Wraps

Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches

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Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches

Chicken salad is always a favorite. We prefer ours with crisp, smoky bacon and tangy blue cheese.

Recipe:  Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches

Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches

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Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches

The vegetables in these sandwiches don’t get soggy as they stand, and the flavors benefit from a little time together.

Recipe:  Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches

Spinach and Orzo Salad

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Spinach and Orzo Salad

This herb vinaigrette-dressed pasta salad keeps better than a mayo-based one from the deli—and tastes better too.

Recipe:  Spinach and Orzo Salad

Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges

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Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges

Quinoa is super easy to cook (easier than rice) and makes a wonderful salad base.

Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges

Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

This easy pasta salad gets its creaminess from ricotta and sour cream for extra cheesy tang. Substitute your favorite vegetables to add variety.

Recipe:  Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

Chewy, and big enough to share—though you may want every bite. For the richest flavor, use dark chocolate and cocoa such as Scharffen Berger.

Recipe:  Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies

 

Strawberry Puff

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Strawberry Puff

Strawberries layered over orange-flavored filling in a cream puff crust makes a showy yet easy dessert that travels well.

Recipe: Strawberry Puff

Almond Raspberry Lemonade

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Almond Raspberry Lemonade

For the most thirst-quenching drink, look for a less-sweet brand of lemonade such as Santa Cruz Organic.

Recipe:  Almond Raspberry Lemonade

 

Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

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Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

The chicken gets a flavor boost from charmoula, a versatile marinade.

Recipes: Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables

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Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables

A Middle Eastern spice blend, zaatar has a slight citrus note that goes well with vegetables. Enjoy the flavor combo in this no-utensils-required dish.

Recipe: Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables

Cucumber Mint Spritzer

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Cucumber Mint Spritzer

Make the cucumber mixture ahead of time and top it off with ice and club soda (or even Champagne).

Recipes: Cucumber Mint Spritzer

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