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Tastemaker Feed: Picnic Essentials

The days are longer and the temps are warmer: why not enjoy them? We know the perfect way – a picnic!

With a little inspiration from some of our expert content creators, we’ve put together a delicious and spring-approved picnic plan. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An outdoor space. Whether your yard, your roof, or a park nearby, find a little sliver of nature to settle yourself in.
  • Something to sit on. We’d recommend an sheet, big tablecloth, or beach blanket so that you have ample space to stretch out next to your meal.
  • Utensils. Bring your own from home to reduce waste!
  • Napkins. A roll of paper towels is easy to pack and won’t blow away.
  • Drinks. Fill a few water bottles or make a pitcher of lemonade to refresh you while you eat.
  • Food! The most important element. There are so many perfect picnic snacks, from snackable veggies like carrots and celery to simple pasta salads and sandwiches. See below for a few bites to inspire you!

 


TM 4.24 - pasta jar

“I love getting outside with my family and heading outdoors for a picnic! Whether we head out to the park, beach or just our backyard, food is even more enjoyable when we are out in nature.” – Emilie P.

What’s a picnic without a perfect pasta salad! This recipe from Emilie’s blog Finding Zest is prepared and stored in a Mason Jar with the dressing on the bottom. When you’re ready to eat, shake it up and chow down right from the container.


TM 4.24 - turkey pinwheels

Tortillas layered with cheese and turkey, rolled together, sliced up, and neatly packed into a picnic basket? Sign us up. These delicious pinwheels – and their addictive mustard-y dipping sauce – from Yvonne F. of Tried and Tasty are picnic-perfect.


TM 4.24 - grilled chicken slider

We couldn’t resist including these delish grilled chicken sliders, even if picnic foods are traditionally chilled. They’re quick to make and provide a hearty, warm meal alongside all your favorite picnic sides. Plus, the poppy seed butter from David D.’s blog Spiced sounds life-changing.


Hungry yet? We sure are, and are already planning our next picnic. Tell us which of these recipes you’re whipping up first, or share your go-to picnic foods in the comments below.

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Katie

Summer goods what a treat!

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DEBORAH HALEY

Nothing like a good family picnic. Enjoy some outdoor activities. Or, romantic dinner picnic with wine and candle.

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Rosa Duarte

I pack sandwiches water fruit and chips with salsa

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DEBORAH HALEY

I would diffinetly do fresh fruit cut in bit size pieces. Helps to stay hydrated in this crazy weather.

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Melissa wells

I like to make chicken salad sandwiches and bring some fresh fruits too and also some fresh brewed ice tea.

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DEBORAH HALEY

Sounds yummy. Ice tea keeps you hydrated and taste great. (To much soda is not good)

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Lynnora Sims

I like tradition! Fried chicken, potato salad, pasta salad, deviled eggs, watermelon for the kiddos, jello shots for the adults, lots of water and balloons to be filled with water for cooling off and fun.

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DEBORAH HALEY

Sounds great. Do you make your own fried chicken or purchase it already fried?

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PamelA

I like bbq. Ribs,potatoe salad,baked bean ,watermelon filed with tequela ,corn on cob , garlic french bread.

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DEBORAH HALEY

I absolutely love potatoes salad! Have you tried Italian style with cheese, black olives, and baked just enough to melt cheese?

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Mary Goodman

I love making the salad jars quick and easy

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DEBORAH HALEY

I’m not a pasta salad lover. My choice is potato salad or coleslaw. I also think I would put it in a zip lock bag. One less dish to wash

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Michele

Pasta alla Caruso would be good here.

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Stephanie Esparza

I always bring sandwiches, whole grain triskets, cheese, fruit or vegetable sticks and juice.

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Michelle MacDonald

I love the little individual bottles/cans of wine/spritzers. Convenient and portable!

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Laurie Miller

I love the mason jar idea ! Normally when we go on a picnic we take a small grill. Like for hamburgers or hotdogs.

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VINITA KANYARAT

I always love a fun picnic. When the weather is beautiful and the Iam sitting under a tree with the wind blowing in my face. I am having a sip of a cold drink. That is a wonderful picnic day.
Eating salads and and sandwiches make a perfect picnic.

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Stephanie

Bamberger’s, potato salad, devil eggs, yummy oh and can’t forget the watermelon

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Nicole Gavin

I’d pick fresh fruit sandwiches and chips of course lol.

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Eileen Mayes

Grilled chicken sliders and watermelon lemonade! Perfect combination for picnics.

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DEBORAH HALEY

Sounds good. But, how do you make watermelon lemonade? Sounds interesting

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Valencia

It’s been awhile since I had a picnic, which gives me a great idea. Definitely going to include the chicken sliders.

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Tressa Hoffman

No comment needed

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Tressa Hoffman

No comment

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Christine Sickley

My husband and I haven’t had a chance to on to a picnic because it has been raining every weekend and he works all the time because have so many bills to pay and I don’t because of my disability In physical therapy so only works. We have a little time our 17year Anniversary is Saturday

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sharron parker

Me & my best friend took the kids down to the lake with a blanket and each of the kids had their own little lunch bag & a drink. We laid out the blanket and we prayed. They all opened their bags they had sandwiches, chips, a bite size candy bar, they had a little jug of juice. We all had a great & wonderful time.

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Lindsey Schafer

Me and my family haven’t had a picnic in quite a while but we definitely will be doing it more often. We like to go to our neighborhood park and spread out a blanket and me and my husband like to watch the children play. We usually take sandwiches, chicken salad or some type of lunch meat, chips, cantaloupe and bottled water and pop. It’s a great way to spend quality time as a family.

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Corrie Helton

I have not been on a picnic in years. Sounded like fun until my husband commented that no one likes to deal with the flies, mosquitoes and gnats. Not to mention ants. Guess we could spread a blanket on the living room floor and have fried chicken, potato salad and a few other tidbits without worrying about it going bad in the heat!

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