National Picnic Day: Perfect Picnic Foods

Tomorrow, April 23rd, is National Picnic Day! While we are stuck at home, we may be feeling a bit restless. What better way to get out of the house, then going outside for a picnic? Get some inspiration for your outdoor feast. We’ve compiled a list of perfect picnic foods!

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a classic picnic, barbecue, and tailgate staple. Typically, our first thought is to buy it from the store–but not anymore! This recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary is easy to make and absolutely delicious. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have creamy and flavorful potato salad.

potato salad
Image from Kitchen Sanctuary

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

The perfect warm-weather picnic food, this recipe by Foolproof Living puts a spin on traditional pasta salad. You are free to use frozen, canned, or fresh corn–whichever works best for you! Full of flavor from cilantro, red onions, jalapeños, and more, then tossed in a chili-lime dressing, it is sure to be a hit.

mexican street corn pasta salad
Image from Foolproof Living

Eggplant, Prosciutto, & Pesto Pressed Picnic Sandwiches

If you’re going to make sandwiches for your picnic, they might as well be unique! Instead of your typical deli sandwiches, perhaps try this fancy sandwich recipe by Host the Toast. Grilled eggplant, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, prosciutto, and goat cheese are all tied together with the delectable flavor of homemade pesto. Served on pressed ciabatta, you won’t be able to get enough of this tasty sandwich.

mini sandwiches
Image from Host the Toast

Layered Greek-Style Chickpea Salad

This colorful salad from Cafe Johnsonia can be made in just 15 minutes. The homemade salad dressing incorporates fresh oregano for an incredible taste. The layers of chickpeas, olives, tomatoes, red pepper, red onions, and of course, feta, make this salad delectable. Throw it all together in a to-go container and enjoy!

greek salad
Image from Cafe Johnsonia

Apple Pie Bites

Every picnic needs dessert! These tasty apple pie bites by The Blond Cook are perfect for an indulgent dessert on the go. The best part is, they can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes! Pillsbury crescent rolls stuffed with pecans, brown sugar, apple pie spice, and apple slices dipped in butter–it doesn’t get much better than that! Pack a bunch of these tiny, tasty desserts to end your picnic on a good note.

apple pie bites

With blue skies and the start of warm weather, there is no better time for a picnic! We should all be practicing social distancing, so going outside for a picnic is a great way for you to get out of the house, while following the guidelines! Which of these picnic foods will you make for your sunny afternoon picnic? Interest in more tasty recipes? View our blog, National Barbecue Month: Best BBQ Side Dishes.

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