The temperature is warm and the sun is shining. That means it’s perfect picnic season. So pack up your baskets and head for a sun-kissed spot (or a shady one if you prefer). These eight make-ahead picnic pleasers will have you looking like a pro for the spring outdoor noshing season. Check out our delicious array of assemble-ahead salads, deli sandwiches, and desserts to eat al fresco…

1. Cowboy Salsa

Foods that you can dip into and snack on al fresco are ideal for a springtime picnic. Simply fill a fiesta-filled bowl to the brim with a colorful collection of diced veggies, beans, and legumes—including pinto beans, black-eyed peas, black beans, avocado, sweet yellow kernels, chopped celery and red bell pepper, chopped spring onion and jalapeno pepper. The dressing is a light and tangy mix of balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, canola oil, a dash of sugar, salt, and pepper to taste.




2. Captain’s Coleslaw

Why pay for ready-made coleslaw that’s just humdrum at your local grocer when you can make this classic coleslaw with fresh ingredients right at home? Your picnic adventures will be smooth sailing when you offer up a crispy side of shredded cabbage mix, mayo, white vinegar, milk, sugar, and salt.



3. Smoky “BLTs”

This BLT is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser—even for vegetarian picnickers. In this case, the B stands for blue cheese (Rogue River Smoky Blue Cheese to be exact). The L represents crisp romaine lettuce. And the T symbolizes juicy beefsteak tomatoes. Arrange the filling on thick, whole-grain bread and smear graciously with a homemade rosemary mayo.




4. Watermelon, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Salad

Nothing says spring has sprung like a cool, juicy slice of watermelon. However, the snack can get a little messy—particularly if you’re eating it in the great outdoors. Luckily this spring-inspired salad keeps things neat, tidy, and delicious with a bowl of juicy watermelon chunks paired with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and crumbly goat feta.

watermelon goat cheese salad


5. Curry-Lime Pork Kebabs

The skewered meat stick is the ideal picnic fare. This lean pork tenderloin is marinated in a spicy blend of yogurt, curry powder, brown sugar, soy sauce, turmeric, lime juice, and coriander and grilled for the most succulent skewers you’ve ever eaten. Skewer meats with alternating cherry tomatoes, mushroom, scallion (or onion half) and garnish with fresh cilantro.




6. Sweet Tea with Lemon

Don’t forget to pack a collection of spring-inspired drinks for your outside adventures. This sweet tea with lemon is made with pure green tea brewed and infused with plenty of sugar, fresh lemon slices and mint sprigs. Pour your picnic beverages into individual mason jar servings and dress with more lemon, fresh mint, and colorful straws for sipping under the sun.



7. Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps

Take a serious bite out of the spring season when you tote these lettuce wraps along with you for a light picnic. We recommend setting up a little assembly line on your picnic blanket of juicy mango chunks, grilled chicken breast pieces, fresh dill, large lettuce leaves, and a tangy balsamic dressing. Fold, feast, and enjoy!




8. Lattice Top Peach Pie in a Jar

Transport your picnic pie from here to there with ease! Individually sized and downright adorable peach pies in jars offer the perfect picnic portion of buttery crust enveloping moist, juicy, succulent peaches. Just pop a lid over each pie and transport to the park, camping, or to the beach. Don’t forget to bring forks or spoons!




Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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