Caprese Pasta Salad
When you need a quick side salad to bring to this summer's picnic, look no further. This recipe relies on store-bought pesto (although certainly make your own, if you prefer), balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. It keeps incredibly well so feel free to pull it together the night before your next potluck or picnic.
Recipe via Pip and Ebby
Tangy Veggie Wrap
An easy portable sandwich is always a good picnic choice, and these vegetarian wraps hit all the right notes. They're super creamy, thanks to a combination of cottage cheese and yogurt, have a nice kick from a good bit of mustard and have a delightful crunch thanks to a handful of sunflower seeds. Roll them up just a few hours before you leave the house. If they sit too long, they will get soggy.
Recipe via Hurry the Food Up
Carrot, Raisin Pineapple Salad
Colorful, kid-friendly and gluten-free, this salad is always a crowd-pleaser. Use fresh pineapple if you can, as it's always far sweeter and juicier. If pineapple is not in season, canned will certainly do the trick in a pinch.
Recipe via Noshtastic
Guacamole is always a favorite, and it's an easy addition to your next picnic spread. This recipe includes some great tips on achieving the perfect consistency—plus, it doesn't shy away from the cilantro or lime. Bring along a bag of tortilla chips or pita chips for easy snacking.
Recipe via Inspired Taste
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Sometimes the less you fuss with beautiful, ripe produce the better. And this salad is the perfect example of just that: letting simplicity reign. To keep the cucumbers super crisp, we like to bring the salad and dressing along separately and toss them right before serving.
Recipe via Barefeet in the Kitchen
Chickpea Pesto Salad
This simple salad is made with just five ingredients but the main reason we return to it over and over is the complex, bold flavors: creamy pesto, salty feta, crisp red onion and toasted pine nuts.You'll find yourself reaching for seconds in no time.
Recipe via Mother Thyme
If you're looking for an alternative to an everyday pasta salad, zucchini noodles are a fresh, light swap and this recipe is easy to conquer in just under ten minutes. We love eating it warm at home but it travels well and can be served cold or room temperature at your next outdoor picnic or barbecue.
Recipe via Cookies and Cups
Strawberry Couscous Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
When the weather heats up, the last thing you want to be doing is standing at the stove, stirring a boiling pot of pasta or grains. Thankfully, couscous cooks quickly and after chopping your strawberries and avocado, you'll be outdoors in a flash.
Recipe via Damn Delicious
Rainbow Fruit Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing
When peaches, nectarines and strawberries are in season, this fruit salad is always on the menu. The citrus honey dressing is a fragrant mixture of honey, orange and lime zest, and orange and lime juice. Make a double batch of the dressing to use on greens or whole grains throughout the week.
Recipe via The Cozy Apron
Lunch Lady Brownies
Every picnic needs dessert, and these super fudgy, chewy brownies are an obvious choice. The ingredient list is relatively simple, and the decadent chocolate icing is absolutely addictive. Slice ahead of time and leave a few at home for future late-night snacking.
Recipe via Life in the Lofthouse