These backyard picnic ideas are perfect for having a nice time with your family. You’ll find some simple appetizers, salads, and desserts for the picnic.
If you are planning an outdoor picnic (whether in the park, the beach, your backyard, or anywhere else) here are some awesome recipe ideas.
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Backyard Picnic Ideas For Every Course!
No matter what type of foods you are craving, these foods will be perfect for your outdoor picnic.
Green, Fruit & Meat Salads
Here are some healthy salads that’ll make your backyard picnic fresh and healthy.
A perfect fruity beautiful summer fruit salad with peach pie filling.
This cucumber and tomato salad is perfect for those with fresh summer veggies who want to make a green salad to die for.
This chicken salad will be just the ticket for those wanting more filling protein rich healthy salads for your picnic.
This fruit cocktail salad will be just the ticket on those hot summer days in the backyard.
This kale slaw is healthy full of super foods and will look perfect on your blanket on the grass.
This grape salad is a perfect southern addition to the picnic. Full of fresh fruit and creamy dressing, even the kids will devour this.
A really interesting salad with pesto that anyone would love to find in their backyard spread.
A vegan salad with beans that will be filling, fresh, and tasty.
A fresh yummy easy to put together fruit salad.
This black bean salad with avocado is a perfect protein packed salad to add to your backyard picnic.
Pasta Salads & Potato Salads
What southerner doesn’t love a good pasta or potato salad? They’re easy to make ahead and then keep cool in your ice chest. Or bring straight out of the backdoor to your picnic blanket!
Easy pasta salad with fresh tomatoes.
This buffalo chicken pasta salad will satisfy the meat lovers at the picnic.
This slaw recipe is easy to make and a great side edition!
If you are trying to make your potato salad slightly less creamy, this is a winner winner... potato salad dinner.
This potato salad will keep everyone happy, filled, and wanting more and more.
This Greek pasta salad makes any picnic complete.
This pasta salad is healthy and even the kids on the picnic will love it.
This BLT pasta has bacon, lettuce, tomato, and all kinds of goodness.
Chicken ceasar lovers? Instead of a salad try this pasta salad which is more filling and will satisfy even the men on the picnic.
Try this chicken salad recipe on your next picnic. Put it on an open faced piece of bread to make it even more filling.
This classic recipe is also vegan.
Easy And Tasty Sandwiches & Breads
Want to pack some better than average sandwiches? Try these sandwiches on your next picnic.
An Italian sandwich, perfectly layered with meat and veggies.
This is a tall stacked giant sandwich perfect for long days of outdoor activities.
These you can even freeze ahead of time, take out and prep, and use for picnics. Great if you do a lot of picnics and want to bulk cook.
Everyone loves egg salad, provided they aren't allergic, and this is a classic made simply. Tasty edition to your spread.
A great New Orleans classic that will spice up your picnic spread.
Great in a hoagie or normal bread.
Croissants make excellent bread substitutes. If you want a tad more fancy picnic, try these.
Whether you put them on a sweet tray or in a basket, these afternoon tea sandwiches make every picnic a tad more sophisticated.
Sides, Dips & Such
If you want to bring some crackers and have some spreads for some dipping and snacking, these will help you fill up the picnic baskets.
This southern dip classic is great for picnics and cracker munching.
Want a make ahead protein packed snack? This is a crowd pleaser.
Pack some deviled eggs for your next backyard picnic. They will be gone before you've gotten bitten by the neighboring ants.
Want to make something homemade for your spread? Try this fresh salsa.
Avacado lovers in the family? Make fresh guacamole to bring to your picnic. Make sure and put some lemon juice on top so it doesn't turn brown!
Redneck caviar is fresh, crunchy, and a good way to get in some veggies with all those crackers.
Meat and BBQ Mains For Your Backyard Picnic
If you’re a meat lover or have a bunch of men coming on your picnic, then make sure and load up on some protein filled meat dishes. These will be perfect to make, pack, and munch away whether you’re in your own backyard or elsewhere.
These yummy carnitas can be made ahead of time quickly in the instant pot!
Now what's a southern picnic without fried chicken? I don't know.
Or if you prefer, make the fried chicken in the skillet!
This oven pulled pork is tasty and great to put in sandwiches or on open faced garlic bread slices.
Or if you want to add bacon to your chicken, try this.
Desserts For Your Backyard Picnic
Now we’re getting to the good stuff! If you’ve got any space left in your tummy at this point, these desserts will be a big hit.
A southern classic with oranges that is fresh and tasty.
Oranges can also be used to make this scrumptious pound cake.
What southerner doesn't love pineapples? For another fruit flavored pound cake, try this one.
Apple pound cake is the jam and the caramel icing on top makes it even better.
Another beautiful fruity cake. You can make it a few days ahead of time and pack it in slices for the picnic.
As long as you're not in super high temperatures, this will be perfect for the chocolate lovers in your party.
For a fresh, easy to make traditional tasting pound cake, this whipping cream cake fits the bill.
For a more cinnamony flavor, this will take the cake, so to speak.
Since you're at a picnic and not worried about presentation, pack this dump cake in a tupperware and enjoy!
Festive & Fruity Drinks
You can’t have an awesome summer picnic in your backyard (or elsewhere) without yummy drinks!
No southern picnic would be complete without iced tea, of course.
Lemonade is a fan favorite, here's an easy recipe you can make ahead of your picnic.
Or.... PUT THEM TOGETHER!
These recipes will help you put some lovely sweet fruity flavors into your water for refreshing drinks!