A summer picnic can be a gorgeous event straight out of a Jane Austen novel. Or it can just be lunch under a tree. Either way, it’s nice to eat al fresco and al ground-o. But it’s even better when you’re eating something delicious. Take advantage of the warm weather with these summer picnic foods, desserts, appetizers, and more. And don’t forget the blanket. No one wants to eat with a dirty butt.
Summer Picnic Appetizers
That’s right, your picnic is so fancy it starts with apps. Here are some delightful summer picnic food ideas to kick off your blanket-top meal.
You can buy everything you need for these inspired, three-ingredient cheese boards at your local Trader Joe’s.
Don’t just grab any old jar of salsa and bag of chips to start the meal. Opt for one of these tested and tasted chip and dip pairings.
Pair one of these top store-bought prosciuttos with a little sliced cantaloupe or some fresh tomato and mozzarella.
Potato salad on potato chips? You bet! And we’ve got more ideas where that came through.
Summer Picnic Mains
Whether you’re looking for an upgraded PB&J or some fancier summer picnic foods, we’ve got some tasty ideas for summer picnic mains.
Best PB&J Upgrades
We paired the best nut butter with the best jellies to make sandwiches that taste so much better than anything you ever had at school lunch.
You heard right: vegan tuna! Give it a try with the Sporked-approved vegan tuna brand.
If you’re a Target shopper, you need to try these Good & Gather salad kits, which you can make in the bag for the easiest picnic dish ever.
Same goes for these Trader Joe’s salad kits!
Here’s everything you need to make the world’s greatest pasta salad.
Summer Picnic Desserts
End the meal on a sweet note with these summer picnic dessert ideas—no cooking required.
There’s only one Sporked-approved chocolate hummus and it’s a perfect picnic dessert.
Grab whatever fruit is in season and dip it into these dips!
A simple bag of the best chocolate-covered pretzels is a totally great picnic dessert idea. Sometimes the easiest thing is also the best.
No baking required. Just buy one of these crispy or chewy chocolate chip cookie brands.
Want to be a little “healthier” than chocolate? Get some fruit in your cookies.
Summer Picnic Drinks
You can do better than your trusty water bottle when it comes to the drinks you bring to a summer picnic. Quench your thirst with these summer picnic drink ideas.
Be your own mock-tologist with these easy recipes.
Tart, tangy, and available at the grocery store. We found the best lemonades.
Iced tea isn’t hard to make but these brands have gone ahead and done it for you anyway.
Throw a few of these into a cooler and enjoy drinking water again.
If you’re having a real grown-up picnic, try these canned cocktails. There’s something for everyone (who’s over 21), from canned Margaritas to canned White Russians.