9 Portable, Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Bring to a Picnic

Choosing recipes for a picnic is no picnic! You have one vegetarian, one who doesn't like vegetables, one who's allergic to gluten, and then the rest of your family and friends to feed. And then there's the schlepping-it-to-the-park part. We get it, so we're here to help. This portable menu is best served room-temp and will make your whole group happy. Pro tip: make it a potluck and assign dishes to people. Way less stress on you!
By Hope Tierney ,

Prosciutto & Smoked Mozzarella Muffuletta

Photography by Dan Saelinger

Muffulettas are perfect picnic sandwiches because one can serve multiple people, with portions small enough so everyone can get a piece and still be hungry to eat the sides. They can be served at room temp, so as long as you don't leave them sitting in the sun too long, they'll be good to go.

Try our Prosciutto & Smoked Mozzarella Muffulettas

Green Cabbage Coleslaw

What's a picnic without coleslaw? Everyone loves a classic cabbage slaw—especially one that only takes 20 minutes to make.

Try our Green Cabbage Coleslaw

Chilled Red Pepper & Carrot Soup with Yogurt

Photography by Dan Saelinger

This one's for the vegetarian. (And just about everyone else.) This soup is super delicious and best served at room temp or chilled.

Try our Chilled Red Pepper & Carrot Soup with Yogurt

Sicilian Tuna-and-Potato Salad

Party salad time! This tuna-and-potato-and-just-about-everything-else salad is full of flavor and easy to throw together.

Try our Sicilian Tuna-and-Potato Salad

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

You can't go wrong with a Buffalo chicken sammie! Just add a bit of hot sauce to rotisserie chicken, mix some blue cheese with mayo, and you're in business.

Try our Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Fruity Spinach Salad

Adding strawberries to a salad is a great incentive for kids—or really anyone—to eat their veggies and still get that sweet taste.

Try our Fruity Spinach Salad

Cheesy Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Photography by Lucas Zarebinski

Pick your favorite veggies to grill, then add cheesy tortellini for the ultimate pasta salad.

Try Charles Grayauskie's Cheesy Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

Mexican Fruit Salad

Upgrade your fruit salad by giving it a bit of a kick! Hello, ancho chile powder. You're going to want to add this one to your permanent picnic menu.

Try our Mexican Fruit Salad

Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photography by Tara Donne

What's dinner without dessert? These cookies only take 30 minutes to make, and they're sure to please everyone at the party.

Try Deb Perelman's Thick, Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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