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Best Things to Make for a Picnic

7 Ideas For Easy Recipes For Picnic Prep

In the warmer months, there’s nothing like gathering with a crew for some tasty al fresco dining. The key to picnic food, though, lies in the ease of preparing ahead and serving items that can be enjoyed at room temperature. Here, a few crowd-pleasing recipes that are best served on a roomy blanket in the park with plenty of rosé and sunshine.

Not Your Grandma's Potato Salad

With not one, but two types of mustard, this classic potato salad from domestic goddess Ina Garten will totally hit the spot. 

Transportive Moroccan Carrot Salad

Not only is this Moroccan-flavored carrot salad a snap to make, it can be made up to 6 hours in advance and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Spice is Nice 

We always love the way noodles soak up all of the sauce over time. The dressing in this spicy peanut noodle salad is totally addictive.

Bye Bye Grilled Cheese

There’s a reason the Southern staple, pimiento cheese toast, has been popping up on menus all over. You can make the jalapeño-laced cheese spread in this recipe 5 days ahead.

A Classic That Never Goes Out of Style

Crunchy, creamy, and equally tasty in sandwiches and eaten solo, coleslaw is a classic that we’ll never abandon.

K-Pop Meets Salad

Gochugaru, Korean red pepper powder, adds vibrant zing to this tangy cucumber salad. It’s perfect for piling on burgers or sandwiches or eating by the forkful.

Some Serious Heat

We’re not sure why, but there’s something totally addictive about room temperature fried chicken from Serious Eats. This spice-rubbed version ensures tender, moist meat thanks to the addition of buttermilk.

Canned Wine 

It gets a bad rap because of it's cousin boxed wine, but canned wine is the perfect picnic beverage. It's easy to cart, you don't have to worry about opening bottles or breaking glass, and you can be strategic about packing them as makeshift cooling packs to help keep food cold. And you're in luck, we made a list of the best canned wines. 

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