Let’s be honest – putting together a picnic takes quite a bit of advance planning. Preparing all of your provisions ahead of time can be enough to make you throw in the towel and say, “Let’s just go to Whole Foods.” But this summer, we’re challenging you to break out your basket and head to the park with a few home-cooked eats in tow (you can do it, promise!) Bring a blanket, some music or a good book, and turn your picnic lunch into a relaxing afternoon al fresco. To help keep your picnic stress-free, we’ve rounded up a few easy-to-pack recipes that will keep you eating outdoors all summer long.

*featured image via Dille & Kamille


Lemon Edamame Avocado Sandwiches from Love & Lemons

Raw Broccoli Chopped Salad from Camille Styles

Watermelon, Feta, & Blackberry Skewers from Camille Styles

Homemade Hummus, Black Bean Dip, & Onion and Spinach Dip from Waiting On Martha

Farro, Tomato, & Herb Salad with Roasted Lemons from Camille Styles

Chicken Caesar Sandwich from Cake n Knife

Italian Antipasto Skewers from Honey & Birch

Pancetta, Onion, & Gruyere Tartlets from From The Larder

White Bean & Lentil Salad from The Roaming Kitchen

Pressed Italian Sandwiches from The Stay At Home Chef

Instant Noodle Cups from The Kitchn

Prosciutto & Melon Skewers from Camille Styles

Chickpea, Farro, & Greens Salad from Cookie & Kate

Superfood Veggie Spring Rolls from Camille Styles

Quinoa Quesadillas from Love & Lemons

Brown Butter, Toffee, & Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies from House of Yum

Plum & Blueberry Hand Pies with Lavender Crust from Camille Styles

Blood Orange & Amaretto Mascarpone Trifles from Camille Styles

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  1. 1
    bridgetandarianna July 14, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Really loved your picks and reading this post! I have a relationship & lifestyle blog called http://www.themoderndaygirlfriend.com where I talk everything from disaster dates to fashion & beauty! I shared this on my socials this morning. I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    Lisa Mecham July 19, 2016 at 11:07 am

    This is great! I wish I went on picnics more but this has been the main problem- too much planning. Thanks so much!

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    yankified July 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Love this post. I always have a giggle when on a picnic the normal jam sandwiches and potato chips are brought out by friends and they stare bewildered that I have kabobs, salads and vegetable crudités. I love this post (i know I’ve already said but its true).

    Amy | http://www.yankified.com

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    Maxime July 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Proscuitto and melon, such a classic and delicious combination!

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