The Best Picnic Foods Foods
Ultimate List
3  reranks 819 votes 53 voters 5,177 views by  Ranker
Staff
more info

The Best Picnic Foods

List Criteria: Food that is nice to eat outdoors

The best picnic foods are those classic and tasty main courses, side dishes, beverages and desserts that are best to take to an outdoor meal at the local park or at the beach. Because there is not always a cooking source like a grill available at a picnic, all of these picnic food ideas can be prepared ahead of time and packed for a lovely gathering with family or friends.

As gathering for picnics is a classic American pastime, the best picnic foods are just that as well. Traditional American foods like fried chicken, apple pie and lemonade or iced tea are staples of picnic menus across the country. But great picnic foods don't stop there. As a main course, sandwiches or subs are another favorite for their portability and ease of eating without utensils.

But no picnic would be complete without side dishes and other finger foods. Choices like potato salad, deviled eggs, cole slaw, pasta salad and chips are common items at picnics. Many also like to serve fresh vegetables, cheese and bean salads. For beverages, kids can enjoy fruit punch while the adults can partake (responsibly of course) on wine and beer. Don't forget dessert with popular favorites like cookies, brownies and cupcakes all typical for great picnic menus, not to mention some of the most delicious foods in the world.

So when you're packing up the cooler and the kids for an afternoon picnic, what are you cooking? Vote for your favorite picnic foods, add those not listed or re-rank this list of the best picnic foods! If you're picnicking with a barbecue, check out the best foods on a BBQ for more inspiration.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 3 ReRanks
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 30
    Down 2

    open report item
  2. 2
    Up 31
    Down 5

    open report item
  3. 3
    Up 27
    Down 2

    added by MadameLil Potato Chips

    open report item
  4. 4
    Up 26
    Down 5

    open report item
  5. 5
    Up 28
    Down 3

    Sandwiches

    open report item
  6. 6
    Up 28
    Down 3

    open report item
  7. 7
    Up 26
    Down 8

    open report item
  8. 8
    Up 20
    Down 4

    most listed & added by augie

    open report item
  9. 9
    Up 23
    Down 6

    Fresh Vegetables

    open report item
  10. 10
    Up 20
    Down 5

    Iced Tea

    open report item
  11. 11
    Up 29
    Down 5

    open report item
  12. 12
    Up 17
    Down 11

    often listed & added by carlybobarly

    open report item
  13. 13
    Up 24
    Down 7

    open report item
  14. 14
    Up 19
    Down 4

    Cookies

    open report item
  15. 15
    Up 19
    Down 5

    Pasta Salad

    open report item
  16. 16
    Up 20
    Down 6

    Brownies

    open report item
  17. 17
    Up 12
    Down 9

    added by carlybobarly

    open report item
  18. 18
    Up 18
    Down 6

    open report item
  19. 19
    Up 20
    Down 9

    open report item
  20. 20
    Up 15
    Down 6

    added by augie

    open report item
  21. 21
    Up 17
    Down 8

    Chips and Salsa

    open report item
  22. 22
    Up 13
    Down 3

    added by lakaya03

    open report item
  23. 23
    Up 15
    Down 10

    Pita Bread and Hummus

    open report item
  24. 24
    Up 13
    Down 9

    Lemon Bars

    open report item
  25. 25
    Up 12
    Down 5

    added by MadameLil Cole Slaw

    open report item
  26. 26
    Up 0
    Down 0

    new! & added by MadameLil

    open report item
  27. 27
    Up 7
    Down 19

    often listed & added by MadameLil

    open report item
  28. 28
    Up 8
    Down 8

    added by lakaya03

    open report item
  29. 29
    Up 8
    Down 8

    added by jschro1861

    open report item
  30. 30
    Up 7
    Down 8

    added by lakaya03

    open report item
  31. 31 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 30 of 30

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists