summer The Best Picnic Foods  

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List Rules 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 good bets 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.
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Sandwiches is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Sandwiches

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599 114
Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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554 105
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Potato Chips

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514 117
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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493 139
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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442 98
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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329 93
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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426 142
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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352 117
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Bread

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345 132
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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299 95
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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302 123
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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326 130
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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286 157
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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253 135
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Wraps

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210 145
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Hot Dogs

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196 146
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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108 72
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Hamburger

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175 140
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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151 113
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Cole Slaw

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166 159
Wine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

The Best Coconut Milk Brands

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133 103
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Chocolate cake

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93 68
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Pickles

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127 116
Salami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Salami

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120 111
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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127 125
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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19 11
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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79 96
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Ice Cream

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96 133
Olives is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Olives

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112 148
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
jschro1861 added Baked beans

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99 152
Beer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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47 55
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Rommel Luna H added Pizza

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78 128
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Carrot cake

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71 188
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Sushi

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6 42
Shrimp Boil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
John Godfrey added Shrimp Boil