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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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507 95
Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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471 87
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Potato Chips

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434 103
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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414 119
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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371 85
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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360 115
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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254 75
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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311 102
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Bread

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294 117
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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264 107
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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255 86
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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277 115
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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251 137
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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222 120
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Wraps

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181 121
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Hot Dogs

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199 129
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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175 127
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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154 114
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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150 135
Wine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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83 51
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Hamburger

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119 87
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Chocolate cake

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122 97
Cole Slaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Cole Slaw

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110 94
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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70 52
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Pickles

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112 105
Salami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Salami

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113 112
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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69 74
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Ice Cream

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96 124
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
jschro1861 added Baked beans

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80 116
Olives is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Olives

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91 129
Beer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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36 34
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Rommel Luna H added Pizza

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71 108
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Carrot cake

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5 22
Shrimp Boil is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
John Godfrey added Shrimp Boil

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61 159
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Sushi

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4 22
Shrimp Boil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
John Godfrey added Shrimp Boil