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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746 151
Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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700 138
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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671 145
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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630 159
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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556 123
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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444 123
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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530 195
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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418 139
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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429 156
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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367 111
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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373 142
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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407 156
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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324 169
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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357 196
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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272 178
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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240 173
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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213 195
Wine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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138 94
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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150 110
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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182 146
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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213 183
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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161 130
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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61 33
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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157 134
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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162 145
Salami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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149 156
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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98 140
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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117 166
Olives is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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131 191
Beer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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132 191
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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95 164
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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67 96
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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81 241
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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