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

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719 142
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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691 148
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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648 162
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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570 123
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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461 123
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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543 198
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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430 140
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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380 114
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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382 149
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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416 163
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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333 174
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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368 201
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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283 181
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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247 178
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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227 199
Wine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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Pickles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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159 119
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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71 35
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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188 154
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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165 136
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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217 192
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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172 148
Salami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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