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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680 135
Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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637 118
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Potato Chips

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599 132
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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572 150
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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501 114
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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387 115
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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485 180
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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390 127
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Bread

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390 145
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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336 103
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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344 132
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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378 145
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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296 158
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Wraps

The Top 7 Fast Foods with Cult Followings

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322 177
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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243 168
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Hot Dogs

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222 158
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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193 177
Wine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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132 97
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Hamburger

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117 84
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Pickles

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196 169
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

The Best Fast Food Desserts

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149 120
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Chocolate cake

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162 134
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Cole Slaw

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143 121
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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144 131
Salami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Salami

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38 24
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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139 142
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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89 122
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Ice Cream

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106 152
Olives is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Olives

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127 171
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
jschro1861 added Baked beans

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121 173
Beer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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89 145
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Carrot cake

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58 80
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Rommel Luna H added Pizza

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77 215
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Sushi