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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703 139
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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674 146
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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634 159
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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559 123
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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447 123
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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534 195
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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421 139
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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432 156
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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369 112
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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375 143
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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409 158
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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327 170
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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358 198
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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274 179
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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242 174
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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216 196
Wine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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141 94
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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152 111
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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163 131
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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214 185
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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182 150
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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65 33
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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158 136
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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164 146
Salami is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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150 158
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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119 167
Olives is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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99 142
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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131 194
Beer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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133 194
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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96 167
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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69 98
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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82 244
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
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