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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Chocolate cake

The Best Fast Food Desserts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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