summer The Best Picnic Foods  

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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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552 109
Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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518 93
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Potato Chips

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471 113
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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450 130
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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406 91
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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396 127
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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290 85
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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333 112
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Bread

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317 124
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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279 90
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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284 115
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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303 122
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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269 145
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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240 130
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Wraps

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201 132
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Hot Dogs

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188 138
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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169 126
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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101 60
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Hamburger

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162 148
Wine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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139 105
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Cole Slaw

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128 97
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Chocolate cake

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83 62
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Pickles

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117 104
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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120 112
Salami is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Salami

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119 122
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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12 7
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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73 90
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Ice Cream

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88 127
Olives is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Olives

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102 137
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
jschro1861 added Baked beans

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96 144
Beer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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74 121
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Carrot cake

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40 50
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Rommel Luna H added Pizza

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70 177
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Sushi

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6 34
Shrimp Boil is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
John Godfrey added Shrimp Boil

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5 37
Shrimp Boil is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
John Godfrey added Shrimp Boil