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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640 128
Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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598 112
Potato Chips is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Potato Chips

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563 122
Fruit salad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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542 143
Watermelon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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474 106
Cookies is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Cookies

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365 104
Grapes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Grapes

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466 162
Cheese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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373 121
Bread is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Bread

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370 138
Fresh Vegetables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Fresh Vegetables

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320 98
Brownies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Brownies

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328 126
Iced tea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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354 136
Pasta salad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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280 145
Wraps is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Wraps

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305 167
Fried chicken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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230 159
Hot dog is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Hot Dogs

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209 153
Fruit punch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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183 164
Wine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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122 86
Hamburger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Hamburger

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188 153
Deviled egg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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158 124
Cole slaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Cole Slaw

The Most Delicious Foods in the World

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106 74
Pickles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Danny Marks added Pickles

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143 111
Chocolate cake is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Chocolate cake

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138 122
Salami is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
augie added Salami

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132 116
Lemon Bars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Lemon Bars

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136 132
Pita Bread and Hummus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Pita Bread and Hummus

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30 17
Chips and Salsa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Chips and Salsa

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83 111
Ice cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Ice Cream

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103 141
Olives is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
carlybobarly added Olives

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124 158
Baked beans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
jschro1861 added Baked beans

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109 162
Beer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Picnic Foods

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84 137
Carrot cake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
lakaya03 added Carrot cake

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54 71
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
Rommel Luna H added Pizza

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73 204
Sushi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Picnic Foods
MadameLil added Sushi