The ideal picnic foods are ones that can be easily packed, eaten with your hands (or minimal utensils), and are fine at room temperature (i.e. nothing that melts or should be served hot). I've compiled a list of my favorites that I hope you will enjoy as well!
Okay first off let's cover the essentials.
Chicken Stuffed French Bread from Life in the Lofthouse
This looks unbelievably easy, but also sounds so yummy! Just check out those ingredients!
Chicken Bacon Avocado Sandwich with Secret Sauce from Natasha's Kitchen
I don't know if you're familiar with Kneader's at all, but they have this delicious sauce they put on their sandwiches that you need to try! I'm not even a huge sandwich fan & I love it. Thankfully, Natasha's Kitchen has come up with a great copycat version in her Chicken Bacon Avocado Sandwich!
Perfect Pulled Pork from Kevin & Amanda
Everyone's different, I personally don't mind a room temp pulled pork sandwich, so I would take this on a picnic. Plus, pork shoulder is literally so cheap compared to other meats at the grocery store!
Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad from Peas & Crayons
I actually made this one for my son's first birthday party last summer & I loved it! I didn't have any bacon though (I subbed hard boiled eggs), so I imagine with all the ingredients it's even better. My recommendation is make this the same day as your picnic, I made this the day before our party & just like with most foods prepped ahead, some of the flavor becomes more mild as it absorbs into the food. Still delicious, just 10 times more amazing the first day =)
Pomodoro Fresco Pasta Salad from The Parsley Thief
I'm a big fan of balsamic vinegar (and pasta and tomatoes lol) so this really looks like something I will be making very shortly!
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from Spicy Southern Kitchen
This pasta salad also looks like a winner!
Salted Brown Butter Vanilla Bean Crispy Treats from Sweet Salty Tart
I love the idea of these "grown up" rice crispy treats! They look delicious! Plus they follow the picnic basket dessert rule--they don't melt.
Chocolate Filled Strawberries from Lily Shop
If you're looking for something a little more decadent, possibly more romantic? Try these chocolate filled strawberries! It's a great "picnic hack" so that you can have chocolate strawberries without having to worry about them melting all over your fingers!
Banana Fritters from RACQ Living
I've included this recipe before in my best foods for tailgating post, but seriously how delicious?!
Aside from these delicious foods, I would probably include some fresh fruits & possibly some potato chips.
Speaking of fruits, have you tried my Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip? It was a hit at my son's birthday & is so easy to make!
For drinks, we take things easy with some bottled water & Capri Sun pouches =) Don't forget to pack a blanket (I love this one: Picnic Blanket Tote) and plenty of napkins!! Have fun!
Side Note: Have you seen this hack for repelling flies from Making Lemonade? I can't wait to try it! I just want to know if plastic cups work as well... Anyone know?