Easy & Delicious Picnic Recipes

Easy & Delicious Picnic Recipes

Ashley Ryckman14 comments

 

This week we have family visiting from out of town. My aunt and uncle fly in from Florida almost every summer to spend a few days with the PA crew. There’s a lot of us, so it’s usually easier to get the Florida group here than the PA group there! 


As usual, a big picnic is being planned for this weekend so that we can all spend some time together. It’s not unusual for 30-40 people to be there. Everyone brings a dish, we sit around, eat more than we should, catch up on each other’s lives and have fun watching the kiddos play together, much like all my cousins did when we were growing up.

An oldie, but goody! No one has any idea why we are holding garden tools. 

With July 4th coming up, I’m betting many of you are planning something similar. If not, there’s always room for on more at our place! 


But with the fun comes the ever frustrating task of what to bring. My aunt Donna just sent out the inevitable “let me know what you’re bringing” that always makes me go hmmm...I don’t know!

So I dug through Pinterest and found some yummy ideas. Hopefully, we’ve made that next potluck a little easier for you, too.


First up is a delicious spin on the ever classic coleslaw. Kristy just made this last weekend and she said her guests loved it and asked her for the recipe multiple times.


She was able to mix up the ingredients a couple hours ahead and then put the dressing on last. It was crunchy and tangy with a little bit of sweet. The perfect companion for a BBQ!


Corn Tomato Red Cabbage Salad

Corn Tomato Red Cabbage Salad in a bowl with a spoon!


If you’re the host of the picnic, this could be a really fun take on a picnic staple. Make your own hot dog bar!

We went to a friend’s housewarming party a few years ago and they had this idea and I’ve always wanted to do it myself. 

Pick a few recipes, make up a fun recipe board, and then just gather the ingredients. Guests can follow one of the recipes or go rogue and make their own. It makes for a really fun start to your picnic!

Hot Dog Bar

1000+ ideas about Hot Dog Bar on Pinterest | Hot Dog Parties, Hot ...


Next is a slightly healthier side. It’s light, fresh and delicious. I love the mix of a perfectly ripe avocado, the heartiness of the beans, and the bit of crunch from the red onion. Top it with the lime juice and it’s perfect! 


It’s super easy to make by just cutting up the ingredients and mixing it all together, so it’s one you can throw together in 20 minutes or less. You can serve it as a side or with chips as a chunky salsa. 

 

AVOCADO BLACK BEAN CORN SALAD W/ CILANTRO LIME DRESSING

White bowl filled with freshly tossed salad. Beverage, corn chips and blue napkin on the side.

 


If you know that all the sides are covered, offer to bring a refreshing drink. This watermelon lemonade sounds like summer in a glass and I’m here for it! 


You might want to make two batches though, because this is going to be a crowd pleaser for all ages. 

 

Pink Watermelon Lemonade

watermelon lemonade


And to satisfy the sweet tooth, how about something that covers all the bases. Creamy pudding, crispy, tart apples and little chunks of sweet and salty Snickers bars? Yes, please! 


This dessert is easy to make and even better to eat! It’s also one your littles would love belong to make.

 

Snickers Apple Salad

This Snickers Apple Salad is a super easy dessert salad that's great to take to potlucks, picnics, and family gatherings! It's guaranteed to be the first to go! #apple #easyrecipe #dessert #coolwhip

What’s your favorite picnic recipe? Drop a link or recipe in the comments below for a chance for more ACB prizes! 

 

Chic blessings Friends,


 

 

Contributor/Editor: Kristy Porter

 

 

14 comments

karen
karen
Hi Ashley this was a excellent blog I loved the recipes it funny how you and the others that have posted we all have the same things in common family and friends and of course food it doesnt matter the color of your skin,race, short tall skinny of fat we are all the same on the inside. thanks for sharing cant wait to try these recipes and some of the recipes i the comments.
Kristen York
Kristen York
Hi Ashley I really enjoyed reading your blog. The ideas u have listed gave me some new ideas to try. This 4th of July is even better this is the first year in over 20 years that my entire family can get together. I was in stationed out west and my brother was stationed over seas. Now that we both are retired we have moved back to our home town. So now our favorite things are all the classic potato salad cole slaw made w Mayo grilled hamburger and hot dogs. Dessert have to have banana pudding vanilla cake w chocolate icing and of course for the grown ups adult drinks and playing games.
Lorrie
Lorrie
We love cooking together and eating together. Some of my happiest memories are spending time around the kitchen or table with my family and friends . Play crazy games, Tell “remember when” stories, and talk about our plans.. We laugh with each other and at each other, but always in love. Food is just anyway to show that love
Joyce Ivins
Joyce Ivins
Nice
Kerri
Kerri
Hello Mrs. Ashley, When my grandparents were alive we had a huge 75-100 people at their farm. No one brought a dish but all the women made fresh food from the garden and a few store supplies. Us kids use to fill up on the Apple and grape they grew. My favorite dish was green beans great gram dressing which she never shared. I still miss that. My gram made the best applesauce cake. We had all kinds of neat to eat. I just absolutely loved getting to play with as we called the farm cousins (we were the city cousins) Just being together with family was the best. I really Miss those days. As I get older and the family gets smaller, I remember how much we all loved one another.
Naisha Lucas
Naisha Lucas
Hi Ashley and Friends, enjoyed reading all you guys recipes. I want to share mines, it’s Mostaccioli. You put however much you like of groundbeef, pepperroni, beef sausage, cheese,mostaccioli noodles nd spaghetti sauce. Cook the grondbeef and noodles, as you cooking those you will cut up the beef sausage sinto slices.When the noodles and beef done,draain both, add pasta sauce, beef sausages to the noodles and ground beef, stir up and let simmer. Also you should make a different pot of pasta sauce becouse your gonna need the juice.Don’t forget to add the seasonings you like. After it’s done, get a pan according to the size you want to make and your going to layer it the following way. Put juice on bottom, add mix, then put pepperoni over it, add different types of cheese and repeat the process at least twice ending with cheese on top. Bake on 350 about two hours or until it’s melted(cheece). And enjoy
Rose McLaughlin
Rose McLaughlin
They all sound yummy .i love the Hotdog idea my husband loves hotdogs..💜💜💜
Karen
Karen
Thank you so much for sharing those recipes I can’t wait to try them. Also want to thank you for sharing your life with me and everyone else your a rare gem thanks
Laura Sturgis
Laura Sturgis
Hi Ashley, love your blog. I’m loving the recipes. here is 1 I’m going to try maybe you can too!! Happy Summer.https://www.mrfood.com/Misc-Salads/Mexican-Corn-Bread-Salad
Frankie Sanders
Frankie Sanders
I love the 4th of July, we go to current river in Van Buren Missouri. We meet our southern family there. It’s a time to hang out on the river bank and watch the gaggles of floaters having so much fun as the float by. Or we take a trip in our river boat to check out what’s going on up river. It’s a great time of visiting,music, campfires,cornhole and lots of eating. Our favorites are pulled pork barbecue nachos and my favorite strawberry pizza which I’ll share the recipe to. Ingredients: 1 (18oz) sugar cookie dough 1/8 oz package cream cheese, one package strawberry glaze, one to one and a half quart strawberries, third cup sugar, half a teaspoon vanilla, one large container Cool Whip. Spread cookie dough out on Pizza Pan bake at 375 for 12 minutes let cool. Combined soft cream cheese sugar and vanilla blend well spread over cookie crust then combine strawberry glaze and cut up strawberries spread on top of cream cheese and top off with Cool Whip refrigerate till ready to serve. I hope yall have a very blessed 4th.
Lisa J Thomason
Lisa J Thomason
4th of July was a huge celebration in the little town I grew up in. We always had a parade, which I marched in because I was a majorette, and barbecues. My Dad always cooked steak and lobster (I grew up in Maine), he went all out! The easiest dish for me to bring to a BBQ is potato or macaroni salad. It’s always a hit and everyone eats it. This year my youngest son is hosting a back yard BBQ with traditional hamburgers and hot dogs and lots of side dishes. We are trying something new and he has set up a corn hole competition. I’m not very good at it, but it’s fun trying!
Monica McConnell
Monica McConnell
we do pigs in a blanket which is super simple 2 pks of little smokies 4 pks of cressent rolls cut east cressent roll into halfs wrap one of the halfs around each little smokie place on a baking sheet bake on 350 for about 10 min it makes a great grab and go munchie and great picnic snack
Rhonda Beets
Rhonda Beets
I am going to try a few of those recipes. We are not having any family dinners this year over the 4th my daughter and I are headed to Washington DC for the week. I have a few ACB items in my suitcase. Have a safe and blessed 4th ACB crew and followers!
Darlene Izzo
Darlene Izzo
Thanks so much for all the great recipes! I am going to share one I love and one my mom made every summer as I was growing up! Ambrosia Salad 1 (8ounce) frozen Whipped Topping thawed 2 1/2 cups of shredded coconut 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 ( 8 ounce) can fruit cocktail or fresh fruit drained 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained 1 (11 ounce ) can of mandarin oranges, drained or fresh 3 cups miniature marshmallows 1 (10 ounce jar) maraschino cherries , drained 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon in large bowl combine the whipped topping coconut chopped nuts fruit cocktail pineapple mandarin oranges marshmallows cherries nutmeg and cinnamon mix together well and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes and serve! Yum!

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