Slideshow: 35 Recipes for Your Summer Picnics

Pasta Salad with Peas and Pesto
Pasta Salad with Peas and Pesto
Fresh herb pesto makes a flavorful dressing for a summery pasta salad studded with green peas. Chopped walnuts add delicious crunch and fresh lemon juice brightens it up. Get the Recipe
Curried Pickled Zucchini
Curried Pickled Zucchini
Zucchini season is here, and the age-old question remains. How can I possibly use up all this squash? This year, try this slightly sweet curried zucchini pickle. The end result is a pickle that is sweet without being cloying, pleasantly tangy and vividly yellow. Get the Recipe
Sweet and Spicy Pickle Relish
Sweet and Spicy Pickle Relish
Since it's essentially a chopped pickle, you can use it anywhere that a bit of sliced or minced dill pickle might go. Spread it on a sandwich, stir it into tuna or chicken salad or even put it out on a cheese tray along with a dish of tapenade. Get the Recipe
Pickled Spring Onions
Pickled Spring Onions
These pickled spring onions can play a number of roles. Dolloped on top of a burger, a basic cookout becomes quite gourmet. Need to bring an appetizer to a party? Toast baguette rounds, add a smear of creamy goat cheese and top with a bit of pickled onion. A bowl of baby arugula becomes a salad with a forkful of pickled onions and a drizzle of olive oil. Get the Recipe
Bread and Butter Pickles
Bread and Butter Pickles
I've been told that bread and butter pickles got their name from the role they played during lean times. Tucked between buttered slices of brown bread, even the smallest sandwich had the ability to satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling as if you'd had a filling meal. Get the Recipe
Stone Fruit Salad with Ginger-Lime Syrup and Mint
Stone Fruit Salad with Ginger-Lime Syrup and Mint
Sliced peaches, nectarines and plums go from simple to sublime when soaked in a refreshing ginger-lime syrup infused with fresh mint. Be sure to let the fruit marinate for at least 45 minutes but not too much longer or the ginger will mellow out. Get the Recipe
Great Deviled Eggs
Great Deviled Eggs
For best results, use very good olive oil. I like to overstuff the eggs, which leaves you with a few extra whites. Just eat'em (or feed them to the dog). Older eggs (a couple weeks old) will peel more easily than very fresh eggs. Get the Recipe
Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions
Marinated Kale and Chickpea Salad With Sumac Onions
Unlike most salads, this one keeps very well in the fridge, retaining its crunch and developing flavor over a couple days. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Toss gently before serving. Get the Recipe
Quinoa with Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado, and Lime
Quinoa with Corn, Tomatoes, Avocado, and Lime
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a high protein seed that has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture. Though it looks like couscous and is eaten like a grain, it's actually a cousin of spinach, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens. It's wonderful when cooked right—the key is not to follow the package's instructions, which always call for too much liquid and results in way too mushy quinoa. The ideal ratio is one cup of quinoa to 1 2/3 cups of liquid. Get the Recipe
Classic Potato Salad
Classic Potato Salad
Is there any better picnic accompaniment? This one is a huge hit. Get the Recipe
Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil
Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil
This make-ahead salad of sweet, crisp corn scraped off the cob, mild scallions, and fresh basil in a tart white wine vinaigrette is a great alternative. Not only is it delicious and easy to make, it's a refreshing change from the usual (and messy) corn on the cob slathered with butter. Get the Recipe
Spicy Shrimp and Green Apple Salad
Spicy Shrimp and Green Apple Salad
Dried red pepper flakes are used here as a way of introducing at least one smoky elements to the dish which could have been just as nice with fresh chilies. But you can also grill the shrimp, as opposed to poaching them, just to get a nice smoky char in which case finely-chopped fresh Thai bird's eye chilies are recommended as a replacement for the dried red pepper. Get the Recipe
Andrew Carmellini's Fried Chicken
Andrew Carmellini's Fried Chicken
For Carmellini, perfecting fried chicken involves the perfect marriage of super juicy meat and super crispy skin. We already knew he could nail it at his restaurants, but with this recipe from American Flavor, replicating his juicy-crispy-perfectly-seasoned fried chicken at home is a delicious reality. Get the Recipe
Crying Tiger (Thai-style Grilled Steak with Dry Chili Dipping Sauce)
Crying Tiger (Thai-style Grilled Steak with Dry Chili Dipping Sauce)
Although any cut of beef that is well suited for grilling will work for this recipe, rib eye and New York strip are recommended. Get the Recipe
Reuben Danish
Reuben Danish
If you've never made pie dough or puff pastry and you're a little afraid of the recipe, let me put you at ease. If you mess up and the butter gets incorporated into the dough rather than forming thin layers, you'll end up with a really buttery rye bread, which isn't such a terrible thing. Get the Recipe
Garlicky Broccoli Rabe, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomato Jam Sandwich
Garlicky Broccoli Rabe, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomato Jam Sandwich
Deviled Ham Salad Sandwich
Deviled Ham Salad Sandwich
This recipe can be prepared 3 or 4 days in advance, making it great for feeding hungry ham lovers in bulk. Get the Recipe
Smoked Salmon and Dill Tea Sandwiches
Smoked Salmon and Dill Tea Sandwiches
Traditionally tea sandwiches are cold, two-bite sandwiches; some of the most common are egg salad, watercress, and smoked salmon. This version of the classic salmon tea sandwich uses a cream cheese with dill along with some red onion to brighten up the sandwich. Get the Recipe
Cuban Medianoche Sandwich
Cuban Medianoche Sandwich
Medianoches are usually made with "pan suave," a soft, sweet bread. Since it is not widely available, I've substituted it with 6 inch-long challah rolls, which are sweet and soft like the original. Get the Recipe
Herbed Cucumber Radish Tea Sandwiches
Herbed Cucumber Radish Tea Sandwiches
Start this recipe with a whole, unsliced sandwich bread loaf, such as Pullman, and slice the bread about 3/16 inch thick for delicate tea sandwiches. Labne is a yogurt cheese, available at many specialty markets. If you can't find labne, place 4 cups Greek yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer over a bowl and allow to drain, refrigerated, for 12 hours. Do use the English cucumber in this recipe as it has fewer seeds and is less watery. Get the Recipe
Vegan: Broccoli Rabe and Antipasti Panini with Olive Salad
Vegan: Broccoli Rabe and Antipasti Panini with Olive Salad
You can use store-bought olive salad for this recipe if you prefer. Use about 4 tablespoons for each two serving sandwich. You can also make this on four smaller loaves or 1 larger loaf. Get the Recipe
Classic Pecan Pie
Classic Pecan Pie
This recipe is my go-to every year. It's chock-full of pecans, and the light caramel custard filling sets up well, making it easy to slice and serve neatly. Get the Recipe
Mixed Berry Pie (Made with Fresh Berries)
Mixed Berry Pie (Made with Fresh Berries)
As bakers, flexibility is key for working with what nature gives us. This recipe requires the baker to adjust the sugar to taste depending on the berry type and overall sweetness and acidity. This recipe is perfect for those who are comfortable modifying recipes to suite their tastes. Get the Recipe
Perfect Brownies
Perfect Brownies
These brownies are not a mocha-macchiato-molten-center brownie, a death-by-triple-truffle brownie, or a cheesecake-chocolate-crack brownie. They're just a good 'ole basic brownie. No hoopla, nothing fancy, but soul satisfying good. Get the Recipe
Aperol Gin Punch
Aperol Gin Punch
We served this tart, tangy, and boozy Negroni-inspired punch at our 3rd Annual Serious Eats Cookie Swap, and the revelers demanded a second batch almost immediately. If you'd like to make it more fizzy and less strong, you can add sparkling water or a second bottle of sparkling wine, but we liked the refreshing bittersweetness of this drink as is, over ice. Get the Recipe
Classic Lusty Red Sangria
Classic Lusty Red Sangria
This is what your guests expect when you shout, "Sangria!" Get the Recipe
12 Easy Lemonade Variations
12 Easy Lemonade Variations
The key to a good glass of lemonade is a balanced acidity and sweetness. I make mine by adding more lemon juice and sugar than I think I'll need to my base, then serving the whole thing with a ton of ice. Get the Recipe