Gallery: 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

Garlic Dill Pickles
Garlic Dill Pickles

These garlic dills will forever change the way you approach pickles. If you've never canned before, you can make it easier on yourself and make them as refrigerator pickles. However, for those of us who love stashing away a little bit of summer for later in the year, canning instructions are also included. 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

Summer Fruit Panzanella
Summer Fruit Panzanella

In this breakfast version of panzanella, croissants are toasted with cinnamon sugar and combined with a variety of fresh summer fruit. 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

Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)
Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad)

This is a great way to eat fresh summer corn that's way more flavorful than straight off the cob. 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

Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, and Basil (Vegan)
Spicy Peanut Noodle Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, and Basil (Vegan)

Fresh Chinese wheat noodles are available in most Asian markets. 1/4 pound dried linguini, fettucini, or spaghetti can be substituted if fresh Chinese noodles are unavailable. 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

The Spuckie
The Spuckie

This twist on an Italian sandwich includes shredded carrots, olives and freshly grated garlic.

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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

Sichuan-Style Chicken Salad
Sichuan-Style Chicken Salad

This flavorful and moist chicken salad is anything but boring with plenty of ginger, cilantro and sesame oil. 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

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

The oats add a nuttiness that contrasts with the pieces of smooth, rich chocolate and fruity cherries. These cookies are fat and chewy and full of flavor. Soaking the dried cherries in boiling water before adding them to the dough ensures that they stay plump and moist. 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

Fresh Watermelon Sangria
Fresh Watermelon Sangria

This sangria screams out for a hot, humid day. Fresh watermelon adds delicate sweetness, and a squeeze of lime heightens the tartness of the white wine. A sprig of mint wouldn't be out of place as a garnish. Feel free to double the recipe and serve in a large pitcher. 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