Headed to (or hosting) a picnic this July 4th? Here are our best recipes for salads, sides, and mains that are picnic-friendly and tasty, too.
This is how to make the most of your ingredients.
More savory than the American kind, with a natural creaminess that comes from the potatoes alone.
Make the most of fresh summer melon.
Bright, fruity, fresh, and crisp. Did we mention quick and easy?
This focaccia is soft, tender, chewy, and full of garlic flavor, and it takes just a few minutes of real work.
Your guests will think you worked hard on it. You didn't.
A beefy, bright, and flavorful wrap.
Juicy vegetables, subtle spice, and tender lentils.
The secret is a little zest.
An elegant hors d'oeuvre that you can whip up in no time.
Puréeing garlic in lemon juice and blending chickpeas while they're hot = great hummus.
The classic olive spread from Provence.
A fresh and summery Italian classic.
This is as simple as a recipe gets—all you need are the freshest ingredients, but resist the balsamic vinegar.
A quick and easy slaw with a refreshing crunch.
Minty, peppery, grassy shiso turns your go-to salad into something a little unexpected.
Tender biscuits with tons of extra-flaky layers.
Just a touch of tahini turns these blanched carrots into an amazing side dish.
A salad that's just as refreshing as a Caprese, but with a completely different personality.
Summer squash is even better with fennel and dill.
This chicken is brined in lemon juice with garlic and spices.
The crispiest, crunchiest, juiciest fried chicken around.
A great bean salad has maximum contrast, both in texture and in flavor.
Sometimes all you need is to assemble the good stuff.
Three magic ingredients: Japanese mayo, rice vinegar, and hot mustard.
The key to great tabbouleh salad is to control its moisture.
A simple and refreshing pasta salad.
The new rules for a summertime standby.
Chorizo, garlic, and roasted piquillo peppers make for a flavor-packed pasta salad.
Your sous vide cooker is the best way to get the juiciest, tenderest, most flavor-packed chicken salad.
Easy fresh pickles can be yours in half an hour.
Your leftover cheese bits deserve an end this delicious.
Flavorful beans dressed with sherry vinegar, olive oil, and a pinch of smoked paprika.
Sweet and sour eggplant with raisins, pine nuts, and herbs.
This crusty, moist focaccia requires no kneading or stretching.
This cornbread has a moist, tender crumb and intense corn flavor.
A tangy Korean-inspired rendition of the classic.
This hearty salad is inspired by tabbouleh.
This salad gets better as it sits.
A hearty salad that's best rested overnight.
This simple salad gets better as it sits.
Sweet, earthy sautéed endive in a rich, buttery quiche-like tart.
Tangy and flavorful mac salad.
Dressed with a simple pesto-like tarragon sauce.
Inspired by gigantes plaki, this flavorful salad envelops butter beans in a vinegar-spiked tomato dressing, with dill, oregano, and a touch of cinnamon.
An amped-up redux of the time-honored three-bean salad.
A Southwestern-style bean salad finished with sweet nubs of corn.
Boost your slaw with a bit of mustard.
Cider vinegar and sugar create a sweet-and-tangy flavor.
A bright and sweet-tart slaw made with Granny Smiths.
Deeply-seasoned potatoes make the best potato salad.
The best egg salad is a study in simplicity.
Love Buffalo wings? Meet your new favorite deviled egg.
With smoked salmon, cream cheese, sesame seeds, and caraway.
Topped with a tangy, rich sun-dried tomato and caper relish.
A sandwich inspired by Chinese sesame pancakes, packed with Peking-style roast duck.
The best roasted vegetable sandwich you can construct for a crowd.
Juicy pork, pickled onions, jalapeños, beans, and gooey melted Oaxaca cheese all packed into one giant sandwich.
The classic New Orleans cold cut and olive salad sandwich gets pressed.
A few simple tricks make this the richest, smokiest, creamiest baba ganoush in town.
Five ingredients and half an hour is all you need.
The trick: a quick cure of salt and sugar.
Salting and draining the tomatoes guarantees better flavor and texture in this take on the classic Mexican condiment.
A quick salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and feta in a light lemon-olive oil dressing.
Not your regular chicken salad.
Mediterranean summer in a bowl.
Sweet lychees and a spicy vinaigrette put a new spin on the standard watermelon and feta salad.
A simple and easy guacamole for any occasion.
Deviled eggs really can be both punchy and light.
With a little basic technique, the picnic classic can be so much more.