From springtime buds to the lazy days of summer and cool autumn colors, the outdoors call no matter what time of year it is. Whether you opt for an afternoon at the park with your family or a romantic dinner at sunset, there are so many ways to enjoy the fresh air—and every outing is made better with a picnic! Wondering how to make a picnic basket? Look no further than our list of recipes, snacks, and picnic basket ideas for a delicious meal in the great outdoors.
Kicking off our list of picnic basket ideas is this simple recipe filled with the classic cookout flavors of chicken, barbecue, and ranch dressing. Convenient tortilla wraps eliminate the need for utensils, while Hunt's® mesquite molasses BBQ Sauce adds bold, smoky-sweet tang for that fresh-off-the-grill flavor—no charcoal required!
There are few picnic foods more iconic than a pasta salad. With its roasted veggies and Healthy Choice® Greener Goddess Power Dressing, this recipe is a fresh and healthier take on the staple, with goat cheese providing an extra punch of flavor. Perfect for light lunches, this dish will also add a pop of color to your al fresco experience.
If your picnic is a family affair, then crawl your way over to these adorable chicken tender wraps for a dish that will delight kids of all ages. Use Peter Pan® creamy peanut butter for even more family-friendly flavor, along with carrots, cucumbers, and crunchy pretzel sticks. The best part? With no breadcrumbs to attract unwanted guests, these caterpillars will be the only bugs you have to deal with!
For an all-star lineup of your favorite picnic flavors, try our Broccoli Crunch Salad, complete with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, and red onion. Low-calorie Healthy Choice® Garden French Power Dressing and crunchy DAVID® sunflower kernels tie it all together while adding the final flavorful touch.
Nothing says easy, breezy picnics like the sweet taste of strawberries! Pair that fruity flavor with the rich creaminess of cheesecake for a dessert that's guaranteed to disappear from the pan—and save you having to pack up any leftovers! Use Duncan Hines® Signature French vanilla cake mix as an easy base for these delicious bars.
Wondering what else you could pack for your outdoor dining adventure? No list of picnic basket ideas would be complete without some grab-and-go snacks. Bring a jar of Vlasic® pickles or a bag of Angie's® BOOMCHICKAPOP® popcorn for simple, crunchy goodness to complement the rest of your meal. You'll also want to bring plenty of beverages to keep everyone hydrated, and napkins for when things get messy. Don't forget a trash bag to make sure no litter gets left behind!
Whatever dishes you choose, picnics are a great way to reconnect with your family, your friends, and nature—and you don't need to travel far to have one. Even if you simply step into your backyard, you'll discover that food just tastes better under a big, blue sky. So, what are you waiting for? Pick out your basket, fill it up, and get outside!