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9 Great Recipes for Your Next Picnic

Whether you enjoy them in a park or your own backyard, these fun picnic recipes from Taste of Home are sure to create delicious summer memories.

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    Layered Picnic Loaves

    Instead of making individual sandwiches for the picnic basket, save time and effort by making large, multi-serving sammies built on whole loaves of bread. Bring along a serrated knife and cut your sandwiches to order at your destination. Tip: Slide your knife into a cardboard paper towel roll and secure with a rubberband or two—that way, it won't accidentally hurt someone, or get anything messy on the trip home.

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    Picnic Potato Salad

    Mayonnaise-drenched potato salads can be iffy picnic picks, since they can quickly go bad in the sun and heat. Instead, try this version made with an oil and vinegar vinaigrette—guaranteed to taste delicious and give you peace of mind.

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    Picnic Pasta Salad

    This pasta salad has all the iconic ingredients of summer – tender corn, abundant zucchini, and tasty tomatoes. Head to the farmstand and pick up whatever looks best, as this recipe is ripe for improvisation.

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    Picnic Stuffed Eggs

    Deviled eggs travel well and are always a hit. Hard-cook your eggs in advance to save time, and don’t skimp on the seasonings; this combination really makes for the zestiest, most mouthwatering result. Just be sure to place an extra ice pack on top to keep these eggs cool.

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    Barbecued Picnic Chicken

    If you’re having a backyard picnic, you’ll be able to grill up some grub, like this chicken with homemade barbeque sauce. Tip: Grill clean-up is a cinch with this simple trick. Wad up a paper towel, then grab it with tongs and dip it into vegetable oil; rub the oily paper towel over the hot grill to remove debris.

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    Picnic Baked Beans

    These baked beans taste just like the ones you remember from childhood. Brown sugar and molasses give them a smoky sweetness, while the onions and crumbled bacon add depth and texture.

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    Picnic Slaw

    Crisp and colorful, this creamy slaw comes together quickly with the use of a food processor and blender. Tip: Before you bring your backyard picnic recipes outside, don’t forget to wipe down your outdoor seating and table with a damp paper towel.

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    Picnic Fruit Punch

    This festive pink punch gets its fruity flavor from a blend of juices—and its fun, festive fizz comes from ginger ale. For maximum effervescence, add the ginger ale just before serving.

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    Chocolate Chip Picnic Bars

    Keep dessert simple with these easy, layered bars that feature a cocoa, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and nuts. The best part? The fudgy treats can be made a day or two in advance.

    Tip: Instead of using pricey packaged wipes to clean sticky faces and fingers, just dampen several paper towels, fold, and place in a resealable plastic bag to bring to your picnic site.

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