40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics

A few weeks ago I shared a collection of Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food with you, just in time for National Picnic Day.

With summer warming up, we’re already in summer picnic mode and couldn’t be happier about that! Not only are picnics a great way to enjoy the outdoors, they are a fun way to enjoy family time most months out of the year. Which means the more picnic food options we have, the better! So today I figured you could use 40 Perfect Picnic Sides to add to your picnic menu options. Enjoy!

 Quick Dips and Spreads for Crackers and Fruits and Veggies, Oh my!

  1. Pesto Bruschetta Spread
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Hummus
  3. White Bean and Garlic Hummus
  4. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  5. 7 Layer Dip (In little jars)
  6. Guacamole for Chips
  7. Homemade Salsa
  8. Fusion Dip for Veggies
  9. Tomato Basil Dip for Crackers
  10. Honey Peanut Butter dip
  11. Cream Cheese Trio Appetizers for crackers

Appetizers & Snacks & Tasty Little Treats

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. Huli Huli Bacon Chicken Bites
  3. Almost Homemade Pickles
  4. Kale Chips
  5. Sweet Heat Slow Cooker Chex Mix
  6. Country Bob’s Tangy Chex Mix

A few More Traditional Picnic Favorites

  1. Chicken Salad
  2. Potato Salad
  3. Baked Beans

Pasta & Grain Salads for Light Summer Dining

  1. Perfect Pasta Salad + Tips and Tricks
  2. Another version of Pasta Salad
  3. Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad
  4. Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad
  5. Wild Rice Salad

Veggies Salads for those who prefer Healthy Picnicking

  1. Asian Broccoli Salad
  2. Ranch Veggie Salad
  3. Tomato Artichoke Heart Salad
  4. Summer Corn Salad
  5. Orange Red Onion Salad
  6. Cucumbers and Onions
  7. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  8. Green bean and Tomato Salad
  9. Creamy Italian Herb Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Slaws for Days

  1. Hawaiian Coleslaw
  2. Quick Coleslaw
  3. Tomato Jalapeno Slaw

Fruit Salads as sweet as dessert

  1. Easy Apple Salad
  2. Easy Fruit Salad
  3. Sliced Apples (with a no-browning trick!)
  4. Wild Watermelon

So how about you? Do you have a favorite side dish that you always have to make for picnics? I would love to hear what it is in the comments below. And in the meantime … Happy Picnicking!

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32 Simple Side Dish Ideas

There are all kinds of things you can serve as side dishes, but if you’re like me you prefer simple things that don’t require a lot of prep.  Unless the main dish practically makes itself, I normally don’t like to spend time on the sides.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 32 simple side dishes that come together quick.  A few do require baking/slow cooking time, but the hands on prep is minimal.

 

SideDishes

Salads

  1. Simple Lettuce Wedge Salad
  2. BLT Salad
  3. Black Bean and Corn Salad
  4. Cucumber and Tomato Salad
  5. Cucumbers and Onions
  6. Quick Cole Slaw
  7. Ranch Veggie Salad

Here are 7 things you can add to your salad to make it more interesting

Fruit

  1. Warm Cinnamon Applesauce with Toasted Marshmallows
  2. Cranberries and Oranges
  3. Ambrosia – so easy and tastes like more than the sum of its parts
  4. Easy Peachy Fruit Salad
  5. Vanilla Fruit Salad

Vegetables

  1. Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker
  2. How to Cut Cauliflower in 1 Minutes (so you can steam it or eat it raw)
  3. Mashed Cauliflower
  4. Grilled Zucchini
  5. Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash in the Microwave
  6. Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper
  7. Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash
  8. Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

Potatoes/Stuffing/Pasta

 

  1. Apple Cornbread Dressing – 10 minutes to the table
  2. Baked Potatoes with Onions
  3. Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing
  4. Garlic Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes
  5. Macaroni and Cheese & Macaroni and Tomatoes
  6. Parmesan Fettucini
  7. Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  8. Roasted Potatoes
  9. Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes
  10. Sweet Potato Fries
  11. Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker
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