I hope you are getting to enjoy a taste of fall in your part of the world. Between cooler temperatures and leaves on the brink of turning from the greens of summer to the vibrant brights of autumn, we’re ready to welcome all that is fall around here! Last week I shared 17 Autumn Desserts with you and today let’s talk sides. These 14 Flavorful Fall Sides to be exact …
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!
- Pesto Bruschetta Spread
- Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Hummus
- White Bean and Garlic Hummus
- Roasted Garlic Hummus
- 7 Layer Dip (In little jars)
- Guacamole for Chips
- Homemade Salsa
- Fusion Dip for Veggies
- Tomato Basil Dip for Crackers
- Honey Peanut Butter dip
- Cream Cheese Trio Appetizers for crackers
Appetizers & Snacks & Tasty Little Treats
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Huli Huli Bacon Chicken Bites
- Almost Homemade Pickles
- Kale Chips
- Sweet Heat Slow Cooker Chex Mix
- Country Bob’s Tangy Chex Mix
A few More Traditional Picnic Favorites
Pasta & Grain Salads for Light Summer Dining
- Perfect Pasta Salad + Tips and Tricks
- Another version of Pasta Salad
- Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad
- Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad
- Wild Rice Salad
Veggies Salads for those who prefer Healthy Picnicking
- Asian Broccoli Salad
- Ranch Veggie Salad
- Tomato Artichoke Heart Salad
- Summer Corn Salad
- Orange Red Onion Salad
- Cucumbers and Onions
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Green bean and Tomato Salad
- Creamy Italian Herb Cucumbers & Tomatoes
Slaws for Days
Fruit Salads as sweet as dessert
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!
More Picnicking Resources
- Six Tips for Packing a Picnic on a Day Trip
- Making Road Trip Picnic Fun and Easy
- 30 + Delicious Picnic-Friendly Recipes
7 Layer Dip End Zone Recipe
Football season is in high gear and it won’t be long before the Big Game is here. I’m not much of a football fan, but I do love the food that gets served while the TV is on!
7 Layer Dip is a classic for parties. This one gets a little football theming with a tortilla goal post and easy field striping using Daisy Squeeze Sour Cream. Daisy Squeeze is really convenient and easy for kids (or grownups) to top tacos, chili, potatoes and more without making a mess. Use it to decorate other foods for the big game too – like making football laces or football field lines.
Daisy Squeeze made it really easy to decorate the top of the dip. This is a great project to do with your kids. From spreading the refried beans on the bottom layer, to mashing avocados to decorating the top with sour cream stripes – the kids can do it all!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own 7 Layer Dip End Zone:
15 Minute Italian Nachos
We love all kinds of nachos. These Italian Nachos are one of our favorites!
Italian sausage, tomatoes, red pepper, black olives, banana peppers and creamy Alfredo sauce come together in each crunchy bite. They’re impossible to resist.
And it only takes 15 minutes to put them together. That includes the time spent browning out the sausage. You can’t beat that.
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Homemade Beer Cheese – a Kentucky Favorite
Have you ever heard of Beer Cheese? I’m guessing if you’re not from Kentucky, you probably haven’t.
Beer cheese is a served in local restaurants as an appetizer. You can also find it in grocery stores, but it tends to be pretty expensive. The spread is smooth, very cheesy with a small amount of spice. It’s good on crackers, carrot sticks and celery sticks. It’s made with a small amount of flat beer.
If you’re looking for a fun dish to have for Derby Day (May 3 this year), consider this easy appetizer. (But don’t forget about Kentucky Nut Pie, which is a Derby classic!)
You will need a food processor for this recipe. I don’t have one, so I borrowed from a neighbor. I think they were happy with getting some of the Beer Cheese in exchange.
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