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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Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish and Caribbean Citrus Slaw

Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish and Caribbean Citrus Slaw

 

When I made these recipes, the entire state of Kentucky was knee deep in snow.   But the bright flavors in the McCormick Caribbean Citrus Seafood Marinade Mix made us think of a warmer place.

I know many of you eat fish on Fridays during Lent.  This is an easy dinner that’s quick to fix, but has a big pay off in taste.

I used the marinade packet for both the fish and the slaw.  I wasn’t sure how it would work in the slaw dressing.  After all, the packet does say Seafood Marinade.  But it works great!  I added a little sugar and more oil.  The instructions are below in the recipe.

Using the same seasoning for both fish and slaw keeps things simple and ensures that the main dish and side dish complement each other.  If you want to add another side, I recommend sweet potato fries or a simple baked sweet potato.

Here’s what you’ll need for the fish.  I cooked mine on a George Foreman grill.  But I’ve included baking instructions if you’d rather use the oven.

Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish ingr

 

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Chicken BBQ & Slaw Sandwich – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks

 

BBQ in the slow cooker is a staple.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  Kim from Makin’ it Mo’ Betta spins this classic southern, with the addition of a simple slaw to top the sandwiches.  If you’ve never tried slaw on your barbecue sandwich, please do!  It’s the perfect kind of crunch and flavor to top the meat.

Kim suggests a few brands of vinegar type bbq sauce for the meat.  And she has a sugar free version of the slaw too.

chickenbbqslawsammie

 

Add potato chips and watermelon (maybe make the watermelon wild?) and you’ve got the makings of an easy summer supper.

Click here to see the recipe for Chicken BBQ & Slaw Sandwiches on Mo’Betta.

Slaw with Tomato, Red Onion and Jalepeno

This is a guest post from Micha at Cookin’ Mimi.  Welcome, Micha!

In my family this is known as Mama’s slaw. I saw a similar coleslaw
recipe on a Food Network show and decided to tweak it to our
tastes.  The mix of the crunchy cabbage, creamy dressing, and
slightly spicy jalapeno has been a favorite for about seven years.  [Read more…]

East Meets West Burgers

East Meets West Burgers done slaw

It’s What’s for Dinner Wednesdays.  I was asked, along with a few other bloggers, to participate in a recipe challenge hosted by Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.  The recipe for this week is East Meets West Burgers.  I altered the recipe just a bit, using tortillas instead of buns.  I also took advantage of a jar of Hoisin Sauce to flavor the burgers, cutting down on the number of ingredients. [Read more…]

Crisp Black Bean Tacos with Feta and Lime Slaw

I found this on Smitten Kitchen one day and it caught my eye because she said it only took 10 minutes to make. I think if I wasn’t taking pictures of everything as I made them, it would have been about 10 minutes.

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Hawaiian Coleslaw

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The most fun you can have with a cheap package of ramen noodles! I don’t really know why it’s called Hawaiin, but we’ll go with it.

I didn’t get a picture of the ingredients, but here’s what you’ll need:

1 bag of coleslaw mix
small bunch green onions
1/3 jar (8-12oz size) toasted sunflower seeds (like Planter’s brand)
small package of sliced or slivered almonds
package of chicken flavored ramen noodles

For the dressing:
1/2 cup oil
2-3 Tbs. sugar
salt and pepper
seasoning packet from the ramen

Break the noodles into a 9″ pan and add the almonds. Toast at 350 degrees to brown them. Stir every little bit. This should take about 10-15 minutes.

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Mix up the dressing and stir everything together. Enjoy!

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