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Perfect Picnic Menu: 54 Make Ahead Picnic Recipes

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Updated September 28, 2016

Perfect Picnic Menu

What makes the perfect picnic menu? Why, perfect make-ahead picnic recipes, of course! Prepare and pack up these delicious appetizers, side salads, sandwiches, drinks, and desserts for any outdoor occasion. Our Perfect Picnic Menu: 54 Make Ahead Picnic Recipes is full of picnic ideas and recipes that you can easily take-along and enjoy al fresco!

Picnic Appetizers

The best appetizer recipes to bring to a picnic are those that you can easily make ahead, like dips, spreads, and finger foods. We've included both hot and cold picnic food recipes that are sure to be a hit!

Picnic Salads

Some of our favorite recipes for a summer picnic are deli salads! Popular picnic recipes like macaroni salad, potato salad, and coleslaw are always party favorites, plus they're easy to make the night before and pack in a cooler for your picnic.

Picnic Sandwiches

No picnic menu is complete without sandwiches! Picnic sandwiches are a cinch to make at home and travel easily, making them the perfect pack-along meal. Whether you prefer fancy wraps or classic sandwiches, you'll love our tasty picnic sandwich recipes!

Picnic Drinks

You can't plan a picnic menu without packing beverages! Our cool picnic drinks are just the thing to enjoy when you're dining outside. From homemade lemonade to a refreshing summer punch, these picnic drinks really hit the spot.

Picnic Desserts

The perfect ending to a picnic meal is a delicious homemade dessert! Whether you include pie or cookies on your picnic menu, these easy picnic dessert recipes can be prepared hassle-free the day before your picnic.

Looking for more of our favorite seasonal recipes? Then be sure to check out our collection of 30 No-Cook Quick Summer Recipes!

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