18 Best Picnic Recipes Perfect for a Potluck

Dreaming about the perfect potluck picnic, checked blanket and all? It's time to make your dreams a reality with our easy-to-make, easier-to-transport recipes.


"I made this sandwich for a picnic when kids and grandkids were in town. We all thought the sandwiches were first-rate!"

-Donna Matthews

Raspberry & Lime Iced Tea

"I'll certainly make this often during the summer, especially when we're planning cookouts. It's an easy, great-tasting recipe."

-Cindy Lynn

Cheese Plate Kebabs

Skip the mess of slicing and dicing your cheese plate on the spot with these handy one-bite kebabs.

Deviled Eggs

"Perfect deviled eggs. This is the only recipe I use. Even my picky little boy liked them. Cannot improve on that!"


Mac & Cheese Balls

"I was excited to find a baked version of fried mac and cheese. These taste great, and I'd highly recommend using Italian breadcrumbs."



"I have to echo that these measurements made perfect lemonade to suit my taste; just the right amount of tartness. I have also used this recipe for parties, adding a shot of Bacardi Limon to individual glasses."


BLT Pinwheels

The ultimate in sandwich finger food, this recipe is primed for the starring role at your potluck picnic.

Rosemary & Garlic White Bean Dip

"It's a winner! So easy to throw together and the taste is amazing!"

-Wish I Could Cook

Egg Salad

"Now this is certainly a new take on egg salad! I enjoyed the change of pace. The whole grain mustard is a really nice twist in this recipe."


Intensely Chocolatey Brownies

"I joined Food.com just to write and say how good this recipe is. The brownies are crisp on top and gooey in the center."


Tortellini & Pesto Pasta Salad

"Outstanding and very versatile recipe. I like adding oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes too!"

-Chef JannaLeigh

Potato & Green Bean Salad

"We love this! I've made it three times, and yesterday I made it at noon, letting it marinate all day, giving the flavor time to infuse the beans and potatoes."

-Kat in Texas

Roasted Eggplant Spread

"Five stars all the way. Pretty to look at, easy to make and full of wonderful, roasted-veggie flavor. I served it with crackers and it was a hit."


Mini Quiche

"This recipe is excellent, easy to follow, tastes good, freezes well — what more could you ask for?"


Tuna, Bean & Cucumber Salad

Refreshing and easy to pack, this salad is picnic gold. Just be sure you make plenty; it'll disappear quickly.

Triple-Berry & Apple Hand Pie

Save yourself the mess of slicing and serving pie. These pre-cut, hand-held pies are perfect for picnics.

Kale Chips

"I've been making kale chips for years but never used vinegar on them. What a great addition — thanks!"


Mango Fruit Salad

"Such a nice and refreshing summer salad. I really enjoyed it, and the dressing really jazzes things up."