6. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Avocado, and Lemon-Basil Dressing
7. Berry Cantaloupe Salad
Fruit salads can be sort of sad, but this one is cheerful, delicious, and lacking fruits that will get soft/brown/soggy/icky if they sit around for too long. Recipe here.
10. Chocolate-Filled Strawberries
This way, they won’t melt all over your hands. Recipe here.
11. Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares
It’s not a party without dessert. Recipe here.
12. Texas Style New Potato Salad
No mayonnaise, but plenty of bacon to make up for it! Recipe here.
13. Israeli Couscous Salad with Smoked Paprika, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella
15. Grilled Garlic Zucchini
I know this isn’t inherently picnic food, but HEAR ME OUT: Grilled zucchini is quick, can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, and tastes better at room temperature when it’ been sitting for a while, marinating in its own grill-flavored juices. Recipehere.
16. Chicken Salad with Pickled Grapes and Celery Leaves
Classic picnic comfort, with a special little twist. Recipe here.
17. Avocado Cucumber Salad
Better than guacamole because 1) you can eat it straight-up without getting weird looks and 2) mayonnaise. Recipe here.
18. Caesar Pasta Salad
All pasta salads should be served with croutons. Recipe here.
19. Chicken Pesto Sandwich
There’s a recipe for awesome homemade pesto, but you could totally use storebought. Recipe here.
20. Kale, Bacon, and White Bean Salad
You can serve this dish warm or at room temperature, but don’t serve it refrigerator-cold — the bacon fat will solidify and although it’ll still be BACON FAT, it’ll be less delicious. Recipe here.