There’s just something about the warm weather that always draws me outside. I love taking my family on picnics and during the warm weather months, we often eat outside at least once a week. Today I’m sharing a collection of summer salads perfect for picnics. Finding the perfect picnic recipes is an important part of the experience!
Originally written: July 2020. Updated June 2021.
Our family loves to enjoy the outdoors all year round. In the summer time, it’s so much fun to spend the day at a park and enjoy a picnic together.
A couple weeks ago we took Marlowe out to our county’s lake. It’s not real big and it’s often very quiet. Kind of like a secret treasure in the mountains. After our meal, Hannah and I decided to show Marlowe the water. I’d like for her to love playing with us in the lake! Marlowe is about 20 weeks old now – so she was 18 weeks when we took her for the first time.
She wasn’t too sure about the water! Hopefully as we take her more often, she’ll start to enjoy it!
We had several of our extended family members come out to the picnic and we enjoyed a very simple picnic meal. Really nothing fancy. Just some of our favorite sandwiches, this macaroni and pea salad, and fruit snacks. But it was filling and tasted good and the kids had fun!
Picnics can be as simple as you like, but having some great picnic recipes and family favorites definitely makes it more fun and memorable!
In our household, we’re vegetarian. In fact the large majority of our extended family is vegetarian as well. Sometimes I make vegetarian dinners that are just you know, naturally vegetarian. However, sometimes I take recipes that call for meat and replace the meat with a vegetarian option.
Everyone will enjoy this fresh, flavorful salad made with creamy white beans, juicy tomato, crisp cucumber, tender spinach, and a super easy homemade dressing. Makes a nice side or heartier option for non-meat eaters. Perfect for picnics and potlucks alike!
The best Classic American Macaroni Salad now with a perfectly gluten-free, vegan, and top 8 allergy-free recipe! Summer isn’t complete without this traditional BBQ and grilling cookout essential pasta side dish!
A Classic Italian Pasta Salad that’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free! The cold pasta salad you love, with tri-colored pasta, fresh veggies, and a healthy homemade Italian dressing! A super easy and quick meat-free vegetarian and dairy-free recipe that’s a perfect side dish to feed any crowd!
Vegan watermelon feta salad is incredibly refreshing, light, and super easy to throw together in less than 15 minutes. Use my easy vegan feta cheese or store-bought vegan feta for a delicious summer salad that’s perfect for sharing… or not.
This scrumptious mayo-free potato salad is made with tender red potatoes and fresh herbs dressed in a refreshing Dijon vinaigrette. Perfect for cookouts, this easy side dish comes together in a flash and is full of flavor!
A simple 4 ingredient Macaroni Salad with tuna, that can be thrown together last minute or made ahead. It's served cold so is perfect for feeding a crowd, or bringing along to a potluck, picnic or BBQ!
All the great flavors of buffalo chicken dip, in a satisfying tortellini pasta salad! It’s perfect as a main dish salad, or as a hearty side, and it’s easy to prep ahead and can even be served without the chicken for a vegetarian option!
Lots of nutritious superfoods, plus irresistible mix-ins like crunchy pistachios and sweet-tart dried cranberries … all tossed with a delicious Maple-Balsamic Dressing! And it's ready in about 5 minutes flat!
Italian pasta salad with tricolor noodles, Zesty Italian dressing, and Italian spices. Customize with your choice of veggies, cheese, or mini pepperonis. It’s the perfect cold dish to bring to a picnic!
This Mexican style Quinoa Salad is a must-try vegan and gluten-free summer salad. A medley of textures and flavors, it can be served as a side dish, enjoyed as a lunch, stuffed in the wraps, or added to vegan bowls.
A light and refreshing cucumber salad is the perfect summer side dish. It’s quick and easy to make, with simple ingredients. This Cucumber salad recipe has a mix of zesty seasonings and oils that make a delicious dressing to perfectly coat your crisp cucumbers and chopped red onion.
Simple and quick, this easy macaroni salad is a breeze to make from scratch. This classic side dish combines tender pasta, a quick homemade sauce, and fresh, crunchy veggies. You’ll love how tasty it is!
This recipe goes beyond the basic old-fashioned egg salad. In this seriously filling dish, the eggs compliment the crunchy vegetables and add a deliciously creamy texture to the sweet and hearty flavors. Pair it with sprouted corn tortillas for a full and satisfying lunch.
When spring and summer are in full swing, this sweet broccoli apple salad with pasta makes the perfect side dish for all your BBQ’s, potlucks. This healthy but still creamy side dish is fresh and deliciously full of sweet honey crisp apple, carrots, broccoli and raisins all mixed with pasta.
I've been making this salad for over 25 years. It's so yummy and easy to make. Perfect for picnics. Serve as a side or main dish!
How often does your family have picnics? We have one at least once a week. I hope you enjoy this collection of picnic recipes. Summer salads are also great for serving with any meal. I hope you find one you like!
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My name is Melissa Ringstaff and I've been blogging here at A Virtuous Woman since 2001. I'm a pastor's wife and homeschooling mom living in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Southeastern KY. I believe in finding freedom from perfection and living life with purpose and I want to help you do exactly that.
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