Planning a picnic? Here are a ton of delicious options for side dish picnic recipes to fill your picnic basket with! Easy picnic side dishes are a must this summer season. The only question is what recipe will you try first?
Side Dish Picnic Recipes
It’s summertime and that means picnics! If you are looking for a new recipe for a side dish for your picnic you are in luck! We have tons of recipes for your picnic.
Everything from pasta salads, bean salads, bite size appetizers, vegetable pizza, dips and more!
I’m always looking to try new picnic recipes, so I’ll be using this round up of side dish picnic recipes all summer!
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Texas Caviar ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Texas Caviar, which is also known as Cowboy Caviar, is the best quick and easy appetizer for any occasion! It has pinto beans, black beans, white corn, green chiles, peppers, onion and Gourmet Garden cilantro! It’s all topped with a delicious dressing. You can eat this with chips, top your favorite grilled chicken or steak with it or as a salad. We love this Texas Caviar recipe during the summer as an easy take along to BBQs, potlucks and more.
Vegetable Pizza ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Tortilla Pinwheels ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Cheesy Corn Dip ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Loaded with Corn, Tomatoes, Green Onions & Cheese! This dip will be the talk of the party!
Cashew Chicken Rotini Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
This Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad Recipe is an easy side dish recipe that is perfect for summer! The southwestern flavors from Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Peppers, Lime Juice and Roasted Red Pepper Dressing take this Sweet Potato Salad to a whole new level!
Easy Taco Dip ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Everyone Will Dig Into this Festive Taco Dip! Loaded with Sour Cream, Taco Seasoning, Salsa, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes & Black Olives!
Asian Ramen Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Everyone Will Dig Into this Festive Taco Dip! Loaded with Sour Cream, Taco Seasoning, Salsa, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes & Black Olives!
Bruschetta Caprese Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Two of You Favorites Come Together In this Delicious Pasta Salad Loaded with Tomatoes, Red Onions, Fresh Mozzarella in a Tangy Balsamic Dressing! Perfect Side Dish for Grilling and Summer Cook Outs!
Colorful Bean Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
Every main dish deserves a great side dish and this salad is it! A delicious array of flavors and beans brings this side dish to a whole new level. Plus it’s easy to throw together on a busy night!
Best Ever Potato Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
This classic potato salad is the Best Ever Potato Salad! Tender potatoes and hard boiled eggs make this traditional potato salad the BEST basic potato salad recipe around!
Italian Pesto Pasta Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Italian Pesto Pasta Salad is an easy pasta salad that’s full of flavor! This cold pasta salad is perfect for any night of the week or take it to your next summer BBQ.
Grilled Vegetable and Couscous Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
A perfectly light and flavorful salad with grilled veggies, couscous and a simple vinaigrette!
Lettuce Frito Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Delicious Corn Chip Salad Layered with Corn Chips, Bacon, Cranberries and Topped with a Delicious Homemade Tangy Poppy Seed Dressing!
Traditional Seven Layer Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Perfect Make Ahead Salad or Side Dish for Holidays and Potlucks! This Seven Layer Salad Recipe has Chopped Lettuce, Peas, Celery, Onions, Bacon, and Cheese!
Broccoli Slaw Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
A delicious, tangy homemade coleslaw dressing that’s light on the calories! There’s so much flavor, plus the crunch from the broccoli, cabbage and carrots makes this the perfect summer side dish salad! Perfect for weeknight dinners or taking to your next party!
Easy Homemade Breadsticks – Julie’s Eats & Treats
On Your Table in as Little as an Hour! Just a Single Rise in the Pan is all it Takes for these Fluffy, Delicious Homemade Breadsticks!
Crab Pasta Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Pasta Salad Loaded with Crab Meat, Peas, Broccoli, Green Pepper and Onion!
Pepperoni Cold Pasta Salad ~ Julie’s Eats & Treats
An easy cold pasta salad with Italian dressing, pepperoni, 2 cheeses, and fresh vegetables. Pasta Salad with Pepperoni is perfect for a large crowd, potlucks, and summer BBQ’s!
Greek Pasta Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Loaded with Bell Pepper, Cucumber, Pasta and Topped with a Creamy Yogurt Dressing! It’s Perfect for Summer!
Golden Oreo Dream Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Layers of Delicious Crushed Oreos and Light Fluffy Pudding! Make it in a Mason Jar or Trifle Bowl! Perfect for Picnics!
Roasted Red Potato Salad Recipe – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Delicious Potato Salad Perfect for Your Next Grill Out! Roasted Potatoes and Bacon Plus Full of Flavor From Celery, Red Peppers, Egg & Onions!
Sunshine Fruit Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Delicious, Easy Fruit Salad Recipe filled with Strawberries, Pineapples, Bananas, Blueberries and Mandarin Oranges! Perfect as a Side Dish or for Brunch!
Caramel Apple Snickers Salad Recipe – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Quick, Delicious, Fluffy Salad Recipe! Eat it for Dessert or a Side Dish! Loaded with Apples, Snickers and Drizzled with Caramel!
Light & Creamy Grape Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
The Favorite Traditional Grape Salad Recipe Lightened up with a Few Simple Ingredients!
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad – Julie’s Eats & Treats
Creamy Pasta Salad Loaded with Pasta, Peas, Carrot, Bacon Bits and Ranch!
Asian Cucumber Salad – My Suburban Kitchen
We are also trying to limit eating out so, I’ve been creating take-out style meals at home like this Asian cucumber salad.
Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Mint – My Kitchen Love
Refreshing, sweet, and crowd-pleasing Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Mint. Enjoyed by kids and adults alike with 6 simple ingredients, this 10 minute salad is not to be missed!
Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs – Peace, Love and Low Carbs
The perfect low carb blend of spicy and creamy. The perfect keto snack. Plus, BACON. What more could you ask for?
Avocado Potato Salad – Natalie’s Happy Health
Light and creamy, Avocado Potato Salad with Spring Onions and Radishes, made with few simple and fresh ingredients.
Classic American Macaroni Salad – Strength & Sunshine
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!
Chopped Caprese Salad – Trial and Eater
Chopped Caprese salad that takes 10 minutes and 5 ingredients to make. An easy way to enjoy this delicious gluten-free appetizer any time you want! This fresh salad will keep you coming back for more.
Creamy Bacon Pea Salad – Home Made Interest
Creamy Bacon Pea Salad is an easy spring or summer salad recipe filled with fresh English peas, crunchy red onions, salty bacon, and shredded cheddar cheese tossed in a creamy dressing.
Creamy Cucumber Salad – The Seasoned Mom
This light, fresh, and healthy Creamy Cucumber Salad is an easy side dish recipe that pairs perfectly with just about any summer meal! Best of all, it’s ready in just 10 minutes, and you probably already have all of the ingredients that you need!
Fiesta Avocado Salad – Together As Family
Fiesta avocado salad is loaded with avocados, corn, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro covered in an easy citrus & olive oil dressing. This is the perfect side dish to any Mexican dinner, topping for tacos, nachos, inside burritos, or as a dip with tortilla chips.
Strawberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips – Baked by Rachel
Easy strawberry pineapple fruit salsa, served with cinnamon tortilla chips. A family favorite snack or appetizer.
Classic Coleslaw – Spaceships and Laser Beams
What’s a staple at BBQs, potlucks, birthday parties, and all sorts of celebrations? A creamy classic coleslaw recipe with mayo and vinegar dressing is one of the foods that often gets invited out!
Zucchini, Corn and Bean Salad – Sidewalk Shoes
This Zucchini, Corn and Bean Salad makes the perfect summer side dish, easy and delicious!
Best Southwestern Couscous Salad – Savory Tooth
This is the best couscous salad I’ve ever had. It’s easy to make, vegan, and has a summery southwestern vibe.
Mexican Street Corn Salad – Flavor Mosaic
Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe is deconstructed Elote or Mexican Street Corn, a popular Mexican street food, served in a bowl, instead of as corn on the cob, and covered with a fantastic chili lime cream sauce and cotija cheese.
Grilled Corn Caprese Quinoa Salad – Flavor the Moment
Grilled Corn Caprese Quinoa Salad combines grilled corn with caprese flavors, quinoa, and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is healthy, delicious, and is what summer is all about!
Easy Broccoli Lemon Pasta Salad – Home Cooking Memories
This Easy Broccoli Lemon Pasta Salad Recipe is a delicious, mayo-free salad to serve with your favorite meats at your next picnic or barbecue.
Hawaiian Pizza Pasta Salad – My Suburban Kitchen
This Hawaiian pizza pasta salad is always a favorite at our house and is sure to be one in yours too.
Harissa Potato Salad – Strength & Sunshine
Two types of potatoes, broccoli, and eggplant roasted to perfection and paired with a smoky and spicy harissa sauce. A harissa potato salad, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, that will elevate you bland dinner side dish to an all new level!
Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Salad Recipe – Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Healthy and filling quinoa salad with cumin roasted sweet potatoes and quick oil and lime vinaigrette. Perfect as a side dish or a healthy lunch!
Cherry Tomato Salad – Peas and Crayons
Get ready to serve up this Cherry Tomato Salad all Summer long! This speedy side dish is healthy, fresh, and full of flavor!This Chickpea Tuna Salad with homemade lemon dressing is a great dish that you can serve for picnics, barbecue parties, brunch or a simple lunch. It is also perfect for a quick and easy meal prep. Packed with protein and good-for you fats, it is healthy and filling. Ready in 30 minutes and can be made ahead.
Summer Harvest Potato Salad – Fugal Foodie Mama
The freshest locally grown potatoes & veggies come together perfectly with a super simple 3 ingredient fresh basil dressing in this Summer Harvest Potato Salad…
Chickpea Tuna Salad – Foolproof Living
This Chickpea Tuna Salad with homemade lemon dressing is a great dish that you can serve for picnics, barbecue parties, brunch or a simple lunch. It is also perfect for a quick and easy meal prep. Packed with protein and good-for you fats, it is healthy and filling. Ready in 30 minutes and can be made ahead.
Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad – Kalyn’s Kitchen
When we tested this recipe for Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad, we couldn’t stop eating it! And not only is this deliciously low-carb, but it’s also low-glycemic, Keto, and gluten-free!
Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This gluten-free BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect pasta salad to serve a crowd! If you love BLT sandwiches this is a must-make!
Chopped Turkish Salad – Give Recipe
Chopped Turkish Salad aka shepherd’s salad is packed with fresh summer flavors and Middle East spices. It is ready in 5 minutes and disappears that fast on a kebab platter.
Chopped Asparagus Salad – The View From Great Island
Make my Chopped Asparagus Salad recipe when the spring asparagus is plentiful and cheap, and you’re craving a bit of fresh crunch in your life after a long winter.
Spinach Pesto Pasta Salad – Baked by Rachel
An easy homemade pesto sauce using baby spinach leaves, tossed with your favorite pasta and grape tomatoes. A perfect summer side dish.
Shrimp Louie Salad – Masala Herb
Shrimp Louie Salad is a delicious lunch salad with shrimps and a creamy tasty dressing, similar to thousand island dressing.
Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad – Food Faith Fitness
This easy paleo Moroccan Sweet Potato Salad is loaded with the spicy-sweet flavor of the Middle-East! It’s a whole30, healthy side dish with a vegan option!
Watermelon Jicama Salad – Taste Love and Nourish
Watermelon, so sweet and juicy, is one of my favorite parts of summer. We usually just cut them up and eat them as is, but while trying to come up with a cooling and refreshing salad idea.
Dill Pickle Pasta Salad – Dear Crissy
This creamy and crunchy dill pickle pasta salad offers an incredible twist on traditional pasta salads! I find that I crave this tasty pasta salad and always try to make it at least a few times every summer for family gatherings and potlucks.
Layered Southwestern Cornbread Salad – Foxes Love Lemons
Having a backyard barbecue or going to a potluck? This Layered Southwestern Cornbread Salad can be made in advance and served cold. With the layers of colors and flavors, it’s certain to stand out on the buffet table.
Basil BLT Panzanella Salad – Frugal Foodie Mama
This hearty Basil BLT Panzanella Salad combines all the goodness of the classic sandwich with the fresh flavors of summertime…
Summer Vegetable Salad – The Skinny Chic Can Bake
We had some impromptu company one Sunday night, so I threw together a refreshing, crisp Summer Vegetable Salad with what I could find in my fridge. Learn how to make a composed salad with some simple tips.
Creamy Grape Salad – One Pot Recipes
Quick and easy creamy grape salad recipe that’s ready in 10 minutes, using simple ingredients. It’s sweet, creamy and packed with nuts.
Easy English Pea Salad – Saving Room for Dessert
English Pea Salad is a wonderful, hearty side dish loaded with hard cooked eggs, a little bacon, (because everything’s better with bacon) minced red onion, and cheddar cheese all blended together with a creamy dressing.
Cantaloupe Goat Cheese Salad – Cookin Canuck
One of the best salads I’ve eaten in a long time! This sweet and savory Cantaloupe Goat Cheese Salad is topped off with a lime mint dressing. 174 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad – The View From Great Island
This yummy Spicy Thai Spaghetti Salad is an delicious twist on a potluck classic ~ quick to prepare using common ingredients, the Asian flavors in this colorful pasta salad really pop. This easy summer side salad recipe will be your go to for barbecues this season!
BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad – The Lean Green Bean
This BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad is perfect for everything from dinner on a hot night to a summer picnic or cookout. It’s packed with protein, fiber, and vegetables and can be made ahead of time!
Jicama Orange Salad – Everyday Southwest