While picnic food should always be simple and fuss-free, it needn't be boring. A combination of fresh salad recipes, easy appetizers, effortless sandwiches, portable desserts, and of course a few refreshing drinks can make for a memorable al fresco meal.
Pick up a pretty picnic basket or an insulated cooler and of course check the weather before you leave. For a hot spring or summer day, consider batching out your favorite cocktails—just be sure to pack ice separately to avoid watering down those perfectly mixed tipples. (In chillier weather, a thermos full of hot chocolate or mulled wine is a surefire way to keep cozy while dining outdoors.)
Whether you're looking to picnic à la française, elevate your next camping trip with a spread of crispy Italian crostini, or pack up a batch of empanadas and tamales to enjoy in the open air, here are our best picnic recipes for eating outdoors.