Picnic Perfect Recipes for Families

Where’s one of the best places to have a picnic in southeast Michigan? Your backyard, of course? Not sure what to make for this backyard bash? We’ve got you covered with these recipes below. Check them out and tell us what your favorite picnic food is. Comment below.

Potato Salad

There are a million potato salad recipes on the web, but this one from the Brown Eyed Baker boasts about being the “best ever,” and even claims to turn potato salad haters into lovers. With red potatoes and bacon bits, we think it lives up to its name.

Fried Chicken

Everyone loves fried chicken – and who does fried chicken better than Paula Deen? This southern recipe shows how easy it is to make this picnic favorite.

Watermelon

Change it up! Instead of eating watermelon straight from the rind, cut it into cubes and enjoy it in a mache salad with this recipe from Southern Living. Don’t forget to top it with pecans and Gorgonzola cheese, and this dish is ready for the picnic table.

Turkey Sandwich with Ricotta, Red Peppers and Arugula

Leave the boring sandwiches at home. This Martha Stewart creation is filled with turkey, ricotta cheese, roasted red peppers and crisp arugula leaves that will definitely keep you taste buds guessing – and begging for more.

Potato Chips

Add some crunch to your meal by including these homemade potato chips from Steamy Kitchen. Whip up some of the smoky paprika dip and you’ve got a snack that is sure to please.

Corn on the Cob

Put a festive twist on classic corn on the cob this Memorial Day. This grilled corn on the cob recipe from Oprah tops the veggie with chili powder and lime that gives it an exotic flavor.

Lemonade

Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice-cold glass of lemonade. It’s simple, quick and always a crowd pleaser. Try this classic recipe – another great Martha Stewart find – to serve up at your next picnic.

This article was originally published in 2012.

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