Heading out on a picnic is one of the most American things to do: it’s incredibly star-spangled to pack up a nice basket full of food and head outside to enjoy some food on your lawn or closest park. As long as you don’t have to worry about wiseacre bears stealing your basket full of food (we’re looking at you, Yogi bear), picnics are the perfect way to get outside, enjoy some good food and pick up some much needed time with your family and friends.
So, what type of foods should you pack when you’re headed out for this picnic? We have put together a list for you right here:
- Tuna Salad and Chicken Salad Sandwiches: The twin behemoths of the picnic sandwich game. This combo is sure to please just about everyone at the picnic. The big chunks of meat mixed in with mayo and other veggies, combined with chips (and maybe a pickle mixed in), are quintessential picnic foods. Nothing against other sandwiches – we’re big fans of turkey, ham, and plain old cheese – but there’s something about tuna and chicken salad that goes great with picnics. If you’re looking for an outdoors adventure in Central Park, try picking up some sandwiches from Q&N Foods.
- Fried Chicken: Sure, it’s not the healthiest food in the world, but fried chicken combined with a couple of sides (coleslaw, mac and cheese, cornbread) is a great, hearty meal for any outdoor activity. Just don’t try running a 5K afterwards. For those in Chicago looking to sit outside in Lincoln Park and nosh, try picking up some fried chicken from The Soulfood Hut.
- Pasta Salad: It’s really nice to devour pasta without spilling tomato sauce everywhere once in a while. A nice container of pasta salad goes great with any meal you could serve, including sandwiches, chicken, meat and potatoes. It’s the perfect side dish! If you’re in San Francisco and headed outside for a picnic in Golden Gate Park, check out the antipasta or the pasta salad at Gambino’s New York Subs on Clay Street.
- Cookies: What meal is complete without a sweet treat at the end? You don’t have to worry about cookies melting (like ice cream would) or packaging extra utensils (a problem with cakes or pies), so pick up some of these treats for the end of the meal. L.A. dwellers picnicking in Griffith Park should pick up a bag of cookies or cannolis at Maria’s Italian Kitchen on Ventura to top off their next picnic!
What are your go-to picnic items? Share in the comments!