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27 Picnic recipes that will impress a crowd

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Try these amazing picnic foods the next time you head outside

Impress your friends and family with a new take on picnic food — one that doesn't include boring coleslaw or potato salad.

We've all attended those awfully boring picnics, where the mosquitoes are biting, the sun beats down on us and we start sweating, and the food is the same old potato salad and burgers. Step up your picnic game starting today with these amazing recipes.

1. Avocado-feta dip recipe

Try these amazing picnic foods the next time you head outside

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Dip into a whole new world with this avocado-feta dip. The smooth avocado plays the perfect canvas for salty, delicious feta cheese.

2. Basil pesto, provolone and arugula wraps recipe

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These cute basil pesto, provolone and arugula wraps are perfect finger food and pack a ton of flavor in every bite.

3. Ham and asparagus picnic sandwich recipe

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Get some vegetables in you with these gorgeous ham and asparagus picnic sandwiches.

4. Caprese tart with herbed ricotta and balsamic reduction recipe

Try these amazing picnic foods the next time you head outside

Caprese tart with herbed ricotta and balsamic reduction — because you can be fancy and simple all at the same time. We're loving the combination of flavors here and how the balsamic reduction brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes.

5. Sweet-and-sour guava chicken recipe

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Why not bring some hearty protein like chicken to your picnic game? This sweet-and-sour guava chicken would be awesome served warm but can be served at room temperature. We're loving the tropical flavors.

6. Cream cheese, tomato and basil sandwich recipe

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Just imagine biting into this cream cheese, tomato and basil sandwich. Seriously, the creamy cheese, the juicy tomatoes, the herbaceous basil... It all makes for the perfect bite. Don't you agree?

7. Creamy lemon-infused pasta salad recipe

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Sure, pasta salads can be boring, but not this creamy lemon-infused pasta salad. Lemon brightens up any salad and adds that pop of "spring is here!" we all need.

8. Caprese dip recipe

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Our favorite flavors all rolled into one amazing caprese dip — we would love this at our next picnic.

9. Fresh peach and avocado wrap with honey-lime spread recipe

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Oh goodness, how amazing does this fresh peach and avocado wrap with honey-lime spread look? We are loving the natural sweetness and creaminess of these ingredients.

10. Greek tortellini salad recipe

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Greek tortellini salad makes pasta salad cry in the corner, but this salad is made to rock your senses.

11. Tropical mango-avocado salad recipe

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Ever need a light salad but don't want it to be boring? Try this gorgeous tropical mango-avocado salad.

12. Smoked salmon quiche recipe

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Quiche is one of the most perfect things to serve at a picnic because it tastes amazing at room temperature, so try this smoked salmon quiche recipe next time.

13. Fresh papaya and chicken spring rolls recipe

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You can substitute the chicken for shrimp in these fresh papaya and chicken spring rolls for an even lighter roll.

14. Deep-dish spinach and prosciutto quiche with toasted sesame crust recipe

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This deep-dish spinach and prosciutto quiche with toasted sesame crust is a stunning recipe to bring to a picnic, and you'd only need a leafy salad to go alongside it for a complete meal.

15. Crunchy Asian ramen noodle salad recipe

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We're in love with this crunchy Asian ramen noodle salad, apparently called "the perfect potluck salad."

16. Spicy harissa pasta salad recipe

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This is not your usual pasta salad. The spicy harissa paste gives this dish plenty of zing and will quickly become your new favorite.

17. Ham sandwich spirals recipe

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These ham sandwich spirals are perfect for little fingers, but the adults will want to devour these too.

18. Lasagna cupcakes recipe

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Bring your favorite dinner dish to a picnic with these bite-size lasagna cupcakes.

19. Spaghetti squash spring rolls recipe

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These spaghetti squash spring rolls are a great refreshing snack or appetizer for summer picnics.

20. Cucumber-feta rolls recipe

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These cucumber-feta rolls are the perfect, simple, bite-size snack for traveling.

21. Spicy jalapeño Philly cheesesteak sliders recipe

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Bring your favorite game-time food with you on a picnic with these spicy jalapeño Philly cheesesteak sliders.

22. Pineapple-mango tropical chicken skewers recipe

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These pineapple-mango chicken skewers have the perfect flavors for a picnic or cookout this summer.

23. Vegetarian lentil sausage rolls recipe

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These vegetarian lentil sausage rolls show just how delicious lentils can really be.

23. Sweet potato millet falafel recipe

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These sweet potato and millet falafel are the perfect recipe for the family to share. Just combine with the dip of your choice.

24. Tortellini Caesar salad recipe

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Try a Tortellini Caesar salad to keep you refreshed on a warm day.

25. Avocado corn salsa recipe

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For anyone who wants to try a new kind of salsa, this avocado corn salsa is the perfect dip. Not to mention it's healthy too!

26. Mushroom and Gruyère tart recipe

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This mushroom and Gruyère tart is amazing hot or cold, perfect for bringing out at a picnic.

27. Greek olive pesto-fried zucchini pitas recipe

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These Greek olive pesto-fried zucchini pitas can get messy, but they're definitely worth it.

Try these amazing picnic foods the next time you head outside

More picnic foods

Watermelon and cucumber salad with feta and mint
Waldorf-style 'chicken' salad
Cheesy turkey-stuffed Mexican mushrooms

Additional reporting by Alexi Velasquez

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