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27 Picnic Food Recipes That'll Impress Everyone

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 ...

From small bites & desserts to vegan-friendly recipes, we have 'em all

If there's anything we've learned about potlucks and picnic food, it's that we should probably skip the coleslaw and potato salad.

So, to impress your friends and family with a new take on picnic food — one that doesn't include the boring, bland aforementioned staples — step up your entertaining game with these amazing recipes. Trust us; your food will be the star of every one of your guests' IG stories.

Let's dig in.

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1. Avocado-feta dip recipe

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

2. Basil pesto, provolone & arugula wraps recipe

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

3. Ham & asparagus picnic sandwich recipe

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

4. Easy caprese tarts

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These easy, breezy caprese tarts from Emily Bites are not only crowd-pleasers, they're healthy too: They're only 105 calories or 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints each. Win-win!

5. Sweet-&-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.

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6. Cream cheese, tomato & 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.

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 & 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 will rock your senses.

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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 & 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 & 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.

Next: More picnic recipes

A version of this article was originally published in April 2015.

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