We have just the right picnic menu ideas and DIY picnic decorations to make it an extra-special afternoon. We also have packing tips to help you get the picnic sandwiches, beverages, sides, and other goodies that you packed in your picnic basket to your destination in one beautiful piece.
Boston Brown BreadA New England staple, this wholesome bread uses three different kinds of flour and is baked in a can. Martha made this recipe on episode 706 of Martha Bakes.
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Easy DIY Picnic Blanket CarrierMake this clever carrier, and tote your picnic bag like a yoga mat for easier transportation.
Picnic Sandwich Recipes
Sandwiches are the perfect picnic solution: They can be made in advance and travel with ease. Browse our collection of recipes to find the right one for your summer get-together.
Plan a Picnic Lunch with the KidsKids can plan, prepare, and pack this portable lunch in no time at all. Plus, it's easy to eat and clean up!
Pack and Go: Summer Picnic Recipes
From colorful baskets to simple blanket ideas, handy utensil holders to festive outdoor decorations, prepare to picnic in style with 21 fun -- and functional -- crafts.
Garden Clean-Up Picnic
Good Things for a Perfect Summer PicnicWe believe that during the summer, all food should be consumed outside. Why dine in the dreary indoors when the sun is so inviting? And nothing feels more luxurious than a well-packed picnic. From what to pack to how to pack it, here are some Good Things that'll make your summer picnic one for the books.
Your Great American Summer: How to Throw a Picnic PartyStep up your game with these memorable recipes and crafts, no matter how long you’ve got to pack the basket.
Martha's Favorite Picnic RecipesDining in the great outdoors doesn't have to mean roughing it, you can eat exquisitely when you pack your basket with some of Martha’s favorite picnic foods.
Picnic Italiano: Simple Dishes for an Alfresco Evening
Italian food is often marked by the simplicity of recipes, depth of flavors, and no-fuss presentation. So make some fresh salads, simple sandwiches, and delectable desserts and head to your favorite picnic spot to indulge in what Italians refer to as “il dolce far niente,” the sweetness of doing nothing.Recipe
Spiced Apple CakeThis cake also makes a lovely addition to a breakfast or brunch table. Try it with a dollop of sour cream, or as a sweet counterpoint to bacon and eggs.Recipe
Apple Pecan PieThis mash-up recipe combines two holiday dessert favorites: apple pie and pecan pie. Delicious on its own, this pie also pairs well with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.Recipe
Navy Bean PieA custardy navy bean puree is generously spiced with cinnamon for the filling of this fall-friendly pie. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Martha's Chewy Fig BarsMillet flour gives these grown-up fig bars the perfect crumbly texture. Martha made this recipe on episode 704 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Roasted-Carrot-and-Beet TartThe cilantro here is fragrant even after cooking, and the vegetables' sweetness is offset by the toasted spices. Roasting beets provides more intense flavor but requires peeling them raw, which can leave hands red; consider wearing gloves.Recipe
Martha's Sour Cherry PieMartha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.Recipe
Gooey Butter CakeThis sticky-sweet cake is a St. Louis specialty -- every bakery in Missouri has its own version. Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes.Recipe
Maple Muffins with Oat StreuselFor a more concentrated maple flavor, use grade B maple syrup and brush with additional syrup when warm, if desired.Recipe
Make-Ahead Chocolate Chunk CookiesThis easy make-ahead cookie dough can be prepared, rolled into logs, and then frozen until the craving strikes.Recipe
Chopped Spring SaladBring out the flavors of onions, zucchini, corn and more by grilling them and add a burst of smoky sweetness to this spring salad that goes great with our Shallot and Sherry-Wine Vinaigrette.Recipe
Warm Nectarine TurnoversBursting with the sweet-and-tart taste of nectarines, these turnovers are the perfect way to end a picnic lunch.Recipe
Quick-Cooked Green Beans with LemonThese simple green beans strike the perfect balance between salty and tart. Blanch beans up to a day ahead, then saute just before dinner for a fresh side dish that comes together in a flash.Recipe
Pickled Beet RelishFor a more colorful relish, use a combination of red and golden beets. Serve the pickled beets with poached or smoked salmon, or toss them into a salad made with toasted walnuts, endive, and fresh goat cheese.Recipe
Mayo-Free Chicken SaladThis healthy chicken salad is blended with yogurt and mustard instead of the traditional mayonnaise.Recipe
Potato, Snap Pea, and Pea-Tendril SaladThe peas and dressed potatoes can be cooked two days ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve. Bring them to room temperature, then toss them with the pea tendrils, mint, bacon, and dressing just before serving. The seasoned rice vinegar tossed with minced shallot is Lost Kitchen chef/owner Erin French's signature flavor; she loves it in salads of all kinds.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Sliced Zucchini and Yellow Squash SaladThis colorful dish is dressed with olive oil, lemon, Parmesan, and salt. Use young squash for this recipe -- larger squash have too many seeds and are more fibrous.Recipe
Grilled Mediterranean Potato SaladThis salad combines the smokiness of grilled new-potatoes and roasted red peppers with bursts of flavor from anchovies, capers, and black olives.Recipe
Pickled Potato SaladPerfectly cooked new potatoes are drizzled with red-wine vinegar while still warm to form the base for this healthy salad. Salted cucumber slices, quick-pickled radishes, and pieces of red onion add flavor, color, and crunch.