5 Delicious Picnic Salad Recipes

The next time you’re going to a picnic or potluck, bring one of these 5 simple salads.

Skip the traditional macaroni or potato salad from the supermarket this time and make one of our delicious picnic salads instead! All five are super simple to throw together, travel well and will hit the spot for every member of your family.


1. Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Serves: 5-10
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

1 12-ounce package bowtie pasta
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 10-ounce package baby spinach leaves
1 tomato, diced
1 cup Italian salad dressing
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can black olives, drained (optional)

1. Prepare pasta according to directions on package. Drain
2. Transfer pasta to mixing bowl and add feta cheese, baby spinach leaves and diced tomato. Add the olives, if desired
3. In a separate bowl, mix together salad dressing and lemon juice, adding salt and pepper to taste, for the vinaigrette. Pour your vinaigrette over pasta and toss. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve chilled


2. Fiesta Corn and Black Bean Salad

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz.) corn, drained
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 red bell pepper, seeded, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Combine all salad ingredients in a medium-size bowl
2. In a separate small mixing bowl, combine all dressing ingredients with a whisk
3. Pour dressing over salad mixture, gently tossing with a large spoon. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and then place in the refrigerator until ready to serve



3. Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy


1 large bag coleslaw mix
2 packages of ramen noodles, crushed
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup snap peas
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
Sesame seeds (optional)

1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil

1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl

Tip: Keep a roll (or a few sheets in a plastic bag) of Bounty with Dawn on hand. Just wet a sheet to activate the Dawn soap and wash your dish. Make sure you give your dish a thorough rinse after.


4. Easy Panzanella Salad

Serves: 6-8
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

1 loaf crusty bread, cut into 1-inch croutons
4 pounds medium tomatoes (any variety) cut into wedges
1 medium cucumber, deseeded and cut into 1-inch squares
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1 small bunch basil, torn
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and ground black pepper

1. Heat oven to 300 F. Place croutons on a baking sheet and cook until firm (about 15 minutes)
2. Smash a clove of garlic and remove the skin. Rub the inside of the serving bowl with garlic. Add olive oil and vinegar and whisk to combine
3. Combine remaining ingredients in the bowl. Toss and season with salt and pepper


5. Chickpea Veggie Salad


For the salad:
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (15 oz.)
1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled or cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 of each red, yellow and green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
15 grape tomatoes, halved
1 sliced cucumber, quartered

For the dressing:
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl
2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and oregano. Pour onto salad and toss to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste

This can be served as a side or main dish. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Enjoy within 2-3 days for the best taste.



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