Whether you’re headed to the park, the beach, or just the back yard, summertime means great picnic foods.

 There is something magical about dining al fresco, serving and eating great food in the great outdoors. We think summer is the perfect time for a picnic, so we picked out some of our favorite picnic food from the Cabot Cheese Board bloggers.

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These fabulous foodies really know their way around the picnic table. From salads to desserts, cold foods or tasty treats hot off the grill, these recipes will have you hankering to pack up your picnic baskets and enjoy a meal under the sun or the stars.

Let’s start with Yvette from Muy Bueno, and her recipes for a Mexican Picnic. Even more important is her video with instructions on how to pack a picnic basket, excellent advice to start your picnic off right.

Next we have a couple of great picnic dip selections from Julie’s Eats and Treats, and they’re perfect for summer. The first is loaded with garden fresh corn and cheese. This Cheesy Corn Dip will start the festivities off right. Or you can try Julie’s Easy Taco Dip, which is true to its name…easy to make and very easy to enjoy!

Cheesy Corn DipEasy Taco Dip

What’s a picnic without salads? We have a bunch of beautiful salads to suggest for your next outdoor outing.

Katie of Healthy Seasonal Recipes starts with her traditional salad. But before you think this might be the same old same old, we’re here to tell you, hers has a bit of a kick. Try this Creamy Horseradish Potato Salad and bring the wow to your next picnic.

If your watching your carb intake or just want to try a new variation on an old favorite, Cassie at Back to Her Roots suggests we try her Cauliflower “Potato” Salad, a low-carb take on plain old potatoes.

Rebecca of Foodie with Family uses her formidable culinary skills and combines two great potato tastes into one amazing picnic-ready salad. This Loaded Baked Potato Salad has all the baked potato trimmings you could ask for – tangy sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, and slivers of green onion – mixed into a salad that makes the ordinary extraordinary.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Fruit salads are always a picnic favorite and here are two fun ways to enjoy them. Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips makes a Mango Berry Fruit Salad that she describes as “summer in a bowl.” It’s loaded with berries, ripe mango and nuts and tossed with a light, tangy Greek yogurt dressing. Sounds pretty picnic perfect to me.

Mango Berry Crunch Fruit Salad

Leave it to Brandy, the Nutmeg Nanny, to create a picnic salad that is as much fun as she is. Her Sweet Grape Salad is filled with refreshing, colorful red and green grapes, and then she adds the fun – cream cheese, marshmallow fluff (yes, you heard me) and toffee bits! Is it a salad or a great summer dessert? You be the judge.

Sweet Grape Salad

Main course salads can also be a delicious way to get the picnic food fun started. We love this one from Kylie at yeah…immaEATthat. Her Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad is notable not only for its great taste, it is also 100% mayonnaise-free. That can be a real plus when you’re planning to dine outdoors.

Sandwiches and wraps are another way to bring the yummy to your next picnic and this simple, garden fresh Cream Cheese Tomato Basil Sandwich from Gina at Running to the Kitchen may be destined to become your go-to summer sammie. It’s just that good.

Emily at West of the Loop gets through the dog days of summer with a yummy sandwich that is picnic-ready in no time. Bring this Garlic Herb Roast Beef Sandwich to your next outdoor get-together. You – and all your picnicking friends – will be glad you did. There’s a bonus potato salad recipe in this post, too!

Garlic & Herb Roast Beef Sandwich

Nothing says picnic quite like the perfect burger, so if you’re planning on grilling, we have some great burger suggestions.

We’ll start with the basic from Meal Makeover Moms. Their Lean Mean Cheeseburger, takes an American Classic and keeps the fat low and the flavor high.

Turkey burgers are popular in my house and here are two amazing variations from our Cheese Board. The first is from Mel’s Kitchen Café. Garlic, cumin, paprika, and jalapenos combine to infuse these Jalapeno Cheddar Turkey Burgers with intense flavor. Add your favorite Cabot cheddar and a dollop of guacamole and you have the stuff burger dreams are made of.

Don’t these Balsamic Glazed Sharp Cheddar Stuffed Turkey Burgers look delicious? They’re from Selena at The Nutritious Kitchen. As she says on her blog post: “Barbecues are the ultimate way to spend time with friends and make yummy foods. The smell of meat on the bbq after a long day at the beach, with sparkling wine in hand is my idea of summer bliss.” Summer bliss? You got that right!

Even if you’re not a meat or poultry lover, you can still grill a great summer burger at your next picnic. I first made these incredibly tasty Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers for a vegetarian friend of mine. The recipe comes from Jules at Yankee Kitchen Ninja; it’s adapted from the Cabot Creamery Cookbook. They’re just so darned good and full of great flavors, that they’ve become a staple at my house.

Another delightful dog is from Heather at Sugar Dish Me. Her recipe for Cheesesteak Hot Dogs incorporates sautéed onions, peppers, and mushrooms along with melted cheese – all the toppings for a great Philly cheesesteak – that conspire to create a delicious dog.

Now I ask you, what would a picnic be without delicious desserts? Here are a few perfect endings to a day of picnicking.

Kristen at Dine and Dish has created the cutest picnicking dessert ever with her Tangy Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats. I mean, really, are these adorable or what? Imagine the faces lighting up as you pull these fun, summery treats out of your picnic basket.

It stands that Liz from The Lemon Bowl would have a fantastic recipe for light, sweet, tart Lemon Bars, which practically beg to be included in your summer picnic plans. They’re so delicious and so easy to pack.

And while we’re on the subject of bars, let’s talk about these outrageous, No-Bake Chubby Hubby Bars from Michelle at The Brown Eyed Baker. They’re chocolaty, salty, peanut buttery, and just so darned good. You couldn’t ask for a better way to bring your next picnic to an end.

Dessert in a jar? Don’t mind if we do and these no-bake Banana Cream Pies in a Jar may be just the answer to your picnic dessert prayers. Our final picnic food offering is a fun, festive, easy-to-make treat looks as good as it tastes.

So many picnic foods, so little time! We hope you’ll try these outstanding offerings that will make your next outdoor dining experience one to remember. And don’t forget there are lots more great recipes on the Cabot website.

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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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