12 Easy Recipes to Pack for a Picnic

Nothing says warm weather like an outdoor picnic. Let your Vitamix blender simplify your way to dining al fresco with these easy-to-transport recipes that can all be made the day before. If you’re planning a day that doesn’t fit in the picnic basket, laundry baskets are great for transporting stackable food containers and all the extra necessities.

Sandwiches

  1. Whole Wheat Bread: Hearty and healthy, this bread is a staple for your favorite sandwiches.
  2. Deviled Ham Spread: Did you know that most deli ham spreads are made of ground lunch meat ends? Not this one! This Vitamix recipe uses real ham for a picnic sandwich treat.
  3. Mayonnaise: No jarred product beats the ease and taste of homemade.
  4. Peanut Cashew Butter: A mixed nut butter of peanuts and cashews that’s perfect for kids’ sandwiches or as a dip for apple slices and celery sticks.

Sides

  1. Potato Casserole: With creamy cheese sauce and cornflake topping, this potato casserole is a potluck goner!
  2. Macaroni with Cheese Sauce: Rich, creamy cheese sauce and crumb topping make this classic dish a family favorite.
  3. Crunchy Apple Salsa: The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, this salsa is delicious with tortilla chips.

Desserts

  1. Almond Cookies: Delicious, crumbly cookies offer a sweet ending to your meal, and they’re easy to bake and take.
  2. Carrot and Raisin Muffins: Muffins are wonderful picnic fare because they’re already wrapped and individually portioned for a fuss-free dessert.
  3. Vitamix Granola Bars: These sweet and crunchy whole-grain bars include rolled oats, raw almonds, apple, and dried cranberries.

Drinks

  1. Frosty Basil Lemonade: Fresh basil makes a frosty green lemonade that looks as refreshing as it tastes.
  2. Strawberry Coconut Agua Fresca: Coconut water is given new life with frozen strawberries, lime, and agave.

Picnic Checklist

  • Casual foods
  • Drinks
  • Ice or ice packs
  • Condiments
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Utensils
  • Serving utensils
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Corkscrew or bottle opener
  • Blanket, sheet, or table cloth
  • Tote, backpack, or picnic basket
  • Games, toys
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hygiene Kit
  • Bug spray
  • Camera

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