Simple Recipes and Checklist for Outdoor Picnics

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

Whole Wheat Bread
Hearty and healthy, this bread is a staple for your favorite sandwiches.

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.

Mayonnaise
No jarred product beats the ease and taste of homemade.

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

Potato Casserole
With creamy cheese sauce and cornflake topping, this potato casserole is a potluck goner!

Macaroni with Cheese Sauce
Rich, creamy cheese sauce and crumb topping make this classic dish a family favorite.

Crunchy Apple Salsa
The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, this salsa is delicious with tortilla chips.

Desserts

Almond Cookies
Delicious, crumbly cookies offer a sweet ending to your meal, and they’re easy to bake and take.

Carrot and Raisin Muffins
Muffins are wonderful picnic fare because they’re already wrapped and individually portioned for a fuss-free dessert.

Vitamix Granola Bars
These sweet and crunchy whole-grain bars include rolled oats, raw almonds, apple, and dried cranberries.

Drinks

Frosty Basil Lemonade
Fresh basil makes a frosty green lemonade that looks as refreshing as it tastes.

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