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All of Our Best Picnic Salads | Chris Cooks

June 23, 2024

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One of my favorite things about summer is eating (and cooking) outside. Who doesn’t love a picnic? It’s the ultimate grab-and-go meal. Yes, there’s some prep involved, but that always makes the food taste even better. And to me, it’s not a real picnic unless you have a salad or two. It’s nice to have something fresh that can hold up to a bit of transport time. I love a vegetable salad, a starchy salad — like potato salad or pasta salad, and a fruit salad. The key is to make everything bite-sized so you don’t have to use knives. Those make the best picnic salad recipes!

Chris Loves Julia | All of Our Best Picnic Salad Recipes

Most of these recipes are grain-free and dairy-free (here are my favorite dairy substitutes), but you can always switch in your favorite pasta or dairy product if you’re so inclined. Each of these would be great alongside grilled pork, kebabs, burgers or hot dogs. I hope this gives you some summer salad ideas for the Fourth of July or upcoming beach trips — they may just be the star of the show.

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Roasted Potato Salad

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Quick Garden Chicken Salad With Spicy Thousand Island

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8-Layer Salad – No Grain, Dairy, Pork, Or Egg

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Panzanella Potato Salad

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My Most Requested Fruit Salad

Chris Loves Julia | My Most Requested Fruit Salad

Four Delicious Tuna Salad Recipes

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Shredded Veggie Salad With Sweet Vinegar & Orange

Chris Loves Julia | Shredded Veggie Salad with Sweet Vinegar & Orange

Cucumber Crunch Salad

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Italian Summer Pasta Salad

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The Best Potato Salad Recipe

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