4 Great Salads for Summer Picnic Fun!

July 12, 2019

4 Great Side Dishes For Summer Picnic Fun | Foodal.com

When the summer weather arrives, it is exciting to brush off the picnic basket and cooler and dig up some of your favorite summertime recipes. I found a few more to add to your list!
It’s common for us to grab a few burgers and hotdogs, some sandwich meat and some snacks, before we head out for a picnic. Our local parks have an ample supply of picnic tables and barbecue pits, and you might even bring your own portable barbecue grill if you’re venturing out to other locales.
Don’t forget to bring along a few delicious side dishes to round out your meal. And as long as there is plenty of cold water and lemonade, the kids will run and play until the sun goes down.


Although not everyone is a fan of spinach – especially the kids – it’s good for you, and is a great ingredient to add some nutrition to a heavier pasta dish.

Horizontal image of a large white serving bowl of penne pasta salad with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and fresh spinach, with a wooden spoon with a patterned handle and two white plates with forks on top in the background, on a gathered black and white checkered cloth on top of a gray surface, with scattered fresh greens.

Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad – Get the Recipe Now

The sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe should overcome any hesitation over the spinach. Who doesn’t like the flavor of sun-dried tomatoes?

For another great option, summer corn pasta salad is a perfect addition to any sunny cookout or picnic.


A great recipe to serve as a side, and the acidity of the vinegar really assists your gut in breaking down heavier proteins and starches. This is why your body craves pickles when consuming denser foods.

Horizontal image of a large white serving bowl with a bean salad.

The Best Three Bean Salad – Get the Recipe Now

Moreover, three bean salad tastes great, and the olive oil provides its own nutritional benefits.


A great recipe to serve when your family or group is engaged in a lot of physical activity on your picnic, like swimming or hiking.

Horizontal image of a white bowl filled with herbed potato salad with a wooden spoon.

Warm Oil and Vinegar Potato Salad – Get the Recipe Now


Another fun salad to put some added nutrition in your diet, and something else to fill up on rather than fat-heavy sausage and carb-loaded potato chips. This fruit salad is a very tasty choice that the whole family will love.

In the heat of the summer, I’d definitely recommend keeping it chilled in a small portable cooler. If serving at home, a wooden salad bowl makes a beautiful presentation.

Horizontal top-down image of a big glass bowl with cut kiwi, banana, pineapple, strawberries, and grapes.

Summer Fruit Salad – Get the Recipe Now

(Original article by Jennifer Swartvagher)