I love a good picnic for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July! There is something about summer and the Patriotic Picnic vibe that makes me want to bake, grill, and everything in between.
Here is a collection of our favorite patriotic picnic foods and ideas to help you celebrate your summer picnics for 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and honestly — all summer long!
White Bean Pesto Salad with Garlic Croutons Balsamic Glaze
This dish has gone viral on TikTok and we have the recipe for you thanks to Kathleen Ashmore, our TLMN Contributor!
Grilled Peach and Bourbon Smash
Cheers to the last few weeks of summer with this Grilled Peach & Bourbon Smash cocktail from Camp Cocktails : Easy, Fun, and Delicious Drinks for the Great Outdoors.
Make a S’more’s Board!
There’s still a little bit of summer left, so why not make the most of it with a S’Mores Board!
Summer Citrus Salad
On hot summer nights, we’re always looking for recipes that don’t require us to turn on an oven—and this Summer Citrus Salad hits the spot. A nice alternative to a green salad, it’s full of immunity-boosting vitamin C.
Mexican Sweet Corn Salad
This Mexican Street Corn Salad is the perfect summer dish to serve at a backyard BBQ. You can pre-make the mayo mixture so when the corn is cooled, it’ll be ready to serve quickly.
Fun Marshmallow Idea!
Need a festive, easy recipe that the kids can get in on? Change out the sprinkles for any occasion and have a themed treat everyone is sure to love!
4th of July Popsicles!
Celebrate the 4th of July with these festive red, white and blue popsicles! Not only are they adorable, but they’re made with protein-packed green yogurt and fiber rich blueberries and strawberries.
60 Second Coleslaw
This take on coleslaw from Cat with a K Cooks uses pre-shredded coleslaw so it comes together in just under a minute. Plus, it can be made ahead so it’s the perfect summer party (or busy weeknight) side.
Sheet Pan S’mores
If you love making s’mores but want to skip the mess of roasting marshmallows, keep things toddler safe and make a lot at once, try these Sheet Pan S’mores from Maria Provanzano of From Scratch with Maria. The best part? You can enjoy them this way well after summer has gone.
Easy Summer Cocktail: Pineapple, Lime, & Mint Sparkler
It’s really the perfect summer sip—refreshing, special, and able to be prepped ahead of time. Make a batch of the mint simple syrup on Sunday as part of your “meal prep” and you can whip up individual cocktails during the week without taking much more time than pouring a glass of wine!
4th of July Recipe Roundup
Need some ideas for your 4th of July menu? These options include something for everyone, from festive cocktails to savory sides. Hope everyone has a happy—and healthy—holiday this year.
The New Frosé: Frozen Spiked Desserts
Just in time for summer, we rounded up some of the best spiked frozen drinks, popsicles and other desserts.
Easy, Healthy, Summer Recipes from Food Stylist, Alli Hawas
As we gear up for barbecues and backyard cookouts, we often find ourselves on the hunt for recipes featuring lighter fare, but that won’t compromise on flavor. So, we tapped former Today show food stylist and mom Alli Hawes to get some ideas and fresh meal inspiration for the summer weekends ahead!
Chocolate Dipped Watermelon
It isn’t summer until you have had watermelon!! Watermelon plays a role in so many people’s summertime memories, so why not make it extra fun by adding chocolate and sprinkles.
Fourth of July is right around the corner! This year take your watermelon and make them into festive fireworks! Only a few steps involved and I promise the kids won’t stop eating them. Enjoy!
Blueberry Pie 4th of July!
A red, white, and blue delight! We love Blueberry Pie and this recipe from Art of the Pie’s Kate McDermott is our new favorite!
This year take your popcorn up a notch and jazz them up with some chocolate, festive sprinkles and M&M’s! Only a few steps involved and I promise the whole family will enjoy this Patriotic Popcorn!