Summer may be coming to an end with Labor Day right around the corner. However, it’s never too late to enjoy that last picnic of the season. Whether you’ll be at home or in a park, here are 40 best picnic recipes for Labor Day. And many of them include no utensils necessary.
This bright and refreshing dip is quick & easy to make. Fabulous for a picnic adventure.
For a healthy, scrumptious, veggie-packed twist on the 7-layer dip, this is a must-try for your picnic.
Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl by Me, Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN
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This is a fat free dip full of protein because it uses Greek yogurt instead of the regular sour cream. A perfect favorite at all picnics.
Did someone just say carrots & ranch within the hummus? Check out this incredible twist on the classic hummus dip.
Looking for a quick salsa made in less than 15 minutes? This green salsa verde is your answer. Use it as a salsa or as a sauce.
Creamy and zesty lemon mint ricotta is sandwiched between stacks of watermelon flowers for a festive, nutritious, and delicious summer appetizer. So beautiful.
Perfect for a picnic, the BLT on a stick will be a hit at the party for all finger food and bacon lovers.
This is a go-to recipe for any picnic and E.A. Stewart included 3 delicious ways to enjoy this 3 ingredient dish.
Get ready for a cantaloupe appetizer that’s going to wow your taste buds. It’s all on one delicate slice of toast.
A wonderful finger food appetizer for a party or picnic. Using Greek yogurt, this dish is fat free, protein-packed, and divine.
Ditch the mayonnaise-heavy slaw and try this tangy rice vinegar-based slaw instead. Mmmmmmm.
This is a classic dish for any picnic and it will be well-received by the attendees. Adding the Greek yogurt to the salad provides more protein than just using pure mayonnaise.
Panzanella salads include toasted bread, tomatoes, herbs, and other delicious ingredients. This salad also has seasonal stone fruit. Perfect to close out the summer months.
Here is the vegetable version of the panzanella salad. Get ready for more awesomeness.
This salad is not only gluten-free and vegan, but it is absolutely delicious and a fabulous summer picnic recipe.
Based on the classic 3-bean salad, this version will give you the flavors of Provence in every bite.
For a perfect meal on the fly, whip up this delish crisp lentil salad packed with protein.
For both a savory and sweet mix, this salad will rock your world. Get your groove on with this vitamin C-rich dish.
Relish this nutty-tasting, grain-based side dish at your next picnic. It also has every color of the rainbow from veggies. Cheers to your health.
When it comes to savory and hearty, this wild rice kale salad is a winner for any picnic.
This salad is definitely a crowd pleaser. And it has protein from both the quinoa and chickpeas.
For a gluten-free, vegan-friendly salad, this is a flavorful hit at picnics.
Double your protein with this salad from both the protein in the chicken and the quinoa. While you’re at it, you’ll taste the rainbow of flavor from both fruits and veggies, too.
For a fresh, light, mayo-free potato salad that combines potatoes, basil, tomatoes, and cheese. You’ll love this picnic salad.
Pre-make these salads in a jar and bring them to your next picnic so everyone has an individual serving. Genius!
Enjoy the delicate flavors of the Mediterranean in this phenomenal pasta salad.
For a simple, crowd-pleasing pasta salad, this side dish is enticing and classic.
For a complete meal in one, this protein-rich pasta salad is simple, easy, tasty, and fast.
Using a spiralizer, you turn your normal zucchini into “pasta” noodles to make this salad extra fun.
By adding Greek yogurt to the salad, you cut down on the amount of mayonnaise used in the salad, making it lighter without losing the flavor.
For all the pizza lovers out there, here’s an amazing summer veggie pizza to bring to any picnic or party.
Flatbread, grilled peaches, and hemp pesto. Life doesn’t get much better than this. Yum!
Five Bean Baked Chili by Me, Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN
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One of my all-time favorite recipes for any party or picnic. It’s hearty chili at its finest (and there’s bacon involved)!
For a protein and fiber-filled, picnic-perfect lunch, savor these lettuce wraps tossed with a pumpkin Dijon vinaigrette.
Enjoy these amazing BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches at your next picnic. Perfect finger food for everyone.
These burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor and veggie-based protein. Get your grill on at your next picnic.
This is a twist on a tuna cake that’s made into a “slider.” What better finger food can you get?
Fruit is a fabulous dessert at a picnic. By adding the honey and mint, you get extra sweet and flavor in the dish.
This is a fun twist with fruit wrapped in rice paper dipped in a peach sauce. Incredible finger food dessert for all ages.
Enjoy these nutty-flavored, coconut-rich, cocoa cookies at your next picnic. They’re gluten-free and vegan, too.
Have a wonderful Labor Day and enjoy your Family. Food. Fiesta.
Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN