How to Pack a Perfect Picnic for Labor Day

Spend the last official days of summer outdoors with some of our favorite packable recipes. Be sure to make extra servings for your Labor Day picnic; these dishes won’t even last as long as your fleeting summer tan.

1. Alton’s Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad (pictured above)

What’s a picnic without a potato salad? Alton Brown’s version coats sliced potatoes in vinegar and lets them marinate overnight before tossing them with mayonnaise, mustard, parsley, tarragon, garlic, cornichons, onions and celery. Keep the salad chilled until you leave for your outdoor destination.

2. Broccoli Salad

As one of summer’s most-requested salads, Chuck Hughes’ seven-ingredient version has an Asian-inspiration. Toss broccoli with sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, chili flakes and garlic for a dish with just the right amount of kick. Don’t cook too long, because the broccoli should still maintain its crispy texture.

 3. Salsa

Stay away from the jar. Homemade salsa with ripe Roma tomatoes, like this version from Alton Brown, will blow that store-bought stuff away. From garlic to jalapenos and any add-ins of your choice, this salsa will be a complete crowd-pleaser.

4. Pressed Picnic Sandwich

Kelsey Nixon’s Pressed Picnic Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper and Pepperoncini Spread was made for big groups. Prep the ciabatta sandwich a day ahead to let the flavors marinate together. At your picnic simply unwrap and slice into single serving portions.

5. No-Bake Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Pie

Still want your sweets but don’t want to sweat over the oven? Nadia G. made this no-bake dessert that is just dying to be served at a picnic. With a pretzel crust and a cream cheese and peanut butter filling topped with chocolate whipped cream, this pie will have your guests scrambling for places next to you on the picnic blanket.

More Recipes for Your Labor Day Picnic Party:

Perfect Picnic Salad Recipes

Summer Party Appetizers

Easy Summer Side Dishes

Sweet Summer Desserts