Our Picnic Side Dishes are perfect to serve at your next outdoor gathering!! We’ve got recipes for warm and cold picnic sides that are scrumptious with sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and other grilled foods.
Late spring and early summer typically have the best weather for an outdoor gathering. And a picnic is the perfect way to get together with friends and family.
If you’re planning some fun in the sun and good conversation, you’ll need some easy picnic sides to choose from — and I’ve got you covered, friends!
Perfect Picnic Side Dishes
You may already have your main dish and desserts planned, but if you don’t, I have some fabulously easy recipes to help with that too!
To round out your menu, all you need now are a few easy picnic side dishes, and here they are!!
Scroll down to check out the scrumptiousness!!
When you find something drool-worthy, click on the title and you’ll be taken to the recipe post.
Cold Picnic Sides
This simple side dish comes together in less than 10 minutes.
With a combination of fresh cucumbers, red onions, and a spectacular creamy dressing, this fresh salad is perfect for summer picnics and potlucks.
This Hawaiian pasta salad tastes like a party in your mouth!!
One of the most filling side dishes for a picnic, it’s a blend of your favorite island flavors with tender tortellini in an outstanding pineapple-ginger dressing.
This is one of the best picnic sides for your hamburgers and hot dogs!
A delicious twist on traditional potato salad, and with a huge time-saving shortcut! Kids go crazy for the ranch flavor!
If you ask me, you can’t have a picnic without a few easy pasta salads on the menu. This one has a creamy dressing and a nice crunch from crisp celery.
You can bulk it up by adding tuna and hard-boiled eggs.
Honestly, are there any picnic side dishes that are more requested than potato salad? Not in my world!! 🙂
This is my Nana’s recipe — you and your picnic partners will love the classic Southern flavors!
Easy Picnic Side Dishes for Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Ask a kid (of any age!) what their favorite food is, and you’ll hear plenty of shout-outs for burgers and dogs.
Here are some of my all-time favorite picnic side dishes for hamburgers and hot dogs.
Toss out the greasy fried potato chips and get into air frying mode! It only takes 15 minutes to make this healthier option.
There’s nothing in the chip aisle that’s tastier than these perfectly light, crispy, and crunchy homemade chips!
There isn’t a better picnic food that I can think of than roasted corn on the cob slathered with butter.
But if you don’t want to haul a grill out to your picnic, you can’t beat using a slow cooker!
PRO TIP for Picnic Ready Corn
My oven-baked beans include a trio of tender beans swimming in a scrumptious BBQ sauce made with brown sugar, molasses, and crispy bacon.
This is one of the top side dishes for a picnic!
This Southern snacking favorite was made famous by Hooters restaurant.
While it is definitely a great appetizer, wait until you try them in place of traditional dill chips on hamburgers! You will flip out at how delicious they taste!!
No Bake Side Dishes
When you’re in a hurry to get into the sunshine, cooking up your picnic food shouldn’t have to hold you back.
These no-bake picnic sides will have you picnic-bound in no time.
Crisp cucumbers and luscious tomatoes tossed in a bright lemon poppy seed dressing.
This is my newest obsession and a must-make for your list of easy picnic sides.
Pistachio Fluff aka Watergate Salad
This cold picnic salad is one of my favorite and most requested no-bake side dishes for a picnic!
The base is pistachio pudding, so it couldn’t be simpler to make. There’s a bit of creamy, crunchy, and fluffy goodness in every bite!
While cheesecake salads technically fall into the dessert category, this scrumptious salad is creamy, fluffy, and packed with one of the best picnic side dishes — fresh fruit!
Fair warning — this is so sinfully delicious, you may not want to eat anything else. 😉
I hope this collection of easy picnic side dishes helps you to find ways to get out and enjoy the warm weather this year!
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
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Originally published August 2012, updated and republished May 2023
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