Picnics are great in theory, but don't they seem like so much work? Between the artfully arranged charcuterie and the picture-perfect mason-jar cocktails, we're pretty sure our patience -- and itty-bitty kitchen -- would crack under the Pinterest-induced pressure.
Luckily, we've got just the solution: ten easy-to-make, easy-to-transport recipes.
A Lettuce-Less Salad
Salads are great and all, but sometimes we get tired of boring old lettuce. Switch things up with a chilled cucumber version. Get the recipe.
Spicy couscous with yogurt is as delicious cold as it is hot, making it the perfect bring-anywhere accoutrement. Get the recipe.
Grown-Up Juice Boxes
These cute little portable sippers are refreshing (in raspberry-lime and lemonade-iced tea flavors) and can be made in advance. A win-win-win, if you ask us. Get the recipe.
Better Veggie Burgers
Meatless patties can be blah, but that couldn't be further from the case with these quinoa-beet cakes that are just as at home on a hamburger bun as they are atop mixed greens. Get the recipe.
A Sweet (Potato) Salad
What's summer without potato salad? This upgraded version uses sweet potatoes for an extra health kick, along with cranberries, pecans and maple syrup. Get the recipe.
Frozen peaches and raspberries add a fruity kick to this white-wine sangria that gets better as it sits and is--bonus--white-jeans-friendly. Just remember to transport it in something just a touch more discreet Get the recipe.
Pasta at a picnic? Yes. Especially when it's light and seasonal and requires only one pot to make. Get the recipe.
The New Breadstick
Three ingredients are all you need for these addictive bacon-wrapped cheese straws. Get the recipe.
These delightful chocolate-coconut-almond bars taste shockingly similar to an Almond Joy--but you know every single ingredient that goes into them. Get the recipe.
Everyone loves cake. But they aren't exactly the easiest to transport. Our solution? These delightful cake-batter cookies. Get the recipe.