04/18/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

9 Picnic-Perfect Recipes

What better way to celebrate spring than with an outdoor feast? Think outside the lunchbox and try one of these delicious, easy-to-transport dishes for your next picnic.

1. Couscous Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette


This is the perfect side dish for a picnic: it's wonderfully light, takes mere minutes to make, travels well, and can be served warm or room temperature. GET THE RECIPE

2. Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes & Cashews


Tender roasted chicken, juicy grapes and crunchy cashews in a rich and creamy curry dressing -- always a crowd pleaser. GET THE RECIPE

3. Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, and Avocado in a Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette


This is one of the most popular recipes on my website. It's delicious as a salad or scooped on tortilla chips. GET THE RECIPE

4. Cornbread Muffins


These tender and sweet cornbread muffins are excellent for outdoor eating. My kids love them so much that I'm constantly swatting their little hands away from the bread basket so they don't fill up. GET THE RECIPE

5. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders


What's a picnic without fried chicken? Marinated in seasoned buttermilk and pan-fried to crunchy perfection, these tenders are delicious on their own or dipped in your favorite sauce. GET THE RECIPE

6. Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Cheddar, & Almonds


In this delicious salad, broccoli marries beautifully with bits of salty bacon, tangy cheddar cheese and crunchy almonds. GET THE RECIPE

7. Strawberry and Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup & Fresh Mint


This pretty fruit salad is easy to make, and such a nice change of pace from the standard mix of pre-cut fruit from the supermarket. GET THE RECIPE

8. Supernatural Brownies


Moist and fudgy in the center, cakey and crisp on the surface -- these insanely delicious brownies will make everyone happy. GET THE RECIPE

9. Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake


Pound cake and picnics go hand in hand. This one is perfumed with lemon and then drizzled with a tart lemon glaze, which adds a pop of intense lemon flavor to every bite. GET THE RECIPE