Summer Picnic Edition: Easy, Fresh Sides


Warm weather means outdoor fun, and lots of upcoming barbecues, family get-togethers, and outdoor picnics. So what are some easy, delicious sides that you can whip up in a mere 30 minutes or less? Check them out below!

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad-Fresh and easy pasta salad packed with crisp vegetables, fresh mozzarella, and tossed with a simple homemade dressing.

Summer Corn Salad- Sweet summer corn, crisp cucumbers and ripe juicy garden tomatoes all combined in a light and easy vinaigrette.

Greek Orzo Salad- This herby orzo salad is a crowd favorite and full of Greek flavors, bursting with fresh dill and mint, feta cheese, and tangy lemon.

Creamy Cucumber Salad- The most classic summer side dish? Cucumber salad! This creamy cucumber salad is so refreshing, it’s hard to stop eating! Adding

Texas Caviar-This is a yummy Texas caviar made with black beans and pinto beans instead of black-eyed peas. Serve with scoop-style tortilla chips as a great party appetizer.

Broccoli Salad- A simple, classic Broccoli Salad recipe that serves as a great fast side dish for any party or potluck.

Ramen Noodle Salad-This hearty ramen noodle salad is full of cabbage, carrots, crunchy ramen noodles, green onions and almonds, all tossed in an oriental dressing. The perfect make-ahead salad to feed a crowd.

Fruit Kabob-Rainbow Fruit Kabobs are an easy and fun way to serve fresh fruit at your next summer gathering.

Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad- Strawberry Pecan Pretzel Salad is one of the MOST POPULAR recipes. It’s cool and creamy with caramelized brown sugar pretzels and diced strawberries.

Candy Bar Apple Salad- This creamy, sweet snickers salad with crisp apple crunch is a real people-pleaser. It makes a lot, which is good, because it will go fast

Ice cream Sandwiches-Cool off the kids and kids-at-heart with homemade ice cream sandwiches that can be ready and waiting in the freezer.

Angel Food Cake-Using only 6 ingredients, this perfect angel food cake bakes up tall, light, and airy.

Do you have a favorite summer recipe? If so, add in it in the comments and we will check it out!

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Jenna Sims
Jenna Sims is a stay at home momma who currently resides in Maumee, Ohio with her husband Grant and daughter Sadie. Together, they enjoy exploring Toledo’s metro parks, scoping out some killer food at local restaurants, and finding fun events to attend within their community. When they aren’t exploring their community, Jenna and Grant are slaving away on their new fixer-upper. Check out their journey on Instagram @thisoldbrickhouse. Aside from renovations, Jenna is passionate about fitness, being outdoors, and anything vintage or antique related; especially shopping at local estate sales and the Maumee Antique Mall.


  1. OMG, now I’m craving summer corn salad! Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve only have had a cream-based dressing with a corn salad (which I don’t love). I’m excited to have a vinagrette one to try!


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