14 Make Ahead Recipes for Summer Picnics & Barbecues

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14 Make Ahead Recipes for Summer Picnics & Barbecues

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May 20 2022


What's summer without a good picnic? But finding ideas can be tricky! Prep these recipes ahead so they're ready to pack in the cooler for your summer picnics, barbecues, and 4th of July parties. We've got ideas for ideas for make ahead apps, mains, and sides!

  1. Loaded Potato Salad

    It's not a picnic or backyard barbecue without potato salad. Load it up with bacon, cooked potatoes, and sour cream. Our version can be made up to 2 days in advance.

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  2. Herb-Roasted Chicken Sandwiches

    Make these sandwiches up to 2 days in advance and store in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

  3. Southwestern Burrito Jars

    This layered burrito jar is great for transport, but also the layers are kept separate so everything stays crisp... even if you make a few days in advance. 

  4. Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Fusilli

    Pasta salad reimagined. Mix sun dried tomatoes, olives, fresh mozzarella, and fusilli pasta to make an unforgettable side dish. Make up to 2 days in advance.

  5. Light and Tangy Coleslaw

    Light and oh-so-tangy. Enjoy this salad on the side or on top of your burger or brat. Make up to 2 days in advance.

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  6. Garlic 'N' Herb Potato Salad

    Pre-cook our Hy-Vee Short Cuts garlic potatoes and mix with all the ingredients except for the arugula. The longer the potatoes stay in the champagne vinaigrette and seasonings, the more flavorful it will be. Then, just before serving, mix with fresh arugula.

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  7. Grilled Corn Salad

    Grilled sweet corn gets even better when you let it sit for up to 3 days with cilantro avocado yogurt dressing and some other flavorful chopped ingredients.

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  8. Quickest Pickles

    If you love something salty to go with your meal, keep these quick refrigerator pickles on hand! They can easily be transported to any location and will stay in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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  9. 20-Minute Pasta Salad

    Why is pasta salad SO good the next day? Because it has time to soak in all the flavors. We especially love this recipe because you can store it for up to 3 days and it only takes 20 minutes to make.

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  10. Keto Avocado Deviled Eggs

    Keep keto diet even at the barbecue! Make these delicious avocado deviled eggs up to 1 day in advance.

  11. Bacon Ranch Penne Pasta Salad

    Okay, you already know that pasta salads are great the next day... but bacon and ranch pasta salad?! We just had to share this recipe too!

  12. Summertime Salsa

    Don't be the friend that just shows up with the chips. Show up with chips and a little something to dip them in... like this Summertime Salsa. You can make it in advance and keep it refrigerated until you're ready to dig in.

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  13. Ultra Simple Chopped Kale Salad

    Dressed salads can be made in advance? Yup! Just make sure you use a hearty leafy green like kale that also soaks up all that delicious dressing flavor.

  14. Tarragon Green Bean-and-Tomato Salad

    Add a little something special to your salad. And by "something" we mean fresh tarragon, feta cheese, and tomatoes.