As temperatures start to cool off so too does the season for picnics.

Fortunately, there’s still time left to get outside and enjoy warm sunny afternoons.

Whether you’re packing your lunch for work or setting up a date, you’re gonna need an arsenal of picnic foods. We’ve compiled 10 recipes for you to keep you thinking about picnic baskets all year long. Just watch out for bears in bow ties.

1. Dill dip

The final completed look of the dill dip. Chill for an hour or more before serving. (Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)
(Flavor 574 photo/Joe Kuharic)

This one comes straight from my grandma, and is sure to please no matter what you dip in it. Pro tip: Carry it in small mason jars to portion out and share. Find the recipe here.

2. Homemade microwave potato chips

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What if I told you that you can have healthy homemade potato chips? It’s true, and they make the perfect companion to a picnic (and dill dip). For this recipe, and a few other healthy “junk foods,” check out this page.

3. Guacamole

(Flavor 574 photo/Jennifer Shephard)
(Flavor 574 photo/Jennifer Shephard)

As if you needed another reason to eat guacamole. For a instructional recipe from the folks at Mod Mex on making the perfect guac, visit this page.

4. Caprese skewers

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These are the perfect bite-size companion to your picnic. If you wanna get fancy, you can add a balsamic dressing, but they’re great just as they are. Find the recipe for the dressing here.

5. Tabbouleh

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Lemon and mint add refreshing flavor to this Lebanese salad. You can the recipe for my take on this dish here.

6. Rosemary citrus spritzer

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Anyone can make regular old lemonade or sweet tea so why not up your beverage game with a refreshing and zesty drink. For this recipe, and four other sippable drinks, check out this page.

7. Watermelon slices with lime-honey syrup

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Don’t get me wrong, watermelon is pretty fantastic on its own. Toss in a little lime, honey and mint, and you’re suddenly on a whole new level. Find the recipe here.

8. Avocado ham sandwich

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Every picnic needs a hearty sandwich. Add your favorite veggies and you can improve on this already tried and true recipe.

9. Gougéres

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Gooey, cheesy dough. Do you need any more incentive to add these to your picnic? Find the recipe here.

10. Fruit pies

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If you’ve got extra fruit laying around from your orchard, or from the farmer’s market, turn them into fruit pies. If you have a variety of fruits, make a few different flavored pies! Find the basic recipe here.

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