Perfect Picnic Side Dishes

Looking for that prefect picnic side dish to wow your friends and family? Here are 14 options for your day of fresh air and sunshine.

Italian Pasta Salad

A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this pasta salad lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.

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Corn and Green Bean Salad

Some call a corn-and-bean combo "succotash." We call it smart eating.

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Calorie-Trimmed Potato Salad

For your next gathering, try this slimmed-down version of the picnic classic with only 113 calories per serving.

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Deviled Eggs with Spicy Crab

Crab and chutney on top of the deviled egg mixture make these appetizers doubly delightful.

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Green Bean Salad

Keep some of this dish's homemade vinaigrette in the refrigerator to perk up tossed green salads.

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Thai Spinach Dip

This stir-together treat delivers big peanut flavor with a hint of heat. The dip takes just minutes to prepare.

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Spinach-Pasta Salad with Shrimp

This low-carb salad is a great addition to your spread and is sure to be a big hit.

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Tropical Fruit Salsa

When it comes to terrific flavor, it's hard to beat this eye-catching quartet of pineapple, mango, kiwifruit, and mandarin oranges tossed with a zesty lime-and-mint dressing.

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Jicama Coleslaw

Coleslaw gets a delightful makeover when a tangy apple juice vinaigrette replaces the usual dressing, and peaches, jicama, and cilantro are tossed with the cabbage.

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Carrot Hummus

Carrots add more than color and sweetness to this spicy hummus. Their abundance of beta-carotene, combined with the health attributes of garbanzo beans, makes this dip a great choice.

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New-Potato Salad

No warm-weather picnic or potluck is complete without potato salad, and this carb-conscious new-potato version is the perfect serve-along for burgers, chicken, or just about any other grilled summer favorite.

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Cilantro Tabbouleh with Cranberries

Kick up the fiber in your diet with the chewy bulgur in this tangy salad served cold.

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