Perfect Picnic Side Dishes
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Ranch Deviled Eggs
Give your traditional deviled eggs recipe a little variety by substituting roma tomatoes and jalapenos for some of the egg whites. We cut the filling with Greek yogurt and the remaining egg whites instead of mayonnaise for a leaner picnic appetizer.
Jicama Radish Slaw
Our healthier coleslaw recipe replaces the traditional fatty mayonnaise with a light rice vinegar and sesame oil dressing. The result is a colorful, low-carb picnic side dish with Asian-inspired flavor.
Corn on the Cob with Cilantro-Lime Butter
Looking for diabetic picnic dish ideas? You can’t go wrong with classic corn on the cob. This easy side dish comes together with just six ingredients and weighs in at 9 grams of carb per serving.
Two-Tone Potato Salad
This low-calorie potato side dish is sure to be a new crowd favorite. We sneaked in some sweet potatoes for extra fiber and nutrients, and opted for light mayonnaise and fat-free milk in the salad dressing.
Fruit Bowl Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing
Forget the marshmallows! This cheery, diabetes-friendly fruit salad is delicious on its own. Tossed with a minty citrus dressing, the low-calorie picnic recipe bursts with flavor.
Short on time? Quickly assemble these cute meat-and-cheese appetizers. The low-carb, gluten-free side dish is sure to become one of your favorite recipes for picnics.
Green Apple Slaw
Picnic guests will love the sweet, refreshing flavor of this simple fruit salad recipe. The easy side dish requires just a little chopping and mixing, and it contains 67 calories and 10 grams of carb per serving.
Lima Bean Hummus with Toasted Pita Crisps
Including shallots, chives, and garlic infuses this low-calorie, low-fat hummus dip with big flavor. For lighter dippers, substitute carrots and pepper slices for the pita crisps.
Lime Ambrosia Fruit Cup
Yum! We love the tropical flavor that ginger and coconut bring to this side dish recipe, and you’ll love that the sweet treat stays diabetes-friendly at 65 calories per serving.
Greek Vegetable Salad
Make a Mediterranean-inspired side salad to add color and produce to the picnic table. Featuring juicy tomatoes and cucumber, crumbled feta cheese, and tart balsamic dressing, the low-carb vegetable side dish is a refreshing addition to any spring or summer meal.
Lemon-Zested Snack Mix
Believe it or not, this low-carb, flavor-packed snack mix comes together in the slow cooker. Friends and family will love munching on the unique picnic recipe idea.
Baked Tomato and Okra
Here’s a healthy side dish that bakes as a casserole. Simply toss the lima beans and assorted veggies into a dish, bake, and serve for an easy picnic recipe idea that’s low in calories and carbs.
For your next picnic or dinner party, serve sandwich-theme salads in portion-controlled cups. Whole wheat croutons, turkey bacon, and cherry tomatoes liven up the creative, low-carb side dish idea.
Italian Pasta Salad
A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this homemade pasta salad recipe lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.
Tropical Fruit Salsa
When it comes to terrific flavor, it's hard to beat this eye-catching fruit side dish. Pineapple, mango, kiwifruit, and mandarin oranges tossed with a zesty lime-and-mint dressing makes a gorgeous, low-carb appetizer.
Cilantro Tabbouleh with Cranberries
Kick up the fiber in your diet with the chewy bulgur in this tangy side salad. Because the picnic recipe is meant to be served cold, it's a perfect dish to make ahead of time.
Green Bean Salad
Tomatoes and red onions add interest to our green bean recipe. Enjoy a generous serving of the picnic classic for just 8 grams of carb.
Tip: Keep some of this dish's homemade vinaigrette in the refrigerator to perk up tossed green salads.