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Perfect Picnic Side Dishes

Warm weather calls for outdoor picnics! Instead of heavy picnic food, bring one of these healthy picnic side dish ideas. Whether you’re looking for a diabetes-friendly picnic salad recipe or a lightened-up potato side dish, we have easy picnic recipes that will wow your friends and family.
Light Deviled Eggs Recipe

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spinach-Turkey Roll-Ups

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BLT Cups

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thai Spinach Dip

This stir-together appetizer delivers big peanut flavor with a hint of heat. The low-calorie dip takes just minutes to prepare, so it's a perfect side dish recipe when you're in a hurry.

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