Throw a Memorial Day Picnic

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Though for some Memorial Day can mean an excuse to sleep in before hitting a blowout sale, the real fans of this holiday are all about the food. Weather permitting, it's best spent lounging outside with a spread, celebrating the inaugural days of summer. This Memorial Day, lay out your gingham blankets and cook up picnic-ready recipes that master the art of make-and-take. This holiday is all about outdoor eating, and we've got just the menu.

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Roll up Ina's Curried Chicken Wraps for a hand-held, takeaway main that goes beyond average cold-cut sandwiches. Chewy raisins and salty cashews give it crunch, and the convenience factor makes it a no-brainer.

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When it comes to sides, coleslaw is a must if we're talking picnics or anything backyard-oriented. Food Network Kitchen's classic recipe has a tangy, creamy flavor that's solid on its own as a side or as a sandwich topper. Prep it the night before your cookout so the carrots and cabbage can fully soak up the dressing.

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Pat's Picnic Potato Salad is a star for so many reasons, especially if your guests aren't so into mayo. Toss tender red-skinned potatoes in herbaceous basil pesto and you'll see why this side is good at any temperature.

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

We love traditional lemon squares, but the Neelys' Lime Bars use Key limes to add a different kind of tartness. You can make these citrusy bars three days before packing them into your picnic, so your day off can involve a little more downtime.

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