Summer Picnic Side Dish Recipes

From potato salad to pasta salad, Food Network picked out great portable side dishes for your next summer picnic or block party.

Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad

Dry mustard adds heat to Alton's classic potato salad. It takes an hour or so to develop its flavors when you add it to the dressing, so dress it, toss it and pack it to go; it'll be ready to serve when you get to the picnic.

Get the Recipe: Cold-Fashioned Potato Salad

Neelys' Lemon Pasta Salad

Pack the pasta, vegetables and dressing in separate containers, take them on the road, then dress the salad once you're ready to serve.

Get the Recipe: Neely's Lemon Pasta Salad

Tomato Salad with Cheese Crisps

This tomato salad comes together easily. Make the croutons and cheese crisps, pack them up separately once they're cool, then toss and dress the salad to serve.

Get the Recipe: Tomato Salad with Cheese Crisps

Tuscan Pasta Salad With Grilled Vegetables

This cheery, hearty salad is perfect for parties — make it in the morning, let it hang out in the fridge for a few hours before you leave for the party, then let it come to room temperature on your way over and serve it as-is when you get there.

Get the Recipe: Tuscan Pasta Salad With Grilled Vegetables

Bell Pepper Slaw

Colorful make-in-advance slaw is easy to transport. As it sits, the peppers and cabbage marinate, soften and soak up the seasoning, becoming extra-tangy and flavorful.

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