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The Best Picnic Salad in Every State

You can share all of these state-by-state picnic salads with six or more for an easy (and refreshing) summertime lunch!

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Alabama: Southern Potato SaladTaste of Home

Alabama: Southern Potato Salad

This potato salad with a southern twist is perfect for a church supper or potluck. The pickles add an extra sweetness. Gene Pitts, Wilsonville, Alabama

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Alaska: Summer Buzz Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Alaska: Summer Buzz Fruit Salad

For picnics, cookouts and showers, we make a sweet salad of watermelon, cherries, blueberries and microgreens. No matter where I take it, it always delivers on the wow factor. Kaliska Russell, Talkeetna, Alaska

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Arizona: Grilled Southwestern Potato SaladTaste of Home

Arizona: Grilled Southwestern Potato Salad

This salad is great with a grilled steak for a Tex-Mex meal, and most of it can even be prepared out in the backyard. Poblanos and cayenne make it pop. Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Arkansas: Curried Chicken Salad with Pineapple and GrapesTaste of Home

Arkansas: Curried Chicken Salad with Pineapple and Grapes

This fun and flavorful beauty turns last nights cooked chicken into a delightful salad thats perfect for lunch. Linda Bevill, Monticello, Arkansas

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California: Barbecue Pork Cobb SaladTaste of Home

California: Barbecue Pork Cobb Salad

My lunchtime salad gets way more interesting topped with barbecue pork, cheddar cheese and creamy avocado. It's as satisfying as it is scrumptious. Shawn Carleton, San Diego, California

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Colorado: Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Colorado: Chicken Salad

This is a recipe that always seems to be used at our family gatherings. Everyone loves it. It's also great to make ahead for busy days. Cathy Rauen, Ridgeway, Colorado

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Connecticut: Bacon Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Connecticut: Bacon Avocado Salad

Everyone in my family loves this bacon avocado saladeven the younger kids! I serve it at pretty much every get-together I've hosted, and at this point, the recipe's been shared too many times to count. Noreen McCormick Danek, Cromwell, Connecticut

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Delaware: Favorite Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Delaware: Favorite Cucumber Salad

Add a fresh-tasting touch to your menu with this favorite salad. The crunchy cucumbers are tossed with onion, green pepper and a sweet-tart dressing seasoned with celery seed.Mary Lou Boyce,Wilmington, Delaware

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Florida: Caesar Salad in Peppered Parmesan BowlsTaste of Home

Florida: Caesar Salad in Peppered Parmesan Bowls

This cheese bowl salad looks impressive but is a cinch to make. I won't tell if you don't! Melissa Wilkes, St. Augustine, Florida

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Georgia: Fruity Orange DreamTaste of Home

Georgia: Fruity Orange Dream

I learned this recipe from a fellow teacher when I was living in West Virginia. It's a standout for a morning party, since it's even better when made the night before, so the flavors have time to mix. Plus, kids love itit tastes like a Creamsicle in a bowl! Georgeanna Wellings, Dacula, Georgia

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Hawaii: Watermelon and Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Hawaii: Watermelon and Spinach Salad

Summer's the perfect time to toss up this watermelon salad. You'd never expect it, but spinach is awesome here. Eat it and feel cool on even the hottest days. Marjorie Au, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Idaho: Quick Ambrosia Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Idaho: Quick Ambrosia Fruit Salad

I start this with plenty of fruit, add the yogurt for dressing, then mix in just enough marshmallows and coconut so it tastes like the fresh and creamy version I grew up with. Its a well-loved recipe in my home now. Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Corn and Green Bean SaladTaste of Home

Illinois: Corn and Green Bean Salad

I love the crunch of veggies, so I combined them with a buttermilk Caesar dressing in this corn and green bean salad. It's good served immediately, but it's even better after chilling for a few hours. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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Indiana: Bacon Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Indiana: Bacon Macaroni Salad

This pleasing pasta salad is like eating a BLT in a bowl. Filled with crispy bacon, chopped tomato, celery and green onion, the sensational salad is coated with a tangy mayonnaise and vinegar dressing. Its a real crowd-pleaser! Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

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Iowa: Classic Wilted Lettuce SaladTaste of Home

Iowa: Classic Wilted Lettuce Salad

When we were kids, my sister and I would prepare the freshly picked lettuce for this wilted lettuce salad recipe, rinsing it several times and carefully drying it. As we did so, we quibbled about the portions we'd each have. Somehow, it seems she always managed to get more! We still can't get enough of this salad. Doris Natvig, Jesup, Iowa

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Kansas: Pistachio Mallow SaladTaste of Home

Kansas: Pistachio Mallow Salad

This fluffy pistachio salad is a real treat since it's creamy but not overly sweet. It's easy to mix up, and the flavor gets better the longer it stands. It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day, served in a green bowl.-Pattie Ann Forssberg, Logan, Kansas

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Kentucky: Creamy Pineapple Fluff SaladTaste of Home

Kentucky: Creamy Pineapple Fluff Salad

Guests of all ages will gravitate to this traditional fluff salad, chock-full of pineapple, marshmallows and cherry bits. Janice Hensley, Owingsville, Kentucky

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Louisiana: Spicy Cajun Potato SaladTaste of Home

Louisiana: Spicy Cajun Potato Salad

Here in Louisiana we have a lot of get-togethers, and if you want your dish to be chosen over all of the rest, it has to have a kick! This does the trick. Amanda West, Sibley, Louisiana

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Maine: Cool & Crunchy Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Maine: Cool & Crunchy Chicken Salad

When the weather sizzles, get your chill on with a cool chicken salad. Mine uses grapes, pecans and celery for that signature crunch. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, Maine

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Maryland: Summer Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Maryland: Summer Macaroni Salad

When we grill, my mother asks me to make this summer pasta salad. To make it extra creamy, I like to keep a small amount of dressing separate and stir it in just before serving. Carly Curtin, Ellicott City, Maryland

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Massachusetts: Colorful Spiral Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Massachusetts: Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad

Tackle gatherings to go with a bright pasta salad. This tricolor toss-up with broccoli, tomatoes, olives and a hardworking dressing is the easiest one you could take. Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts

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Michigan: Shrimp Avocado SaladTaste of Home

Michigan: Shrimp Avocado Salad

This salad can be served as a cool and satisfying dinner or lunch. The delicious taste and smooth texture of avocados mixed with the crisp shrimp salad is heavenly. Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Minnesota: Almond-Apricot Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Minnesota: Almond-Apricot Chicken Salad

Here's a one-of-a-kind pasta salad that combines tender chicken, sweet apricots and crunchy vegetables. Plus, the lemony dressing can't be beat. Susan Voigt, Plymouth, Minnesota

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Mississippi: Yummy Corn Chip SaladTaste of Home

Mississippi: Yummy Corn Chip Salad

Corn chips give a special crunch and unexpected flavor to this potluck-favorite salad. Bacon adds a hint of smokiness while the cranberries bring a touch of sweetness. It's the perfect picnic companion! Nora Friesen, Aberdeen, Mississippi

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Missouri: Zucchini Panzanella SaladTaste of Home

Missouri: Zucchini Panzanella Salad

I learned how to make panzanella from my friend's grandmother. Once I discovered how to make the perfect vinaigrette, it became a dish I crave during the summer. It's also a great way to use day-old bread and your garden's bounty of zucchini. Felicity Wolf, Kansas City, Missouri

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Montana: Bow Tie & Spinach SaladTaste of Home

Montana: Bow Tie & Spinach Salad

With pasta salad, its easy to change up ingredients. We like to add grilled chicken and pine nuts, and sometimes we substitute black beans for the garbanzo beans. Julie Kirkpatrick, Billings, Montana

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Nebraska: Ruby Raspberry SlawTaste of Home

Nebraska: Ruby Raspberry Slaw

Give ordinary coleslaw a "berry" tangy twist. It's sure to get raves at your next picnic or potluck. Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska

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Nevada: Grilled Stone Fruit SaladTaste of Home

Nevada: Grilled Stone Fruit Salad

Summer is the time we enjoy grilling and adding fresh fruit to our menu, and this smoky-sweet salad is the best of both worlds! I like to marinate the fruit for extra flavor before I grill them. Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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New Hampshire: Spring Pea & Radish SaladTaste of Home

New Hampshire: Spring Pea & Radish Salad

Winters can be very long here in New Hampshire. I always look forward to the first veggies of spring and making some lighter dishes like this fresh salad. Jolene Martinelli, Derry, New Hampshire

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New Jersey: Potato-Bean Salad with Herb DressingTaste of Home

New Jersey: Potato-Bean Salad with Herb Dressing

My veggie garden inspired this creamy combo of beans, potatoes and fresh herbs. I toss them with a ranch-style dressing sparked up with Creole mustard. Chris Cummer, Bayonne, New Jersey

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New Mexico: Watercress & Orange SaladTaste of Home

New Mexico: Watercress & Orange Salad

Keep this recipe handy when you need to make a special salad quickly. The flavorful vinaigrette adds a refreshing touch to the greens and oranges. Alpha Wilson, Roswell, New Mexico

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New York: Cran-Orange Couscous SaladTaste of Home

New York: Cran-Orange Couscous Salad

I often create salads for summer using a variety of healthy, filling grains. This version with tender couscous is amped up by the bright flavors of oranges, cranberries, basil and a touch of fennel. Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York

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North Carolina: Marinated CucumbersTaste of Home

North Carolina: Marinated Cucumbers

These cucumber slices make a cool summer side dish dressed in a light, tangy vinegar and oil mixture seasoned with herbs. The refreshing salad is always a hit when served with cold sandwiches or grilled meat.-Mary Helen Hinson, Lamberton, North Carolina

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North Dakota: Macaroni ColeslawTaste of Home

North Dakota: Macaroni Coleslaw

My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota

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Ohio: Chipotle Sweet Potato SaladTaste of Home

Ohio: Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

I love the velvety taste and texture of sweet potatoes. A friend served sweet potatoes cooked with peppers and they tasted delicious together. I took those flavors and developed them into this creamy, smoky potato salad. Carolyn Eskew, Dayton, Ohio

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Oklahoma: Kale & Bacon Salad with Honey-Horseradish VinaigretteTaste of Home

Oklahoma: Kale & Bacon Salad with Honey-Horseradish Vinaigrette

Totally scrumptious and packed with nutrition, this salad was my response to friends who asked how they could incorporate kale into their diets without sacrificing taste. It is also wonderful made with collard or mustard greens, prepared in the same fashion as the kale, or with a mix of spinach & arugula or watercress. Elizabeth Warren, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Oregon: Tomato-Cucumber Mozzarella SaladTaste of Home

Oregon: Tomato-Cucumber Mozzarella Salad

I used fresh mozzarella for the first time last year and loved it. I wanted to incorporate it into as many dishes as possible and came up with this tomato cucumber basil salad. It has quickly become a mainstay at my house. Jennifer Klann, Corbett, Oregon

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Pennsylvania: Dill Garden SaladTaste of Home

Pennsylvania: Dill Garden Salad

I love to cut up whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand and toss them with this delicious dressing and fresh dill. This salad shows up on our table regularly during the summer. Bethany Martin, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island: Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese DressingTaste of Home

Rhode Island: Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

A wedge salad gets the creamy treatment when topped with blue cheese dressing. Keep the dressing as a topper, or make it a dip for Buffalo wings. Jenn Smith, East Providence, Rhode Island

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South Carolina: Shaved Fennel SaladTaste of Home

South Carolina: Shaved Fennel Salad

This salad tastes even more impressive than it looks. It has an incredible crunch thanks to the cucumbers, radishes and apples. And the finish of fennel fronds adds just the faintest hint of licorice flavor. William Milton III, Clemson, South Carolina

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South Dakota: Bacon Spinach SaladTaste of Home

South Dakota: Bacon Spinach Salad

Even our kids-who normally don't care for spinach-can't resist this salad with its rich dressing and crumbled bacon. Of course, you can use other greens instead of spinach. Gretchen Kuipers, Platte, South Dakota

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Tennessee: Cilantro Blue Cheese SlawTaste of Home

Tennessee: Cilantro Blue Cheese Slaw

Serve this slaw as a side dish to any meal, or use it to top your favorite fish taco recipe instead of lettuce and the usual toppings. Christi Dalton, Hartsville, Tennessee

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Texas: Sweet & Sour Squash SaladTaste of Home

Texas: Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

This salad goes over really well with all ages, and it's a good way to get kids to eat summer squash. Opal Shipman Levelland, Texas

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Utah: Special Sesame Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Utah: Special Sesame Chicken Salad

With its delicious mix of crunchy peanuts, tangy dried cranberries and mandarin oranges, this colorful Asian chicken salad is a definite crowd-pleaser. Water chestnuts and a teriyaki dressing give this main dish its Asian flare. Carolee Ewell, Santaquin, Utah

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Vermont: Quick Antipasto SaladTaste of Home

Vermont: Quick Antipasto Salad

I always told my sister, Karen, I'd marry a cowboyand I did! Patrick and I had a festive farm-style wedding. My mother prepared all the side dishes, including this tongue-tingling salad. Kendra Waterbury, East Thetford, Vermont

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Virginia: Dilly Potato & Egg SaladTaste of Home

Virginia: Dilly Potato & Egg Salad

Everyone has a favorite potato salad, and this is mine. As a young bride, I was eager to learn how to cook and make things that my husband would love. I combined my mom's and his mom's recipes, and this is the delicious result. Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia

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Washington: Sesame Beef & Asparagus SaladTaste of Home

Washington: Sesame Beef & Asparagus Salad

Cooking is one of my favorite hobbiesespecially when it comes to experimenting with fresh ingredients like these. This meaty salad is wonderful at the start of asparagus season. Tamara Steeb, Issaquah, Washington

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West Virginia: Fresh Ginger Carrot SaladTaste of Home

West Virginia: Fresh Ginger Carrot Salad

I created this salad as an alternative to the mayonnaise, raisin and carrot salad my mom used to make. I had some leftover ginger and really liked the fresh taste. I have a sweet tooth, and this salad satisfies it! Lauri Cherian, Scott Depot, West Virginia

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Wisconsin: Mom's Super Stupendous Potato SaladTaste of Home

Wisconsin: Mom's Super Stupendous Potato Salad

In college, my best friend and I debated whose mom made the best potato salad. Turns out they were almost identical! Even though I've since tweaked our recipe, it still takes me home again. Ellie Martin Cliffe, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Wyoming: Tangy Cilantro Lime Confetti SaladTaste of Home

Wyoming: Tangy Cilantro Lime Confetti Salad

I love standout salads that burst with flavorthe kind that make you feel as if you're splurging without having to eat that piece of chocolate cake. This is one of my very favorites, and everyone I serve it to loves it as well. Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.

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