Summer Picnic

Picnic Foods Under 350 Calories

Make the most of the last days of summer with these great picnic recipes under 350 calories!

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sriracha BBQ Sauce

Calories: 240 calories for one sandwich, serves 12

This pulled pork sandwich with a spicy twist from My Recipes is a sure hit. We’ve tweaked the recipe a bit to suit our tastes.

Blend 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground coriander, 1 tablespoon of onion powder, 1 tablespoon chili powder and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Rub the mixture on one 3 1/2-pound boneless pork shoulder trimmed and cut into pieces.

Combine ½ cup ketchup, 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar, 2/3 cup water, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons Sriracha, 3 minced garlic cloves, and 1 tablespoon peeled minced ginger in a slow cooker. Sir well and add the pork. Make sure that the pork is coated with ketchup mixture. Cook on low for 8 hours or until tender. If you’re using a Dutch oven, follow the instructions but cook the pork on medium-low for 3 hours and 15 minutes or until pork is tender. Skim fat from the surface and remove the pork from the cooker. Stir in an additional 1 tablespoon Sriracha. Shred the pork and add back to the cooking liquid. Stir to coat the pork shreds evenly.

To serve, place about 3 ounces of meat mixture on whole-wheat hamburger buns for each serving.

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

Calories: 147 calories per serving, serves 8

This chicken pesto recipe from Skinny Taste is a favorite of ours and its sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Pulse 1 cup of fresh basil with 1 clove of garlic, ¼ cup grated parmigiano reggiano, salt and pepper to taste in the food processor until smooth. Slowly add 3 tablespoons of olive oil while pulsing. Marinate 1 ¼ pounds skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes with the pesto for a few hours. Skewer chicken with cherry tomatoes (4 cubes of chicken and 4 cherry tomatoes for each skewer).

Heat your grill pan over medium heat and spray the grates with oil. Cook the chicken on the hot grill for 3 to 4 minutes, turn the chicken and continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through for about 3 to 4 minutes.

Skinny Classic Potato Salad

Calories: 220 calories per serving, serves 8

No picnic is complete without potato salad. This potato salad from Betty Crocker (of all places) has 53% fewer calories, 74% less fat, 75% less sat fat than the original recipe. Our version has a few additions.

Boil 6 unpeeled medium red potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes until fork tender. Drain, cut potatoes into cubes and set aside. In a large bowl, place potatoes, 2 chopped hard boiled eggs, 2 stalks of celery thinly sliced, ½ cup minced cornichons, and 1 medium sized onion chopped.

In another bowl, mix ¾ cup reduced-fat mayo, ½ cup fat-free sour cream, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard or Dijon, 1 teaspoon cider vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ tablespoon sugar, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Add the dressing to the potato mixture and toss until potatoes are evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Boozy Fruit Salad

Calories: 75 calories per serving, serves 8

Combine 2 sliced nectarines, 1 sliced kiwi, 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup seedless grapes (halved or whole), ¾ cup grapefruit (cubed), 2 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoon Grand Marnier in bowl, and a few torn leaves of mint. Mix gently so the sugar dissolves in the fruit and Grand Marnier. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve cold.

Raspberry and Rosé Sparkler

Calories: 93 calories per serving

This spectacular rosé drink from Country Living hits the spot and is perfect for any picnic! Mash 2 cups of raspberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Transfer in a pitcher and top with 1 bottle (750 ml) of chilled sparkling rosé. Serve with ice, sliced lemon and raspberries. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the sparkling rosé for non-alcoholic sparkling rosé.


"Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sriracha BBQ Sauce" - My Recipes, December, 2014
"Skinny Classic Potato Salad" - Betty Crocker
"Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs" - Skinny Taste
"Raspberry and Lemon Rosé Sparkler" - Country Living, June 26, 2019