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We don't need to tell you that you should be spending as much time as possible outside from now until fall. But we would like to suggest one activity: Go on a picnic. Seriously.

To make it a total cinch, we've rounded up these nine easy-to-make, easy-to-transport recipes. Then all that's left to do is gather some friends, head to your favorite green space and savor both the food and the outdoors.

Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado is an easy update to this classic--just serve with sturdy crackers.

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Portable Sippers

It's a juice box for grown-ups.

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The Ultimate Party Sub

A giant sandwich is a foolproof way to feed a crowd.

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3-Step Pickles

And with that sandwich, serve these simple make-ahead pickles.

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Blue Door Farm Stand

Sweet Potato Salad

A picnic-perfect recipe from Chicago's own Blue Door Farm Stand.

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Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars

A thousand times better than a candy bar.

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Summer Millet Salad

For the vegetarians in the crowd.

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Brownie Cupcakes

These treats practically frost themselves.

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