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Picnics are great in theory, but they always seem like so much work. Between attempting to artfully arrange charcuterie and googling “mason-jar cocktails,” our patience tends to crack under the Pinterest-induced pressure. Luckily, we’ve partnered with Sargento to create nine easy-to-make, easy-to-transport recipes that beg to be eaten alfresco.

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Grilled Chicken Wraps

Transform your standard grilled chicken with a bundle of fresh veggies and Sargento Ultra Thin Swiss Cheese Slices. Adorable packaging highly encouraged.

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Erin McDowell

A Lettuce-Less Salad

Fact: Lettuce is boring. Switch things up with a chilled cucumber salad instead.

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Italian Tuna, Spinach and White Bean Sandwiches

Who knew that topping a basic tuna sandwich with creamy Sargento Ultra Thin Provolone Cheese Slices, sweet roasted red peppers and cannellini beans could be so life-changing?

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Erin McDowell

The New Pasta Salad

Spicy couscous with yogurt is as delicious cold as it is hot, making it the perfect bring-anywhere dish.

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Smoked Turkey, Pepper Jack and Avocado Wraps

Turkey wraps with zesty salsa, slices of creamy avocado and Sargento Ultra Thin Pepper Jack Cheese Slices will make everyone happy. Trust us.

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Chopped Greek Salad Pitas

Toss a few sweet plum tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and kalamata olives in a vinaigrette and top with Sargento Ultra Thin Provolone Cheese Slices for for sandwiches that rival the eats at your favorite takeout joint.

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Erin McDowell

Grown-Up Juice Boxes

These cute little portable sippers (in raspberry-lime and lemonade-iced tea flavors) can be made in advance and are secretly even better with alcohol. A win-win.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Gooey Lemon Bars

Picnics and tangy lemon bars: friends since forever.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

No-Bake Peanut-Butter Pretzel Bars

Because you should never have to choose between salty and sweet. (And also, you should never have to turn on your oven.)

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