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One of the sweetest summer perks is more opportunity to be spontaneous. Between sunset runs, days at the beach, or inviting friends over for a last minute cookout, everyone is looking for ways to make the most out of the weather—#99daysofsummer-style.

But some invites come with strings attached. You know the ones: Hey, we’re all heading to the park for a picnic. You should come! But, oh yeah, can you bring a dish to share with everyone? 

That’s where these 15-minute recipes come in handy. (Bless!) From entrees to sides and desserts, everything here can be prepped and packed into your picnic basket in about as much time as it takes to get lost in your Instagram feed. Save that Whole Foods hot line backup plan for another day.

Scroll down to make all of you picnic fantasies come true in 15 minutes or less.

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1. Sweet Potato Spring Rolls

Noodles get subbed out for a ginger, carrot, and sweet potato salad—and bonus, no utensils needed.

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2. Spicy Fish Tacos With Corn Salsa

The corn salsa and tzatziki sauce add something extra special to these classic fish tacos. Have people load up their tortillas in real time, to avoid any soggy drama.

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3. Bliss Salad With Tahini Chia Seed Dressing

The tart grapefruit, peppery radishes, and crisp arugula create a flavor combo that’s unexpected and refreshing. Citrus FTW!

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4. Fresh Mint Guacamole

Just when you thought guac couldn’t get any better, the geniuses behind Australian vegan restaurant Smith and Daughters go and add mint. And yes, that one ingredient majorly upgrades the taste.

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5. Watermelon, Grapefruit, and Blackberry Salad With Honey Mint Drizzle

Don’t skip the honey mint drizzle—it’s what absolutely makes this dish a winner.

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6. Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

Your gluten-free friends will dish out heaps of this un-grain dish, spiced up with red wine vinegar and lemon pepper.

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7. Firecracker Salad

Red napa cabbage gives this side dish a major dose of color. And it’s fiery in flavor, too, thanks to the jalapeno-cilantro dressing.

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8. Asparagus Sandwich With Pea Basil Creme

A sandwich is a picnic staple, but this one—made with asparagus and a pea-basil spread on sourdough bread—totally redefines what it means to get your greens.

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9. Chocolate-covered figs

All you need for this recipe is figs, dark chocolate, almonds, and sea salt—it doesn’t get much cleaner than that!

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10. Key Lime Pie Strawberries

Pro tip: Keep the filling in a little container separate from the scooped strawberries, and just have people fill ’em as they eat to make it super easy to transport.

If you’re taking your picnic to the beach, here’s how to make it epic. And before you go, fill up on this no-bloat breakfast.