Top 9 Chinese Picnic Side Dishes

From salad rolls to a Chinese version of potato salad, these side dishes will help liven up your next spring picnic, barbecue, or other outdoor gatherings. Several of the recipes call for rice vinegar – this can be found at Chinese/Asian groceries or in the international or ethnic food section of many supermarkets.

  • 01 of 09

    Chinese Chicken Salad

    Chinese chicken salad
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    This Chinese chicken salad recipe is easy to make – the only thing that takes any time is baking and shredding the chicken breast, which you can do earlier in the day. Leftovers taste great served in a wrap for lunch the next day.

  • 02 of 09

    Spring Rolls

    A salad roll with dipping sauce
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    This spring roll recipe is both healthy and easy to make – rice paper wrappers are softened in water and filled with an assortment of vegetables and rice noodles. The rolls are served with a spicy hoisin and peanut dipping sauce. Feel free to jazz up the basic recipe by adding leftover cooked beef, chicken, or small shrimp.

  • 03 of 09

    Chinese Potato Salad

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    This Asian take on this Chinese potato salad features a colorful assortment of vegetables such as bok choy, red bell pepper and green onion, and has a flavorful rice vinegar dressing. A reader comments that the rice vinegar dressing also goes nicely with lightly sauteed mixed greens.

  • 04 of 09

    Chinese Coleslaw

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    Velvety red cabbage and emerald green bok choy of this Chinese coleslaw are topped with a tart rice vinegar dressing.

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  • 05 of 09

    Egg Rolls

    Egg rolls with dipping sauce

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    Crispy egg rolls filled with bean sprouts, mushrooms, celery and pork. The recipe includes a number of egg roll cooking tips.

  • 06 of 09

    Chicken Egg Rolls

    Plate of spring rolls, sauce and salad

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    These flavorful chicken egg rolls could make a meal in themselves. Marinated chicken breast is stir-fried and combined with sweet red bell pepper and other vegetables in an oyster-flavored sauce.

  • 07 of 09

    Szechuan Noodles

    Szechuan noodles
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    Egg noodles are tossed with a spicy dressing in this easy to make Szechuan noodles dish.

  • 08 of 09

    Tea Eggs

    Chinese tea eggs

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    These tea eggs are an unusual, popular snack that consists of hard boiled eggs simmered in tea and a combination of spices.

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  • 09 of 09

    Chinese Noodles in Peanut Sauce

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    Chinese noodles in peanut sauce feature hakka noodles that are topped with a flavorful dressing and served with a vegetable garnish.