We promise that with these easy picnic recipes, you’ll have the best spread of the season.
Sandwiches | Pastas | Salads | Extras | Desserts
Dig out your favourite picnic blanket, reusable cutlery and most whimsical outfit because after you’ve read this, you’ll be able to host the best picnic you’ve ever had. Below are our favourite picnic food ideas but you can chop and change ingredients as you like.
It’s not a picnic if you don’t pack an array of classic sandwiches. Quick to make and easy to pack, sandwiches, wraps and rolls are always a crowd-pleaser. Here are some of our favourite ideas for picnic sandwiches, to make them more impressive.
Take two slices of your favourite white sandwich bread and spread a thin layer of butter, followed by a smidge of Dijon mustard. Layer up your wafer-thin ham and grated cheddar cheese for a classic with a kick. Cut on the diagonal and stack in reusable lunchboxes.
Grill your bacon so it’s crispy and allow to cool. Spread some mayonnaise on one side of wholemeal bread and add a layer of thinly sliced tomatoes. Cover that with some fresh lettuce leaves, your grilled bacon, and a final slice of bread.
Ideal for roast leftovers or a just change from the classic roast chicken. Blend 1tsp of olive oil, a clove of garlic, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 10g coriander and 10g parsley with a pinch of salt to make the perfect herby sandwich dressing.
This American classic might sound sickly sweet, but we promise that the salty contrast to the sweetness of jam makes it a crowd-pleaser. It doesn’t matter if you have crunchy or smooth peanut butter, just layer it up with some strawberry jam for a sticky treat.
Buy some spicy hummus or make your own by blending a drizzle of chilli oil, garlic (as much as you enjoy) and a can of chickpeas in a food processor - adding a touch of water until you get the desired consistency. Generously spread this over one half of a wrap and top with shredded carrot, thinly sliced cucumber, and chopped bell peppers.
Easy to make and transport, these rolls require minimal effort and offer a protein hit to keep tummy’s full. You could keep it simple using tinned tuna and a squeeze of mayonnaise, or add in red onion, garlic, celery, and lemon juice to give plenty of flavour.
We’re of the opinion that you can never have too many types of carb at a picnic. These pasta dishes are easy to make and add a little sophistication to your spread.
For a lighter option, salads are a great picnic food. Combine fresh ingredients to create colourful bowls of nutritious joy.
Adjust the number of ingredients based on how many skewers you’d like to make. You can also add or remove items based on your tastes.
No preparation is required here other than buying a selection of your favourite cheese and crackers. Add a shop-bought chutney and a punnet of grapes, and you’ll have an Instagram worthy buffet.
All you need to do for this simple picnic treat is boil your corn until cooked and chop into small, easy to handle portions if desired. Cool and store in a reusable airtight container. Take 4tbsp of unsalted butter and mix in one minced garlic clove and a tablespoon of chopped parsley. Store the butter in a separate container.
Serve this with tortilla chips for a fresh take on salsa. Mix one diced punnet of strawberries, ½ a small red onion, a jalapeno if you like heat and the juice of a lime. It’s as easy as that!
Fresh fruit and shop-bought sweet treats make great picnic puddings but here are a few options if you’d like to make your own.
Brownies are easy to transport, can be made in advance, and with a fruity twist, these are perfect for a summer picnic.
Now that you’ve got the menu sorted, you need to think about where you’re going to go to enjoy your picnic. Local parks and green spaces are great for staying near home, and our 16 forest campsites are ideal for spending a little time away in the outdoors.
Take a look at our campsites and start planning your camping trip away:
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