25 Delicious Picnic Food Ideas (easy recipes)

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picnic food ideas

With summer coming up, we are ready to pack our picnic basket and go explore the great outdoors!

We have the gear, the blanket, and the perfect outfit… but what exactly should we be putting into our charming picnic basket

Generally, foods that are easy to keep cool, and don’t have to be eaten warm will make great picnic fare. 

Many foods actually help to reduce your body heat like fruits and vegetables high in water content and vitamin C, and also spicy foods. 

Adding some of these foods to the menu and staying hydrated can let you enjoy the sunshine without becoming overheated.

Here are some yummy recipes we found to pack the perfect picnic!

picnic egg salad sandwich

1. Egg Salad Sandwiches

This recipe is like bringing deviled eggs to the party, but makes them easier to eat in a spreadable form! We love the dijon mustard and caper juice addition to this classic recipe!

pigs in a blanket finger food

2. Pull Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are fun picnic fare! We love the simplicity of this pull-apart bread.

lemon crinkle cookies

3. Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Cookies are a great picnic treat since they are easy to pack and don’t require refrigeration. These lemon crinkle cookies make a sweet and tangy dessert!

vegetarian tacos for picnic

4. Summer Vegetarian Tacos with Avocado Cream

The grilled veggies for these tacos can be made beforehand or at your picnic site! Topped with avocado cream these are sure to be a summer delight!

tomato tart

5. Heirloom Tomato Tart with Goat Cheese

This heirloom tomato tart with goat cheese and fresh pesto gives off the perfect summer vibe and is a great addition to your picnic menu!

cucumber salad

6. Cucumber Yogurt Raita Salad

An Indian favorite, this salad offers cucumbers, tomatoes, and yoghurt which are all great foods to help keep your body cool on a hot day!

picnic drinks sangria

7. Strawberry and Peach Rosé Sangria with Basil

For a fresh drink to beat the heat, this summer cocktail may take first place with its combination of perfect summer fruits!

zuchini cheese drop biscuits

8. Zucchini Cheddar Drop Biscuits

Drop biscuits are easy to make and travel friendly! We love the taste of these zucchini cheddar biscuits!

picnic food

9. Rainbow Veggie Sandwich

Add some color to your food fare with these fun rainbow veggie sandwiches. With some tang from vinegar and their herb goat cheese spread, your taste buds will pop with delight!

matcha green tea picnic

10. Mint and Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is sure to keep you feeling cooler than a cucumber! Thinner drinks usually travel nicer, so if you are carrying this drink to a picnic (and not serving it immediately) you can use cold water instead of ice and strain the drink to make it more tea-like.

granola bars no bake dessert

11. Easy No-bake Granola Bars

We turn to more no-bake recipes when the days get warm and we found these no-bake granola bars! These are healthy and something sweet to add to the table

green bean picnic salad

12. Green Bean Salad with Basil, Balsamic, and Parmesan

Balsamic vinegar can add just the right tang to tease the pallet! This simple green bean salad can be a fresh touch on a hot day!

roasted butternut squash cream soup

13. Roasted Butternut Blossom Soup

You may choose to keep this summery soup warm in a thermos or serve it chilled! Especially if you have a fresh garden, this would be a fun recipe to try!

almond picnic bars

14. Almond Rhubarb Picnic Bars

What’s more fun than rhubarb picnic bars? We don’t know and that is why we included them in our recipes! Not only do these bars add a unique flare to the dessert section, but it is a dessert that doesn't necessarily require room in your cooler!

pear clafoutis picnic food idea

15. Brown Sugar Clafoutis with Pears

Clafoutis is custard-like in texture and is generally served chilled or room-temperature. This can be a fun, simple dessert to carry in your cooler!

flavored lemonade for picnic

16. Blueberry Violet Lemonade

This recipe is a fresh twist on classic lemonade! A little floral touch makes this a unique (and beautiful!) drink!

salmon burger for picnic

17. Salmon Burgers

These burgers can be a fresh summer treat! You may wish to keep the sauce in a container and assemble at your picnic spot so your bread won’t become soggy on the way!

honey garlic chicken

18. Sticky Honey Garlic and Chile Glazed Chicken Drumettes

For a protein that is yummy hot or chilled, these sweet and spicy chicken drumettes will leave your taste buds tingling! You can add them to a rice or veggie bowl… just don't forget the wet wipes!

gluten free wraps picnic

19. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

These tangy chicken lettuce wraps are a fresh dish for warm weather!

nettle pasta idea

20. Nettle Pasta

A healthy pasta dish with nuts and seeds as protein can give you energy on a hot day! This dish is simple to make but has an exotic flare. If you are not into handling stinging nettles, you can also substitute spinach or kale.

french toast

21. Baked Banana French Toast

This simple dish adds a touch of sweet and is aesthetically pleasing! You can use muffin cups or ramekins for baking. These look like you spent a lot of time making them, but we’ll keep your secret!

vegetarian picnic food

22. Carrot Salad with Harissa, Feta, and Mint

This salad interests the taste buds with its combination of carrots, feta, mint, and some spices to sharpen the flavors. It is definitely a unique recipe that is worth a try!

corn pies

23. Miso Corn and Bacon Hand Pies

These personal-sized corn and bacon pies are easy to pack and a tasty treat!

white sangria

24. Apple Pear White Sangria

For white wine lovers, this light drink may be just the right touch to compliment your picnic spread!

quinoa bowl

25. Avocado Shrimp Quinoa Bowl

Gluten-free and high in protein quinoa can be a great way to eat something light but full of energy on an outdoor picnic! This yummy recipe has some ways to dress up quinoa for your picnic occasion!

Wrap Up

These are some of our favorite summer treats to add to your picnic basket. You can show off your culinary skills and add a fresh, cool touch to your picnic spread! Bon appetit! 

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