It’s spring, and what is the perfect thing to do in the spring and summer? Go on a picnic, of course! So we all need Picnic Food Ideas. If you love to get outside for breaks and fresh air, which makes a picnic at the park is a perfect afternoon lunch break. The thing is, every year, I find myself scrounging for things to throw in a cute cooler for the kids and me to eat.
This year I am more prepared, especially now that I’ve started our weekly meal planning. If you aren’t a planner, I can totally relate. That’s okay, though. I’ve got all of us covered this season with some fabulous picnic food ideas. Yay!
Easy Picnic Recipes
First check out these 7 tips on having the perfect picnic:
- What food can you bring to a picnic
- Plan your picnic menu
- Make picnic food ahead of time
- Pack the perfect picnic basket with utensils, napkins, and plates for easy access on-the-go
- Create a picnic checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything when packing up
- Keep it simple – no need to bring fancy dishes or expensive ingredients; make sure your picnic is fun and relaxing!
What food can you bring to a picnic
When planning a picnic, the most important thing to consider is the food you’ll be bringing. There are endless possibilities when it comes to picnic food, but here are a few of our favorites:
Sandwiches or wraps: A picnic classic! You can get creative with your sandwich or wrap filling or keep it simple with your favorite meats and cheeses.
Salads: A healthy and refreshing option for a picnic. Try packing a variety of different salads, from pasta salads to fruit salads.
Baked goods: Who doesn’t love a good picnic dessert? Bring along some of your favorite baked goods, like cookies, brownies, or cake slices.
Drinks: Pack a variety of drinks to please everyone at your picnic.
Fruit skewers: Easy to eat and fun to look at! We recommend skewering fruit on small wooden sticks or paint stirrers.
Trail mix, nuts, & granola bars: A picnic must-have! Add different nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chocolate chips, etc. for a homemade and healthy picnic treat.
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Picnic Food Ideas Not Sandwiches
Pack up these delicious picnic food ideas and head out for a fun outdoor meal in the park or your backyard this spring or summer. These tasty picnic recipes will keep your whole family happy.
If you are looking for a quick and easy snack? These healthy, protein-packed snack balls make the perfect idea for kids and adults to share.
These Chicken wraps are so deliocious and so easy to make. It only takes 5 minutes and a couple of simple ingredients and you’ll have a yummy on the go meal.
Everyone will love these red, white, and blue Kid Friendly Summer Drinks. Bring these to a summer picnic or take this tasty mocktail to your next family reunion.
Low mess and a convenient travel, create a salad in a jar. They can be easily customized for every member of the family, and are simple enough kids can help make them!
These adorable butterfly snack bags work with any type of mini-snack from crackers to grapes – and are easy to throw in your picnic basket!
For a large crowd, whip together this corn and cucumber picnic salad, complete with a homemade dressing.
Picnic Recipes That Everyone Will Love
As a convenient alternative to traditional sandwiches, create these Hawaiian roll ham sliders. With hot ham and gooey, melted cheese – these sliders are loved by all age ranges! The Comfort of Cooking
Enjoy these frozen watermelon push pops, created with only two ingredients! They’re cooling, healthy, and are a tad less-messy than popsicles!
These summer rolls spring rolls are packed full of nutritious vegetables and are great for a light picnic luncheon. It’s homemade peanut dipping sauce provide yet another incredible layer of flavor! Sally’s Baking Addiction
Make your own fruit pizza with fresh, bright fruit, brimming with a combination of sweet and juicy.
No picnic is complete without classic lemonade. You only need four ingredients, and it’s something younger kids can help throw together!
For a yummy coleslaw, make this homemade copycat KFC coleslaw.
This seven-layer dip has gained over one million pins on Pinterest! With mini portions, there’s no double-dipping involved, perfect for a picnic outing. The Girl Who Ate Everything
Combine pizza with pasta in this pizza pasta salad! Pack it in a mason jar for a portable, perfectly-proportioned treat!
Cucumbers are rehydrating and filled with vitamin B. It’s no wonder this strawberry cucumber limeade is a non-alcoholic summer drink for a light picnic.
Fresh fruit is a must during summer. This fruit salad is bursting with color and a rich mixture of flavors. It’s topped with a sweet honey lime, offering a complex palette.
Yum! Right?! This is seriously delicious picnic food. Did you find a few recipes to add to your picnic basket? I know I did. I can’t wait to take the family for a picnic on the beach soon.
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