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, 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.
I am more prepared this year, especially since I’ve started our weekly meal planning. If you aren’t a planner, I can 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 8 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!
- Think of adding a few Picnic games for kids for some extra fun.
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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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 delicious 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 that kids can help make them!
These adorable butterfly snack bags work with any 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.
Easy Picnic Food Ideas
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