Planning your next picnic just got easier with this collection of 22 Easy Picnic Recipes! Everything from sandwiches to pasta salads, snacks, desserts and drinks!
It’s picnic season! This summer why not pack up a delicious lunch (or dinner) and head to the great outdoors for a picnic…you’ll be so glad you did! There’s just something so great about enjoying good food outside…everything always tastes better. With a little bit of planning, your picnic can be easier than ever.
Keep your picnic simple!
I’m sharing 22+ Easy Picnic Recipes and ideas, with links to some of my most favourite recipes (just click on the links for the recipes). There are many homemade ideas here, but not everything needs to be made from scratch. Do what makes you happy and keep things as low stress as possible. Don’t feel like baking? Buy treats from the bakery. Don’t feel like making sandwiches or pasta salads? Buy some from your local deli. Your picnic can be as simple as you make it!
Picnic Sandwich Ideas
Sandwiches are the easiest picnic food! There are so many delicious options, they’re easy to pack and they’re usually a crowd favourite! Pack them up in air tight containers and keep them in a cooler with ice packs. Here are some simple sandwich ideas:
- Classic Egg Salad
- Tuna Salad
- Ham and Cheese
- Turkey, Cranberry and Cheese
- Easy Italian Sandwich
- Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Meatloaf Sandwiches (trust me, they’re delicious!)
- Chicken Salad
Packable Pasta Salads
Pasta salads are perfect for picnics! Make them ahead of time and pack them in your cooler for a simple and delicious lunch.
- Bruschetta Pasta Salad
- Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad
- Creamy Ranch Pasta Salad
- Greek Pasta Salad with Chicken
- Easy Italian Pasta Salad
These simple salads are a great picnic side dish. They transport well and pair perfectly with sandwiches.
Refreshing Summer Drinks
Don’t forget the drinks! Take cans of pop or juice, or take along reusable cups and make a big batch of lemonade and transport it in a large jug. Here are some thirst quenching ideas:
A picnic doesn’t feel like a picnic without snacks!
- Homemade Salsa and Chips
- Cowboy Caviar and Taco Chips
- Chips and Dip
- Fresh seasonal fruit: cherries, peaches, apples, plums, grapes, watermelon
- Fresh cut veggies: cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower
- Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bites
- Homemade Granola
Picnic Desserts and Treats
Don’t forget the desserts! These recipes are all easily transportable…and they’re guaranteed to get devoured.
- Blueberry Hand Pies
- Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
- No Bake S’more Squares
- Puffed Wheat Squares
- No Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Squares
I hope you found some delicious food inspiration for your picnic! Don’t forget the napkins, and have fun.