28 Summer Picnic Food Ideas

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There’s nothing better than outdoor eating in the summer so try one of these picnic food ideas! These are great for making ahead and serving to a crowd at your next summer picnic.

Picnics are one of my favourite things about summer. There is nothing better than enjoying the sunshine while tucking into some amazing food and there’s so many different options for picnic food!

Whether you keep it simple with sandwiches and salads or try something a bit different like savoury pastries or cold pasta dishes you’re guaranteed to find something in this post which will fit perfectly in your summer picnic.

Picnic food suggestions

Of course there’s picnic food classics like potato salad, sausage rolls and scotch eggs which are always a hit with kids and adults alike but below I’ve listed all kinds of other picnic recipes from healthy to quick and easy.


Scroll down to find something for everyone this summer season 😎

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Basic picnic foods

Easy Roasted Tomato Pasta Salad
This easy roasted tomato pasta salad is full of sweetness from the tomatoes and saltiness from the feta. It makes the perfect grab and go lunch or light dinner! 
1 hour 10 minutes
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Yellow bowl of roasted tomato pasta salad on a marble background
Easy Homemade Baked Parmesan Crisps
Quick and easy homemade Baked Parmesan Crisps make a simple snack or appetizer for wine pairing. Shredded Parmesan cheese with curry powder, baked into crunchy, golden brown crisps…all in about 10 minutes.
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Curried parmesan crisps
Summer Salad with Pearl Barley & Feta
This summer salad is bursting with fresh ingredients including cherry tomatoes and cucumber all topped off with a zingy lemon and mint dressing. 
55 minutes
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Summer salad with pearl barley in a bowl with a spoon
Easy Raspberry Mango Iced Tea
Raspberry mango iced tea is the perfect cold drink for summer! This iced tea recipe uses fresh raspberries and mango, giving the iced tea a burst of refreshing fruit flavor.
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Raspberry mango iced tea in a glass with a straw
Lighter Herby Baked Falafel
Baked falafel is a perfect vegetarian meal and it's light and healthy as well! Serve with flatbread and some cucumber and tomato for added crunch.
25 minutes
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Chickpea Recipes: Baked falafel in a flatbread with cucumber, tomato and feta
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever! No funny ingredients, no chilling time, etc. Just a simple, straightforward, amazingly delicious, doughy yet still fully cooked, chocolate chip cookie that turns out perfectly every single time!
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Picnic food for kids

Veggie Wrap with Curry Roasted Cauliflower
This veggie wrap is an easy, healthy lunch or dinner made with curry roasted cauliflower, spinach, quinoa and a herby yoghurt sauce. It's also a great meal prep option!
40 minutes
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Veggie wraps in a wooden tray on a marble background
Pizza Hummus
Do you love pizza–and hummus? Then you are sure to love this Super Creamy Pizza Hummus. It's not just the melding of two uber popular comfort foods, but it's sesame-free and dairy-free too, making it great for almost anyone on a special diet too!
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White bowl of pizza hummus with bread
Caprese Pasta Salad with Basil Dressing
This caprese pasta salad has all the classic flavours of an Italian caprese salad but with the addition of pasta and pine nuts. It's the perfect summer dish
20 minutes
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Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwich Rolls
Cucumber pinwheels, or cucumber and cream cheese sandwich rolls, are always a huge hit, no matter where or when you serve them. Great for picnics, bbqs, school or work packed lunches, afternoon tea or even a light dinner!
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Cucumber sandwich rolls on a white plate
Lime & Mint Roast Chicken Sandwich with Garlic Butter
This lime & mint roast chicken sandwich recipe is a delicious weekend treat! Serve drizzled with garlic butter and topped with peppery rocket leaves.
1 hour
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This lime & mint roast chicken sandwich recipe is a delicious weekend treat! Serve drizzled with garlic butter and topped with peppery rocket leaves.
The Best Classic Potato Salad
Summer Potlucks and BBQs don’t seem complete without a big bowl of this Classic Potato Salad.
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Classic potato salad on a white platter

Picnic food ideas for large groups

Harissa Halloumi Salad with Couscous
This harissa halloumi salad is so quick to make and is bursting with healthy ingredients! The salty halloumi is the perfect addition to this vegetarian dish. 
30 minutes
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This harissa halloumi salad is so quick to make and is bursting with healthy ingredients! The salty halloumi is the perfect addition to this vegetarian dish. #vegetarian #salad #healthy #halloumi
Lemon Artichoke Vegan Pasta Salad
Tangy and herby, this quick and easy dish is perfect for BBQs, potlucks, picnics, lunchboxes, and simple summer meatless dinners. It’s got texture and flavor and could easily feed a crowd.
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Glass bowl of vegan pasta salad on a blue background
Chipotle Chicken Salad with Quinoa & Lime Crème Fraîche
This chipotle chicken salad is a simple summer dinner with roasted tomatoes, quinoa, chorizo and baby spinach. It's the perfect way to celebrate summer produce.
50 minutes
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Chipotle chicken salad with quinoa in a blue bowl on a white wooden background
Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad
Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad is a delicious and easy potato salad recipe. Bright and flavourful, the Mexican Street Corn element adds some fiesta to a classic potato salad.
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Mexican street corn potato salad in a white dish
Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon Dressing
Throw together this simple Greek orzo salad for a quick summer dinner. With all the ingredients of a classic Greek salad but tossed with orzo pasta and herby dressing this is my favourite thing to serve as a side at a summer party.
20 minutes
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Pea Salad with Bacon
This pea salad with bacon recipe has the most delicious chipotle dressing that’s a fun twist on this southern American classic!
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Noodle Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing
This healthy egg noodle salad is great served cold for a quick vegetarian dinner or summer side dish with a peanut sesame dressing. Add chicken or tofu for an even heartier dinner!
15 minutes
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Cold picnic food

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad with Sesame Dressing
Salads are only worth eating if they're going to fill you up and make you feel amazing. This sweet potato and quinoa salad does exactly that. Drizzle with a good helping of creamy sesame dressing and you've got a perfect lunch or dinner.
40 minutes
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Baked Scotch Egg
These baked scotch eggs are perfect picnic fodder, robust enough to rattle around in a picnic basket and tasty enough to raise smiles all round!
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Scotch eggs on a wooden board
Simple Pasta Salad with Balsamic
What's a summer celebration without pasta salad? This recipe is so simple, it takes just 6 ingredients but is bursting with flavour from roasted tomatoes, balsamic and rocket. It is the epitome of a summer dish!
40 minutes
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Beet Hummus
This beet hummus is as beautiful as it is tasty! Eat hummus with crackers, pretzels, vegetables, or slather it on a slice of bread for lunch. However you choose to eat it, you’ll have no regrets.
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Summer Orzo Salad with Roasted Vegetables
This summer orzo salad with roasted vegetables is the perfect thing to take along to your next barbecue. A great mix of tangy capers and sweet roasted veg.
45 minutes
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Overhead shot of summer orzo salad on a white wooden background with cloth, spoon and olive oil jug
Smoked Salmon Spring Rolls
Smoked salmon spring rolls are a quick and easy light recipe you can have ready in minutes! Great for those on low carb diets or for when you just don’t feel like bread or a tortilla.
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Smoked salmon spring rolls on a white plate
Baked Aubergine with Tahini and Goat's Cheese
This baked aubergine recipe is so easy to make and yet is impressive enough for a dinner party. Just a few ingredients like tahini, goat's cheese and olive oil make this an incredible meal. 
55 minutes
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Overhead shot of baked aubergine with tahini and goat's cheese with lettuce leaves on a blue background
Smoked Mackerel Pasta Salad with Asparagus
Smoked mackerel pasta salad is a delicious fish dish with roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes and rocket. It's the perfect summer dinner!
20 minutes
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White bowl of mackerel pasta salad on a marble background with a gold fork
Spicy Tofu Sandwich with Pink Pickled Onions
This crispy fried tofu sandwich is full of spicy flavour. Stuffed with rocket, coriander and some pink pickled onions, these sandwiches make an incredible lunch or dinner.
25 minutes
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Side on photo of tofu sandwich with pickled onions and rocket


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  • Reply
    Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    27/05/2019 at 12:32 AM

    Thanks for including my pea salad recipe! Great roundup! 🙂

  • Reply
    Christina Conte
    28/05/2019 at 2:48 AM

    Great collection of recipes for a foolproof picnic! Thanks for including my roll up sandwiches!

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