48 picnic food ideas
Take your picnic to the next level with salt beef bagels and chicken katsu scotch eggs, apricot cheesecake bars and summery pre-bottled cocktails, and plenty more besides
Looking for the best picnic food ideas? Try our ideas, from fun sandwich recipes to portable dips, pork pies, savoury picnic recipes, and a selection of summery salads. Our picnic ideas are quick to make and easily portable to your favourite outdoor spot. We also have a range of picnic desserts to try including brownies, cheesecake bars, muffins and more.
Want a meat-free picnic? Check out our best vegetarian picnic ideas or vegan picnic ideas, including plant-based sausage rolls, veggie sandwiches and more. For entertaining ideas, why not check out our guide on how to create a festival in your garden?
Picnic food ideas
Picnic sandwiches and wraps
Our sandwich recipes are easy to follow, we have cut muffuletta and focaccia into squares so they're portable.
Take a look at this golden and crisp sandwich idea from the US which uses Cuban mojo pork and is oozing with Swiss cheese. It takes a while to make, but it's a great picnic idea in the summer. Check out our best sandwich recipes here.
For your next picnic, make brilliant use of leftover roast chicken with this classic sandwich filling, great as a creamy filling for sarnies and jacket potatoes as it is for spooning into crisp lettuce leaves or over salads.
This New Orleans muffuletta looks and tastes great, the zingy olive salad layer really makes this sandwich. Just cut into squares before packing up you're picnic and you'll be good to go.
A batch of these miniature pies, infused with Jamaican-style spices, would make a tasty addition at your next picnic spread.
Our door-wedge sandwich idea is simple and quick to make. Simply stuff ciabatta bread with an olive salad, salami, roasted red peppers, mozzarella and you've got the perfect picnic loaf.
Looking for a vegetarian picnic wrap? Try our toasted crunch wraps with black beans, crunchy tortilla chips and avocado. Wrap in foil and take on your next picnic.
Our easy picnic bagel recipe is packed with a delicious combination of salt beef, melting Swiss cheese, gherkins and a generous dollop of sweet American mustard.
Stuff a classic Italian bread with mozzarella cheese and antipasti for an instant crowd-pleaser at your next picnic with friends. Learn to make this delicious bread recipe with our easy step-by-step guide. Many more bread recipes here.
A colourful, vegan burrito recipe, rammed with tomatoes, black beans, sweetcorn, lime, coriander, avocado and red chilli. This is a super quick picnic idea and can be ready to eat in just 30 minutes.
Whip up a batch and pop into jars for a tasty sauce that you can use for dipping in your favourite crisps and breadsticks.
This vibrant, tangy dip is ideal served with slices of grilled halloumi. A great one to pack in that basket for your alfresco spread.
Bring a tub of fresh homemade pea hummus to your next picnic, it’s perfect for scooping up with slices of crispy pitta.
These green goddess and red devil dips will complement your picnic snacks and drinks perfectly.
Make the most of beetroot in this earthy hummus recipe, ready in 10 minutes for a last-minute picnic idea.
Not only are these snacks packed with flavour, but they're also a great alternative to the usual picnic food. These simple picnic dip jars are sure to become a family favourite in no time.
One of the best-known ferments is this gloriously spicy kimchi from Korea, serve it as part of your next picnic spread.
A pie is a must at a picnic, try one of our ideas from cute pork pies to a picnic pie jam-packed with flavour.
Take your quiche lorriane to the next level with our ultimate recipe packed with crispy pancetta and wilted green veggies. It serves six, so it's perfect for a picnic served cold. More quiche recipes here.
Looking for a traditional picnic recipe with a twist? These mini pork and chorizo picnic pies have a hidden quail's egg in the middle and make a great snack.
If you like pies, you’ll love these individual portable ones, filled with chicken and broad beans in a cream sauce and held together in flaky filo. Perfect for a picnic!
You'll need to put in some extra effort for this picnic pie recipe, but the payoff will be great. This meaty pie also makes a hearty meal. Check out our best pie recipes here.
Go the extra mile with your picnic and add some savoury snacks to enjoy alongside your sandwiches. From summery Vietnamese rolls and bitesize muffins to frittata.
A new way to eat sushi! Fill your nori wraps with sushi-grade salmon, red pepper, cucumber and sushi rice, then dip in soy sauce for best results.
These little wonders look striking, are gorgeously crunchy and easy to put together. Great for an early summer picnic.
Our Vietnamese picnic recipe is filled with prawns, avocado, chilli and ginger, shredded carrot and noodles. If you're a fan of spice, serve with chilli sauce for a dip.
Jazz up your next picnic with our impressive chicken scotch egg with katsu curry. This picnic recipe is perfect for feeding a hungry crowd. Our method gives you a perfectly cooked yolk, juicy sausage meat filling and a crunchy breadcrumb coating. We also have a classic scotch eggs recipe here.
Check out our frittata idea for a last minute picnic treat. Make a large batch and you can also enjoy throughout the week for a snack or with a salad. Check out our best frittata recipes here.
This fennel-spiced sausage plait is a grown-up take on everyone's favourite picnic snack. Made with an added kick of chilli and mustard with a crunch of sesame, this makes for a comforting midweek meal. Many more sausage roll recipes here.
Our recipe for honeyed fig and curd cheese tart is easy to make and ready in under an hour – simply slice up for a treat at your next picnic. Check out more of our fig recipes here.
Fancy a picnic muffin recipe with a cheeky twist? We've added marmite to this fun recipe to give a delicious savoury flavour to these cheese and onion muffins. Perfect for a quick on-the-go snack. More muffin recipes here.
What's more fitting at a picnic than a Cornish pasty? Take a look at our pasty recipe which sticks close to the tradition and only contains onion, swede, potato and skirt steak.
These simple pickled onion and rarebit flatbreads are quick and easy to make. Cook at home then take along to a picnic for a posh savoury snack.
A well-made tortilla is the best addition to a tapas-style picnic. This Spanish classic only needs four ingredients for a crowd-pleasing treat.
This herby flapjack recipe makes a filling and wholesome snack that would go well as an easy, healthy snack or for a weekend picnic with friends.
Spiralized veg takes the place of noodles in these super-healthy, Vietnamese-style vegan rolls. They're great to pack for a posh picnic idea.
Make a large salad to share out at your next picnic. We have some refreshing, summery ideas, and even a handy way of carrying your salad to your favourite picnic spot. Going on a picnic last minute? Here are our favourite 15 minute salad recipes to try.
Deliciously healthy and packed with fresh ingredients, this salad recipe can be made in advance and is ideal for picnics. Need ideas for dressings? Rapeseed oil is a good choice – it's low in saturated fat and rich in omega-3.
Watermelon stands in for green papaya in this update of a Thai classic. It’s best to buy a whole watermelon for this picnic idea as the flesh closest to the skin tends to be firmer.
Make our kale salad recipe with buttermilk dressing for a clever update on a classic and with a good amount of crunch and tangy dressing, it makes for a really useful picnic side dish.
Sweet picnic treats
You can't have a picnic without some sweet treats. Retro brownies, coffee cupcakes, delicious loaf cakes – we have it all. We've even made it possible to carry cheesecake to your picnic, with our portable apricot cheesecake bars.
This simple picnic dessert recipe is seriously moreish; the lemon and blueberry bars are gooey on the inside and crunchy on the out, making them the ideal summertime picnic treat.
Check out these bright summery cheesecake bars for a delicious picnic snack. We've used fresh seasonal apricots and crunchy amaretti biscuits. What's more, they're perfectly portable so you can satisfy your cheesecake craving on the move!
Take your millionaire shortbread up a notch with decadent butterscotch and salty pretzels. The butterscotch gives this classic childhood favourite a real grown up taste – an ideal treat for a picnic with friends.
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Coffee and walnut cake is a teatime favourite. With this picnic recipe, we've given it a modern makeover by giving it the cupcake treatment. Pipe the icing sky-high for maximum cake drama. More cupcake recipes here.
These salted peanut and honeycomb rocky road squares are a great twist on a classic and will please everyone. Plus, this picnic dessert recipe only takes 15 minutes of work – what's not to love?
Ever thought of adding custard creams to your blondie mixture? It's genius! Have a go at our picnic dessert idea this weekend.
These pink pickled turnips look stunning and make a great, easy-to-make addition to any picnic collection.
Drinks are often an afterthought at a picnic, usually resorting to shop-bought drinks. Make your picnic extra special with our refreshing summer drinks recipes, from iced tea cocktails to super healthy smoothies and portable cocktail bottles.
When temperatures rise, nothing beats an ice-cold glass of sweet-sour lemonade. Make your own using four simple ingredients (including a sprig or two of thyme).
Make a batch of these summery portable mocktails in just ten minutes and pop in your picnic hamper.
Pre-made cocktails are all the rage at the moment, and they're definitely a picnic must-have. Think of the contessa as a summery version of a negroni. The orangey Aperol and dry vermouth help lighten things up.
This refreshing summer cocktail of apple (and brandy)-infused iced tea is easy to make and perfect for a balmy summer evening. This picnic drink idea is a great cocktail to share with family and friends.
Our best berry and banana smoothie, made without yogurt. This picnic smoothie uses avocado for extra creaminess, plus apple juice and fresh lime juice to pack in more flavour. For more healthy smoothie recipes, click here.
Fancy something a little stronger? There's no better way to make use of a glut of blackberries than to make blackberry vodka. Be sure to experiment with different amounts of sugar for this picnic drink recipe, but we would suggest using a little sugar to sweeten the tart blackberries.