The sun is shining, the blankets are out – all you need now are some easy picnic recipes to impress your friends (without a crazy amount of effort involved!). Good news for you – I’ve carefully selected some epic easy picnic recipes that you’ve probably never even thought of before. Like bacon halloumi bites, Mexican butter popcorn and rainbow pasta salad to name but a few! Curious? read on for more inspiration…
Organised in advance or a last minute decision – we do love a good Summer picnic don’t we? What we don’t like is getting stressed out because we don’t know what to make, don’t have time to make things or the weather is rubbish.
Well I can’t help you with the weather I’m afraid (although this post on how to stay cool in a heatwave can!) but I can help you with some easy picnic recipes and helpful tips to make it as stress free and fun as possible! These 20 easy strawberry recipes would make a great addition too.
10 Tips for the PERFECT picnic
Picnics are always fun regardless – but here are some handy tips to help you have the perfect picnic!
- Take a bag to put your rubbish in. It’s the responsible thing to do!
- Put your drinks in thermo flasks with ice. They don’t just keep hot drinks hot – they keep cold drinks cold too!
- Put your phone in an empty glass for a cheap & easy portable speaker.
- Slide cupcake cases onto the bottom of ice lollies for a drip/mess free treat. (Perfect for kids!)
- Avoid taking cakes & fancy cream based treats. They’re fragile to transport, messy to eat and the wasps love them.
- Use a cool bag/box instead of a hamper. They’ll keep your food at the right temperature where as hampers are pretty but not practical.
- Don’t have an ice pack? Freeze a bottle of water. It will work just as well and double as an ice cold refreshing drink when it’s melted.
- Take napkins not wet wipes. You can add water to a napkin for those sticky fingers. (It’s way better for the environment!)
- Bringing alcoholic drinks? Don’t forget the bottle opener!
- Try to keep things bite sized – no one likes chopping things on a picnic.
Can you think of any more helpful picnic tips? I’d love to know! Get in touch via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Although great served warm at a party - these bad boy bacon halloumi bites are also seriously delicious cold! An epic easy picnic recipe if you ask me...
Chocolate is usually a bad idea in Summer! So switch it out for these refreshing Lemon Cream Crumble Bars! Easy to make, transport and eat. WIN!
Patafla, a delicious Mediterranean picnic recipe, is made with a French loaf, and stuffed with a colourful summer veggie filling
Using a wonderful little pasta called 'ditali', this light, healthy & delicious pasta salad is not only quick and easy to make but a perfect addition to your picnic box!
Spanakopita muffins – packed with feta cheese, spinach and herbs these make the perfect portable snack.
Why spend ages making individual cookies when you can throw it all in one pan and slice? SO much simpler & really easy to transport. (Disappears pretty darn quick too!)
A twist on the Italian Caprese salad, this caprese pasta salad is a Summer picnic hit!
Quick and easy to make - these savoury thumbprint cookies are WAY less boring than 90% of regular picnic grub. YUM!
Chuck everything in a blender, roll out, cut out and bake. These delicious cheese biscuits couldn't be simpler!
These colourful Watermelon Skewers with a balsamic reduction drizzle are a quick and easy watermelon appetizer, salad on a stick or side
An unlikely candidate for picnics - popcorn is actually very quick & easy to make PLUS this savoury Mexican version tastes amazing!
Quick, simple and you don't even need a cookie cutter! These spicy rosemary thins are a picnic must.
Perfect for kids (and us grown ups too!) this healthier take on the classic flapjack is a CRAZY quick and easy bake that's perfect for picnics.
Where quiche normally takes the trophy for standard picnic eats - this frittata tastes just as delicious cold, is easier to make than a quiche AND clears out your leftovers! You're basically winning at life with this one...
Quick and easy to make - popcorn makes a delicious and healthier alternative to crisps!
Although wonderful warm, these beauties are unbelievably delicious as a cold snack too! Move over shop bought cocktail sausages... the Teriyaki Chipolata is in town!
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