Picnic is all about enjoying nice weather, scenery, great company… and of course, good food! Level up your picnic escapades with these simple and easy Picnic Food Ideas starring salads, desserts, sandwiches, and drinks perfect for the whole family. Truly satisfying and comforting to eat all year round!
I always love picnics growing up. I mean, who doesn’t? Some of the happiest childhood memories always involve picnics.
Whether it’s with family or friends sharing simple snacks or fancy sandwiches, picnics in the backyard, or in a park out-of-town, it’s always a fun-filled experience. It’s a great way to spend quality time and bond with your loved ones.
And so, to make your picnics extra special, gathered here are Picnic Food Ideas to bring in your next picnic getaway. Quick and easy to make comfort foods that will surely bring joy to everyone. (Also, see my collection of Irresistible Summer Recipes for other choices.)
Beat the heat with this healthy refreshing drink made from fresh pineapples and lemons loaded with Vitamin C and fiber. You’re definitely gonna love the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness in this easy and simple revitalizing drink. Truly a delicious tropical delight with a zing!
Enjoy a real tea party with your loved one with this thirst-quencher drink made with 5 simple ingredients. Easily customizable with your favorite tea and fruits. Oh yes! Simply entertaining and refreshing drink perfect for a quick picnic date.
Ain’t nothing better than a freshly squeezed glass of lemon juice. Aaah! Truly energizing with every sip. Made with only 3 ingredients and baaam! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! A wonderfully refreshing drink perfect for the whole family!
Picnic Bread and Sandwiches
What could be better than a salad in a sandwich? I know! Genius, right? Fall in love with the vibrant colors and lovely textures from grapes, pecans, celery, and Shredded Chicken altogether in a luscious mayo-based dressing. Simply amazing!
5. Tuna Melt
Hearty sandwich loaded with tuna salad, cheese, tomatoes, and avocado. Baked or toasted in a skillet, either will give you the best-tasting sandwich. Add in lettuce, boiled eggs (see my How to Boil Eggs guide), and some nuts for added crunch, and you’ll have a fantastic breakfast feast.
Take a bite of this irresistible crispy chicken sandwich, and I bet you’ll be craving more. Tender and juicy chicken generously seasoned with Creole Seasoning, Thyme, and oregano sitting in a perfectly toasted bun. Aaah! Truly mouthwatering!
How about a drizzle of luscious Homemade Tartar Sauce or Remoulade Sauce for a beautiful finish? Oh yes!
Among the easy picnic food ideas, this one is my favorite. Egg salad with a twist! The unique flavor combination of curry powder and Mayonnaise is really the bomb! Don’t forget to add fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and crispy bacon to complete this nutrition-packed snack. Mmmm-mmmm!
This is surely gonna be your next favorite picnic finger food. Quick and super easy to make! Simple yet elegant bite-sized mini sandwiches topped with fresh thin slices of cucumber in a delicious Mayonnaise and cream cheese dressing. Perfect picnic date food you can share with your loved one. 😉
Chewy and soft Italian bread with a slightly crisp exterior that can be served as breakfast, snack, appetizer, and even a side dish. Surprisingly easy to make yet super rich in flavor from fresh herbs. One of the best picnic food ideas that will surely be a new crowd favorite.
Best eaten with Buffalo Chicken Dip or Spinach Dip for a fantastic picnic experience.
10. Pita Bread
Who doesn’t love pita bread? Simple yet so addicting. It goes really well with almost anything; spicy dip, soup, meaty filling, or eat it plain, and it will still taste amazing. No wonder it has become a favorite comfort food enjoyed all over the world. 😉
Picnic Finger Foods
11. Sausage Rolls
Try this quick and easy picnic finger food made with store-bought puff pastry stuffed with spiced and herb-infused ground meat. An absolute crowd-pleaser, you can serve as a snack, appetizer, or breakfast. Undoubtedly the best picnic food you’ll ever make!
12. Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels
If you’re looking for picnic food ideas for couples, I highly recommend this one. Impress your loved one with these Tortilla Pinwheels stuffed with Shredded Chicken, spinach, bacon, and cream cheese mixture. Extremely creamy and cheesy picnic finger food you’ll surely love!
Nothing defines comfort food better than these lovelies! Extremely flaky with beautiful layers of buttery goodness. Made completely from scratch with only 7 simple ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry. All-time favorite breakfast or snack perfect for all ages.
These tortilla chips are simply amaaazing! Baked or fried, either way, will come out perfectly crispy and crunchy. Absolutely tasty and savory with the addition of Taco Seasoning. The ultimate comfort food is perfect for parties and picnics.
Eat them with Homemade Guacamole and Refried Beans for a festive picnic combo. 😉
15. Beef Empanadas
How can you resist these beef empanadas loaded with great flavors? The perfect soul food that will surely warm your soul. Buttery and flaky dough stuffed with perfectly spiced ground beef, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Certainly, one of the best picnic recipes you’ll want to make over and over again.
Buttery and soft scones with a nice crunchy golden crust with just the right amount of sweetness and tartness from blueberries and lemon zest. Truly refreshing and comforting in every bite! Top it off with a glistening sweet glaze for a beautiful finish. 😉
17. Deviled Eggs
Who knew eggs can be this inviting and appealing? Munch on these flavorful, satisfying, and not-so-ordinary deviled eggs spiced with Creole Seasoning. The best picnic food you’ll ever have. Totally guilt-free, healthy, and the best part is, they’re low carbs!
18. Grape Salad
This scrumptious grape salad deserves a spot in the best picnic food ideas. A vibrant and refreshing salad with a combination of green and red grapes tossed in a creamy yogurt dressing. Sprinkled with brown sugar and chopped pecans for added texture. Simply divine!
19. Macaroni Salad
What’s not to love in this macaroni salad loaded with macaroni, bell peppers, relish, celery, and onions? A simple and easy recipe that comes together quickly. I suggest adding Shredded Chicken, pineapples, and cheese to the mix for an overloaded bowl of goodness. Undoubtedly the best picnic food you’ll ever make!
20. Panzanella Salad
A refreshing combination of wonderful flavors from baguettes, cherry tomatoes, capers, olives, and cucumbers in an herb-infused salad dressing. Full of bright colors and various textures. Absolutely enticing and pleasing to the eyes and bellies!
Cajun spice is the secret to this salad superstar. The added heat will surely leave a lingering sensation in your mouth. Loaded with potatoes, carrots, and peas smothered in creamy mayonnaise and sour cream dressing. A perfect addition to your list of picnic food ideas.
22. Watermelon Salad
You’ll be surprised with the addition of hot sauce and cayenne pepper to this revitalizing salad. The added heat adds another level of deliciousness to this watermelon and cucumber ensemble. Certainly, one of the most loved picnic food ideas for couples you don’t wanna miss!
23. Easy Pasta Salad
The inviting bright colors of this salad are equally delicious and satisfying. Loaded with rotini pasta, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, and cucumber coated in mildly sweet salad dressing. An easy picnic date food you and your partner will surely enjoy!
24. Cowboy Caviar
Fully loaded vibrant salad featuring peas, beans, corn, Roma tomato, and bell peppers in a citrusy dressing. Beautifully presented with bright colors and textures. One of the most colorful picnic food ideas you’ll ever see!
Go crazy with this smooth and savory hummus recipe! A dip like no other! Generously seasoned with Thyme, Paprika, tahini sauce, and lemon juice. The added heat from pepper flakes and cumin complements the whole dish. And most of all, it’s absolutely guilt-free and vegan-friendly!
Get the party started with this scrumptious buffalo chicken dip. The contrasting flavors of spiciness and cheesiness really hit the spot! Made even tastier with the addition of Ranch Dressing and Creole Seasoning. A perfect dip for picnic finger food like Tortilla Chips, crackers, and baguettes.
27. Pico de Gallo
All you need is a spoonful of Pico De Gallo to go with your Tortilla Chips, Tacos, Burritos, and Quesadillas to complete your Mexican food escapades. Fire away with Jalapenos if you must! Incredibly easy to make and ready in 10 minutes! Pretty awesome, huh?
28. Mango Salsa
Work your magic around this vibrant and fresh tropical salsa. The unique pairing of mango and jalapeno is surprisingly addicting. It has the right amount of sweetness, spiciness, and tanginess that will surely complement your favorite Mexican favorites.
29. Lemon Bars
Picnic won’t be complete without tropical summer treats like these amazing lemon bars. I love how the buttery shortbread crust perfectly matched the luscious lemon filling. It has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. Ahh! Sinfully addicting! A single bar is always not enough! Ugh!
30. Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
The extra yolk and the melted butter are the secrets to these soft and chewy perfect discs of happiness. I highly recommend using dark chocolate for that rich and chocolatey goodness. Adding to the best part is you won’t even need a mixer to perfect this recipe! Pretty cool, huh?
Take advantage of the good weather and make new happy memories with your loved ones! Wanna add more desserts to your picnic? Check out my collection of Summer Desserts. Best Family Reunion Food Ideas is another great resource. Enjoy your summer picnic!
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