A picnic is one of the most enjoyable activities for adults and children alike and can be a great outing for families and friends. The setting can be the beach, the local park, a public garden or even your backyard or front lawn. With a little planning and some great food, a picnic can be super easy to organize. Try these easy picnic food ideas for a great day out.
Picnic Food Ideas
Picnics are all about sharing, so ask everyone to bring along a couple of plates of food to share and enjoy amongst the group. Choose picnic food that can be eaten cold and that will travel well.
A few yummy nibbles to enjoy before the main event as people arrive such as:
- A platter of cheeses & crackers, nuts, olives cold cuts and pate
- A homemade dip such as this easy Smoked Mackerel Dip
The Main Event
All of the following picnic food ideas can be cooked in advance and are delicious served cold.
- Mini frittatas i.e. these Bacon & Onion Frittatas
- Baked Chicken fingers
- Healthy Homemade Beef Patties
- A platter of cooked marinated meats
- Beef Koftas with a Mint Yoghurt
- Salads to share e.g. Rice Salad, Rocket Pinenut & Parmesan Salad, Mango Honey Soy Chicken Salad, Lemon & Herb Risoni Salad, Mushroom Tomato & Onion Salad or Spinach Strawberry & Feta Salad.
It’s lovely to enjoy something sweet afterwards.
- Something with chocolate e.g. Rocky Road or Chocolate & Cocnut Balls
- Muffins or cake such as Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins or Apple & Date Cake
- Sweet biscuits such as Vanilla Cookies or Ginger Cookies.
What you will need for your picnic will depend on the location however some basics include;
- A picnic blanket, mat or rug to sit on (preferably one with a waterproof underside)
- A decent sized picnic basket that contains a set of plates, cutlery, napkins and plastic glasses
- Condiments i.e. Salt & Pepper, Sauces, Dressings (depends on what picnic food you bring along)
- Lightweight, foldable picnic chairs (optional)
- A good quality thermos if you would like to enjoy a tea or coffee at your picnic
- Food storage containers to transport the food
- A portable esky to transfer your food and keep it cold
- A selection of drinks for the group
Picnic Ideas & Tips
- Share the load. Ask everyone to bring a couple of plates of picnic food.
- Bring food that travels well (i.e. in the car and in the esky).
- If you bring a salad, take the dressing in a jar and dress the salad just before serving to stop it going soggy.
- Bring insect spray to ward off any mosquitoes and other insects.
- Bring ample drinking water.
- Bring a few activities for the group such as a frisbee, ball or cricket set.
- Bring a rubbish bag in case there is no access to a public rubbish bin.
- Check the weather before you go!