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45 Delicious Picnic Recipes + Tips For The Perfect Picnic

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If you’re someone (like me), who loves the great outdoors, then picnics are definitely on your to-do list as the weather gets progressively warmer.

The combination of good food and good weather is truly something to enjoy. But planning such an interesting outdoor activity can often leave you scratching your head.

What types of foods should I bring? How long will they last? What about bugs? Etc. The questions go on and on.

If planning that perfect picnic has got you scratching your head, then worry no more. We’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the best tips for planning the perfect picnic, as well as 45 amazing picnic recipes for you to enjoy.

From salads, to sandwiches, to tasty drinks, desserts and everything in between. With these useful tips and awesome recipes, you’ll be having the best picnic you could ever imagine.

Let’s get right into it.

Tips For Planning The Perfect Picnic

Organizing the perfect picnic isn’t as difficult as it may sound. Here are a few useful tips that’ll help make the process a lot easier, and 

1) Determine The Type Of Picnic You’re Having

This might seem pretty obvious, but it’s one steps that often gets overlooked. Not all picnics are created equal. The type of picnic you’ll have with your spouse or significant other is quite different from the type you’ll have with family members or co-workers.

Also, depending in your budget and/or your preferences, you may want to choose between a something simple, something elegant, or something anywhere in-between.   

Be it romantic, casual, simple, elegant, social or work-related, determining the type of picnic you want to have helps set the tone for all other things you need to put in place.

2) Choose The Best Spot Ahead Of Time

This brings us to our second most important point, which is the location. One good thing about picnics is that they can be held almost anywhere. Your backyard/garden, the local park, in the woods, up on a mountain, on the beach, you name it.

Once you’ve chosen where you want to have your picnic, you can now begin to factor in the different equipment you might need.

For example, if it’s out in the open, without any shade from the sun, you might want to bring an umbrella. Bug repellants would be useful if you’re bound to deal with insects

Also, if your chosen picnic location requires you to make a reservation ahead of time, then you’ll want to take that into account too. You want to make sure you get the very best spot at whatever location you choose.

3) Draft Your Meal Plan

Now here comes the yummy part. This is where you decide what foods to carry along. As a general rule of thumb, it’s often advised to avoid carrying foods that could get messy easily.

Things like soup, your favorite juicy ribs, sloppy joes, etc usually tend to be messy, especially if your guest list includes little humans. Plus, if a bathroom or washroom isn’t exactly nearby, then cleaning up these kinds of messes may be an issue.

You should generally opt for foods that are easy to handle, like pinwheels, rollups, sandwiches, salads and so on. If your attendees have special dietary preferences, you’ll also want to note that as well.

Portion sizes are also pretty important too. You want everyone to have enough to eat. But also, you don’t want to be left with a lot of leftovers, since they can be a chore to manage, or are likely to get thrown away altogether.

4) Get All The Necessary Equipment

You want to make sure you have all the necessary stuff you’ll need at your picnic. While this list of equipment can vary depending on the situation, there are some pretty basic things you’ll find at almost every picnic table. For example;

  • Plates, cups, cutleries – Disposable ones work best and involves way less cleanup. However, you could still go for the regular ones.
  • Flasks and coolers – To keep the foods/drinks at the desired temperatures
  • Napkins and paper towels – Whatever amount you think you’ll need. Double it.
  • Picnic baskets
  • Picnic blankets
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Cheese board/chopping board
  • Disposable trash bags

Some other equipment you may need depending on the situation include;

1) Umbrellas – If your chosen picnic location doesn’t provide any shade from the sun, then you might want to bring an umbrella with you.

2) Sunscreen – speaking of the sun, you want to make sure that beautiful skin of yours is well protected, since you’ll be spending some time outside.

3) Bug repellant – No one likes bugs interfering with their meals. If you’re having your picnic in a park, garden, forest or any other insect-prone areas, you’ll want to have some bug repellent handy.

4) Foldable chairs/tables – While picnics on the ground are the norm, there’s nothing against bringing your own chairs and tables for better comfort.

5) Flowers – A little decoration never hurt anyone

5) Make It Fun

Your picnic doesn’t have to just involve a bunch of people sitting around and munching on food. There are lots of things you could do to make things a lot more interesting.

Board games, card games, bird/animal watching, drawing, singing, etc. are all fun activities you can do on your picnic. Plus the kids (if any) are sure to love them. There are also lots of adult-only games to enjoy as well.

These 5 simple tips will help you plan and organize the perfect picnic your guests (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) will love.

Now, let’s dive into some amazing picnic recipes you’re going to want to try. From sandwiches to salads to desserts, drinks, and more.

45 Delicious Picnic Recipes

This collection is divided into 3 sections

  1. Savory Meals
  2. Sweet Treats
  3. Drinks

Savory Picnic Recipes

1) Italian Pinwheels

Italian Pinwheels
Via: Tornadough Alli

Get the recipe at – Tornadough Alli

2) Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches

Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches
Via: The Stay At Home Chef

Get the recipe at – The Stay At Home Chef

3) Healthy Sweet Potato Salad

Healthy Sweet Potato Salad
Via: The Girl On Bloor

Get the recipe at – The Girl On Bloor

4) Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls

Vegetable Rice Paper Rolls
Via: Little Broken

Get the recipe at – Little Broken

5) Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar
Via: Love And Lemons

Get the recipe at – Love And Lemons

Also See: 25 Delicious Pasta Salads That’ll Make Your Mouth Water

6) Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad
Via: A Couple Cooks

Get the recipe at – A Couple Cooks

7) Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Via: The Modern Proper

Get the recipe at – The Modern Proper

8) Chick-fil-A Crispy Chicken Sandwhich copycat

Chick-fil-A Crispy Chicken Sandwhich copycat
Via: Tastes Better From Scratch

Get the recipe at – Tastes Better From Scratch

9) Cuban sandwich

Cuban sandwich
Via: Kevin Is Cooking

Get the recipe at – Kevin Is Cooking

10) Italian Chicken Wrap

Italian Chicken Wrap
Via: Foodie Crush

Get the recipe at – Foodie Crush

Also See: 25 Healthy Chicken Dinners That’ll Satisfy Your Cravings

11) California Turkey Club Wrap

California Turkey Club Wrap
Via: Tastes Lovely

Get the recipe at – Tastes Lovely

12) Strawberry Quinoa Salad With Feta

Strawberry Quinoa Salad With Feta
Via: Walder Wellness

Get the recipe at – Walder Wellness

13) Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers
Via: SweetPhi

Get the recipe at – SweetPhi

14) Spicy Sausage Rolls

Spicy Sausage Rolls
Via: African Bites

Get the recipe at – African Bites

15) Falafel Sandwich

Falafel Sandwich
Via: Fufu’s Kitchen

Get the recipe at – Fufu’s Kitchen

Also See: 20 Mouthwatering Vegan Dinner Recipes You Need To Try

16) Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings
Via: Café Delites

Get the recipe at – Café Delites

17) Popeyes Buttermilk Biscuits Copycat

Popeyes Buttermilk Biscuits Copycat
Via: Izzy Cooking

Get the recipe at – Izzy Cooking

18) Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Via: Favorite Family Recipes

Get the recipe at – Favorite Family Recipes

19) Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls
Via: Dinner Then Dessert

Get the recipe at – Dinner Then Dessert

20) Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Via: Dinner At The Zoo

Get the recipe at – Dinner At The Zoo

Also See: 30 Healthy Grilling Recipes You Need To Try This Summer

21) Cobb Egg Salad

Cobb Egg Salad
Via: Delish

Get the recipe at – Delish

22) Beef Empanadas

Beef Empanadas
Via: The Modern Proper

Get the recipe at – The Modern Proper

23) Vegetarian “BLT” Sandwich

Vegetarian “BLT” Sandwich
Via: Cookie And Kate

Get the recipe at – Cookie And Kate

24) Thai Chicken Salad

Thai Chicken Salad
Via: Jo Cooks

Get the recipe at – Jo Cooks

Sweet Treats And Desserts

25) Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad
Via: Life In The Lofthouse

Get the recipe at – Life In The Lofthouse

Also See: 25 Tasty Fruit Salad Recipes You’ve Got To Try

26) No-Bake Cheesecake Jars

No-Bake Cheesecake Jars
Via: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Get the recipe at – Sally’s Baking Addiction

27) Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars
Via: Chocolate With Grace

Get the recipe at – Chocolate With Grace

28) Chocolate Covered Oreos

Chocolate Covered Oreos
Via: Delish

Get the recipe at – Delish

29) Raspberry Lemon Bars

Raspberry Lemon Bars
Via: Kenary

Get the recipe at – Kenary

30) Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Via: Creme De La Crumb

Get the recipe at – Creme De La Crumb

Also See: 20 Delicious No Bake Keto Desserts To Enjoy Without Guilt

31) Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
Via: Sugar Apron

Get the recipe at – Sugar Apron

32) S’Mores Pops

S’Mores Pops
Via: Gimme Some Oven

Get the recipe at – Gimme Some Oven

33) Blueberries & Cream Popsicles

Blueberries & Cream Popsicles
Via: A Simple Pantry

Get the recipe at – A Simple Pantry

34) Funfetti ‘Dunkaroo’ Cheesecake Bites

Funfetti ‘Dunkaroo’ Cheesecake Bites
Via: Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog

Get the recipe at – Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog

35) Blueberry Baked Donuts

Blueberry Baked Donuts
Via: A Classic Twist

Get the recipe at – A Classic Twist


36) Peach Lemonade

Peach Lemonade
Via: The Cookie Rookie

Get the recipe at – The Cookie Rookie

37) Easy Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

Easy Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade
Via: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Get the recipe at – Chelsea’s Messy Apron

38) Strawberry Pineapple Shaker-Upper

Strawberry Pineapple Shaker-Upper
Via: Something Swanky

Get the recipe at – Something Swanky

Also See: 20 Refreshing Summer Cocktails To Satisfy Your Cravings

39) Paloma Cocktail

Paloma Cocktail
Via: Love And Lemons

Get the recipe at – Love And Lemons

40) Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
Via: Damn Delicious

Get the recipe at – Damn Delicious

41) Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
Via: Cooking Classy

Get the recipe at – Cooking Classy

42) Sparkling Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail

Sparkling Citrus Pomegranate Mocktail
Via: One Lovely Life

Get the recipe at – One Lovely Life

43) Sparkling Apple Ginger Mocktail

Sparkling Apple Ginger Mocktail
Via: Marisa Moore

Get the recipe at – Marisa Moore

44) Tropical Orange Punch

Tropical Orange Punch
Via: Real Housemoms

Get the recipe at – Real Housemoms

45) Blue Lagoon Mocktail

Blue Lagoon Mocktail
Via: Savor The Flavour

Get the recipe at – Savor The Flavour

Bon appetit.

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