Picnics are the perfect opportunity to snack on your favorite foods, but also try out some fun and appetizing recipes. Next to some fresh fruits and veggies, the best dishes for a summer picnic are ones that are easy to prepare and transport to a sunny spot.
Below are some of our favorite picnic recipes, including bite-sized goodies, delicious dips, potluck dishes and some sweet treats to enjoy with loved ones.
Impress your fellow picnic goers by bringing these fresh bruschetta bites. Topped with apple and goat cheese, this delightful snack combines sweet, tart, and earthy flavors. Individually assemble these simple apple goat cheese bruschetta for the best flavor, but you can also mix the honey and oregano into the goat cheese so it’s less crumbly. Pack in a tray and enjoy!
These snackable skewers turn cucumbers and cheese into a unique, bite-sized picnic food! This refreshing snack combines a variety of flavors, combining zesty and fresh Florida Grapefruits with cool cucumbers, creamy brie cheese, peppery arugula, crunchy pecans and naturally sweet raisins. Each bite is brought together with a drizzle of honey and is super easy to enjoy thanks to the ultimate picnic trick: toothpicks.
Dip, Snack, Relax
Crackers, bread and chips are part of most picnics. That being said, dips are the perfect opportunity to add some flavor into the mix. Here are two simple, yet extremely delicious dips worth bringing to your next picnic.
Why buy hummus when you can easily make it yourself? This basic hummus recipe is simple, incredibly tasty, and a snack that can be enjoyed with others! Made with chickpeas, hummus has a smooth and creamy texture that goes perfectly with some crunchy pita chips. Top your hummus with some pine nuts to make it look and taste extra appetizing!
Another creamy dip is coming your way! The Lemon, Pistachio and Feta Dip by Sweet Paul Magazine is a mouth-watering dip that will have you asking for more. American Pistachios add a crunch and natural sweetness to this cheesy and zesty dip. Grab a fresh baguette and get dipping.
Picnics are often potlucks, meaning everyone brings a dish or two to contribute to the “meal.” Next to snacks and dips, it’s always good to bring something from the savory and more filling side. Here are two dishes that are great for sharing and satisfying any cravings.
Pasta salads are always a party favorite and great meal to prepare before a picnic. The Baked Lemon Mediterranean Pasta Salad is super quick and easy, and only needs to be combined with a colorful mix of chickpeas, baked lemons, red onion, cherry tomatoes and parsley. Topped with tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil dressing, this pasta salad is ready to go!
Want to bring something that doesn’t require utensils? All wrapped up and ready to roll, these fresh and healthy wraps packed with flavorful, miso-infused brown rice and a rainbow of vegetables are the way to go. Give it a try!
Baked Delights & Sweet Treats
Everyone likes a little something sweet at picnics — ideally something that doesn’t melt quickly! Homemade baked goods are usually a hit, as they aren’t bothered by sunshine and can provide that touch of sweetness to the picnic blanket.
Banana bread is always a good idea! This ultra-moist banana bread by Le Petit Chef has delicious, crunchy California Walnuts throughout the loaf and is lightened up with healthier swaps, such as maple syrup and Greek yogurt. Cut up this yummy loaf and watch as it quickly disappears into the hungry hands of your friends.
Want to make something extra special? California Cling Peach & Raspberry Shortbread Squares are a dessert dream come true. This sunny summer treat perfectly combines Cling Peaches with crunchy pecan and tart raspberry.
Grab a basket, pick and choose your favorite recipes, and enjoy a lazy, summer day with friends, good food and a picnic blanket. Make an occasion out of it and bring a California sparkling wine or make your own refreshing mocktails! Get inspired by some bubbly, fresh summer drinks here.