21 Delicious Picnic Food Ideas That Everyone Will Love!

Looking for new picnic food ideas? You’re in the right place. With recipes for sandwiches, wraps, salads, and more, we’ve got something for everyone! It’s picnic season! Your blanket’s ready, your cooler’s out, and you can’t wait to get outside. Now, all you need is good picnic food to take with you. In my experience, the best picnic summer foods aren’t just delicious – they’re simple, too. They’re healthy recipes that you can make ahead knowing that they’ll still taste great when you’re ready to eat. They’re easy to pack in a cooler or a bag, and you only need a few utensils to serve them. No utensils? Even better! 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.

21. Blueberry Lemon Blondies

Blueberry Lemon Blondies

If you’re looking for the perfect summer foods or healthy recipes for those plump blueberries, look no further! The Best Blueberry Lemon Blondies From Scratch is zingy, tart, and perfect for your next summer cookout! The flavor of these blueberry lemon blondies is out of this world and will please any crowd! Plus, it’s quick, easy, made with fresh blueberries, and lemon zest and it’s all from scratch. These Blueberry Lemon Brownies are one of my favorite lemon blueberry desserts ever. I also have a Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe if you are craving more luscious recipes with this combination. The last time I made these lemon brownies they were so insanely good that I couldn’t get them out of my head!
Get the recipe here.

Related: Keto Brownie Recipes

20. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

 Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies — These soft batch cookies are made with a combination of butter and cream cheese, which makes them extra rich and delicious! I like to make mine using a combination of chocolate chips and chunks, and you can even use M&M’s in these! I’ve been wanting to bake cream cheese into cookies for ages.
I finally did. And I’m in love with the results. My favorite recipe calls for 3/4 cup of butter, and for these soft batch chocolate chip cookies, I used a combination of 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup cream cheese. You wouldn’t think that just a simple quarter-cup swap of butter for cream cheese would affect results that much, but it did. This recipe is a perfect picnic food ideas to enjoy the day.
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Suggested: Keto Cream Cheese Desserts

19. BLT Pasta Salad

 BLT Pasta Salad

This easy BLT Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for summer potlucks and picnics, with a creamy ranch dressing, crispy bacon, crunchy romaine lettuce, and juicy tomatoes. It’s one of my favorite sandwiches in salad form! Backyard barbecues are all about the side dishes and summer salads like this one! This BLT pasta salad is one of my favorite variations on the classic sandwich. I can’t decide if it’s a pasta salad with lettuce added to it for some freshness and crunch, or if it’s a traditional salad with pasta added to it for some sustenance. Either way, it works and it’s delicious.
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Related: Keto Salad Recipes

18. Crab and Avocado Summer Rolls

 Crab and Avocado Summer Rolls

Bite into these crab and avocado summer rolls! This Vietnamese and Thai-inspired recipe has crab meat, sliced avocado, cucumber, and carrots wrapped together in a summer roll with a spicy red dipping sauce. It’s an easy, refreshing dish for when you are looking for something lighter and low-calorie to eat. I’m excited to share these no-cook summer foods that are super easy: throw a bunch of delicious ingredients together, wrap it up in a rice paper wrapper, dip it into a spicy sauce, and eat. No cooking needed! You can make this ahead of time as well, and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you’re looking for something easy, low-calorie, and refreshing, these summer rolls are for you and for picnic food ideas. 
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Summer Drink Ideas

17. Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

Perfect in their simplicity, these lovely cucumber sandwiches are a delightful addition to any lunch or tea party. Crisp cucumber and creamy dill-flavored cream cheese sandwiched between fresh pieces of bread make you think you are dining in high society. Use English cucumbers rather than regular cucumbers – they are very large – you only need one to make sandwiches with a whole loaf of bread. They have thinner skin and don’t have to be peeled, and there are not many seeds.

The lemon juice and sour cream add a little zing to the cream cheese mixture. They also add flavor and break up the thick creaminess of the cream cheese. Serve these charming English cucumber sandwiches for summer foods, an afternoon tea party, picnic, baby shower, or lunch with an assortment of other little sandwiches for healthy recipes. You can try club sandwiches as well at your home.
Get the recipe here.

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16. Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

These Strawberry Rhubarb Bars have an irresistible crumb topping and a gooey fruit filling. It’s the perfect dessert to make when rhubarb is in season. This is one of those desserts everyone will love! They have the most amazing texture with a crisp topping and very bottom layer, then that middle layer next to the fruity filling is kind of chewy and soft like a cookie. I will never stop dreaming about these strawberry rhubarb, and I love that they are easy to make (and no mixer is required) and great for picnic food ideas!

For now, start with these rhubarb-strawberry bars, because you’ll have a better chance of getting fresh rhubarb. Then next week try the lemon version, then the week after that the pumpkin. That sounds like a well-planned out, wonderful three weeks to me!
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Suggested: Strawberry Dessert Recipes

15. Tomato and Basil Balsamic Bruschetta

Tomato and Basil Balsamic Bruschetta

This bruschetta with tomato and basil recipe is a quick and easy appetizer for a holiday or game-day party or summer foods. A delicious mixture of Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar is served on toasted bread slices. This recipe for bruschetta with tomato and basil is a great way to add a little freshness to your holiday table. This appetizer is the perfect compliment to serve alongside things like deviled eggs, pretzels, and beer cheese dip or guacamole. Make the tomato and basil topping one day ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to serve. You’ll want to toast the bread slices right before serving to avoid them becoming hard.
Get the recipe here.

Related: Homemade Toast Recipes

14. Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Lemon Garlic Orzo with Roasted Vegetables is packed with texture and flavor. Like my Creamy Mushroom Orzo, this delicious and easy orzo pasta recipe makes fabulous leftovers! It can be shared warm or as a chilled salad. This recipe is vegetarian and easily vegan. With spring in bloom, so are our favorite fruits and veggies. I took a drive out to one of the farms yesterday, not only because I’m anxious to get my hands on fresh strawberries but also, the freshest asparagus I can find for this recipe. Roasted veggies like asparagus shine in this orzo pasta recipe and perfect side dish for picnic food ideas.
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Vegan Roast Dinner Recipes

13. Crispy BBQ Chicken Wraps

Crispy BBQ Chicken Wraps

My family loves these crispy BBQ Chicken Wraps with all the yummy, cheesy goodness of a BBQ chicken pizza, toasted in a crispy wrap. All you need to make this easy dinner is cooked chicken, bbq sauce, cheese, onion, cilantro, and tortillas. I love that they are pan-fried, so you get a delicious crunch on the outside tortilla that you love from chimichangas, without the extra fat. You can use homemade BBQ sauce or store-bought. The ingredients are super simple and hopefully ones that you already have in your pantry. Serve these healthy recipes of wraps with a side of fresh chopped veggies and dip, a simple green salad, or baked sweet potato fries.
Get the recipe here.

Related: Keto Wrap Recipes

12. Mocha Pudding Cakes

Mocha Pudding Cakes

This mocha pudding cake for two is so easy to make. You only need a baking dish, a few simple ingredients, and the patience to wait for it to bake. As it bakes it becomes two desserts in one: chocolate cake and mocha pudding. When you dig in you get spoonfuls of warm pudding in every bite. Top it with ice cream, share it with someone you really love or keep it all to yourself as a special treat. It’s easy to enjoy a dessert guilt-free when one is swathed in many layers of clothing and therefore shielded from the effects of indulging in something rich and chocolaty. I’ll deal with the consequences when the weather warms up, I tell myself.
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Vegan Cake Recipes

11. Spinach Artichoke Hand Pies

Spinach Artichoke Hand Pies

Cheesy, creamy spinach artichoke mixture wrapped in flaky pie dough to make the most delicious snack. The best dip is wrapped in a crust to make an easy, happy snack. I’ve also introduced her to Spinach Artichoke Calzone at a local pizzeria, which we both love. This easy recipe uses store bought pie crust for a quick and easy shortcut that will have you reaching for one of these hand pies in no time.

A couple of months ago, I turned my sister into a spinach artichoke flavor combination. I made Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Pasta Casserole when she was staying with us and she went all googly-eyed over it. She even called me the next day and asked me when the recipe will be on the site so she can ask mom to make it for her. I loved these picnic food ideas or picnic recipes or summer foods!
Get the recipe here.

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10. Mexican Tortilla Roll Ups

Mexican Tortilla Roll Ups

These Mexican Tortilla Wrap Roll-Ups are a delicious and healthy appetizer, snack, or lunch recipe, full of vegetables and flavor. You are going to love how easy these are to make, and how delicious they taste. These little roll-ups are the perfect appetizer or even make a great lunch. You’ll be surprised at how easy they are to make.  They are a perfect appetizer for a party. These are also great easy picnic food ideas or summer foods or healthy recipes that will feed a crowd.

I love making these for game days, game nights, New Year’s Eve, birthday celebrations, Cinco De Mayo, or just for a quick and delicious lunch. This is a great recipe for the kids to help out with. They will love rolling them up, and of course, sampling them. You can also make them as hot or as mild as you like, depending on what seasoning you add.
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Mexican Instant Pot Recipes

9. Watermelon Salad with Feta

Watermelon Salad with Feta

This Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint and a Balsamic Glaze is so light and refreshing. It’s the perfect side dish or healthy recipes to take to a summer get-together! Oh, how I love watermelon season! There’s just something so spectacular about cutting into a cold watermelon on a hot summer day and taking that first sweet, juicy bite. So refreshing and satisfying! The salty, creaminess of quality feta combined with the sweet, crunchiness of a perfect summer watermelon along with fresh mint and the tang of the balsamic glaze is just so fabulous and refreshing. The keys to this salad are a perfectly sweet watermelon and high-quality feta that literally melts in your mouth as you eat it.
Get the recipe here.

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8. Peach Caprese Salad

Peach Caprese Salad

Sweet yellow peaches are tossed with fresh greens and basil then topped with mozzarella and prosciutto before being drizzled with a balsamic glaze to make this Peach Salad. Inspired by the number of fresh peaches that have been in my kitchen as often as possible this summer, I’ve made this fruit-sweetened version of the classic Caprese salad for lunch several times this month. Surprisingly filling with cheese, prosciutto, and plenty of peaches, this Peach Salad is a savory-sweet combination that even my children enjoyed amazing picnic food ideas for everyone. I’ve mentioned before that salad recipes tend to be hit or miss with some of my guys.
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Summer Peach Recipes

7. Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

Soft chewy brown sugar oatmeal cookies with sweetened dried cranberries. A chewy and hearty oatmeal cookie that everyone will love! You know how I love a good cookie. That’s basically the understatement of the year — I am obsessed with COOKIES. Without a doubt, cookies are my favorite food or healthy recipes in the world. But I am not going to waste my calories on mediocre cookies — they need to be out of this world good. These Oatmeal Cookies with Cranberries are the perfect chewy oatmeal cookie. This isn’t some dry, hockey puck oatmeal cookie. I want my oatmeal cookies to be soft and chewy every time! I can’t put these oatmeal cookies down! 
Get the recipe here.

Related: Easy Cranberry Recipes

6. Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

This vegan cucumber hummus sandwich is super easy to make and absolutely delicious. You can easily use gluten-free bread to make this sandwich gluten-free, as none of the filling ingredients contain gluten. I have been obsessed with this cucumber hummus sandwich recently! It’s savory and satisfying and filled with plenty of nutritious ingredients. Some people can’t imagine eating a sandwich without any meat or cheese, but this cucumber hummus sandwich is a great vegan sandwich option!
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

5. Italian Pinwheels 

Italian Pinwheels 

These quick and flavorful Italian pinwheels are the perfect appetizer for any party or quick meal for picnic food ideas. Layered with a savory cream cheese spread, fresh green leafy lettuce, Italian favorites, and of course the meats – salami, pepperoni, and ham to be exact, making these the BEST pinwheels! These super easy Italian pinwheels are packed with all of your Italian sandwich favorites! Salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone cheese…need I say more?! You can always throw these same meats and cheeses onto regular ol’ sliced bread, but how fun is it rolled up into a tortilla for bite-sized Italian finger food? SO fun.
Get the recipe here.

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4. Whipped Ricotta Crostini with Cranberry

Whipped Ricotta Crostini with Cranberry

These Cranberry Whipped Ricotta Crostini are tiny toasts spread with smooth cream cheese and topped with sweetened fresh cranberries. Perfectly festive for holiday entertaining!. These Cranberry Whipped Ricotta Crostini holiday appetizers should make an appearance at your next gathering! Colorful red and green finger food is always a star on a party food platter. These little bites will likely be snapped up! These tiny toasts have a light creamy ricotta spread and they’re topped with a slightly sweetened fresh cranberry-orange mixture. They’re a little bit sweet and delicately salty at the same time. Oh so good!
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Low Carb High Protein Recipes

3. Black Bean Wraps

Black Bean Wraps

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own black bean wrap supreme. This recipe looks complicated but couldn’t be easier. You start with a layer of black beans on a large tortilla. I used black beans I cooked in my slow cooker. Make sure to leave a large border when you spread the beans. The beauty of making these at home is you can customize each wrap to suit everyone’s personal taste. My goal was to make a healthier version of the popular fast food crunch wrap supreme. The more chips you add, the less healthy this meal becomes.
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2. Easy Mango Salsa 

 Easy Mango Salsa 

Fresh Mango Salsa features ripe juicy mango tossed with colorful veggies for a healthy appetizer or healthy recipes for a side or delicious summer foods! Serve with tortilla chips, tacos, meal bowls, and more! Much like Pico de Gallo, this mango salsa recipe uses a handful of fresh ingredients for healthy, low fat, and oil-free recipe everyone will love. Colorful fruit salsa is versatile and makes a perfect ‘WOW’ appetizer, side dish, or condiment for gatherings and get-togethers. Both simple and delicious, with a little sweetness and a little heat, mango salsa is a nice change-up from the usual tomato-based salsas.
Get the recipe here.

Suggested: Mango Dessert Recipes

1. Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls

Homemade fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls are easy to make and perfect for summer gatherings or a light dinner tonight. You’ll love the sauce options including a traditional Vietnamese dipping sauce and a 2-ingredient peanut sauce that we also use for Shrimp Lettuce Wraps. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is to make Fresh Spring Rolls. There are two types of spring rolls. Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls use prepared ingredients like shrimp and sometimes pork along with noodles and fresh veggies that are wrapped in a dry rice paper wrapper that has been hydrated. Fresh spring rolls do not require any further cooking once they are wrapped. You can serve corn salad, potato salad, tortilla chips, cherry tomatoes, chicken salad sandwiches, etc with it.
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