Food for a picnic must be easy to serve and able to taste good even when it’s cold. So, as the weather gets a little breezy, you know it’s the perfect time to pull out your sheets and plan a fun picnic with your family and friends.
If you’re looking for options that are easy to pack and absolutely delicious, we have got you covered with these dishes.
First on our list are sandwiches, which are absolutely perfect for a picnic because they do not necessarily require plating and are easy to serve. They also require you to be creative as you make them; however, you can prepare them simply with your favorite spreads and vegetables.
2. Chicken Salad
Here we bring you an option that is healthy and picnic-friendly. A chicken salad won’t taste any less delicious once it’s cold and can be fulfilling and rich in protein at the same time.
3. Rolls And Wraps
A classic Shawrma roll loaded with cheese and chicken won’t lose its charm even when it’s cold. In fact, rolls and wraps are easy to pack and won’t require you to use a lot of culinary when you serve them. Wrapping them up with some foil does the trick to minimize the mess, which is why they are perfect for a picnic.
A picnic also definitely needs something sweet, and brownies are the perfect dessert for a it since they are dry and taste absolutely delicious even when they are served cold. Cutting them into pieces also allows you to pack them easily.
Chocolate chip cookies or cookies with jam and nuts are absolutely heavenly, so next time you plan a picnic, don’t forget to bake a batch at home or buy some for a perfect picnic snack that will satisfy your cravings.
The absence of any type of icing eliminates the chances of creating a mess and allows you to pack muffins for your picnic as a perfect dessert. The variety, which can go from chocolate to blueberry, gives you a lot to choose from for your next picnic.
7. Granola Bars
Granola bars are healthy and rich in fiber and can be made at home as well, which is why you should consider making a batch for your next picnic with granola and your favorite nuts as well.
8. Cheesecake Jars
While carrying an entire cheesecake can be tough, you must consider cheesecake jars. You can make them at home in whatever flavor you like and just open and eat it right from the jar when you go for a picnic.
9. Fruit Salad
Fruit salads are also the perfect healthy option for a picnic since they require minimum effort and will taste just the same at a picnic as they do at home. So chop up your favorite fruits, add some honey or even sugar on top for a perfect healthy snack.
10. Yogurt Parfaits
Yogurt parfiaits are easy to assemble, healthy and absolutely delicious at the same time. All you have to do is have a jar, some yogurt and your favorite toppings for this amazing and mess-free delight.
11. Sandwiches On Stick
Sandwiches on a stick are cute and easy to serve as well. All you have to do is have your favorite spread, which you can have on the bread, then cut that sandwich into small pieces. You can put them on a stick with some fruits in between, like grapes, for some added fun as well.
12. Pasta Salad In A Jar
Pasta salads will taste great at a picnic just as they do at home, and you can make them a day ahead with the pasta of your choice, vegetables and sauce for the next day.
13. Picnic Bars
Picnic bars are fudge-like treats which are absolutely delicious and can be easily made at home. You can find a number of different recipes online and choose your favorite for your next picnic.
14. Grilled Mushrooms
This dish will taste amazing even when it’s not hot. You can grill your mushrooms and put them on a stick so they are easy to pack and serve. This low-fat recipe is also healthy and can be spicy if you want it to be.
15. Bhel Puri
Bhel puri is also a light snack that will not make you bloat but at the same time give all the amazing flavors. The fact that these taste exactly the same anywhere makes them perfect for a picnic.
16. Picnic Dip Jars
As the name suggests, picnic dip jars consist of jars filled with a dip that you can make at home with the ingredients you want. For example, carry some biscuits or veggies to dip in your jar when you pack for your picnic. There are a number of recipes available for you to try from, or you can make any of your classic dips and just pour them in a jar.
When going for eggs, make sure to go for boiled eggs, deviled eggs or an egg salad rather than fried or poached eggs. Eggs are rich in protein and mess-free when they are boiled and can be enjoyed with your favorite seasonings.
18. Jell-O Popsicles
Since your normal popsicles would obviously melt when you go outside, a Jell-O popsicle won’t. For this, all you have to do is freeze your popsicle in a popsicle mould rather than a big utensil to make them. For some added fun, you can chop up some fruits and add them to it as well.
Chikki, as you know, is made of jaggery and peanuts and is sweet and absolutely delicious. These are easy to make at home as well and won’t create a mess when you carry them for a picnic. Making them at home will also allow you to add your personal touch by using your favorite dry fruits as well.
Khakhra is a Gujarati dish and perfects if you want to pack Indian and traditional for a picnic. These are light and tasty and can be enjoyed with your favorite Achaar as well.
These were some dishes which you can make or buy next time you plan a picnic. All of them will taste absolutely amazing even if you pack them for a long time and drive off to a far-off destination. Some of them are healthy, light, vegan and Indian as well, giving you a wide variety to choose from for your perfect picnic.