Summer has arrived (YAY!), and since I’m all about soaking up every drop of sunshine, picnics are high on our priority list. These 18 Picnic Perfect Recipes are the only excuse you need to grab a picnic basket and blanket, and head to the park.
With the boys at home and the warm weather here (finally!), getting outside is pretty high on the agenda. In all honesty I’ll take a picnic over a fancy dinner any day of the week! I’m always looking for new activities to do with the family, and a picnic gives us the opportunity to enjoy the hot summer weather outdoors and do what we do best – eat good food!
We rounded up 18 picnic worthy recipes so that you can take your pick, or even let the kids help decide what menu they want for your picnic. Check out the printable picnic packing list so you don’t leave home without the important stuff!
18 Picnic Perfect Recipes
This Creamy dill potato salad is super simple to make and has a few less calories than your traditional potato salad thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt. It is packed with dill and crunchy celery and will be sure to become a picnic staple (be sure to keep it cool).
Not only is this salad gorgeous to look at, but it’s loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and fibre thanks to the apricots in it. These nutrients will have you playing in the sun all day.
These healthy Breakfast Power Cookies (that also happen to be vegan) are perfect for staying fuelled this summer! Filled with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut and whole grain oats, these are hearty and nourishing.
I mean, is there anything more perfect on a picnic than some veggies and hummus? Trust me, this homemade version beats store bought any day!
It only takes 3 simple steps to whip up this creamy avocado pesto pasta salad and it’s a crowd favourite around our household!
These Peanut Butter & Jam Bars are made from super simple ingredients and come together in a food processor in minutes! Holds up much better in a cooler than a PG&J sandwich would!
Fresh flavourful veggies, protein-packed chickpeas, and a homemade vinaigrette that all comes together in a pinch! Keep it cool and enjoy it on a hot day!
Pair your Green Greek Salad with some homemade Spanakopita and even Tzatziki for complete greek picnic!
Talk about refreshing! This salad is perfect for a sunny day and the honey lime dressing is…SO GOOD!
When the kids are playing and need a quick snack break, this veggie and dip platter has you covered.
When it’s time for dessert, these tequila lime cheesecake bites are certainly a treat! You can also try these vegan for an even healthier version, OR of course leave out all of the alcohol for a kid-friendly simple lime version!
Heading somewhere with a fire pit? Plan for s’mores! These Homemade Graham Crackers are next level and make the world’s best s’more. You have to give them a try.
These lunchbox oat apple bars are definitely picnic worthy but are also awesome for when the kids have friends over (one day!). They’re nut free, vegan, and can easily be made gluten free for kids with allergies!
This Summer Squash Pasta Salad is the perfect lunch or dinner side dish to help beat the heat. The mix of yellow and green zucchini really makes the colours pop and is oh-so-pretty to look at!
Packing a cooler? Why not bring along a crisp smoothie! A childhood classic, this Orange Julius Smoothie is so delicious and refreshing.
If your kids wouldn’t sit still long enough to get a bite to eat at your picnic, these sneaky mommy muffins are the perfect way to add some vegetables into their day! We make these almost weekly and they freeze beautifully!
Okay these mini quiches are SUCH a cute picnic idea. Pair it with a little bottle of bubbly (shhh!) and you have yourself such a great brunch picnic idea!
These no-bake Almond Joy Energy Balls are yummy and great for taking on-the-go. Contrary to it’s namesake candy bar, these are loaded with good-for-you ingredients, and make for an easy and healthy snack.