One of the best ways to enjoy mealtimes in the warmer seasons is with a picnic in the sun. Traditional picnic foods like sandwiches and cakes are always a hit, foods with influences from other cultures, and a mix of flavors can be used to add interest. You can create exciting new finger foods, snacks, and desserts, all suitable for al fresco dining. The versatility of picnic food means many dishes can be adapted for different tastes and can be suitable for meat-eaters, vegetarian, or vegan restrictions. Delight your picnic guests with fresh and interesting picnic ideas that look incredible and are easy to make and eat.
An antipasto skewer is the perfect versatile picnic food, as it can be loaded with ingredients of your choice. Options such as Serrano ham, olives, feta cheese, and fresh juicy tomatoes allow you to adapt your skewer to your tastes and dietary requirements. Choose delicious meat-free options to cater to vegetarians and plant-based foods for a vegan option. An antipasto skewer is both tasty and easy to eat and works best when made with high-quality ingredients.
Add fresh and delicious ingredients to your hummus to make it more interesting and filling. Choose a creamy and thick hummus as a base ingredient, then add foods such as chopped onions, diced tomato and cucumber, and sliced olives. Mix the ingredients together, or sprinkle the chunky mixture on top, to create your loaded hummus. This dish is perfect for spreading onto toasted pitta bread or for dipping tortilla chips.
Rice paper wraps are easy to eat, which makes them a favorite with both adults and children. Choosing fillings that are nutritious and healthy helps you create the perfect picnic finger food. Add prawns, salad leaves, noodles, shredded chicken or duck, to cater for your taste. Using seafood to fill your wraps creates a homemade sushi-style meal. A sweet chili or plum dipping sauce is an ideal accompaniment to complement your rice paper wraps.
Strawberries make a surprising but tasty addition to a fresh salad. Add strawberries to different types of salads by mixing them with ingredients such as spinach, avocado, walnuts, and onions. A strawberry salad is an interesting vegan picnic option or can be served with cheese to make a great vegetarian dish. Simply wash your ripe strawberries, remove the stalk and slice before adding to your salad.
Bruschetta is an Italian antipasto consisting of bread, rubbed with garlic, and seasoned with olive oil and salt. It is the perfect food to top with fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, salad, chopped onions, and olives. Meat lovers can add ham or shredded chicken to their bruschetta. Prepare your bruschetta at home, and take your pre-made topping in a pot, to build this tasty snack at your picnic location.
Homemade sausage rolls are a picnic favorite. They are easy to prepare and easy to eat. Choose high-quality sausage meat, then season with salt and pepper, or spices if you prefer. Roll in flaky pastry and bake, then leave to cool before wrapping and packing into your picnic basket. As with all meat products, keep the sausage rolls chilled until you're ready to eat them.
Cooked and cooled pasta is filling base from which to create a great salad dish. There are numerous choices of ingredients to add to your pasta salad. Olives, oregano, and rocket leaves give an Italian twist to your meal. Add cooked chicken and cubed cheese for a boost of protein. Don't forget your dressing - olive oil works especially well with a fresh and healthy pasta salad.
Tapenade is a Greek dip made with crushed black olives, capers, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Anchovy fillets can also be added for a stronger flavor. Once you have made your tapenade, it can be used as a side or dip with many other picnic meals. Spread your homemade tapenade onto bruschetta as a base for other toppings, or spoon onto the side of a pasta salad. To make a satisfying snack, dip breadsticks or tortilla chips into your tapenade.
Fruit bars are easy to make and taste great. Honey, rolled oats, butter, and ground almonds can be used with your fresh raspberries to make the perfect oat bars. Simply melt the honey and butter in a pan, then mix with rolled oats and ground almonds before spreading the mixture in a baking tray. Layer the oat mixture with mashed raspberries and bake in the oven until golden. This is a sweet treat the kids will love.
A fresh and colorful fruit salad is the perfect way to end a picnic. A fruit salad is both nutritious and delicious and is versatile and easy to make. Adding kiwi fruit, blueberries, banana, and strawberries looks fantastic and tastes sweet and satisfying. Adding a drizzle of honey or a spoonful of yogurt adds even more flavor to create the perfect picnic dessert.