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Our top recipes for dining outdoors

Discover simple picnic bits, impressive sharing plates and easy al fresco dinner ideas with our favourite summer recipes for eating outdoors.

Dig out the picnic blanket, grab the garden chairs and set up an al fresco feast with the family in the garden. You don’t need to go far to enjoy the sunshine and some mouthwatering summer treats. Indulge in all your favourite picnic recipes and fill your plate with colour and seasonal flavours with our top summer recipes

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Get the whole family involved in making classic, crowd-pleasing dishes and get stuck into piles of flaky sausage rolls, cheesy picnic quiches or a chunk of tear & share pasty.
 

Colourful salads and bites for a crowd


Top your plates up with epic seasonal salads and sharing bites for instantly successful al fresco dining. Try one our top 10 summer salad recipes and make veg the star of your picnic dishes. Bring something bright to the table with our fabulous rainbow salad recipes or raid the kitchen and whip up a quick storecupboard salad. Pay your respects to the humble tattie with our favourite potato salad recipes, complete with creamy dressings galore. 

Serve up golden-brown Scotch eggs with a secret layer of bacon for an added dose of indulgence, or mini sausage rolls with crisp puff pastry. Cater for different tastes with our easy vegetarian sausage rolls and our moreish vegan sausage rolls bursting with umami flavours. 
 

Easy sharing mains

Picnic blanket with salad, quiche, dips and sausage rolls

Our summery quiche recipes are vibrant and versatile. Bring out full Italian flavours with a roasted tomato, basil & parmesan quiche or reap the rewards from your allotment and try our rustic courgette, pine nut & ricotta tart

Pile on the pasties, slabs of our veggie rainbow picnic pie and slices of our summer vegetable & pesto rose tart for a seriously impressive spread. 

It wouldn’t be a picnic without traditional sarnies stuffed with coronation chicken or a simple ploughman’s. Try our 10 easy sandwich filling ideas and creative sandwich fillings for kids.

Want a more modern take? Try our mouthwatering tear & share recipes, from cheesy garlic dough balls to stuffed deli rolls. Make your fluffy focaccia or a fabulous fougasse and add your own personal flair with our top 10 flavoured bread recipes
 

Simple summer drinks


Quench your thirst with one of our fruity non-alcoholic summer drinks recipes, from our fun watermelon lemonade to a refreshing peach iced tea

For the grown-ups, whip up a batch of our boozy summer punch, with elderflower flavours and a touch of fresh herbs. Keep it classic with a traditional jug of Pimm’s or keep cool with one of our fabulous frozen cocktail recipes. All you need is a blender, your favourite boozy base and fruity additions for an adult slushie to sip at leisure. 

Check out our summer drink collection for more cool cordials, easy cocktails and marvellous mocktails. 
 

Sharing desserts


Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a simple bake you can slice and share in a matter of minutes, or throw together a vibrant fruit salad bursting with sweet, tropical flavours. 

Peruse our best ever traybake recipes for no-fuss cakes, brownies, puddings and sweet slices. Raid the cupboards and make our crunchy tropical rocky road, stuffed with dried fruit, biscuits and tasty chocolate chunks. Turn a traditional treat into shareable slices with our coconut & jam macaroon traybake, which takes just a handful of everyday ingredients. No one could resist a slab of our strawberry & cinnamon streusel bars, with a dollop of cream or vanilla ice cream. Top off your impressive spread with classic scones with jam & clotted cream for good measure. 

If you’re lounging in the garden with the freezer in striking distance, try our our best ever ice cream recipes, sorbet recipes, our top 10 ice cream desserts and 10 ways with ice cream sandwiches.
 

Enjoyed these recipes? Try our other summer dishes…

The best summer pudding recipes
5 of our finest summer punches
Summer family meal ideas
Easy summer sharing recipes

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