A picnic doesn't need days of planning, check out our last-minute guide packed with super quick recipes you can put together with a handful of ingredients.
Fill your picnic basket in a flash by taking advantage of no-cook ingredients, ready-made veggie sides, speedy sandwiches and quick salads. Our picnic nibbles are perfect for an impromptu outing, leaving you more time to take in the sun. Make sure your blanket is spread with an abundance of goodies and get the best gadgets to match.
Of course the benefit of seasonal summer salads is that they need no cooking and minimal prep and they're easily packed away. Try this no-cook chickpea salad for a healthy, vegan al fresco lunch, or a minty beetroot, feta & bulghar salad for a helping of grain goodness. If you want something even speedier, try this quick turkey couscous, or our storecupboard pasta salad.
Super quick sandwiches
Sandwiches are a picnic staple and we have plenty of creative recipes you can assemble in minutes. These veggie olive wraps are a simple way to get in plenty of healthy veggies and they're vegan to boot. Our lighter BLT with layers of crispy prosciutto and buttery avocado is a surefire crowd pleaser while our Italian sub is full of classic flavours with crunchy ciabatta to add texture.
Dips and crisps
No picnic would be complete without something to dip into. Whizz up a creamy beetroot houmous with crisp pitta chips – great for sharing – and if you're willing to get out a frying pan, try rustling up these flash-fried courgette fritters that you can also serve alongside the houmous. Add more pop to the picnic with this sweet and spicy popcorn, ready in under 10 minutes.
If you're laying your blanket somewhere close to home, make that picnic extra special with a batch of raspberry lemonade slushies. They're simple to blend and bottle. Or if you're venturing out a little farther, try our really easy lemonade that boasts plenty of flavour.
Everyone needs a little something sweet to finish off the perfect picnic. Pack up jars of these lemon curd & yogurt fools, ready in just 10 minutes. Serve with fresh raspberries and crisp shortbread for a lovely summer dessert. Why not also pack up our blackberry version for a selection of fools? If you want something super simple, try this grapefruit, orange & apricot salad with a honey drizzle.
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