Is there anything better than enjoying a feast in the great outdoors? Whether you're planning a picnic with friends or enjoying a garden feast on the lawn with your family, we've got a wide range of recipes to suit every gathering. Check out our top recipes for dining outdoors for recipes from impressive sharing plates to epic salads. Our best family picnic recipes have all the components needed to make yours a popular picnic.


Discover our pick of the best picnic recipes for the summer, from classic quiches and pies to refreshing drinks, snacks and easily portable puddings. Make sure you're well kitted out with our round-ups of the best picnic accessories and best picnic hampers, too. Ensure you don’t forget any of the essentials by following our helpful guide on how to pack the perfect picnic.

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Picnic quiche recipes

1. Ultimate quiche lorraine

A quiche lorraine on a plate with one slice cut out of it

Quiches are an absolute picnic staple – simple to make, easily portable and delicious served warm or cold. This classic ham and cheese quiche is one of our all-time favourites and it's not hard to see why – a crisp pastry base filled with smoky gruyère, cream and bacon lardons is sure to satisfy.

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2. Smoky chorizo & manchego quiche

An aerial shot of a chorizo quiche with one slice taken out of it

We've given traditional quiche a Spanish-style makeover with smoky chorizo sausage and nutty manchego cheese. This stylish dish is ideal for a posh picnic or casual lunch.

3. Next-level quiche lorraine

A quiche on a grey plate cut into slices

If you're looking to impress, this sophisticated quiche has it all – spiced pastry, smoked pancetta, three types of cheese and an irresistibly light soufflé-style filling. It may take a little bit of extra effort but is well worth it.

4. Picnic quiches

Mini tomato quiches in pastry

Save all the effort of slicing up portions by making these cute individual mini quiches. Each bite delivers a flavour explosion of juicy cherry tomatoes, basil, parmesan and pancetta.

5. Roasted tomato, basil & parmesan quiche

Whole quiche topped with tomatoes and basil

For a mouth-watering meat-free option, try this easy Italian-inspired quiche. It's perfect for a family picnic or dinner in the garden.

6. Asparagus, feta & dill quiche

Asparagus, feta and dill quiche on a plate

Try this delicious asparagus, feta, and dill quiche for another vegetarian option. The egg filling is encased in a cheesy pastry for that extra indulgence.

We've got plenty more delicious quiche recipes to try, from salmon & asparagus quiche to sticky onion & cheddar quiche.

Picnic sandwich ideas

7. Egg & cress club sandwich

Two egg and cress club sandwiches on a plate in front of some crisps

Fans of traditional flavours will love these bumper club sandwiches. Firmly secure each stack with a skewer before transporting and serving.

Check out more super sandwich recipes and get inspiration on sandwich fillings for kids.

8. Stuffed rainbow baguette

Baguette halves topped with colourful veg and cheese, with dips

Paint the rainbow with this colourful stuffed baguette that kids can help to prepare. It's absolutely packed full of vibrant veg including beetroot, red pepper, carrot and green leaves, along with hummus, pesto and slices of cheddar. Wrap it in baking parchment and tie with string to transport.

Find more brilliant baguette recipes and get more inspiration for fun family picnic recipes.

9. Crispy chicken & smashed avocado baps

Sandwich baps filled with crispy chicken, avocado and lettuce

Looking for a healthy sandwich option? These satisfying chicken baps are packed with crisp lettuce and a creamy avocado spread so you can ditch the calorie-laden sauces. The chicken breasts are covered in a light, crispy coating made from flour, almonds and sesame seeds.

10. Chorizo & halloumi baguette

Sliced of baguette topped with chorizo jam, halloumi and relish

As well as being a great brunch option, this hearty baguette works well for a picnic main. A sophisticated take on the sausage sarnie, it packs in salty halloumi, smoky chorizo and a rich homemade tomato paste. To save on spillages, it may be best to transport the paste in a separate pot and spoon it on in situ.

11. Fig & serrano ham picnic bread

Fig & serrano ham picnic bread

Want to branch out from the traditional picnic sarnie? Pack your basket with a fully loaded flatbread instead. Thickly sliced fresh figs make a picture-perfect topping for this ciabatta-style loaf. The sweet fruity flavour complements earthy sage leaves, tangy onion and salty, umami serrano ham.

Master Italian bread skills with our ciabatta and focaccia recipes.

12. Vegetarian wraps

Round flatbreads with a selection of dips and vegetarian filling

Add a DIY element to your al fresco feast with these veggie flatbreads, filled with roasted vegetables, creamy coconut tzatziki and a herby, spicy green sauce. Simply pack up the ingredients into separate containers and let everyone assemble their own wraps at the picnic.

Get more ideas for wrap recipes and flatbread recipes.

13. Fish finger hot dogs

A fish finger in a hot dog bun with lettuce next to a lemon wedge

This twist on a classic fish finger sandwich is a moreish picnic treat. The combination of lightly salted homemade fish fingers complements the sweet brioche and sourness of the gherkin and lemon.

Whether you want to use shop-bought or make your own, our fish finger recipes are perfect for a tasty Friday supper.

Picnic salad ideas

14. Summer allotment salad with English mustard dressing

New potatoes, cucumber, radish and onion

New season potatoes pair well with crisp, crunchy vegetables in this fresh potato salad recipe. We've used radishes, red onions and cucumber, but it would also work wonderfully with fennel, celery and spring onions.

Make the most of seasonal veg with our top 10 summer salad recipes and check out more potato salad recipes.

15. Epic summer salad

Plate loaded with colourful tomato avocado, feta salad

Truly epic in name and nature, this sharing salad is loaded with fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, avocados, spinach, mango and cucumber, covered in a zingy herb dressing, topped with a crumbling of feta. It's easy to throw together, requires no cooking and perfect for a picnic group of six (though you could easily reduce the quantities).

16. Pesto pasta salad

Pesto pasta salad with tomatoes and basil on a plate

This vegetarian pasta salad is easy to make and packed with colourful vegetables. We've included crème fraîche as well as pre-made fresh pesto to create a creamy sauce.

17. Curried rice & egg salad

Bowl of egg, rice and vegetable salad

An egg salad is classic picnic fare. Try this family-friendly twist with turmeric rice, raisins and toasted almonds. Throw in some grated carrots and cucumbers for texture and you have an easy picnic side.

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18. Warm chickpea salad

Bowl of chickpea, feta and Mediterranean vegetable salad

Budget-friendly canned chickpeas are an ideal base for this filling salad option, bulked out with Mediterranean veg and studded with chunks of feta.

Check out more chickpea salad recipes.

19. Elote-inspired pasta salad

Platter of elote-inspired pasta salad

Expand your culinary horizons by moving beyond ordinary pasta salad and trying a version inspired by one of our favourite food discoveries from Mexico: elote, a delicious corn on the cob dish. The natural sweetness of the corn pairs wonderfully with the spicy chilli powder and refreshing lime zest.

Try one of our delicious pasta salad recipes for lunch, a picnic or side dish – pasta doesn't need to be served hot to be delicious.

20. Spring green salad with parsley & blue cheese

A bowl on green salad with salad servers

This sophisticated salad is excellent for a posh picnic. The mighty blue cheese pairs beautifully with the buttery walnuts. Alternatively, serve with kale or chard instead of spring greens.

Find more inspiration for cooking with spring greens.

Picnic pie recipes

21. Veggie rainbow picnic pie

A square-shaped picnic pie cut into squares

This colourful pastry, packed with layers of vegetables, feta and egg, is sure to impress your fellow picnic-goers.

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22. Pork & ham pie

A picnic-style pork pie with one slice taken off the end

Meat-lovers are sure to take a thick slice of this pork and ham pie, which has eggs neatly nestled in the middle. It's a bit of a challenge, but perfect for a weekend cooking project and well worth the effort when you tuck in.

Take a look at our pork pie recipes for more meaty picnic bites.

23. Summer herb & feta pies

Small filo pies on a circular platter

Cheese carries the flavours of basil, mint and watercress in these crisp, bite-sized filo parcels. They're easy to make but look beautiful on any plate or platter.

24. Coronation chicken pie

Coronation chicken pie with slice taken out

Based on a French pithivier, our simple spiced pie is an impressive twist on a classic coronation chicken sandwich filling. It's equally delicious served warm or cold, and keeps well for up to three days.

25. Vegan pie

Vegan pie cut open to reveal colourful layered veg

Want a meat-free picnic centrepiece? Cutting into this multi-layered bake will reveal a kaleidoscope of colourful veg such as beetroot, sweet potato, chard and celeriac. Wrapped in homemade spelt pastry, this crowd-pleasing pie is worth the effort.

Browse our vegan pie recipes for more dairy- and egg-free pastry inspiration.

26. Harissa roasted squash & feta pie

Harissa roasted squash & feta pie

Why not try this veggie pie? A twist on the classic cheese and onion, it's made using filo pastry and harissa-roasted butternut squash for some extra spice and sweetness.

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Picnic snack ideas

27. Summer sausage rolls

Small sausage rolls with sesame seeds on top

A summery twist on classic sausage rolls, with a chicken and bacon filling flavoured with sundried tomatoes, garlic and basil.

We've got plenty more sausage roll recipe variations. Check out our gourmet versions of this classic picnic snack, including caramelised onion & thyme sausage rolls.

28. Easy scotch eggs

Scotch eggs, halves and served with pickle

Our step-by-step instructions will help you nail this picnic classic. Achieve a crispy breadcrumb coating, moist herby sausagemeat and slightly runny yolk.

Discover more scrumptious scotch egg recipes to fill your picnic basket.

29. Classic cheese scones

Cheese scones on a cooling rack

These savoury scones are easy to make, and are a lovely alternative to bread at a picnic. They're simply scrumptious split in half and spread thickly with butter.

Peruse more savoury scone recipes, from cheddar to chorizo flavours.

30. Seeded cheese & chive flapjacks

Green boxes filled with seeded flapjack bars

Flapjacks don't have to be sweet. Bake a batch of these moreish cheddar and chive oat bakes for a scrumptious savoury picnic bite. With a mixture of crunchy seeds, grated carrots and porridge oats, they are full of goodness.

Find more fabulous sweet and savoury flapjack recipes.

31. Pea & ham picnic eggs

Plate of breaded pea and ham picnic eggs

Want a change from scotch eggs? These tasty bite-sized morsels are instead filled with shredded ham hock and peas alongside traditional sausagemeat. Fry them in a crispy breadcrumb coating and serve with mustard, mayo or minty tartare sauce.

32. Vegetarian sausage rolls

Vegetarian sausage rolls on a tray

These tasty little parcels replace traditional sausagemeat with a gourmet filling of mushrooms, chestnuts, leeks and cheddar cheese. Encased in a butter puff-pastry case, they are made for picking up and dunking in a punchy dip (see our ideas below).

If you are also avoiding dairy, then try our equally delicious vegan sausage rolls, which use brown rice miso as a binding agent.

33. Cheese & pesto whirls

Tear-and-share Chelsea buns filled with Pesto, tomato and mozzarella

These herby tear-and-share bread rolls are easy to make and baked with a moreish filling of mozzarella and sundried tomatoes. They are sure to be a hit with the kids.

We've got lots more showstopping tear and share breads to enjoy with family or friends.

34. Apple ‘doughnuts’

Six apple crisp rings topped with funfetti sprinkles

Try these fun, fruity apple rings for a healthier alternative to real doughnuts. Kids will love helping to make and decorate them with nut butter, soft cheese and sprinkles. Pack them in a small box wrapped in a little baking parchment, then enjoy as a light picnic treat.

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35. Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Chocolate-coated strawberries on a stone surface

Transform a punnet of ripe, juicy strawberries into a decadent snack by drizzling them in velvety dark chocolate. Drizzle with milk and white chocolate and enjoy as part of a romantic picnic or al fresco gathering.

Take a look at our strawberry recipes for more inspiration with this juicy summer berry.

36. Cinnamon & apricot trail mix

Little pot of trail mix

Ditch the shop-bought trail mix and make your own healthier keto version. A delicious mix of popcorn, dried apricots, toasted three-seed mix and walnut halves sprinkled with cinnamon, it's a great snack for kids to munch on while walking to the picnic site. Any leftovers can also be used as a popcorn alternative on family film night.

37. Crisp parmesan, olive & sundried tomato polenta bites

Triangle polenta bites

These easy polenta bites can be made in three simple steps and kept in the fridge for up to a day. Great to serve with delicious dips or flavourful enough to eat alone.

Picnic dips and crudités

38. Hummus

Pot of hummus with crackers and vegetable batons

Hummus is one of the most popular and versatile picnic dips. This rich and creamy chickpea blend is made using just five ingredients and is ready in 10 minutes. Spoon into lunchboxes to transport and enjoy with crunchy vegetable batons or pittas.

See our hummus recipes for plenty more flavour variations, including beetroot, pea and squash hummus.

39. Baba ganoush

Bowl of baba ganoush dip with pitta bread and olives

Whip up this Middle Eastern-style dip as part of a meze feast. The smoky flavour of charred aubergines pairs well with nutty tahini, sharp lemons and parsley.

40. Chickpea & red pepper dip

Bowl of red pepper and chickpea dip with pitta bread

Roasted red peppers provide a flavour boost in this speedy, low-calorie dip. You could add feta or goat’s cheese to the ingredients in the processor for an extra tangy hit.

41. Tzatziki

Small bowl of tzatziki with pitta bread

A cooling mint, garlic and yogurt dip, perfect for summer snacking. Enjoy it with pitta toasts or spread over wraps as a filling.

42. Avocado & cannellini bean dip

Bowl of avocado and cannellini bean dip

Keep the hunger pangs at bay with this light yet satisfying vegan dip. Blitz the avocado with beans, garlic, spices, lemon zest and juice and serve with a scattering of mixed seeds, crackers or crudités.

For an even healthier version, try our vegan avocado hummus & crudités recipe, which delivers all five of your five-a-day.

43. Maast-o-khiar (yoghurt with cucumber)

Bowl of yoghurt with cucumber and decorated with petals and mint

This minty yoghurt dip is exceptionally refreshing. The golden raisins add small bursts of sweetness throughout. Serve alongside flatbread or as a complement to barbecued meats.

Try one of our flatbread recipes.

Healthier picnic ideas

44. Vegetarian scotch eggs

Homemade scotch eggs in a blanket with a pot of sauce

Combining two of our favourite foods – falafel and scotch eggs – this is a great healthy veggie option to bring along to a picnic. The casing is made using chickpeas spiced with cumin and coriander rolled in crisp panko breadcrumbs.

See our top-rated scotch egg recipes to enjoy with salad, chutneys and other picnic foods.

45. Easy crustless quiche

Crustless quiche filled with asparagus and pancetta

Quiche lovers can now enjoy our lighter version of this picnic classic, minus the pastry case. It's still packed with a comforting mixture of cheese, smoky pancetta and asparagus, so you won't be compromising on taste.

46. Pastry-less pork pie

Pork pie wrapped in courgette slices

Another picnic favourite without the calorie-laden pastry. Our clever pork pie uses strips of seasonal courgette and plenty of spices to make an attractive picnic main that's also full of flavour.

47. Chicken skewers with tzatziki

Chicken and vegetables on open tortilla wraps

Combine lightly charred chicken breasts with a vibrant mixture of veggies, herbs and homemade creamy tzatziki. Wrapped in wholemeal tortillas, these Greek-style skewers are sure to be popular with kids and adults alike.

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48. Salmon picnic platter

Spread of smoked salmon, cucumber, eggs and rye bread

Looking for a lighter option to traditional picnic fare? Try a Scandi-style picnic spread complete with cooked salmon, hot-smoked salmon, stuffed eggs and a cucumber, yogurt and dill salad. Pile onto rye bread rolls and prepare to take a big bite!

Check out our healthy picnic recipes for more light and summery treats.

49. Healthy potato salad

Bowl of potato salad

Try this healthy potato salad at a barbecue or picnic for a different take on a classic summer salad. This delicious recipe features basil, parsley and garlic.

Discover more potato salad recipes, a versatile side dish to see you through from Christmas to summer picnics.

Picnic drink ideas

50. Summer cup

Glass of pimm's with mint, strawberry and cucumber

Capture the sunshine in a glass. Though the recipe is simple, you can't beat it.

51. Homemade ginger beer

Glasses and vial filled with ginger beer

Make your own zingy syrup by cooking fresh ginger root with lemon peel and sugar. Topped up with soda water and lemon juice, it makes a wonderfully crispy and refreshing summer drink to take to a picnic.

52. Coconut & pineapple cooler

Three jam-jar cocktails in an iced dish

This crowd-pleasing fruity cocktail can be made in advance and nestled in an ice bucket or cool box. The base is made with coconut rum and gin, and we've added an optional garnish of coriander to give it a herby lift.

53. Zingy blackberry lemonade

A bottle of blackberry lemonade on its side against a tartan blanket

Blend together lemons, blackberries and mint to make a refreshing drink that's delicious served with sparkling water. If you want to take it to the next level (or vary it for the adults), it pairs perfectly with prosecco.

54. Easy iced tea

Two glasses and a jug of iced tea with lemon slices and mint sprigs

Refreshing and citrussy, this easy iced tea is guaranteed to impress at a family picnic. With the subtle flavours of tea, honey, lemon and mint, it's a lovely palate cleanser after all those pies!

55. Cucumber, mint & melon punch

Punch in a jug with lime, melon and cucumber

The mixture of juicy honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon chunks make this the ultimate cooler to beat the heat. Treat yourself to an alcoholic picnic cocktail and enjoy the summer heat while it lasts.

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Picnic dessert ideas

56. Blackberry bakewell squares

Blackberry bakewell squares

Put fresh blackberries centre-stage in this tasty traybake with a crumbly digestive biscuit base and a tangy layer of blackberry jam. Cut into squares and transport in a tin – they'll even survive well on a sunny day.

57. Tropical rocky road

Someone holding a tin of rocky road

Take rocky road to new heights by adding a tropical twist. We used dried pineapple, mango, banana chips and desiccated coconut, but you can add any dried fruit, nuts or biscuits that you have to hand. Experiment with new flavours and textures – it's hard to go wrong!

58. Rhubarb & custard blondies

Chopping board of cut blondies

Fudgy and irresistible, these blondies look impressive but are actually very easy to make. We've swirled a custard and rhubarb mixture through the blondie batter for a rich hit in every bite.

59. Coconut & jam macaroon traybake

Three boxes of coconut macaroon traybake with jam centres and chocolate drizzle

Transport your tastebuds to the tropics with our simple coconut traybake. It's easy to divide up into squares – each with a jammy raspberry centre and dark chocolate drizzle. Portion into lunchboxes for a sweet pick-me-up.

60. Vegan cherry & almond brownies

A pile of cherry chocolate brownies stacked up on each other

Decadent, moreish and plant-based to boot – it doesn't get better than these vegan brownies. Glacé cherries add a lovely burst of fruity flavour against the chocolate batter, made extra-indulgent with dark chocolate, cocoa powder and coffee.

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