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Healthy picnic recipes

54 Recipes

Pack your hamper with lighter summer treats, from healthier scotch eggs and sandwiches, to filling salads and fruity desserts.

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  • The ultimate makeover: Chicken Caesar salad

    The ultimate makeover: Chicken Caesar salad

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.43 ratings

    Angela Nilsen has been on a mission to make the not-so-innocent Caesar salad more honest. The result? A healthier and tastier version. So tuck in

  • Epic summer salad served in a large bowl

    Epic summer salad

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.86 ratings

    Perfect for BBQs and buffets, this is an assembly job of gorgeous ingredients – no cooking required. Serve it with lamb kebabs for an impressive summer feast

  • Lighter Scotch eggs

    Lighter Scotch eggs

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    The picnic classic gets a healthy makeover - two thirds of the fat is knocked off by using lentils and lean pork and baking instead of frying

  • A bowl of herby potato salad

    Healthy potato salad

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.11 ratings

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

  • Crispy chicken & smashed avocado baps served in a lunchbox

    Crispy chicken & smashed avocado baps

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.2 ratings

    Pack these healthy chicken, avocado and lettuce sandwiches to enjoy on a family summer picnic. The chicken has a crispy coating made from flour, almonds and sesame seeds

  • Vegan spinach & cherry tomato quiche cut into slices

    Vegan spinach & cherry tomato quiche

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Enjoy this versatile vegan tart with spinach and tomato. You could use almost any vegetable – try roasted sweet potatoes or caramelised onions or leeks

  • Veggie olive wraps with mustard vinaigrette

    Veggie olive wraps with mustard vinaigrette

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.16 ratings

    Eat the rainbow with our simple, healthy, veggie wrap. This olive and veg sandwich makes an easy vegan, low-calorie lunch option to eat al-desko

  • Apricot & raspberry tart

    Apricot & raspberry tart

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.13 ratings

    Delicious served hot or cold, this tart uses filo pastry to keep the calories down

  • Salmon pasta salad with lemon & capers

    Salmon pasta salad with lemon & capers

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.19 ratings

    Use frozen, skinless wild salmon fillets for a cheap and filling lunch on the go. This low-calorie, healthy dish couldn't be easier to whip up

  • The ultimate makeover: Coronation chicken

    The ultimate makeover: Coronation chicken

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.7 ratings

    Discover a lighter, prettier version of this popular salad from our Ultimate Makeover collection, with half the fat but loads more flavour

  • Apple & penne slaw with walnuts

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.12 ratings

    Try a fresh twist on the classic pasta salad with a tangy, veggie yogurt-based dressing, plus apples, walnuts and chickpeas. It's a healthy, low-calorie lunch option that provides 3 of your 5-a-day

  • Easy falafels

    Easy healthy falafels

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.15 ratings

    Pair John Torode's easy falafels with soft flatbreads, well-spiced humous and crunchy pickles for a magnificent meze of a lunch, or a shareable starter

  • Lemon & yogurt chicken served on a flatbread

    Lemon & yogurt chicken flatbreads

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.22 ratings

    Make these family-friendly chicken wraps with lemon, garlic and cinnamon marinade on a barbecue if the sun is shining. Serve in flatbreads with yoghurt

  • A salad with griddled chicken and peaches

    Minty griddled chicken & peach salad

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.7 ratings

    This colourful salad supplies lean protein and is packed with nutrients including vitamins C and E. It's also low-calorie and provides all 5 of your 5-a-day

  • Healthy wholemeal wraps topped with pea hummus, vegetables and feta

    Wholemeal wraps with minty pea hummus & beetroot

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.8 ratings

    This quick lunch option contains 3 of your 5-a-day and makes great fuel for exercise. Homemade wraps are easy to make and are much tastier than shop-bought.

  • Basic curried roast chickpeas

    Basic curried roast chickpeas

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Avoid the 3pm sugar crash with these healthy curried roast chickpeas that make a perfect snack. You can use the recipe as a base to make other snacks too

  • A plate of salad with potatoes, lettuce, peas and green beans topped with eggs

    Summer egg salad with basil & peas

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.11 ratings

    Drizzle seasonal greens, new potatoes and eggs with a tangy, herby dressing to make this healthy vegetarian lunch or dinner, packed with iron, folate and fibre

  • slaw in bowl with napkin

    Easy vegan coleslaw

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make this simple dairy-free vegan slaw that's perfect for barbecues and summer picnics. Put it together in minutes and shake with our mustardy dressing

  • Scandi beetroot & salmon pasta served in tupperware

    Scandi beetroot & salmon pasta

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Eat well at work with this easy-to-prepare Scandinavian-inspired beetroot and salmon fusilli salad. It'll keep you going through the afternoon

  • Fennel, roast lemon & tomato salad served on a plate

    Fennel, roast lemon & tomato salad

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Combine roasted lemon with fronds of fennel, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate and herbs to make this colourful summer salad. It makes a perfect sharing dish

  • Spring tabbouleh salad on a white plate

    Spring tabbouleh

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.16 ratings

    A simple, budget, spring salad that can add a healthy dose of vegetables to your midweek meal. This easy vegan dish also makes great leftover lunches

  • A serving plate with healthy Turkish meatloaf and a salad served alongside

    Healthy Turkish meatloaf

    A star rating of 3.6 out of 5.15 ratings

    Serve this lamb meatloaf and salad at a summer picnic or packed up for lunch. It's tasty and healthy too, delivering all five of your five-a-day

  • A plate of chicken satay with sliced cucumber and sweet chilli dip

    Nutty chicken satay strips

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.154 ratings

    Keep these nutty chicken satay strips in the fridge for a healthy choice when you're peckish. The chicken is served with cucumber and sweet chilli sauce

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