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Healthy picnic recipes

44 Recipes

Pack your hamper with lighter, summery treats, from low-fat salads to healthier scotch eggs and sandwiches.

Bhaji frittata

3.8

(10 ratings)

This lunchbox or picnic-friendly dish takes an Italian-style thick omelette and adds some Indian spice, along with potatoes, peas and coriander
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Late-summer tomato & carrot salad

5

(3 ratings)

This vibrant vegetarian side dish is dressed with chilli, spring onion and balsamic vinegar, then sprinkled with crunchy pumpkin seeds
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Summer fruit quinoa salad

4

(1 rating)

Jazz up this good-for-you grain with some stone fruits like apricots, peaches and nectarines- add a little mint and parsley for colour and flavour
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Mini spinach & cottage cheese frittatas

3.2

(5 ratings)

Tiny omelette bites that are ideal for lunchboxes- dill, nutmeg and spring onion keep them flavour-packed, but they're still good for you
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

The ultimate makeover: Chicken Caesar salad

4.71795

(39 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
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Lighter Scotch eggs

5

(1 rating)

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
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Potato & paprika tortilla

4.333335

(9 ratings)

This thick, traditional Spanish omelette is bulked out with new potatoes and flavoured with herbs
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Rainbow rolls

0

(0 ratings)

For a crunchy top and soft doughy middle, we devised scone-bread hybrid baps, which make use of leftover veg
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Ricotta, fig & prosciutto crostini

4

(1 rating)

Little Italian toasts topped with creamy cheese, sweet fruit and salty ham - a killer combination to be served as a nibble
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Curried pasta salad

3.75

(4 ratings)

Take the blueprint of Coronation chicken, omit the meat and add pasta and you have a fresh fusion side dish
  • 22 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Carrot & hummus roll-ups

4.125

(8 ratings)

Roll-up, roll-up - snaffle something superhealthy in a flash with these vegetarian wraps
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Cheese & chive coleslaw

4.666665

(9 ratings)

Homemade coleslaw makes the perfect accompaniment to a picnic feast, delicious served with crusty rolls and ham
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Egg & veggie pittas

4

(1 rating)

Cram wholemeal bread pockets with healthy aubergine, beetroot and carrot, then add a garlic and dill yogurt and eggs
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Spicy courgette pitta pockets

4.5

(8 ratings)

Treat yourself to a solo supper of grilled vegetables, served in bread pockets with tahini, hummus, broad beans and harissa
  • 16 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

The ultimate makeover: Coronation chicken

4.142855

(7 ratings)

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

Healthier flapjacks

4.421055

(19 ratings)

A healthier version of traditional fruit and nut bars that are packed with seeds, oats and agave syrup - perfect for snacking and lunchboxes
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Help-yourself tuna rice salad

4.367645

(68 ratings)

Ideal for busy households, this hearty salad keeps well in the fridge for up to three days, ready to be spooned into a bowl whenever you're peckish...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

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