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Picnic recipes

Al fresco picnic food and drink for sunny days, including pastry, Scotch eggs, cakes, bakes and salads. These easy recipes are sure to please a crowd.

2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
8 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

A combination of cooked and smoked salmon, hot-smoked salmon, stuffed eggs and cucumber, yogurt and dill salad makes the ideal al fresco sharer for friends

38 mins
Easy
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7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy these toasted egg and cress club sandwiches as part of a summer family picnic. Skewer each sandwich with a sandwich pick and serve with crisps

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
21 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Take a sheet of puff pastry and stuff it with pork sausages, chutney and mustard to make these onion & thyme sausage rolls. They’re perfect picnic food

40 mins
Easy
28 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Serve this gently spiced chicken pie warm or cold – it's delicious either way. While it looks impressive for a party or picnic, it's easy to make using ready-made puff pastry

2 hrs and 5 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Pack a picnic, or deck out a buffet table with these moreish vegan sausage rolls, made with mushrooms, brown rice miso, mustard and sage

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegan
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Combine piccalilli with potatoes, cucumbers and radishes, then top with deep-fried onions. It's ideal as a picnic salad or side dish – just toss with the dressing when you're ready to eat

40 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve these simple four-ingredient cheese puffs as part of a picnic or for lunch. You could also try adding some roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes or pesto

45 mins
Easy
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

Pack up these bite-sized savoury morsels for a picnic, or serve them as canapés at a party. They look like scotch eggs, but with the classic combo of pea and ham in the middle

55 mins
More effort
69 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make a classic coronation chicken filling to serve with jacket potatoes or in sandwiches and salads. It's an excellent way to use up leftover chicken after a roast

5 mins
Easy
24 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Try our flavourful vegetarian sausage rolls, packed with mushrooms, chestnuts, leeks and cheese. They're perfect for a picnic or served with salad for lunch

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy these veggie sausage slices for lunch or in a picnic. Wrapped in puff pastry, they're packed with roasted peppers and spices

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Rustle up these little cheese and onion pasties for a family picnic. If you won't eat all 12, they freeze well and can be cooked straight from frozen

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy this crowd-pleasing tropical cocktail with coconut rum, gin and pineapple juice. It will sit happily in an ice bucket for several hours, ideal for summer barbecues 

15 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
2 ratings 2.5 out of 5 star rating

Layer up noodles, beans, tomatoes, spinach and chicken in jars to serve at a family picnic. These mini salads come with a tasty coconut and peanut dressing

45 mins
Easy
26 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Rustle up a batch of vanilla cupcakes with pretty butter icing for a family picnic or weekend treat. Decorate them with fruit or sprinkles, if you like

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

These sticky chicken drumsticks are perfect for a summer picnic or party. You could serve them warm or leave to cool before packing into a container

1 hr
18 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Take the humble potato salad to the next level with our ultimate version of this ever-versatile side dish. It's perfect for picnics, barbecues and more

22 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make these cute mini fruit milkshakes for a family picnic. With three flavours to suit everyone, try banana, strawberry & raspberry and mango & coconut

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Packed with veggies, feta and egg, this vegetarian pastry is part tortilla, part pie. Bursting with summer colours, it'll provide the wow factor at any picnic

2 hrs and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Forget boring sandwiches at a picnic – pack these prawn cocktail subs instead. If you're travelling, assemble them when you get there so they're super-fresh (see tip below)

10 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

25 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Fill a baguette with hummus, pesto and colourful veg such as beetroot, red pepper, carrot and green leaves to make this vegetarian rainbow sandwich

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
9 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy this cheesy garlic tear-and-share bread at a family dinner. It's perfect for feeding a crowd at a barbecue, or as a side dish to a hearty casserole

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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