Crispy chicken & smashed avocado baps served in a lunchbox

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.

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
10 ratings 4.3 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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428 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Bake these 4-ingredient flapjacks – they're easy to make and ready in half an hour. Add chocolate drops, desiccated coconut or sultanas, if you like

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Smoked salmon and eggs is a cracking breakfast combination – take it to the next level with these Scotch eggs, flavoured with herbs, capers, lemon and cayenne

1 hr
More effort
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make some moreish cheese and bacon turnovers for lunch, a picnic or buffet, and add a dollop of mustard if you like. They'll keep for up to three days

30 mins
Easy
60 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Fragrant and refreshing, springtime elderflower cordial is easy to make. Mix with sparkling water to create elderflower pressé, or add to wine, prosecco or champagne to start a party in style

24 hrs
Easy
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Rustle up these cod and pea fritters for an easy family dish during the week. They're also great for a packed lunch – simply serve with tomatoes and rocket

35 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Give kids two of their five-a-day and a dose of vitamin C with these colourful rainbow pots of tuna salad, ideal for a lunchbox, or summer picnic

37 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Spruce up homemade potato salad with chorizo in this flavour-packed side dish that's a perfect accompaniment to a summer barbecue – great for serving a crowd

45 mins
Easy
22 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Try these flavour-packed veggie wraps filled with pickled onions, roasted veg, coconut tzatziki and spicy green sauce. They will feed four people for under £10 – perfect for a hungry crowd

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

What's better than dunking biscuits into tea? These ingenious tea and biscuits cheesecake bars capture that flavour sensation perfectly

50 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
27 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Love Marmite? We’re staking our bets on these being the best sausage rolls you’ve ever tasted. Cut them into mini portions as a canapé or keep them longer for a filling lunch

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
222 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Make these super easy blueberry muffins for a fun weekend bake. You're just a few simple steps away from bite-sized blueberry treats

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
10 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Add toasted Brazil nuts to your burritos for texture and buttery flavour along with our spiced tomato rice and refried beans. Ideal for a Mexican feast

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Load up a sub with homemade hummus, beetroot, chickpeas and salad to make this filling vegan sandwich. An ideal lunch for when hunger strikes

20 mins
Easy
Vegan
15 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A true taste of summer, serve this fruity punch with fresh mint leaves, cucumber, orange and strawberries

5 mins
Easy
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Try this twist on a traditional foccacia with a topping of potato, turmeric and rosemary. It takes a little effort, but you'll be well rewarded for your time

50 mins
More effort
Vegan
8 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Use ready-made croissant dough to make these easy cinnamon rolls. We’ve topped the rolls with a thick caramel, but you could use a thin white icing instead

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
14 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Try this take on the classic sausage roll for veggies. Making your own flaky pastry is well worth the extra few minutes, and is surprisingly easy

1 hr and 25 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Think of these beef and chorizo empanadas as a kind of South American pasty. They can be baked or fried and are tasty served with guacamole and sour cream

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

A crisp, short pastry base and a pancetta, cherry tomato and parmesan filling make these perfectly portable tartlets ideal for picnics and summer days out

2 hrs and 15 mins
More effort
17 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

If you're looking for lunchbox inspiration, try making these vegetarian courgette frittatas. Serve with salad for an easy, filling and tasty lunch

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

If you're out to impress at a coffee morning, try these easy chocolate mini rolls. The buttercream contains peppermint extract for a real flavour punch

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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