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.

6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Excite your tastebuds with a salad combining sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes, macadamia nuts and avocado with a kick of chipotle chilli. Ideal for a barbecue

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
11 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This easy recipe is a great way to use up a pick-your-own glut of blackcurrants and makes a refreshing summer drink

16 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
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142 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
20 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Need ideas for a coffee morning or afternoon tea? These bars from Canada are so moreish, with a crunchy biscuit base, custard layer and chocolate topping

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
44 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Make a kids' classic with these chocolate Rice Krispie cakes and decorate with sweets, nuts or dried fruit for the ultimate hometime treat

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
51 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Make these easy chocolate chip muffins with kids over the weekend or school holidays. They take just 15 minutes prep and are a guaranteed family favourite

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
14 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr and 45 mins
Easy
Healthy
13 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Capture the true taste of summer with this berry-infused spirit that makes a stunning gin 'n' tonic or base for a fruity cocktail

15 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These crispy paella bites make the perfect canapé for a Spanish-style party. We predict they’re the new deep-fried mac 'n' cheese, watch this space...

40 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

The fillings for your sandwiches are baked into the bread here, making this an easy picnic option. To make it veggie, look for a vegetarian pesto

1 hr and 10 mins
More effort
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This jar salad trend is a keeper! The dressing stays at the bottom of the container, and the leafy greens remain fresh and crisp until you're ready to serve

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
2 ratings 3.0 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy the classic combination of walnuts and blue cheese in these savoury muffins made with spelt wholemeal flour, baby spinach and spring onions

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

Try a twist on sausage rolls with our chorizo version. With just four ingredients, they're simple to make, and sure to get rave reviews - ideal for a picnic

50 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

You can use any dried fruit, nuts or biscuits in these tasty chocolate chunks. Pineapple and mango gives them a lovely fruity twist

25 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

We've given the classic sausage roll a makeover by using spicy chorizo in the filling. Perfectly portable picnic treats!

50 mins
Easy
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Pack these in tins for picnics or school fetes, or serve single bars with a dollop of clotted cream for dessert. Blackberries also work really well when strawberry season is over

1 hr and 10 mins
More effort
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy as it is with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dunking, or smear with soft goat's cheese and top with a handful of rocket

1 hr
More effort
13 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

A classic Portuguese custard tart with buttery pastry and a hint of cinnamon and lemon in the filling. Who could resist these delicious tiny treats? 

1 hr and 25 mins
A challenge
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Our buffet centrepiece is inspired by a classic Cornish pasty, but served in a new way that's perfect for a party or picnic

2 hrs and 25 mins
More effort
8 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This is quick to throw together and perfect as a lunchbox feast whether you’re on a picnic or at your desk.

40 mins
Easy
Healthy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Two picnic classics come together in this pastry pie, filled with sausagemeat and eggs - ideal for wrapping up and eating outside

1 hr and 40 mins
More effort
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

These colourful, spiced sweet and sour onions add piquancy to a ploughman’s, or a sharp finish to Mexican food - an ideal edible gift to make ahead and pop in a homemade hamper

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
35 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Make quiche Lorraine to perfection every time with this easy recipe for a crisp pastry base and rich smoked bacon, cheese and thyme filling

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
23 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Everyone's favourite jam biscuit gets a zesty makeover - sandwich with lemon curd and sprinkle with sherbet for extra zing

1 hr
Easy
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