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.

12 ratings 3.7 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
12 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
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4 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
8 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
3 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
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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
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12 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
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

What could be more British than this scone and coronation chicken combo? Ideal for a summer party or picnic

37 mins
Easy
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
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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
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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
28 ratings 4.6 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
22 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
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This colourful, sweet and spicy chutney makes a delicious addition to burgers, cheese boards, ham sandwiches or curries

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

These little filo pastry parcels are packed with a cheese, basil, mint and watercress filling - perfect for a picnic

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Thin slices of courgette encase a meaty minced pork filling to make this healthy, low-calorie pie - a lovely light option for a picnic

2 hrs and 10 mins
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Healthy
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Fun and fruity individual desserts with a layer of set cream - use portable jam jars to pack up for a picnic

25 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

This delicately coloured, refreshing take on the classic gin and tonic makes a perfect picnic tipple

10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This bulgur wheat and chopped herb salad makes a scrumptious side to take to a picnic - drizzle the dressing over before serving

25 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
13 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

These savoury pastries are sure to please at a posh picnic, with cream cheese, smoked fish and puff pastry

50 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Pack up these asparagus, ham and dried tomato parcels with a creamy dip for a posh picnic, or serve as a starter

25 mins
Easy
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