12 of the best picnic recipes

12 of the best picnic recipes

Picnic Tickler bread

Making a homemade loaf does require that extra bit of effort, but it brings so much more flavour to your picnic table. Make up sandwiches beforehand or just serve loose alongside crumbly cheese, pickles and hams so people can make their own.

Melton Mowbray pork pies

Who could resist this picnic staple, created by the experts of our much beloved British pork pie? Just pack some spicy pickle too to serve alongside.

Strawberry cheesecake bites

These nibbles are the perfect size for a quick picnic. They're also great for adding a sophisticated afternoon tea theme to your get-together. Just be sure to pack them carefully in a sealed and upright container.

Blackberry and gin cured salmon

Love a G&T but can't drink it because you're driving? This is the guilt free way to enjoy a touch of summer gin. You'll need to prepare this the night before but it's well worth it. Just serve on a slice on rye bread or roll up with cream cheese into mini roulades.

Pea and blue cheese filo tarts

Tarts are ideal picnic grub as they're simple to make and if you make them big enough, easy to share among a few of you. If you're not a fan of blue cheese, you could substitute this for cheddar or feta.

Chantenay dippers with roasted beetroot dip

Short on time? Use ready cooked beetroot. You can also use ground cumin and coriander, to save you roasting the seeds, and add a handful of fresh mint or coriander leaves before blending. These colourful crudites are also a big success with little children.

Stilton, butternut squash and fig quick quiche

A great bake for everyone to enjoy, including any vegetarians.

Apple, strawberry, chicken and walnut salad

It's always a good idea to stock up on salads for a picnic. Not only do they fill you up, but they also add lots of goodness to your picnic feast.

Jam tarts with filo pastry

Be the queen of tarts (especially among little ones that have a sweet tooth) with this tasty recipe.

Blackberry and bay leaf jelly

The ultimate picnic multi-tasker, this hard working jelly will go with cheese and bread, pork pies and all sorts of cold meats. You can even use freshly hand-picked blackberries to make it too.

Butterfly cupcakes

Getting the grandchildren involved with preparing your picnic is one of the best ways to guarantee even the fussiest of eaters will want to tuck in. And few little girls could resist this opportunity to make their very own beautiful butterfly cakes with grandma or grandad.

For more ideas on how to please fussy eaters at a picnic, click here

Steak sandwich with pickled vegetables

If you don't fancy the faff of assembling everything once you've found your spot, the best thing is to pack pre-prepared sandwiches. This is a lovely one that could be made up from the leftovers of your steak the night before. It's also a touch more special than your average cheese and pickle sarnie.

And if you don't fancy cooking? Have a look at our suggestions of the best picnic treats for eating out

We've also got a round-up of the best spots for a bit of alfresco dining