35 picnic food ideas for the perfect spread

Not sure what to pop in your picnic basket? Here’s some tasty suggestions.

picnic food spread

by Bryony Firth-bernard |

It’s summer and the sun is shining, so what better excuse than to have a picnic? You may know the perfect picnic spot, but if you’re feeling a little stuck on what to pack in your bag or basket, then look no further. From savoury snacks to delicious desserts, we’ve rounded up 35 picnic food ideas, so you can tuck into a tasty spread like no other.

One thing we would advise is to pack your picnic in plenty of time. While you don’t need anything fancy, as the simplest picnics are usually the best, you may find you don’t have all these items lying around in your fridge or cupboards. So, make sure you plan and prep in plenty of time or take a quick trip to the shops beforehand.

Savoury picnic food ideas

picnic sandwiches

• Sandwiches

• Crisps

• Dips

• Scotch eggs

• Cocktail sausages

• Sausage rolls

• Chicken drumsticks

• Pork pies

• Hard boiled eggs

• Quiche

• French stick

• Antipasti

Pasta salad

• Potato salad

• Cheese and crackers

• Breadsticks

• Cheese straws

• Olives

Sweet picnic food ideas

strawberry picnic spread

• Strawberries

• Grapes

• Fruit salad



• Muffins


• Rice crispy cakes



picnic drinks

• Fresh lemonade

• Pimms

• Sparkling wine

• Water

• Iced tea

• Cordial

• Shloer

• Juices

Best picnic food buys

We've picked out the best picnic food bargains you can get at your local supermarkets right now.

Tex Mex Dip Selection

Sainsburys tex mex drip

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This trio includes guacamole, soured cream & chive and salsa.

4 No Pork Sausage Rolls 

aldi plant based sausage rolls

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A picnic must-have and now vegans don't have to miss out either with these flaky sausage rolls.

2 Scotch Eggs

scotch eggs picnic food

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Another picnic classic. These two giant scotch eggs are ideal for a two person picnic.

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference, Cheddar & Spring Onion Crisps

Sainsbury's cheddar and spring onion crisps

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Whatever flavour you choose, crisps are ideal for dunking in your dip.

M&S Mini Victoria Sandwich Cakes

M&S Mini Victoria Sandwich Cake

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Enjoy these soft and spongy Victoria sponge cakes, filled with sweet strawberry jam and cream.

M&S Broccoli, Cheese & Tomato Quiche

broccoli and tomato quiche

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Perfect for eating hot or cold, this quiche serves four.

M&S Still Lemonade

fresh lemonade

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Enjoy this still lemonade, using lemons from Murcia in Spain, chilled.

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