If you are staying near the coast like me, you’ll definitely enjoy the usual picnic at the beach.
A beautiful sandy beach is the perfect place for us to relax, relieve the everyday stress and spend some quality time with our family.
But sometimes, it may happen my hubby and I get second thoughts about going there. Why, you ask?
It’s mainly about what to eat there. We don’t want the usual hotdogs from the cart seller there and I’m kinda lazy to cook sometimes.
We can agree that it can take quite a handful to prepare food for a picnic especially when you want to go early at the beach.
To solve this, I’ve found 20 easy and quick picnic food recipes perfect for summer!
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My recipes have been divided in sweet and savoury categories, for your heart’s content.
Sweet Picnic Food Recipes
#1 Sugar-Free Granola Bars
Want to know how to make homemade Kind Bars? Try this Kind Bar recipe copycat.
They’re the easiest low carb, gluten-free, sugar-free granola bars ever via Wholesum Yum.
#2 No-Bake Truffles With Whoppers Candy
These No-Bake Truffles with Whoppers Candy are the perfect dessert to make on the fly or for a party!
They are easy and will be kind to your budget – only four ingredients needed! via Dancing Through The Rain.
#3 Cream Cheese Dark Chocolate Keto Fudge
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this heavenly cream cheese dark chocolate keto fudge.
It’s a delicious low carb treat with only 1 gram net carb per square via Low Carb Yum.
#4 Honey Popcorn Balls
Here is another sweet treat that you don’t have to feel guilty about! I love these! They are the best kind!
This popcorn ball has it all, its crunchy, sweet and with all those almonds, very satisfying via Wanna Bite.
#5 Cranberry Swirl Cornbread Muffins
If you are looking for easy cranberry recipes, these leftover cranberry sauce muffins are perfect for using up those Thanksgiving leftovers or Christmas dinner leftovers.
And this muffin can be eaten warm, cold, on the go, for a breakfast, snack and is a great lunch box addition! via Food Meanderings.
Savory Picnic Food Recipes
#6 Easy Homemade Corndog Bite
They are the easiest corndogs that you will ever make.
They are perfect for any occasion- picnic, game-day, birthday parties, and much more. Enjoy! via The Flying Couponer.
#7 Cheese Mac and Cheese Bites
These 3 Cheese Mac-N-Cheese Mini Bites are a delicious appetizer or side dish recipe, ideal for parties, picnic snack, or luncheons via When is Dinner.
#8 Italian Quinoa Bites
These pizza-flavored snacks are full of whole grains and real food ingredients!
Savory Italian Quinoa Bites will be one of your new favorite food recipes ideal for the summer picnic!
Gluten-free, wholesome, and incredibly flavorful via Healthy Helper Blog.
I was on the beach every summer. That was the pleasant part of my childhood because we were right by the sea. We’d take a picnic, and I’d spend hours in the water until I turned blue. You couldn’t get me out of there – Olga Kurylenko
#9 Macaroni Cheese Cups
Luckily, for us, macaroni & cheese in a box (although it may not be always the best option) is cheap and my kids love them – add a carb like the crescent rolls in our Baked Macaroni & Cheese Cups and their appetites are more than satisfied via The Mommy Mix.
#10 Quick Caprese Salad
Got 60 seconds? If the answer is yes then you got enough time to make a Quick Caprese Salad.
Yes! is that easy, there’s virtually no chopping involved, except the Basil. Oh and the flavor? delicious, fresh and oh so addicting via Living Sweet Moments.
#11 Picnic Perfect Kale Quinoa Salad + Cider Vinaigrette
Anyways, about summa. I love Love LOVE THIS SEASON! Like I really…reeeally looove it.
Summer.Is.The.BEST. Period. Exclamation Point. End quote.
And since it’s officially summer you and I need some
good (<- nope, scratch that), we need some amaayeeezingly tasty outdoor food.
Think picnic-perfect food. Here’s a picture of it. Yum yum via Pass Me Some Tasty.
#12 Italian Pasta Salad
Add in your fresh veggies including cherry tomatoes, green pepper, onion and garlic.
To keep with the Italian theme, I also used salami, black olives and fresh mozzarella cheese. My mouth is watering just thinking about this pasta salad! via Simply Stacie.
#13 Pressed Muffuletta Sandwich
Accompanied by a homemade spread of marinated olives, artichokes, red wine vinegar, and spices, this Pressed Muffuletta Sandwich is one of my recommended food recipes, perfect for your next summer picnic to share with friends.
Along with some helpful tips and menu ideas to make the most out of your day in the sun and sand, you’ll be sure to enjoy this elevated take on the typical Italian deli sandwich via Feast in Tyme.
There’s something so intimate about a picnic with your guy – Katie Lee
#14 Curried Black-Eyed Pea Salad Sandwiches
An easy healthy lunch recipe for any day of the week. Curried Black-Eyed Pea Salad Sandwiches that are gluten-free, vegan, and top 8 allergy-free.
Easy to whip up on your meal prep days and have ready to go in the fridge! via Strength and Sunshine.
#15 Vegan Egg Salad
This vegan egg salad is totally delicious and easy to make! It’s also gluten-free and packed with protein.
The perfect lunch or snack via Vegannie.
#16 Wasabi Mayo Crab Onigirazu
Wasabi Mayo Crab Onigirazu is a fun sandwich made with Japanese sushi rice, crab meat and fresh vegetables topped with a zesty wasabi mayo and folded over with a nori (seaweed) wrapper to be enjoyed as a picnic lunch or in a bento box via Healthy World Cuisine Magazine.
#17 Tuna Spring Rolls
These skinny minis are served cold and travel well making them the perfect take along on all your summer activities this year! via Mom vs The Boys.
#18 Vegan Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
Easy Vegan Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce: Satisfying and versatile snack loaded with veggies and dipped in delicious peanut sauce with ginger and garlic.
Gluten-free, raw, low carb! via Happy Kitchen Rocks.
The things that make me happiest in the whole world are going on the occasional picnic, either with my children or with my partner; big family gatherings; and being able to go to the grocery store – if I can get those things in, I’m doing good. – Kate Winslet
#19 Better than Grandma’s Fried Chicken
Do you have nostalgia for the old-time buttermilk fried chicken?
What if I told you there was a way to make it gluten free, dairy free, and much healthier for you, but it maintains that old-fashion-made-by-Grandma kinda taste.
It’s made in the oven and perfect for dinner with the family or to take on a picnic. You in? via Pink Fortitude.
#20 Loaded Baked Potato
One of my favorite things about self-improvement is teaching myself how to cook all of the foods I previously disliked in a way that I might enjoy them.
A potato salad was one of those foods – it never quite struck a chord with my taste buds; until this recipe, that is. via The Starving Chef Blog.
I hope you’ve enjoyed all of my easy picnic food recipes for this summer. If you have other ideas, please share with us in the comments.
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