31 Simple Summer Picnic Recipes You’ll Love
These easy Summer Picnic Recipes are delicious, portable, and perfect for your next picnic. Whether that be in your backyard, a favorite park, or the beach.
With the long days of summer ahead, there’s nothing quite like packing a picnic basket with simple, delicious food and heading into the great outdoors.
Even if the destination is your patio or backyard.
These easy picnic recipes will give you simple ideas and recipes to try all summer.
Summer Picnic Recipes
Below you will find 31 ideas for your next summer picnic. From easy sandwiches to snacks, salads, desserts, and more.
All you need now is a basket, blanket, maybe some chairs, a frisbee, sunscreen, and your favorite people.
Here’s to a wonderful summer!
Summer picnic recipes are listed below the picnic gear section.
Here are a few ideas for picnic gear that will last all season. Some I own and some are on the wish list.
Willow Picnic Basket with Lid: For romantic, small picnics, this basket is lined with lace, and rather perfect for summer picnics.
Extra Large Picnic Blanket: Whether you’re off to the beach or a local park, this extra large blue and white striped picnic blanket is water-resistant and sand proof and rolls into an easy-to-carry blanket.
Coleman Power Chill Cooler: This portable, electric cooler keeps food warm and cold. It’s one I purchased early this season. It’s large but perfect for road trips, picnics, and camping. Plug it into your car or a portable battery.
Shop your house for wicker baskets, hand-me-down vintage blankets, and even charming quilts that can be washed. All help make the perfect picnic!
31 Summer Picnic Recipes
These picnic recipes are delicious, portable, and casual. What are you going to make for your next picnic?
Summer Backyard Picnic Recipes
These easy summer picnic recipes are perfect for your next picnic. Whether that be in your backyard, a favorite park, or an outdoor spot.
"This Caprese sandwich! Stuffed with fresh basil and tomatoes, it's simple and delicious."
Chicken Finger Sub with Cabbage Slaw
"Amp up your summer sandwiches with fried chicken fingers and zesty cabbage slaw."
Picnic Recipe: Egg Salad
"It’s all the name! This simple, old-school egg salad recipe will fit right in on your picnic spread, whether you put it between two slices of bread or spread it on toasted baguette slices."
Easy Picnic Cheeseboard
Enjoy a European-style picnic with this selection of simple charcuterie board favorites. Picnics are delicious with fruits, crackers, bread, and cheese. This is a 5-minute cheeseboard everyone will love and perfect for quick picnics.
Spinach Hummus Wrap
"This bright hummus wrap is layered with crisp fresh veggies, hemp seeds, and a light spinach hummus - perfect for packing for a healthy picnic!"
Classic Lobster Rolls
Serve these lobster rolls in a toasted, buttered bun with crisp lettuce for the ultimate summer sandwich.
Layered Picnic Loaves
"This big sandwich, inspired by one I tried at a New York deli, is a favorite with our football-watching crowd. Made ahead, it's easily carted to any gathering. Kids and adults alike say it's super."
Simple Ham Salad: Quick and Delicious
A simple ham salad recipe elevated to incredible with the addition of a few unique ingredients. And is utterly delicious. Ready in 10 minutes, it's a salad you'll make all season!
Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Bulgogi Wraps
Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Bulgogi is one of my favorite meals on earth. Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Bulgogi Wraps with cabbage, carrots, and rice is one of my guy's favorite meals on earth. Succulent flavors of South Korean bulgogi, easy to prepare with a slow cooker, a bag of coleslaw, and wrapped in a flour tortilla. Delicious now or freeze for later lunches and dinners.
PBJ on a Stick
"Take the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the go with these skewers. They also make easy snacks."
Chicken Caesar Pitas
"Hand-held and picnic-friendly, these chicken-stuffed pockets pack a double dose of whole grains from brown rice and whole-wheat pitas. The chicken can be made up to 2 days in advance."
Quinoa Salad Recipe
This Quinoa Salad is a favorite healthy salad, packed with vegetables and herbs, and perfect for lunches, picnics, and sides.
Corn Cobettes With Basil Butter
"The only way to enjoy sweet corn? With plenty of butter, of course!"
Summer Picnic Recipe: Easy Pasta Salad
This fresh, easy pasta salad recipe comes together in under 30 minutes! Tossed in a tangy vinaigrette & filled with veggies, it's a sure cookout hit.
Chicken Pasta Salad
"This protein-filled pasta salad will actually fill you up."
Cherry Tomato Couscous Salad
"This Israeli couscous salad recipe is packed with raw & roasted cherry tomatoes, feta, chickpeas & herbs. Perfect for a picnic or packing for lunch!"
Pasta Salad in a Jar
"If you're planning a picnic, make this pasta a day ahead. For my husband's lunch at work, I sometimes tie a plastic fork on the jar."
Classic Potato Salad
It's grandma's favorite potato salad. Could there be a picnic without potato salad?
10 Minute Make Ahead White Bean Salad with a Quick Vinaigrette
If you have 10 minutes, this White Bean Salad is for you. Packed with healthy protein, this creamy salad is filled with fresh vegetables and herbs. And then dressed in a deliciously simple vinaigrette.
Saltines with Butter and Radishes
"Sure, saltines are great on their own, but with this topping, they're twice as delicious."
Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
These Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are the perfect way to celebrate zucchini season. Rich and dense and chocolaty muffins are so delicious, you'll want to make a double batch!
Salted Caramel-Apple Hand Pies
These mini desserts let you bring your favorite apple pie in the picnic basket!
Easy Apple Hand Pies
This French Apple Hand Pies recipe is a super easy, delicious adaptation of French Apple Pie. And are reminiscent of a favorite boulangerie. Simple and sweet, perfect with a cup of tea.
Homemade Oreo Brownies
Homemade Fudgy Oreo Brownies are the ultimate in chocolatey, rich, and thick fudgy brownie decadence. A simple recipe that delivers chocolate paradise.
Strawberry Crumble Bars
These simple Strawberry Crumble Bars are deliciously summery with sweet fresh strawberries and an irresistible crumble topping. Perfect for backyard summer BBQ, picnics, or when you're craving a sweet treat.
Simple Peanut Butter Cookies
Simple Peanut Butter Cookies are the ultimate in comfort, a classic chewy and cakey cookie with the addictive peanut butter flavor we love.