Picnic ideas and recipes. Whether it is a simple sandwich picnic or
a fancy picnic, picnics in the summer time go hand in hand. Read our
helpful picnic ideas, pack up your picnic baskets and make some
picnic recipes the whole family will enjoy. Kids can get involved in
preparing these recipes and packing the picnic basket.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Pack your picnic basket with what you need 1st on top such as
a tablecloth or silverware on top.
Keep cold food cold and warm food warm to prevent spoiling.
Don't place warm food in your cooler. Wrap the dish in towels.
Store any uncooked food (if you are grilling) separately from
cooked, prepared food.
Packing cupcakes for lunch? Slice them in half and place the
bottom of the cupcake on the frosted piece. That way, icing
won't stick to your plastic bag.
Freeze a few juice boxes to help keep things cold and for a
cool drink later in the day.
Place your food in zippered baggies and then on top of the ice
in your cooler. This keeps food from getting wet once your ice
Take along some fun games to play whether it is a ball for
catch or some printable picnic fun games.
Some easy picnic ideas and recipes for
picnic appetizer recipes could be:
Cheese cubes and ham cubes
Cheese platter include grapes or strawberries to complement
French bread with spreadable cheese (see recipe below)or
Grapes, watermelon cubes and strawberries on a skewer.
8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon seasoning salt
1 cucumber, finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Mix ingredients together and store in a plastic container for a
picnic. You can omit onions or cucumbers or add differently
vegetables such as chopped peppers or chopped radishes if desired.
Chill several hours before the picnic and keep cool at the picnic.
Serve with crackers or vegetables cut into sticks.
Salad on a Skewer
Bring a container full of different vegetables and let each person
assemble their own salad on a skewer. Some great fresh vegetables
for picnic ideas and recipes are:
Cucumbers cut in chunks
Fresh Salsa and Chips
Prepare this fresh salsa before the picnic and bring along a bag of
tortilla chips. This is one of the easiest picnic ideas and recipes
when you are grilling at the picnic. This will give everyone
something to snack on while they are waiting for the food to cook.
2 tomatoes chopped
1/2 cup onions chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 cup green peppers chopped fine
2 tablespoons cilantro
1 can small
green chilies, optional
1/2 lime juiced
Salt to taste
Chop ingredients finely, chop in the blender or food processor. Pour
into a plastic container for the picnic.
For a different salsa flavor try this fruity salsa. For younger
chefs have an adult help with the chopping.
3 ripe mangoes, diced
½ red onion, diced
¼ Cup cilantro chopped finely
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tomatoes chopped
Chop tomatoes, mangoes, cilantro and onion finely. Stir in lemon
juice and serve with tortilla chips.
Cold Picnic Ideas and Recipes
Tuna Noodle Salad
6 oz pasta any shape you would like
1 can black olives sliced
¾ Cup cherry tomatoes, cut up
¼ Cup mayonnaise
1 can drained tuna
¼ Cup chopped celery
1 Tablespoon pickle relish or pickles cut up
In a saucepan cook pasta noodles until done. Set aside. Slice olives
and chop tomatoes in half. Add both to a plastic container you will
be using for the picnic. Add olives and cooked pasta noodles. Chop
celery and add to bowl. Stir in tuna. Add mayonnaise, using more or
less if desired, and stir until well combined. Chill in fridge and
keep salad cool in cooler during picnic.
3-4 cups chicken cooked and shredded or cubed
2 cups chopped celery
1 cup slivered almonds
4 hard boiled eggs
1 cup chopped pickles
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ Cup Mayonnaise or as much as desired
Shredded cheddar cheese
Do any prep work needed for this recipe such as cook chicken and
eggs and chopping vegetables. In mixing bowl add cooked chicken,
celery, cheese, almonds, chopped eggs, and pickles. Stir ingredients
together. In separate bowl add mayonnaise, salt, and lemon juice
together. Mix well to combine. Chill in fridge and keep salad cool
in cooler during picnic.
2 cans corn, drained
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
red bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped finely
Toss into plastic bowl with a lid. Prepare dressing in a jar with a
lid. Shake and pour over salad at the picnic. Fiesta Salad Dressing:
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
pinch of salt and pepper
1 garlic clove, minced.
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Picnic Ideas and Recipes
A rotisserie chicken is an easy picnic recipe idea. Make a salad at
home and stop at the store for a rotisserie chicken on your way to
Sandwiches with a Twist
Often picnic ideas and recipes include sandwiches but this time make
it unique by bringing all the condiments, deli meat and sliced
cheese with you to the picnic. Bring hoagie bread, tortillas to make
wraps or pita bread. Let each person assemble their own. Bring one
of the cold salad recipes below and your picnic can be easily put
together in a snap.
Barbecue Pork Picnic Recipe
The day before your picnic or the night before your picnic place
this in the crock pot and let it cook 8 hours on low. Shred and
place in a plastic container. Bring along rolls and you have a pork
sandwich ready to go.
1 pork roast
2 onions, chopped
¾ Cup beef broth
1-2 cups ketchup
2 teaspoon mustard
2 Tablespoons vinegar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
Salt and pepper to taste
Place pork roast into baking dish or crock pot. Place onions on top.
Combine remaining ingredients together to make barbecue sauce. Pour
over meat. Cook in the oven for 1-2 hours at 350 degrees or in the
crock pot on low 8 hours or on high 6-8 hours. Allow to cool
slightly and shred meat. Serve on rolls.
Non Fried Chicken
2 2/3 cups crushed crackers, crushed cornflakes, or crushed rice
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
1 1/2 pounds chicken cut into strips
In a shallow dish or pie plate mix cracker crumbs, seasoning,
paprika and pepper. In separate bowl mix together egg and milk.
Prepare a baking dish by spraying the bottom. Dip chicken in milk
mixture and then in crumb mixture to coat evenly. Place in baking
dish and cook in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until
chicken is no longer pink. If you would like to bring chicken warm,
bake right before leaving for the picnic and wrap dish in a thick
towel to insulate the heat. Otherwise allow to cool and store in
plastic container for your picnic.
Are you having a Barbecue or grilling? See our Barbecue
recipes here that you can find more picnic ideas and recipes.
Prepare cinnamon rolls the night before and bake in the morning
before you go on a picnic. Find the recipe here with other breakfast
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter
8 bacon strips, cooked and drained
Beat eggs and season with salt and pepper. Cook eggs in skillet in
butter. As the eggs set, lift edges, letting uncooked portion flow
underneath. When eggs are completely set, cut into four wedges.
Prepare waffles. Make sandwiches out of 2 waffles with egg and bacon
inside. Wrap each sandwich up in plastic wrap and take them along on
your picnic. A fruit salad would be a great addition to any picnic
Breakfast Picnic Ideas and
Cook hard boiled eggs and bring them along for breakfast.
They are quick and easy to take.
Pack individual Ziploc baggies filled with 1-2 cups of
cereal. Bring milk in a thermos
or cooler and eat with fruit or yogurt
Finding easy picnic recipes is a small part of planning a successful
day out, as you need to find a good location, get your child’s
friends together and plan some fun activities. Good places to have a
A local waterway. Do
a quick search of your local area to find rivers, ponds or lakes
where you can paddle and swim safely and go on a reconnaissance
mission to find somewhere with trees for shade and some grass
for games. Get your child to help you pack up a picnic with
plenty of drinks and aim to get there before lunch. Give the
children an hour or so to splash in the water and then organize
the picnic. After lunch, play some games in the grass or return
for more water adventures.
A ball game. If you
live in or near a town where they play Major League, AAA or AA
baseball, book some tickets for an afternoon game. Get your
child to pack up some cold finger food and find somewhere that
you can eat outside before the game. Some ballparks allow you to
take food in and a few have dedicated picnic areas where you can
sit under cover, eat and watch the game.
A big city. For
slightly older children, the thrill of a trip to your local big
city is a special treat. Do some research about good places
prior to your picnic, which might be a central park or a
child-friendly museum. If you feel comfortable with your child’s
independence, set them off with some money and a cell phone and
arrange to meet for a picnic lunch. You could also accompany the
children to set locations.
To prepare for your picnic, discuss some easy picnic ideas and
recipes with your child beforehand so you make items they enjoy. You
can use this opportunity to teach them how to make their favorite
dishes and inspire them to discover and try new foods.
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