Easy Picnic Food Ideas to Enjoy in the Great Outdoors

Ready for some easy picnic food ideas? Now is the perfect time to head out into nature and enjoy lunch outdoors! Of course, picnic season is never over and we can have them any time of the year. All we need is a good location, nice weather and some great company. One is always looking for some great easy picnic food ideas to take outdoors that are not only healthy but easy and fast to make.

Easy picnic food ideas that are delicious and healthy too

Easy Picnic Food Ideas to Enjoy in the Great Outdoors

  • Chinese Chicken and Noodle Salad

This delicious salad is crisp and crunchy and really easy to make. Just take some chicken breast and toss it with slivered almonds and noodles. The dressing that will go prefect with this is orange, ginger and sesame.

  • Pasta salad

Pasta Salad
Another ideal choice for easy picnic food ideas is pasta salad and this can be made with any of those leftovers from the day before. Just cook your favorite pasta shape and stir in your favorite dressing along with cooked veggies. You can also add a handful of frozen peas, bacon bits, potato chip crumbs etc. to make this signature dish for picnic.

  • Wraps and Sandwiches

Easy Picnic Food Ideas: Butterball Turkey Sandwich
These are easy to make.  Just take wraps or tortillas and fill up with tomato, spinach or any other meat stuffing like ham or tuna. You can also use banana slices and add in some honey. Basically, anything goes with sandwiches! We love Butterball Turkey Bacon sandwiches for our picnics!

  • Baked Chicken Tenders

baked chicken tenders and roasted cauliflower3

Those chicken bites simply taste awesome, whether warm or cold. Add honey mustard dressing or Blue cheese to add to the taste. These are always a big favorite with all, especially kids when on a picnic.

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Pies

The crispy rhubarb tart flavor just goes perfectly with sweet strawberries. Enjoy the freshness of Strawberry with their rich flavors in those Pies. These are a great favorite with kids.

  • Curried Egg Salad

Egg Salad
This is an easy one! Just take hard-boiled eggs, curry powder, fresh lime juice, mustard, curry powder, pepper, red onion and mix them up. You can also add diced apple. Try spreading it over whole-wheat or rye bread!

  • Cold Peanut Noodles

Cold Peanut Noodles
Cook those egg noodles or even the regular spaghetti. Drain them out in cold water and rinse. Toss in some sesame oil, sugar, vinegar, peanut butter, black pepper, soy sauce and chili oil. You can also add cooked shrimp, shredded cucumber and chopped scallions. You can try this Chinese New Year egg noodle recipe.

Enjoy making the above easy picnic food ideas that are just right for a perfect picnic menu. Now you need not rack your brains as to what menu to decide for your picnic. Pick from any of the above easy to follow picnic food ideas. And don’t forget to check our List of picnic items under $100.

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About Olfa Turki

Olfa Turki is a chartered accountant, a wife and a mom! She started her journey a few years ago when she decided to have a business of her own . She loves cooking with the kids, biking, reading books and drinking lots of coffee!


  1. Great recipes! Can’t wait to try them out.

  2. I love Pasta Salads and that one looks great!

  3. These recipes are great. My family spends time at movies in the park and music in the park. Will try these out. Thanks.

  4. debra daigle says:

    OMG! That Pasta Salad looks so good! I am defin. making that one!

  5. Mediocre Mama says:

    Those look delicious and easy. Thank you for posting!

  6. Usually when I think of picnic foods, I’m not terribly imaginative. Sandwich. Chips. Minimalism. This is SO much cooler.

  7. I have never seen some of these recipes before. Looks interesting!

  8. Alaina Bullock says:

    Yum! So may great picnic food ideas! I love how easy the majority are are to make, too! I haven’t been on a picnic in so long – sounds like a great idea!


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