18 Picnic Perfect Recipes

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Picnic Worthy Recipes!

Summer is only a few days away and one of my favourite activities to do with the kids is head outside for a picnic! These 18 recipes are the only excuse you need to grab a picnic basket and blanket, and head to the park.

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Summer break is just around the corner (thank the stars) and with the boys out of school I’m always looking for new activities to do with them. A picnic gives us the opportunity to enjoy the hot summer weather outdoors and do what we do best – eat good food!

We rounded up 18 picnic worthy recipes so that you can take your pick, or even let the kids help decide what menu they want for your picnic. Check out the printable picnic packing list so you don’t leave home without the important stuff!

Picnic Packing List

 

  1. Creamy Dill Potato Salad

This Creamy dill potato salad is super simple to make and has a few less calories than your traditional potato salad thanks to the addition of Greek yogurt.  It is packed with dill and crunchy celery and will be sure to become a picnic staple (be sure to keep it cool).

Creamy Potato Dill Salad made with Greek Yogurt

 

2. Crispy Tofu Salad Rolls

Easy to make in advance, these Tofu Salad Rolls are light and refreshing with the most addictive peanut dipping sauce for your afternoon outside. Try adding different vegetables like red peppers for new flavour variations!

Crispy Tofu Salad Rolls

 

3. Spinach Quiche Lorraine

Quiche is one of those awesome make-ahead dishes that pack super well for a picnic – and who doesn’t like quiche!? Try these Mini Garden Quiches for a vegetarian option or

Spinach Quiche Lorraine

 

4. Lettuce Wraps

Make the filling ahead of time and pack a head of iceberg or butter lettuce and you have the perfect light and refreshing lunch for your picnic! As an added bonus, the kids also enjoy getting to assemble their own wraps which means everyone is happy!

Lettuce Wraps for an easy veggie packed dinner, lunch or appetizer that can be made vegan.

 

5. Creamy Cashew Cheese Spread

This quick spread is packed with healthy unsaturated fats thanks to the cashews and is best served with crackers or carrot sticks!

Creamy Cashew Dip with a zip of lemon that blends up in a minute and is gluten free and vegan. Perfect for healthy holiday entertaining!

 

6. Minted Honey Apricot Couscous Salad

Not only is this salad gorgeous to look at, but it’s loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and fibre thanks to the apricots in it. These nutrients will have you playing in the sun all day.

Minted Apricot Honey Couscous Salad

 

7. Roasted Zucchini Hummus

Why make regular hummus when you can sneak an extra veggie in there?  This one is creamy and flavourful and made in a mini food processor or blender – and gluten free and vegan of course!

Roasted Zucchini Hummus

 

8. Creamy Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad

It only takes 3 simple steps to whip up this creamy avocado pesto pasta salad and it’s a crowd favourite around our household!

 

9. Rainbow Roasted Veggie Sandwich

Sandwiches are one the very best grab and go foods and this one is full of colour! Let the kids help you assemble this one so they can choose their favourite veggies to add.

 

10. Chickpea Feta Salad

With less than 10 ingredients and 1 step of instructions, this salad can easily be made in advance. The chickpeas also pack in some protein to your picnic.

Chickpea feta salad

11. Local Veggie & Dip Platter

When the kids are playing and need a quick snack break, this veggie and dip platter has you covered.

How to build the perfect local veggie and dip platter including two recipes for easy healthy homemade dips

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12. Tequila Lime Cheesecake Bites

When it’s time for dessert, these tequila lime cheesecake bites are certainly a treat! You can also try these vegan for an even healthier version, OR of course leave out all of the alcohol for a kid-friendly simple lime version!

Tequila Lime Cheesecake Bites made with a combination of Greek yogurt and cream cheese for a lighter no-bake version of a traditional cheesecake.

13. Lunchbox Oat Apple Bars

These lunchbox oat apple bars are definitely picnic worthy but are also awesome for when the kids have friends over. They’re nut free, vegan, and can easily be made gluten free for kids with allergies!

Apple Oat Bars that are nut free, no bake, gluten free and taste amazing! Made out of wholesome foods including dried apples, oats and sunflower seeds, they are perfect for school lunches!

 

14. Coconut Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten free (there is an option to make them ‘regular’), crunchy and sooo yummy, our crew is in LOVE with these! OR try these Old-Fashioned Coconut Oatmeal Cookies (with a vegan option) that we can’t stop making!

Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Cookies

 

15. Okanagan Cherry Oat Bars

It’s cherry season here in the Okanagan and I love being able to incorporate fresh produce into my baking. This sweet treat is the perfect use for all those fresh cherries and also happen to be vegan with a gluten free option.

Okanagan Cherry Oat Bars

 

16. (Vegan) Rice Krispies

Weakness alert!  A staple childhood treat, Rice Krispies are so nostalgic to me! I remember when my mom used to let me lick the spoon after I helped her stir the big gooey mess. This treat is sure to please when you pull it out of your picnic basket and of course it is one of the quickest things to make!

 

17.  Apple Greek Yogurt Cake

A moist cake is topped with a thick layer of soft apples and finished with a perfect crunchy oatmeal crumb.  Guaranteed to make you the most popular person at the picnic.

Apple Greek Yogurt Cake

 

18. Sneaky Mommy Muffins

If your kids wouldn’t sit still long enough to get a bite to eat at your picnic, these sneaky mommy muffins are the perfect way to add some vegetables into their day!  We make these almost weekly and they freeze beautifully!

A basket full of Sneaky Mommy Muffins: Designed by a Registered Dietitian, these "Fruit and veggie" muffins filled with healthy vegetables, fibre, lightly sweetened with a vegan option! These freeze beautifully.

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