Written by Louise Dunne

Best summer picnic food ideas with recipes

The perfect picnic wouldn’t be complete without these top notch picnic food ideas


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Once you’ve got the date, place and picnic accessories in order, the only thing left to sort is the food. If you’re bored of bland sandwiches and the same old salads then take a look at our selection of delicious picnic ideas.

From refreshments to tasty savoury dishes, and even some sweet treats to top it off – make your summer picnic one to remember.


Alcoholic ice lollies with rhubarb gin and rose lemonade

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If 99 flakes from the ice cream truck aren’t doing it for you anymore, try out these fizzy and fruity alcoholic ice lollies with rhubarb gin and rose lemondade. Simply prepare at home and then load up the cool box for a refreshing, grownup addition to your picnic.

The perfect pitcher of Pimm’s

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Pimm’s and picnics go hand in hand. Everyone loves this classic cocktail, but there’s nothing worse than serving up a disappointing Pimm’s that doesn’t hit the spot – so don’t risk it. Get it right with this perfect Pimm’s recipe featuring strawberries, cucumber and mint.


Crispy Scotch egg recipe with perfectly oozy yolk

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Scotch eggs always go down well at picnics but there’s nothing like putting a personal stamp on a crowd favourite. These homemade scotch eggs promise a crispy shell that is far superior than those from the shop, with a runny yolk that will wow your friends.

Frittata with roasted asparagus and prosciutto

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Everyone knows Frittata tastes far better when it’s cold, which makes it a great picnic food idea! This frittata recipe with roasted asparagus and prosciutto is simple to make and a great addition. Pair it with other small tapas dishes to create the ultimate Mediterranean picnic feast.

Summer salads with a twist


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Using just a few seasonal ingredients you can take your salad from simple to srumptious. Wow your picnic guests with these 4 super-fresh summer salad recipes.


Pimm’s strawberry sponge cake

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If a glass of Pimm’s isn’t enough to quench your thirst for the delicious summer cocktail, then perhaps try your hand at this strawberry sponge cake laced with Pimm’s. It’s a combination of all your favourite summer flavours in one and will top off a sunny day at the park perfectly.

Strawberry pavlova with lemon and elderflower

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Image: Funny How Flowers Do That

Try putting a floral spin on a summer favourite with this strawberry pavlova with lemon and elderflower. Imagine biting into that crisp meringue crust and instead just tasting sweet, you’ll be surprised with fresh, zesty tones. So, stop salivating and get baking, your summer picnic is just around the corner.


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