Picnic Menus

Creative Picnic Menus

Picnic menus can include a wide variety of delicious recipes. Whether you are planning a traditional outdoor meal or an elegant outdoor feast, finding foods that compliment each other is the key to success. Begin with a favorite recipe and build your picnic menu ideas from there.

Picnic Salads


A nice salad makes excellent picnic fare. Salads are versatile and there are countless options available.

  • Seafood or chicken salad with a light mayonnaise dressing served with grapefruit and mandarin oranges
  • Freshly baked croissants
  • Avocado dip served with crackers
  • Lime meringue cookies
  • Raspberry lemonade

Quiche Alfresco


Quiche is a delightful picnic food that travels well. This dish can be served without reheating and it is a blank canvas for adding flavor.

  • Quiche with Jarlsberg cheese, cherry tomatoes, shallots and bacon.
  • Grilled asparagus
  • Artichoke tarts made with artichokes, eggs, cheddar, onion, garlic and breadcrumbs
  • Macadamia and white chocolate cookies
  • Sauvignon Blanc or white grape juice

Traditional Picnic Sandwiches


A great sandwich begins with great bread. Opt for freshly baked bread from your local bakery or use your favorite bread recipe.

  • Cold roast beef served on sourdough bread with horseradish sauce, sliced tomato and romaine lettuce
  • Small red potatoes stuffed with sour cream and bacon topped with grated cheddar cheese and chives
  • Corn and black bean salad
  • White batter cupcakes with chocolate frosting
  • Amber ale or ginger ale

Healthy Picnic Menu


Sandwich wraps are light and they are a great choice for healthy picnic menus.

  • Shrimp wrap with fresh spinach and hummus
  • Nuts and dried fruit trail mix
  • Red and yellow peppers roasted with cherry tomatoes, garlic and basil
  • Watermelon balls served with toasted oats, pecans and honey
  • Sparkling water with lemon slices



Crêpes may be savory or sweet. These culinary treasures may be enjoyed warm or cool and they promise not to make a mess.

  • Crêpes filled with feta cheese and spinach adorned with tomato rose and fresh dill
  • Meatballs simmered in ketchup and brown sugar glaze
  • Three bean salad
  • Gelatin and fresh berries prepared in bite-sized decorative molds
  • Spanish Cava or cranberry juice and soda water

Picnic Breakfast


A picnic breakfast is a wonderful way to start the day. Foods served in the morning can be perfectly suitable for picnicking.

  • Egg, sausage and cheese biscuit sandwich
  • Cranberry and orange muffins
  • Fresh fruit with dip made with cream cheese, marshmallow cream and orange juice
  • Coffee and orange juice

Bocconcini and Tomatoes


Bocconcini is semi-soft cheese that pairs very well with homegrown tomatoes and basil with a dash of balsamic vinaigrette.

  • Bocconcini, tomato and basil salad with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Ciabatta bread with pesto, prosciutto, sweet roasted red peppers, fresh tomato and mozzarella
  • Grilled polenta (cornmeal)
  • Biscotti
  • Pinot Grigio or iced tea

Inspiring Desserts

Panna cotta is Italian custard that may be served with ingredients like fruit, chocolate, honey or cinnamon.

  • Pâté served on whole grain crackers
  • Roasted chicken sandwiches on focaccia bread with goat cheese spread and sundried tomatoes
  • Zucchini and pine nut salad with garlic and olive oil dressing
  • Panna cotta served in reusable jars with orange jelly and chocolate shavings
  • Sparkling white wine or sparkling grape juice

Explore types of exotic fruit to add to your panna cotta recipes and to your picnic menus.

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