Picnic food

When the weather turns warm and sunny you want to be outside with the kids as much as possible and it’s easy entertainment to take them for a picnic. Snacking, outside, whilst playing football or something, what isn’t there to love from a kids point of view? And it doesn’t have to be unhealthy, stressful or expensive. With all the convenience food in supermarkets today, ideal for eating outdoors, we forget that making a picnic can be just as fun and probably much cheaper. Here are some of our best picnic food ideas.

Traditional cold finger foods

  • Cold cocktails sausages cooked in honey and mustard
  • Chicken drumsticks/wings
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Prawns
  • Scotch eggs, pork pies cornish pasties….
  • Samosas – meat or vegetarian

Wraps/filled pitta with some of the following fillings (toddlers will love making these):

  • Avocado (mashable)
  • Sliced cucumber and tomato
  • Grated cheese
  • Grated carrot
  • Shredded chicken/ham/beef/cold sausage
  • Tinned tuna/poached salmon
  • Slices of red/yellow pepper
  • Lemon/lite mayo/creme fraich/tzatziki for seasoning

“Finger food salad” – Fill a tupperware box with the following for picking at:

  • Chopped hard boiled egg (if no allergy/tested)
  • Small chunks cheese, carrot, apple and cucumber
  • Chopped peppers
  • Sliced cold sausage (mini frankfurters?)
  • Sweetcorn
  • Cherry tomato quarters
  • Cooked French beans/sugar snap peas
  • Cooked Asparagus tips
  • Pasta shapes (fusilli or penne)

Dips and sticks

  • Houmous, creme fraish and pesto, tzatziki
  • Carrot and cucumber sticks, breadsticks and pitta strips.


  • Fruit – bananas, papaya (good mashing, great for digestion), berries, nectarines, watermelon (either all whole or prepare in tupperware as fruit salad)
  • Yogurt and stewed fruit – good sized tupperware box with plain yogurt and fruit puree – delicious for the whole family to tuck in. Don’t forget the spoons!
  • Banana bread (see recipe)


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