Spring Picnic Food Ideas

20 Refreshing Spring Picnic Food Ideas | Spring DIY and Picnic Recipes

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Spring is fast approaching, and it’s the ideal time to get out of the house and go on a perfect picnic!
Use red onion, dill, radish, chickpea, almond… What I forget? Pesto, mayo, rotisserie chicken, toasts…
With that said, here are 20 healthy and unique spring picnic ideas that everyone will enjoy!

Spring Picnic Food Ideas

REFRESHING SPRING PICNIC FOOD IDEAS

20. Spring Quiche with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts

In my daydreams, I envisioned a luscious spring vegetable quiche, and quickly realized that waiting until May simply wouldn’t do! So, I reached for my rolling pin, flour, butter, cream, and cheese. Shortly after, I was savoring a slice of heaven. This quiche, with its delicate and melt-in-your-mouth quality, was a triumph.

The pie crust was a flaky, buttery delight…

This quiche is perfect for a spring picnic with a salad, and it’s just as wonderful for breakfast over the next few days.

For the pie crust, I follow this particular recipe. For those needing a gluten-free option, the All Butter Gluten Free Crust from Whole Foods Market is my top pick. To prevent the crust from over-browning, I recommend covering it with strips of aluminum foil, leaving the quiche’s center exposed.

Spring Quiche with Asparagus and Artichoke Hearts

19. Make-ahead Broccoli Potato Salad Recipe With Roast Garlic Vinaigrette

Seeking a novel twist on the classic creamy potato salad for your picnic? Try this Broccoli Potato Salad recipe. It’s an ideal choice for a make-ahead picnic salad, and its flavors enhance as it sits.

Discover a unique approach to crafting a picnic potato salad without mayonnaise, one that’s not only effortless to prepare in advance but also maintains its quality over time.

Broccoli Potato Salad Recipe With Roast Garlic Vinaigrette

18. Roast Beef Sandwich with Slow Roasted Tomatoes and Spring Greens

Crafting a roast beef sandwich well can elevate it to a level of culinary enchantment. Achieving that ideal, succulently rare roast beef sandwich is akin to creating a masterpiece.

For our unique take on this beloved sandwich, ideal for picnics (with a focus on portability and ease of eating), we’re introducing a delightful twist. We’re adding richly slow-roasted tomatoes and delectably sweet caramelized onions to the traditional recipe, enhancing the flavors and textures.

Roast Beef Sandwich with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

17. Winey Briney Asparagus Refrigerator Pickles

Asparagus transforms wonderfully into delightful fridge pickles!

These pickles, zesty and crunchy, are made without the need for traditional canning. Prepared in a wine-based brine, they become an excellent choice for brunch, as a quick snack, a complement to a charcuterie board, or as an accompaniment to main meals.

Have you explored the world of easy pickling? Since they are not canned, keeping them chilled is essential.

Creating refrigerator pickles is a breeze, offering an ideal solution for preserving small batches of vegetables, either to avoid waste or for later enjoyment.

Not wanting them to spoil, I turned to quick pickling as a solution.

If you’re curious about the shelf life of fridge pickles, most varieties remain fresh for about 3-4 months. However, for these asparagus pickles, I suggest enjoying them within a month. By doing this, I was able to extend the life of my asparagus from just a few days in the drawer to a delightful month-long treat.

Winey Briney Asparagus Refrigerator Pickles

16. Vegan Cucumber Hummus Bites – Crispy Picnic Snack

The delightful vegan cucumber hummus bites are an ideal choice for a cool, summertime starter, offering simplicity in preparation. Their refreshing nature makes them an excellent complement to any summer barbecue, serving as a splendid contrast to the more robust, grilled main dishes commonly served at such gatherings.

Summer barbecues are always enjoyable, and for me, the highlight is the assortment of light and revitalizing side dishes and appetizers that accompany the heartier main courses. As someone who prefers snacking, the variety of summer appetizers available is particularly appealing. The cucumber hummus bites stand out as an exemplary summer snack, convenient for their make-ahead nature and ability to be served chilled, enhancing the overall barbecue experience.

Vegan Cucumber Hummus Bites

15. Mexican Street Corn Salad

I’m a Mexican street corn lover! I can never pass up an elotero (corn on the cob vendor). I love Mexican street corn, elote en vaso (also called esquites), and now, I am obsessed over this Mexican street corn salad.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

14. No Bake Peach Mango Pie

Whipping up a delightful dessert doesn’t get any simpler than with this Peach Mango Pie, which amazingly comes together right in your blender! It’s a no-bake treat that’s as easy as it is delicious.

Perfect picnic treat!

13. Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich

This has to be the best turkey sandwich I’ve ever had! They say that the best sandwiches are the ones that are made for you. I disagree, I made this myself and it was incredible. I used soft ciabatta bread but feel free to use any type of bread you’d like.

Crispy bacon is a must and so is avocado. I used honey thinly sliced turkey but ham or plain roast turkey works as well.

Perfect finger food for the classic picnic!

Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich

12. Italian Bow Tie Pasta Salad

I have a special fondness for pasta salads, and this Italian bow tie pasta salad is no exception. It’s perfect as a side dish or for events like potlucks and picnics. It’s also a great way to make use of any leftover pasta.

Italian Bow Tie Pasta Salad

11. Greek Farmer’s Salad with Watermelon

Instead of using traditional vine-ripened tomatoes in this Greek Farmer’s Salad, I opt for ripe, seedless watermelon.

The watermelon adds a sweet touch and a unique texture, making it a refreshing choice for a spring salad. Remember to choose a small, seedless variety to avoid the hassle of removing seeds.

Greek Farmer's Salad with Watermelon

10. Peruvian-Style Coleslaw: South American Salad

Whenever my husband suggests something for dinner, it often includes the Peruvian-style coleslaw I prepare. It pairs excellently with fish tacos, offering a South American twist to our meal.

Peruvian-Style Coleslaw: South American Salad

9. The Best Chopped Salad Recipe with my Special Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

I take pride in my Tuscan Chopped Salad, which I believe is the finest chopped salad recipe you’ll encounter. It’s not only tasty but also healthy, protein-rich, and low in calories.

My dislike for typical salads led me to create this unique blend of ingredients, inspired by various chopped salads I’ve enjoyed.

The key to its exceptional flavor is my special homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, which is surprisingly simple to make and elevates the dish remarkably.

The Best Chopped Salad Recipe with my Special Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

8. Chicken Salad with Grapes

This dish is perfect for any social event, whether it’s a BBQ, party, or a festive holiday gathering. Serve it elegantly on a bed of crisp lettuce or tucked inside a soft sandwich bun for a delightful treat!

Chicken Salad with Grapes

7. Healthy Island Vibes Smoothie Recipe

Feeling the absence of travel this summer? No worries. You can still experience tropical tastes right at home with this nutritious and utterly delectable Island Vibes Smoothie. It’s a taste of paradise in a glass!

Healthy Island Vibes Smoothie Recipe

REFRESHING SPRING PICNIC FOOD IDEAS

6. Whole Meyer Lemon Raspberry Bars with Graham Cracker Crust – Crunchy Picnic Dessert

For those who believe graham crackers are meant for only s’mores, pie crusts, or the compost, these Whole Meyer Lemon Raspberry Bars with a Graham Cracker Crust will change your mind. They’re a crunchy delight perfect for picnics.

Whole Meyer Lemon Raspberry Bars with Graham Cracker Crust

5. Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Picnic Recipe

With countless pasta salad recipes out there, it’s hard to stand out, but this Savoury Italian Pasta Salad does just that. Easily whipped up, it’s a timeless classic suitable for any gathering or a cozy family meal.

Savoury Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

4. Sweet and Salty Green Bean Potato Picnic Salad

Try this Sweet and Salty Green Bean Potato Salad for a unique twist on summer sides. Serve it either warm or cold. The zesty dressing adds an irresistible flavor, making it a must-have for your next picnic.

It’s perfect for the summer picnic basket.

Green Bean Potato Salad

3. Avocado Cabbage Slaw – Easy Picnic Idea

This Avocado Cabbage Slaw, with its blend of crisp cabbage and cucumber enveloped in a rich, tangy avocado dressing, serves as an exquisite accompaniment to a variety of main courses. It’s an ideal, refreshing choice for serving at barbecues and outdoor cooking events.

Avocado Cabbage Slaw

2. Peanut Sauce Zucchini Noodles

This recipe can be easily customized to fit your tastes. Add more vegetables, swap out the zucchini noodles for spaghetti squash or cauliflower rice, or add extra heat with chili flakes. The possibilities are endless!

Ready in Minutes – Including prep-time Thai zucchini noodles are ready to eat in just 20 minutes or less. Perfect for busy weeknights, when you want a healthy meal but don’t have the time to spend in the kitchen.

 See also healthy gluten-free and dairy-free picnic recipes.

Peanut Sauce Zucchini Noodles

1. Cowboy Caviar (Texas Caviar) – Good Picnic Food Idea

This economical recipe brims with a vibrant mix of vegetables and black beans, all tossed in a zesty, homemade dressing with a bit of a kick. Known as either Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar, it’s an ideal choice as either a side or an appetizer, especially when paired with crunchy tortilla chips.

Cowboy Caviar (Texas Caviar)

Spring Picnic

Spring Picnic Food Ideas

20 Healthy Spring Picnic Ideas

Here are 20 healthy and creative spring picnic ideas everyone will love!

Ingredients

  • Greek Farmer’s Salad With Watermelon
  • Italian Bow Tie Pasta Salad
  • Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich
  • No Bake Peach Mango Pie
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad

Instructions

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