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Ideas for what to take on a Picnic

Updated on July 23, 2015

Summer is here, the sun is shining - it's the perfect time of year to pack a lunch, visit a park or a forest, and have a picnic with friends or family. Whether it's a cook-out or cold food, these extra additions to your meal will make it a little more special.

Tuna Salad

Tuna salad goes great with pitta bread, on sandwiches or served with crackers - it's served cold, super easy to make and keeps for several days. Perfect as a savoury part of the main meal.

You will need (to serve 4):
2 cans of tuna
4 eggs
A tablespoon of mayonnaise
Three or four dill pickles

Hard-boil all of the eggs and let them sit until they've cooled. Mix the tuna and the mayonnaise together in a bowl. Peel the eggs when they're cool, chop them into small pieces and add to the tuna mayonnaise. Slice the pickles into small chunks and add it to the mix. Stir. Pack into a tupperware box and add to bread or crackers for a yummy snack.

Chips and salsa are a great addition to a picnic
Chips and salsa are a great addition to a picnic | Source

Crisps/Chips and Homemade Salsa

Homemade salsa is easy enough to make, and flexible too, depending on whether you like your dip spicy or not. Here's some ideas for the salsa.

A tin of chopped/diced tomatoes
Jalapeño powder
Mild or hot chopped chilli peppers
Garlic powder

Empty the tin of tomatoes into a bowl. Chop the chilli peppers to your taste and add them. Add some jalapeño powder, a little salt, some oregano and garlic powder and stir.

Great ideas for crisps/potato chips to go with the salsa include Sun Chips, Doritos or Garden of Eatin' Blue Chips. The salsa can also be used as an addition to a burger, if you're having a barbecue.

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Mini Sausage Rolls

Mini sausage rolls can be bought in supermarkets in 'party packs' - that is, enough for a group of people to share (you can also see the recipe to make your own here). They're bite-sized and delicious, and are a nice addition to the savoury part of the picnic. They're best served cold.

Sushi | Source


Sushi can come in a variety of flavours, including canned tuna, cucumber and fried salmon - and it's easy to make at home. Sushi is also quite filling, so it's a great addition to a picnic with a lot of people. Sushi can also be bought in supermarkets, but they usually taste better if you make them yourself. Ingredients can be bought in the international section of your local supermarket.

You will need:
Nori (flattened seaweed)
Sushi rice
Sushi vinegar
Mayonnaise or cream cheese (optional)
The desired filling (canned tuna and salmon are a good choice)
A sushi mat

Heat up the rice as directed and add the sushi vinegar until the rice is fluffy and flavoursome. Spread whatever addition you like - mayonnaise or cream cheese are popular choices - onto the nori thinly and evenly. Spread the rice onto the nori on top of the sushi mat. Add the desired filling after preparation, and use the mat to tightly roll the nori until it's rolled together. Remove the mat and use a knife (preferably a santoku knife, but any sharp knife will do) to cut the sushi into evenly sized pieces. The nori should be wrapped completely around the sushi, with the rice and the filling held in the middle. Don't worry if some of the pieces aren't perfectly straight - they'll taste just as good.

Pop them in a tupperware box and serve at the picnic.

Strawberries and Cream
Strawberries and Cream | Source

Strawberries and Cream

That's enough of the savoury stuff - here are some ideas as what to take for a delicious dessert.

Strawberries and cream are a delicious and (fairly) healthy sweet treat. Pour the cream into a small bowl or tupperware box and remove the green parts of the strawberries before serving. Other fruits that go well with cream include raspberries and slices of peach or mango.

Why not go the whole way and make a fruit salad? Slice apples, bananas, strawberries, mango, peaches and raspberries and mix in a bowl. Drizzle cream on top.

Bite-size Chocolate Treats

Chocolate is always good in small doses - bringing snack-sized share boxes or packets to a picnic will be sure to go down very well with the eaters.

Why not try various chocolate bars and treats, or brownies you can buy in supermarkets? There are also many different online recipes to try:

Don't forget to buy drinks for your picnic
Don't forget to buy drinks for your picnic | Source


It's important not to forget things to drink in your picnic. Here's a list of my favourite picnic drinks.

  • Ginger ale
  • A flask of black tea with milk and/or sugar
  • Sweet tea
  • Grape-flavoured soda
  • Iced water (for hot summer days)
  • Beer (adults only!)

With these great drinks and snacks, you'll be on your way to a fantastic picnic outing. Don't forget a sheet, charcoal (if you're cooking burgers/hot dogs), cutlery, napkins and bowls/plates too.


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