Thursday, 22 June 2017

19 Perfect Picnic Recipes

Check out this collection of 19 vegetarian picnic foods.  These recipes are sure to provide you with  great inspiration for your next family picnic this summer!

19 vegetarian picnic recipe ideas, all are easy to make, package up and transport to a beautiful countryside location

If you've been on social media these past few days I'm sure you will have noticed that it's National Picnic Week here in the UK this week (16th - 25th June).  Given the glorious weather of late, it seemed churlish not to gather together my wonderful foodie blogging pals to share with you a mouth watering collection of vegetarian picnic recipe ideas!

Now, although National Picnic Week was the prompt for this collection, picnics are of course a great family activity throughout late spring, summer and even into autumn.  Though I do draw the line at eating alfresco in the throws of winter!  Packing up some delicious food together and then going for a walk to build up an appetite before settling to eat in your favourite countryside spot is surely what beautiful summer days are about!

So if you're planning a picnic and are looking for some inspiration for easy, tasty and transportable picnic food - which also happens to be vegetarian - then cast your eyes over these!  If any recipe catches your eye my blogging pals would love it if you clicked the green title text for a read!





Muffin Pizza, or pizza muffins, are a great savoury option for a picnic

If you love pizza, then you're going to need to make a batch of these versatile gluten free muffins for your next summer picnic!  In fact, you could make them the day ahead because, as Kate tells us, they stay great for a number of days!  Although she included some ham in this version, she explains that the recipe can easily be modified to make it vegetarian with your favourite pizza topping.  You could even add pineapple and faux ham if Hawaiian is your thing!  





Muffins are easy to make, so these cheesey sweetcorn muffins would be a great quick bake when planning a picnic

Muffins are a doddle.  And these are no exception having been made the classic way where the wet ingredients are added to the dry!  I mean how easy is that!  And after a quick 20 minutes in the oven, which gives you time to pull together a few other picnic foods, you'd soon be on your way to a beautiful countryside location!  





Muffins are easy to make, so these cheese and olive savoury muffins would be a great quick bake when planning a picnic

The idea of pairing a crumbly cheese like Lancashire, Cheshire or feta with olives in these savoury muffins sounds very inviting.  And don't those slices of olives look lovely on top!  Once again, just like any muffin recipe, these are super easy to make, and would be a great addition to a picnic hamper this summer.





The portabale nature of these savoury nest, a twist on a quiche, makes them perfect for a family picnic

Camilla's Gruyere and Caramelised Shallot Nests are actually cute mini quiches, and we all know how great a quiche is for a picnic!  Rather cleverly Camilla substituted the pastry crust for sliced bread, which most households have to hand, making it a much quicker recipe.     





A portable vegetarian croque madam muffin having been housed in a muffin tin, perfect for a picnic food

Despite being called a muffin, I guess these portable vegetarian croque madames are more akin to a quiche.  Just like Camilla's mini savoury nests, above, here bread has been used to line a muffin tin ready to house slightly salty faux ham, a rich egg, fresh asparagus, and creamy bechemel sauce!  





Cornbread with sundried tomatoes, mature cheddar and basil, a delicious variation to classic bread

Talking of bread, this corn bread would make a wonderful addition to any family picnic.  It's packed with flavour and punctuated with flecks of colour courtesy of the tomatoes and basil, and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and a quick 20 minutes in the oven!
 





Sandwiches play a significant role in picnic foods here in Britain, but using pittas houses the filling so much easier when eating alfresco.

Even though just about anything goes where picnics are concerned, sandwiches often play a significant role, especially here in Britain.  But the next time you're planning a picnic why not give your sandwiches a fun twist and try out Jenny's Picnic Pitta Pockets, which she likens to something between a calzone and a pasty.

Why not make a change from the usual picnic sandwich and package up a vegetarian tortilla instead!

Of course, sandwiches really don't have to be the main focus of a picnic.  Why not make something like this scrumptious tortilla, which is really just a posh name for an omelette!  This one is packed with tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella, is delicious warm or cold, and having watched Jacqui's video it's super easy to make too!





Cheese straws are the perfect picnic food

Don't these cheese straws have a wonder golden colour to them!  I don't know about you, but when hubby & I package together a few bits for a family picnic there always happens to be some sort of bread sticks or cheese straws.  They're just perfect for nibbling on or even for using in dips!  Jo's recipe is easy to follow and includes mustard, mature cheddar cheese as well as parmesan, though do remember to buy cheese free of rennet if catering for those who eat a vegetarian diet!





Why not try this homemade hummus.  Dips are so easy to package up when eating alfresco.

Talking of dips, why not make your own homemade hummus to take along on your picnic.  It's the perfect dip for veggies, pittas and of course Jo's cheese straws, above.  Eb's recipe, which she's perfected over the years, takes just 5 minutes to whizz together and I have no doubt when she says that it tastes "waaay better than the hummus you get in the shops!" 





Dips are a great food for picnics

Given that dips are so incredibly easy to make, why not take a second one on your picnic - just for a bit of variety of course!  I  love that this dip includes some feta, definitely one of my favourite cheeses!





Dips are a great food for picnics

And if you love broad beans why not team them with pea and mint in this fresh dip which, as Lucy tells us, is a great accompaniment to salads and flat bread.  Or simply used as a dip!   It's so easy to quickly whizz up a homemade dip and package it in a plastic container ready for a lovely picnic.





An easy Tuscan bread salad quick to prepare

Talking of salads, why not use up any stale bread you may have hanging around in this Panzanella,  a simple Tuscan bread salad.  This delicious summery salad consists of ingredients you're likely to already have in the fridge; tomatoes, cucumber, onion and so on.  Nico explains that it's super easy to pull together in ten minutes.





Potato salad is a popular choice for picnic foods here in the UK

Potato salad is always popular when we go on a family picnic, and not just because Mr E is a huge fan of potatoes!  Charlotte roasted these wonderful new season Cornish potatoes with garlic cloves and a sprig of fresh rosemary to introduce extra flavour.  Do check out her recipe for a couple of extra ideas for this popular salad!





This colourful salad of beetroot and feta would be perfect for your next picnic

The sweet earthiness of beetroot teamed with the slightly salty feta is such a wonderful flavour combination making this a salad I would be more than happy to take along on a picnic.  Elsa suggests substituting the beetroot for carrots if you're catering for those who may not be a fan of it.





Carrot and walnut scones, made with skyr, are quick and easy to make.  Perfect for a family picnic

I can only imagine that these wonderful savoury scones would be a huge hit packaged up for a picnic.  Monika tells us that they are suitable for pairing with both sweet and savoury foods, and are made with Skyr which is a type of yogurt that is high in protein.  





Scones are just as suitable for a picnic as they are afternoon tea.

These cheese scones really look the business and although scones are often thought of with regard to afternoon-tea, I'm more than sure that these would be perfect for a picnic with family and friends!   As Julie tells us, "they take no more than 10 minutes to prepare and only 12 minutes to bake! That’s probably quicker than popping to the shops."





Strawberries scream summer, so why not take some in the form of these strawberry cream cakes for your next family picnic

Strawberries are the epitome of summer, so surely it would be rude not to include some in your next picnic.  But rather than just taking a punnet of them, why not try Choclette's Strawberry Cream Cakes.  Cleverly the recipe sees the butter substituted for cream, making this a lighter and softer bake, but she tells us the strawberries are still the star of the show!     





Brownies are perfect when made the day ahead meaning there is less stress when gathering together your picnic foods.

Although brownies don't scream of summer, all of that chocolate-y deliciousness is a winner at anytime of year!  As brownies are often best the day after baking, why not make these the day before your planned picnic and then remove them from the fridge just before setting off!   It's so much less hassle when you're pulling together all of your picnic food as well as making sure everyone is covered in sun cream and finding the frisbee!





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30 comments:

  1. Oh my so many fab picnic treats, particularly drawn to your Brownies Angela, simply lush! Thanks for including my nests:-)

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    1. Don't they all just look amazing Camilla - and something for everybody too! You're more than welcome, those nests sound so easy to make :-)
      Thanks for your lovely comments,
      Angela x

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  2. This is the picnic to end all picnics... when do we all meet up? LOL! What a fantastic selection! Thanks so much for featuring my panzanella, Angela. I'll be sharing this all over the place! xx

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    1. Hahaha, indeed we should all meet and bring something from the collection! I think we'd be spoilt for choice with all these yummy recipes! You're more than welcome Nico, the panzanella sounds absolutely wonderful - and so easy to make :-)
      Angela x

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    2. Maybe we should arrange it for summer next year - how fab would that be?! xx

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    3. Wouldn't that be fab! We just need to 'book' the weather to be glorious too ;-)
      Angela x

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  3. Great post Angela - so much deliciousness - that would be some epic picnic if you made all of these!! Thanks so much for including my hummus :-) Have shared Xx

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    1. It really would be an a whole lot of deliciousness wouldn't it! There really would be something there for everybody, just the ticket for a picnic. You're more than welcome Eb, it sounds perfect - and just 5 short minutes! What could be better :-)
      Angela x

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  4. So many perfect little picnic nibbles, oh don't you just love Summer with all the al fresco dining! Thank you for including my cheese straws as well! xx

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    1. Yeah, I love eating outside. Somehow or other food always tastes even nicer outside! I have no idea why. You're welcome Jo, they look absolutely gorgeous,
      Angela x

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  5. Wow! Count me in..... That's some picnic! Wouldn't it be amazing to have all these treats at one huge gathering?
    Thanks so much for including my Pizza Muffins! x

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    1. Wouldn't it be an AMAZING icnic with all of that! Yo're welcome Kate, we love pizza and the idea of having those flavours in a muffin is just brilliant :-)
      Angela x

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  6. Wow! It's great to have such delish treats all together in one place.. Lots of great options to choose from ☺️ Thanks for sharing 😍

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    1. I know just what you mean Deepika, it's great having lots of ideas under one roof.
      Angela x

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  7. I really love all your savoury muffins because that is what I want at picnics - though I also love dips and sometimes I make bread - fresh bread with cheese sandwiches made an amazing picnic food. Oh now you make me want to picnic but it is too cold here as we are wintering down under

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    1. Ooh yum! Fresh homemade bread and cheese! Now that sounds gorgeous - I can almost smell it now!
      Angela x

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  8. I want to go on a picnic now and bring all these amazing creations with me! Thank you so much for including my scones recipe! And the lovely writeup you included with every recipe in this collection! Shared:)

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    1. Aw thankyou Monika :-) it was lovely to collate them all together - they're all such gorgeous recipes and definitely perfect for any picnic :-)
      Angela x

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  9. What a fabulous round up of recipe Angela and thanks for including my Tortilla among the other fabulous recipes. You can certainly make a fabulous picnic mix 'n' matching from this selection, so lets hope the fine weather continues although I will be happy with slightly cooler temps forecast for the weekend.

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    1. Thankyou Jacqui, and you're more than welcome. I love the sound of your Tortilla - and it's so easy to make too :-) I know just what you mean about hoping the fine weather continues but a wee bit cooler!
      Angela x

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  10. I want to go on a picnic now, although that's a bit greedy as I was invited to one on Tuesday. Thanks for this postful of ideas, I want to try them all!

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    1. Hahaha, I'm sure there's no such thing as too many picnics - afterall when the weather is good why not take advantage and enjoy it with some alfresco food :-D
      Angela x

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  11. Last time I was here I forgot to say thank you for sharing this lovely collection with #CookBlogShare:)

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    1. Aw bless you Monika, you're more than welcome, it's such a great linky
      Angela x

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  12. All the foods look more delicious to eat. Can you share the recipe of all these so that I may try to make at my home?

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    1. Don't they just look fabulous ideas Emma :-) If there's a recipe you like, then all you need to do is click on the green text above the relevant image. They're the links to take you to the relevant recipe. I hope that makes sense,
      Angela x

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  13. Mmm what lovely picnic ideas! I love the look of Helen's Olive and cheese muffins and Monica's carrot scones! Thanks for including my broad bean hummus Angela x

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    1. They both sound amazing don't they - as does everybofy elses and your dip that you brought to the party sounds so wonderfully fresh :-)
      Angela x

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  14. Just catching up with this post! What a great roundup of picnic recipes! Loads now to add to my list for the summer holidays with the family! Thanks for including our broad bean dip with all the other delicious looking recipes!
    Cheers
    Michelle x
    Lost in Food

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    1. You're welcome Michelle, there all look so yummy don't they :-)
      Angela x

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