DIY Picnic Foods to Take to Your Next Outdoor Get Together

With spring right around the corner, you might be thinking ahead to fun times outdoors and enjoying food and drinks with loved ones. And what better way to do that than with a classic picnic! There are so many options for picnic food, and while you can buy in as much or little as you like- it can be nice to put in the effort and create at least some of the items yourself. Here are some ideas if you're feeling like getting creative in the kitchen. So get ready to pack your picnic basket and head outside for a day of fun, food, and good times!

Sandwiches are a staple of any picnic because they're easy to make, transport, and eat. Consider using different breads, such as whole wheat, sourdough, wraps, pittas or croissants, to add variety to your sandwich offerings. For extra flavour, consider spreading some pesto, mayo, or mustard on the bread before adding your fillings. If you're making sandwiches ahead of time, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep them fresh until you're ready to eat.

Salads are light, refreshing, and easy to transport. Perfect on the side with anything else, they add a health fresh kick to your picnic food. For a twist on a classic green salad, consider adding fruit like strawberries, grapes, or mandarin oranges, and nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts. You can also make a pasta salad by combining cooked pasta with ingredients like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese. Dress your salads just before eating to keep the greens from wilting.

Dips and spreads
Dips and spreads are a great way to add flavour to your picnic. Consider making a guacamole with ripe avocados, lime juice, and salt, or a hummus with chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini. For spreads, consider making a chicken salad with shredded chicken, mayo, and seasonings, or a sweet spread like nut butter or jelly. Serve dips and spreads with crackers, chips, or veggies for dipping.

Tasty savouries
Scotch eggs, quiches and sausage rolls are at the heart of the British picnic! They're a firm favourite for most people, and while definitely not for those who are counting calories, are ultra delicious and something you can whip up yourself in the kitchen. 

Cakes and bakes
From scones and muffins to pastries and homemade bread, if you're a keen baker then this is a great opportunity to whip up some tasty baked goods. Decide if you want to bake sweet, savoury or both and look online for some fantastic recipe ideas. 

Don't forget to bring along drinks for your picnic. Consider making a pitcher of lemonade or iced tea, or bring along a cooler filled with bottled water, soda, or other beverages. If you're serving alcohol, bring along wine, beer, or a pitcher of cocktails. And don't forget to bring along cups, napkins, and straws for your guests.

With these options, you can create a delicious and memorable picnic that everyone will enjoy. Make what you feel comfortable making and buy in the rest and you'll have a great combination of options.