Our best ever picnic recipes

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The Best Picnic RecipesHearst Owned

If you're looking for picnic ideas to celebrate the warmer weather then look no further!

We have lots of wonderful picnic ideas so that you can celebrate in style. From an array of tasty salads to gourmet sandwiches, we have all tastes covered.

If you're hosting an afternoon tea, then check out our Afternoon Tea recipes for inspiration.

Pimm’s Scones

Inspired by a favourite summer cocktail, these decadent scones up the ante of any afternoon tea.

Recipe: Pimm’s Scones

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Coronation Chicken Pies

Guests will love these individual pies with a mellow curried filling. Be as creative as you like with the decoration, we’ve gone with pastry crowns, or keep them plain, if pushed for time.

Recipe: Coronation Chicken Pies

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Lox Brioche Rolls

A speedy pickled cucumber adds freshness to this classic combination. Use sliced white bread, if you prefer.

Recipe: Lox Brioche Rolls

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‘Chuna’ Mayo Sandwiches

A vegan version of the ever-popular tuna sandwich. Remember to check your bread choice is suitable too.

Recipe: ‘Chuna’ Mayo Sandwiches

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Pastrami Bagel Quarters

Quick to assemble and packed with flavour. If you don’t like Jarlsberg, you can use any sliced hard cheese.

Recipe: Pastrami Bagel Quarters

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Sticky Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

Simple ingredients combine to make a moreish barbecue classic. These sticky drummers can also be cooked in the oven.

Recipe: Sticky Glazed Chicken Drumsticks

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Myles New - Hearst Owned

Mixed Bean Falafel and Sweet Potato Hummus

The falafel and hummus can easily be doubled for a tasty lunchbox treat.

Recipe: Mixed Bean Falafel and Sweet Potato Hummus

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Kris Kirkham - Hearst Owned

Quinoa and Chimichurri Steak Salad

Toasting the quinoa first gives it a nutty taste and slight crunch in this steak salad recipe

Recipe: Quinoa and Chimichurri Steak Salad

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Chicken and Pineapple Satay Skewers with Rainbow Salad

Nutty, sweet and oh-so good, we’ve paired these moreish skewers with a refreshing, crunchy salad.

Recipe: Chicken and Pineapple Satay Skewers with Rainbow Salad

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Pesto Potato Salad

Super simple and packed with flavour: you’ll never buy potato salad again!

Recipe: Pesto Potato Salad

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Mini Watercress and Salmon Pies

These little pies are perfect for a garden party celebration this Jubilee season. If you don’t like watercress, try baby spinach instead.

Recipe: Mini Watercress and Salmon Pies

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Oscar Hather - Hearst Owned

Ploughman’s Scones

We’ve taken this traditional lunch and turned it into an easy and delicious scone recipe.

Recipe: Ploughman’s Scones

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Oscar Hather - Hearst Owned

Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart

This tart recipe is so easy – just use a jar of hollandaise and ready made puff pastry.

Recipe: Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart

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Ultimate Fish Finger Sandwich

You cant be a fish finger sarnie and this one is a winner.

Recipe: Ultimate Fish Finger Sandwich

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Hearst UK - Hearst Owned

Chicken Pasty

These oh-so simple pastries are made using Jus-Rol Pastry

Recipe: Chicken Pasty

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Kate Whitaker - Hearst Owned

Griddled Nectarine and Feta Salad

Sweet and salty, this simple salad will complement any main.

Recipe: Griddled Nectarine and Feta Salad

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Garlic and Herb Mushroom Skewers

These skewers require a bit of extra prep but they cook quickly and are a great addition to a spread.

Recipe: Garlic and Herb Mushroom Skewers

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Myles New - Hearst Owned

Strawberry Fluff Brownies

Freeze-dried strawberries add a real punch of flavour to the squidgy homemade marshmallow fluff layer in these amazing brownies.

Recipe: Strawberry Fluff Brownies

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Maja Smend - Hearst Owned

Crab Roll

We used a mixture of tinned and fresh crab for added flavour in this simple recipe, while keeping costs low.

Recipe: Crab Roll

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Summer Rolls with Satay Dip

Add prawns or shredded cooked chicken to the roll, if you like, and whatever crunchy vegetables you have to hand

Recipe: Summer Rolls with Satay Dip

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Steve Baxter - Hearst Owned

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Po’Boy is a traditional sandwich from Louisiana that most often consists of deep fried meat or seafood in a crusty French loaf. We’ve chosen king prawns, or ‘shrimp’, for our taste of the deep south.

Recipe: Shrimp Po’ Boy

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Vegetarian Cheese, Pear and Walnut Pie

We’ve taken inspiration from the classic Lancashire butter pie, but given ours a little twist. Feel free to swap the Lancashire cheese for a sharp Cheddar.

Recipe: Vegetarian Cheese, Pear and Walnut Pie

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Raspberry Lemonade Bars

With a tangy fruity filling that tastes just like fresh raspberry lemonade, set on buttery shortbread, you may find it hard to stop at just one!

Recipe: Raspberry Lemonade Bars

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Roasted Tomato and Burrata Salad

This creamy burrata salad is irresistible when combined with sweet summer tomatoes and basil.

Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Burrata Salad

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Goats’ Cheese and Fig Muffins

Recipe: Goats’ Cheese and Fig Muffins

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Nectarine and Almond Bakewell Cake

Put the kettle on – this easy and light bake is sure to impress.

Recipe: Nectarine and Almond Bakewell Cake

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Deluxe Sausage Rolls

So simple to make and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Recipe: Deluxe Sausage Rolls

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Flatbread Lamb Burgers

Use lean lamb mince here and there’s no egg or breadcrumbs needed to bind. Chopped fresh herbs work well in the burger mixture, too.

Recipe: Flatbread Lamb Burgers

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Nectarine Melba Froyo Bark

This frozen treat is easy to make and fun to eat, and you can try it with different yogurt flavours and fruits.

Recipe: Nectarine Melba Froyo Bark

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Greek Salad Flatbreads

A simple flatbread perfect for the picnic.

Recipe: Greek Salad Flatbreads

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Peanut Butter Caramel Slice

This tasty no-bake treat is surprisingly easy to assemble. Swap the smooth peanut butter for crunchy, for some extra bite.

Recipe: Peanut Butter Caramel Slice

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Goat’s Cheese, Rosemary and Red Grape Focaccia

We’ve suggested using a freestanding mixer, as this dough is fairly sticky (this gives the bread its unique texture), but it can be achieved by hand. Grease your worksurface and hands with a little extra oil and knead for 10min, until dough its elastic and soft.

Recipe: Goat’s Cheese, Rosemary and Red Grape Focaccia

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Kedgeree Scotch Egg

Our take on a classic Scotch Egg is inspired by the warming breakfast staple kedgeree, using the spiced risotto rice to coat the egg instead of traditional sausage meat.

Recipe: Kedgeree Scotch Egg

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Mexican Corn Wraps

Wrapped up in foil, these make great packed lunches or picnic food.

Recipe: Mexican Corn Wraps

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Greek Polenta Frittata

It doesn’t get much easier than this midweek frittata! The addition polenta may seem a little strange, but it gives the dish a wonderful texture.

Recipe: Greek Polenta Frittata

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Alex Luck - Hearst Owned

Great Big Pork Pie

This pie is ideal for buffets and has a surprise layer of onion marmalade in the middle. The ingredients are cheap to buy, and it's a great freeze-ahead meal too.

Recipe: Great Big Pork Pie

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Classic Scotch Egg with Home-made Mustard Mayo

Surprisingly simple to make, these just need the punchy dressing and a salad to make them a complete meal.

Recipe: Classic Scotch Egg with Home-made Mustard Mayo

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Salmon, Asparagus and Pea Quiche

Any leftovers make for a lovely lunch served straight from the fridge. For a quicker dinner, use bought shortcrust pastry instead.

Recipe: Salmon, Asparagus and Pea Quiche

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Sticky Garlic, Thyme and Goat’s Cheese Quiche

A lot of garlic goes into this spectacular quiche, but fear not: its strength gets mellowed with the cooking process, so you are left with its sweetened warmth.

Recipe: Sticky Garlic, Thyme and Goat’s Cheese Quiche

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Mike English - Hearst Owned

Grated Halloumi Quesadillas

Mix and match the filling ingredients here to whatever you fancy. Shredded cooked chicken, refried beans and Cheddar would all make great additions.

Recipe: Grated Halloumi Quesadillas

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Mike English - Hearst Owned

Deli-style Pastrami Sarnie

Inspired by the classic New York 'pastrami on rye', this sarnie is packed full of delicious ingredients

Recipe: Deli-style Pastrami Sarnie

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Pea Scotch Eggs

If you’re short on time, use cooked and peeled quail eggs. You won’t get the joy of the runny yolks, but they will still go down a treat

Recipe: Pea Scotch Eggs

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White Port and Tonic

Your go-to gin sidekick just got a new best friend. Floral white port pairs perfectly with sharp fizzy tonic. Swap the rosemary for fresh mint, if you like.

Recipe: White Port and Tonic

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Limoncello Collins

A jug of this citrussy cocktail is sure to get the party started. Perfect for summer alfresco dinning.

Recipe: Limoncello Collins

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Myles New - Hearst Owned

Rosemary Rosé Spritzer

This cocktail is completely refreshing, and the perfect drink for your next summer party.

Recipe: Rosemary Rosé Spritzer

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Oscar Hather - Hearst Owned

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