4 Easy Picnic Food Ideas To Create The Perfect Picnic
Limp lettuce, supermarket-made pastries and soggy chips are just some of the ways a picnic can be ruined – so why not spend a little time planning ahead with these delicious crowd-pleasers? We’ve selected some of the most popular picnic food ideas which are also quick and easy to source and make. Once you’ve packed them into your ClickClack Daily containers, you’re ready to go!
Picnic Food Idea #1: Hummus
A tin of chickpeas, a dash of tahini, olive oil and lemon juice, a couple of cloves of garlic… and you’re ready to go! The dip is so versatile it works with bread, chips, crudités and more — perfect for a choose-your-own-adventure picnic.
Why not add some other unique flavours such as paprika, roasted capsicum or spinach for a unique twist. Don’t forget to chop up your raw vegetable sticks in advance and pack in an airtight ClickClack Daily container for maximum freshness. Cucumber, celery, carrots and cherry tomatoes will all work well with a dollop of hummus.
Picnic Food Idea #2: Seasonal Cordial
An easy one to make ahead, a cordial will add a splash of goodness to any mineral or sparkling water — or could even form the base of a cocktail if you’re hosting an adults-only picnic.
Elderflower, raspberry, blackcurrant, lemon, mint and rosehip all make great bases for cordials and can be mix-and-matched to suit any taste. For a simple elderflower cordial: Leave the elderflower buds themselves to infuse in a pre-boiled saucepan of water, sugar, citric acid and lemons (zest and all) for a day. Sieve and transfer it into a sterilised bottle and keep the cordial in a fridge for up to 6 weeks.
Picnic Food Idea #3: Couscous Salad
Couscous salads are great picnic staples as they’re quite hardy and won’t wilt! Both regular and giant couscous options are delicious and can be easily turned into a delightful dish.
For a straightforward flavouring, add pesto and/or lemon juice to get started. Then layer in your veggies — roasted or pan-fried — before finishing off with a sprinkle of cheese, nuts, sultanas and/or herbs. We love feta cheese or mozzarella, pine nuts, basil and parsley here. It’s a great way to use up any leftover ingredients too.
Picnic Food Idea #4: Something sweet
Don’t forget a sweet treat for dessert, or you’ll risk losing the crowd! A simple selection of fruit will always go down well on a warm summer’s day. Pre-chop your strawberries, grapes, melon, mango and more before sealing into a ClickClack Daily container for freshness.
If you’re looking to take it up a level, consider an Eton mess which can be transported easily in your container and divided into cups when ready to go. Bliss balls (such as our favourite recipe here), cakes (carrot cake is our go-to, see recipe here) and slices also transport well.
And voila, ready is the perfect picnic (complete without soggy sandwiches)!