5 epic spring picnic basket fillers

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5 epic spring picnic basket fillers

Gone are the days of soggy sandwiches filling your cooler box for the beach thanks to Hannah Lewry’s five best-ever beach picnic basket fillers, from quiche Lorraine to lemon meringue in a jar

Quiche for a crowd

This is the most fantastic solution for families, quiches are just as delicious cold as they are hot and the perks of making it yourself is that you know exactly what’s in it and you can change flavours to suit any fussy eaters!

Spring pea and Parmesan “Quiche Lorraine”

Middle Eastern herb and feta eggah

Wraps on the run

These are the perfect alternatives to sandwiches, they won’t leave you feeling bloated on your way for a post-lunch swim. If you don’t have time to make your own, Woolworths has some amazing ready-made wraps.

Ginger and Peppadew chicken wraps with baba ganoush

Smoked salmon crystal summer rolls

Summer-body salads

These salads are fantastic when it comes to keeping hunger pangs at bay. Make sure to keep the dressings separate and lettuce leaves to a minimum to ensure they remain crisp and delicious.

Greek salad with spinach-and-nutmeg crêpes

Cucumber salad with fat-free dressing

Cooling ice lollies and shakes

The only thing you need to make these a huge success is to keep them in an iced cooler-box! Unless you’re lucky enough to be visiting the beaches of Camps Bay or Thailand where fruit shakes and granadilla lollies are everywhere. These are the next best thing!

Iced fresh strawberry lollies

Fresh dragon fruit shakes

The ultimate picnic basket

I love getting a few of my friends together and sharing the load of the picnic basket. We usually allocate specific snacks to each person so when we all come together on the beach we can share the bounty of our communal picnic basket.

Try this recipe for lemon meringue in a jar or just get Woolworths lemon swirl cheese cake sundae!

What would a picnic on the beach be without watermelon? Try Phillippa Cheifitz’ recipe for Prosciutto with watermelon

This farmhouse platter with olive ciabatta is an oldie but a goodie!

Labneh meze platter with bubble bread – use Woolworths labneh with zaatar or smoky paprika instead of making your own and serve with their ancient grain breads.

Hannah Lewry Article by: Hannah Lewry

Woolworths TASTE’s Food Editor is passionate about conjuring up fresh ideas for fast and easy dishes that taste as great as they look. Turn to her expertise for everything from time-saving mid-week food to lazy weekend meals. You’ll have a lot of fun in the kitchen while you’re about it.

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  • Judy Crockett
    December 15, 2015


    Did you shoot this picture at Bitou River Lodge. I remember it so well and get such an emotion to return to that tranquillity for a week or two.

    best wishes

    Judy crockett