Let’s take this outside: 18 easy picnic recipes to try this summer

By Melissa Scheepers, 21 November 2017

Roll out your picnic blanket, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! We’ve listed 18 of our favourite easy-to-make, easy-to-share and easy-to-transport recipes for just this occasion.

The key to a good picnic is variety – choose dishes that are easy to eat, easy to share and that travel well. Make sure to offer meals that are refreshing, satisfying, savoury and sweet for a well-rounded picnic menu. Try these fuss-free recipes that are as easy to eat as they are to make.


Serve with seeded crackers, tortillas or julienne your favourite veg for serving with one of these delectable dips. Or whip up some home-made dippers like these sea-salt sticks.

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Discover more dip recipes here.


Catering for a larger crowd? Remember to pack paper plates, a few serving spoons and a bread knife.

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Discover more light meals here.

EASY (to eat) EATS

Not keen on taking that walk to the picnic spot with lots of plates and cutlery in your backpack or picnic basket? Make food that’s easy to eat with your hands. But don’t forget the napkins!

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End off your scenic picnic on a sweet note. We’ve selected some of our easiest to share (and easiest to eat) desserts just for this outdoor occasion.

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Discover more dessert recipes here.

Find more great weather menus here.

Melissa Scheepers

Article by Melissa Scheepers

Woolworths TASTE’s online content producer has faced constant temptation since joining the team last year. When she’s not thinking about her next meal (it’s usually a variation of a cheese toastie), she’s researching the best cooking methods for her next article.
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  • default
    5 December 2017

    Hi Justine,

    In the “slide shows” each image actually links to that specific recipe. There are four sections of “slide shows” in this article, the first containing and linking to 4 recipes, the second containing and linking to 5 recipes, the third containing and linking to 5 and the fourth containing and linking to 4 this equals a total of 18 recipes in this article. If you’d like to see all the recipes in the sliders hover your cursor over it until a arrow appears and swipe to the next recipe, or click the dots below the image to see the next slide.

    Happy cooking!
    TASTE team.

  • Justine Haralambous
    28 November 2017

    I’m confused, the article title says “18 easy picnic recipes” but then you haven’t listed them anywhere, you’ve given 5 links to pages of light meals or dips etc. That’s not 18 recipes specific to picnicking, as advertised. I may be being pedantic but if you say ‘list’ it would be nice if there was actually one, or at least explain somewhere that the ‘list’ is in fact 4 different slide shows.