A picnic blanket spread over lush green grass under a large shady tree is the perfect setting for a family meal. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a family picnic. If you haven’t had the chance to take a meal outdoors yet this year, search your calendar for a free day and take advantage!
A picnic means so much more than just enjoying a meal outdoors. You can also enjoy a game of pickup soccer or tag, lie lazily on the ground looking at shapes in the clouds, take a hike or dip your feet in a nearby lake or river. A picnic offers an opportunity for quality family time when you can focus on each other without getting sidetracked with the TV, phone, and other distractions.
To help you plan your picnic, we’ve put together a list of 7 family friendly recipes that are perfect for summer:
1) Cheese Balls
Choose from one of these delicious cheese ball recipes or make all three! A cheese ball and crackers or a loaf of bread is the perfect picnic food. You can make your cheese ball(s) ahead of time, making for easy planning. When you’re ready to go, all you have to do is throw it in the cooler for a great snack or accompaniment to sandwiches or a salad.
This recipe offers 3 in 1! Opt for the blue cheese and bacon, smoky cheddar-pecan or the pepperoncini-feta version.
These Vietnamese-inspired rolls are fresh and full of flavor, especially when dipped in the tasty peanut sauce. The perfect alternative to sandwiches, these rolls are a great choice for a picnic. Featuring fresh crunchy lettuce and delicious herbs, you’re sure to love these cool rolls. You can prepare them in the morning and pack them away in the cooler to enjoy when you’re ready. It’s best if the rolls don’t touch, as the rice papers tend to stick to one another. Separate layers and rolls with wax paper or simply place a carrot stick between rolls.
Get creative if you’d like! Instead of chicken, you can also use cooked and cooled shrimp or grilled pork or beef. You can also substitute rice noodles for the regular rice if you prefer.
Sneak some vegetables into a tasty pasta salad featuring a vinaigrette dressing. You can serve this pasta salad as a side at your picnic or as the main dish. The bright colors of the tomatoes and broccoli make this pasta salad quite attractive. Prepare it ahead of time and then pack it into the cooler before you head off to your picnic.
Lunch on a stick anyone? Kids will love the concept of these skewers that make picnicking easy. While this recipe offers a place to start, you can easily switch it to include your family’s favorite cold cuts, cheeses, vegetables and even fruit! You won’t have to beg for help getting things ready for the picnic with these fun skewers, as your kids will practically beg to make one of their own!
Enjoy the taste of deviled eggs without the tedium of preparing them. This deviled egg potato salad gives you all the flavor of deviled eggs without the painstaking process of emptying and refilling the eggs. Plus, with the potatoes added in there, the salad is quite filling. Use this dish as a side to sandwiches or barbequed favorites. You can prepare this salad the night before and just pop it in the cooler before heading out on your picnic.
Who doesn’t love tacos? Get all that taco flavor in this delicious chicken taco salad. For a quicker start, use shredded rotisserie chicken quickly fried in taco seasonings. Otherwise, you’ll need a little bit of time to cook the chicken breast when making this fantastic, flavorful salad. Featuring all the colors of summer, your family is sure to love this dish! For a more filling alternative, serve the salad in pita pockets or offer additional tortilla chips.
What’s a picnic without dessert? It’s understandable that you don’t want to turn on the oven in the summer heat, so don’t pressure yourself into baking cookies or other baked goods. Instead, enjoy this fantastic no-bake alternative! A Reese’s lover’s dream, this peanut butter pie features an oreo crust and a top layer of chocolate goodness. Simply make sure the pie is well-chilled and then take it along in the cooler to enjoy as the perfect ending to your family picnic.
Now that you’re inspired with these great recipes, pick one to try! Enjoying delicious, healthy foods in the outdoors with your family is a great summer activity. You can always complement the above recipes with simple summer classics like sliced watermelon, lemonade, a vegetable platter, and sandwiches. Without too much trouble, you’ll enjoy a perfect picnic!
Remember to use Picniic to stay organized! Store the recipes you’d like to try on Picniic and then add the ingredients to your Shopping Lists. You can even add your family picnic as an event or tradition in your calendar so that everyone in the family can easily remember the date. With Picniic, your picnic planning will be a breeze!
Do you have a favorite picnic recipe your family loves? Have you tried one of the above recipes? Tell us about your picnic recipes and adventures in the comments below.