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10 Best Easy Picnic Food Ideas For Late Summer

Summer has begun and along with it, the splendor of nature. As such, most people want to make the most out of it. And what better way to do it than to go on a picnic? And, you can’t have a picnic without food. If you’re having trouble deciding what to make for your picnic, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will describe our picks for the 10 best easy picnic food ideas for late summer vacation, and explain what you need to make them. We’ve mentioned simple recipes that require little effort and time.

Our Picks For The 10 Best Easy Picnic Food Ideas For Late Summer

#1: The Cubano Sandwich

The Cubano Sandwich was first made in the United States and is a delicious treat to take on a picnic if you’re a fan of sandwiches. It may require some time and effort to make, but is completely worth it.


  • 1.25 kg of pork shoulder.
  • 4 sub rolls cut in half.
  • 6 tablespoons of American Yellow Mustard (or any Mustard of your choosing).
  • 360 grams of thinly sliced ham.
  • 12 slices of Swiss cheese.
  • 6 thinly sliced spears of dill pickles.
  • And 25 grams of melted butter.

#2: Black Bean Crunch Wraps

Second, our picks consist of only vegetables. So if you’re a vegetarian, you’re going to love these crunch wraps. And, they make a great combo with tortilla chips.


  • 2 tablespoons of oil for frying.
  • 1 finely chopped red onion.
  • 2 tablespoons of smoked chili paste.
  • 400 grams tinned, rinsed, and drained black beans.
  • 2 drained and diced roasted red peppers.
  • 4 warmed large tortilla wraps.
  • 180 grams of grated Monterey jack cheese.
  • 12 salted tortilla chips.

#3: Vegan Burrito With Black Beans

It’s vegan and it only requires 30 minutes to make!


  • 150 grams of quinoa.
  • Olive oil.
  • A chopped onion.
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves.
  • A tablespoon of ground cumin.
  • ½ tablespoon of cayenne pepper.
  • 2 roughly chopped vine tomatoes.
  • 400 grams of rinsed and drained black beans.
  • 200 grams of tinned sweetcorn, a juiced lime.
  • a small bunch of chopped coriander.
  • a peeled, stoned, and roughly chopped avocado.
  • a small finely chopped red chili. 
  • And 4 large flour tortillas.

#4: Quiche Lorraine

It’s one of our favorites and it’s absolutely scrumptious. And, it can serve up to six people! Although, it is a bit time-consuming to make.


  • Two 77 grams packs of diced pancetta.
  • 2 sliced cloves of garlic.
  • A sliced red chili.
  • 2 sliced spring onions.
  • 150 grams of cavolo nero with their stalks discarded and leaves shredded.
  • 4 eggs (two whole, and two yolks).
  • 250 ml of double cream.
  • 250 ml of whole milk.
  • A good grated nutmeg.
  • And 150 grams of grated gruyère.

#5. Picnic Pie

Although it requires some effort to make, this meat-filled pie is worth every second you put into it.


  • A 500 grams block of all-butter short-crust pastry.
  • 5 eggs were kept at room temperature.
  • 200 grams of thickly-cut bacon (rind and fat removed and chopped).
  • 6 herb pork sausages with their skins removed.
  • 400 grams of lean pork mince.
  • 2 tablespoons of toasted and crunched fennel seeds.
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley.
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped tarragon.
  • 1 egg that’s been beaten to glaze.
  • 200 grams of all-butter puff pastry.

#6: Chicken Katsu Scotch Eggs

Chicken katsu scotch eggs are a snack that requires some time and effort to prepare but it is an appetizing treat to bring along with you on a picnic.


  • 4 eggs were kept at room temperature.
  • 6 tablespoons of soy sauce.
  • 3 tablespoons of mirin.
  • 340 grams of chicken sausages.
  • 4 finely chopped spring onions.
  • A small chunk of finely grated ginger.
  • One tablespoon of sesame oil.
  • 4 tablespoons of plain flour.
  • 2 eggs (beaten).
  • 100 grams of panko breadcrumbs.
  • And groundnut oil for deep frying.
Chicken Katsu Scotch Eggs

#7: Fennel-Spiced Sausage Plait

If you’re someone who relishes spicy snacks, this one’s perfect for you! Made with an added kick of chili and mustard, it’s a mouth-watering treat.


  • 6 skinned pork sausages.
  • A tablespoon of toasted and crushed fennel seeds.
  • A pinch of chili flakes.
  • A handful of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.
  • A 350-gram sheet of puff pastry.
  • A tablespoon of wholegrain mustard/ red onion chutney.
  • An egg (beaten).
  • To finish, add some sesame or poppy seeds.
  • Add watercress to serve.
Fennel-Spiced Sausage Plait

#8: Thai Watermelon Salad

For someone who prefers salads instead of sandwiches or pies, this one’s the best snack you can take with you.


  • 3 tablespoons of soft brown sugar.
  • 5 tablespoons of fish sauce.
  • 2 roughly chopped cloves of garlic.
  • 3 bird’s eye chilies.
  • ½ juiced lime.
  • 500 grams of watermelon with the seeds removed.
  • 1 tablespoon of roughly chopped roasted peanuts.
  • A handful of shredded mint leaves.
  • A handful of shredded Thai Basil leaves.

#9: Lemon & Blueberry Bars

Do you have a sweet tooth? You’ll adore these lemon and blueberry bars. They’re simple to prepare and great for dessert.


  • 165 grams of plain flour.
  • 100 grams of salted butter.
  • 50 grams of caster sugar.
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk.

For The Lemon & Blueberry Topping:

  • 150 grams of blueberries.
  • 330 grams of caster sugar.
  • 4 zested and juiced lemons.
  • 4 beaten eggs.
  • 125 grams of plain flour.
Lemon & Blueberry Bars

#10: Iced Mint & Apple Tea

Who doesn’t love cocktails in summer? This apple-infused mint iced tea is great to share with family and friends. And, it’s simple to make!


  • 2 tea bags.
  • A tablespoon of golden caster sugar.
  • 2 cored and chopped apples.
  • 2 tablespoons of brandy.
  • 600 ml of soda water.
  • A small handful of mint leaves.
Iced Mint & Apple Tea


We’ve mentioned all of our picks for the best easy picnic food ideas for late summer. At the end of the day, it all comes down to preference. If you have any ideas of your own, do comment below and let us know!

Read More: The 6 Best Vegan Pizzas You Need To Try


Andrew is a professional writer with 7+ Years of experience. His style and uniqueness inspire and educate readers throughout the world.


Andrew is a professional writer with 7+ Years of experience. His style and uniqueness inspire and educate readers throughout the world.

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