The Best Recipes for Picnic Food

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Picnic food., as spring approaches, many of us are eager to pack up our picnic baskets and snack on tasty morsels in the springtime sunshine.

Picnic food can go one of two ways. Either everything is slathered in mayo or it's a fairly light meal.

We personally prefer lighter fare but to each their own. Eating lighter food means you can get up and play frisbee or catch with your family instead of feeling too sluggish to move.

If you're looking for some lighter picnic food options to take with you this spring, check out some of our favorite menu items below.

Starters

If you're going to be out for a while, you might want to bring starters in addition to your main meal.

When you first get to your picnic location, pull out these starters and watch your friends and family gobble them up.

Proscuitto and Melon Skewers

All you need to do for this recipe is cube up some melon, place a small piece of prosciutto on top, and skewer it together. The salt from the ham pairs perfectly with the sweet melon.

Greek Salad

Not all salads need lettuce. For this greek salad, toss together a chopped up cucumber, shallot, cherry tomatoes, olives, and feta. Dress the salad with the juice of a lemon and some olive oil.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa is an easy snack to transport. All you need are a couple of bags of tortilla chips and a couple of jars of your favorite salsa.

Mains

After exploring your picnic area a bit, it'll be time to tuck into your healthy sandwiches. Here are our top pics for healthy, portable picnic sandwiches.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich

Everyone has their special preferences for chicken salad. To ours, we add cubed chicken, greek yogurt, raisins, celery, curry powder, salt, and pepper. We serve a healthy scoop on some whole grain bread.

Hummus Sandwich

To a couple of pieces of whole grain bread, spread a healthy schmear of your choice of hummus. Top with sliced tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion, and sprouts. A great option for vegetarians!

Healthy Potato Salad

Potato salad doesn't need to be slathered in mayo.

For this recipe, roast some new potatoes and onions in the oven. Once they're cool enough to handle, chop them up and toss them with coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar, and a bit of olive oil.

Dessert

No picnic food menu is complete without dessert. Luckily, there are tons of highly portable desserts to take with you.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone should have a go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe in their arsenal. A pro-tip is to freeze the cookies to keep them fresh and let them warm up in the sun.

Fruit Hand Pies

Nothing says portable like a hand pie. We're partial to apple hand pies but you can make hand pies with blueberry, strawberry, or peach.

Fruit Salad

You don't need to have tons of added sugar in desserts. For a naturally sweet dessert, toss together a fruit salad with seasonal fruits and toss them with a bit of muscovado sugar.

Pack Picnic Food Like a Pro

As you can see, it's incredibly easy to pack healthy picnic food. Now, all you need is a sturdy picnic basket, your family and friends, and some fantastic food.

You can find a great sturdy picnic basket here.