12 Delicious Snack Ideas for Your Next Picnic

Posted: April 21, 2023 9:48 am

The arrival of spring has naturally led people out into the Great Outdoors to enjoy the warmer temperatures. One of the best ways to lean into the beauty of this season is to go on a picnic.

Your food should take center stage at your picnic event.

In addition to the main dishes, you will want to pack along some snacks. This is particularly important if your outdoor adventure takes you away from a home for a significant period of time. Here are 12 of the best snack recipes for your spring picnic.

Baked Figs with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, and Balsamic Glaze

This baked figs with goat cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic glaze recipe will elevate your picnic spread, turning it into a fancy feast. Creamy goat cheese is stuffed into the middle of a fig and then the goodness is wrapped in prosciutto.

The balsamic glaze is the perfect finishing touch. Feel free to substitute prunes for the figs. This appetizer goes great with a nice bottle of wine. You can prepare this unique snack a day in advance and have it ready to go when you pack up your basket.

Garlic and Lemon Hummus

This garlic and lemon hummus can be used in many elements of your picnic. The hummus makes a great dip with crackers or freshly cut veggies. Or use it as a spread on sandwiches or wraps. The addition of lemon adds a zesty flavor twist to a normal hummus recipe.

While this hummus tastes great on its own, you can also top it with fresh basil, ground cumin, or pomegranate seeds for more texture and flavor enhancements. This hummus will remain fresh in a fridge for up to five days, making it a great picnic snack idea to prepare well in advance.

Whipped Ricotta Dip with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

It does not get any easier than this whipped ricotta dip with lemon and fresh herbs. The light and airy dip is bursting with a lovely citrus flavor. Best of all, the dip comes together in just five minutes. Pack the dip in your picnic basket alongside toasted crostinis, pita chips, or crackers.

Add a drizzle of honey to the top of the ricotta if you want a bit more sweetness. The recipe suggests fresh basil but you can sub out nearly any herb of your choice.

Homemade Falafel

This homemade falafel makes a great finger food for your picnic basket. The dried chickpeas are combined with a mix of spices, including coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, and fresh herbs. Be sure to remember to soak the chickpeas for 24 hours.

Serve these falafel balls as a snack or pack some pita bread and all of the fixings to use them as a base for a sandwich item. The recipe also calls for homemade tahini to serve alongside the falafel.

Avocado Summer Rolls

These avocado summer rolls are a great way to use up any fresh herbs that you may have on hand. Spring rice roll wrappers are stuffed with rice noodles, tofu, avocado, radishes, peaches, and more.

The star of the show is the creamy coconut basil dipping sauce that accompanies the rolls. This sauce uses coconut milk, cashew butter, lime, jalapeño, sweet basil, and fresh ginger. The bright colors of this snack will be a welcome addition to your picnic spread.

Classic Deviled Eggs

What is a picnic without classic deviled eggs? Although the classic recipe is delicious in its own right, you can also customize them with minced olives, bacon bits, jalapeño, or dill pickles.

These eggs use the yolk, mayonnaise, vinegar, and mustard to create the savory filling. For a bolder flavor profile, you can try dijon mustard or horseradish as a sub for the regular mustard.

You can also swap out the mayo for low-fat Greek yogurt for a snack that is lower in calories and fat.

Roasted Tomatillo Guacamole

You will love digging into this roasted tomatillo guacamole at your next spring picnic. Smoky roasted tomatillos add another flavor dimension to traditional guacamole.

In addition to the tomatillos and avocado, the dip includes chopped red onion, jalapeño, garlic cloves, fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro. It goes without saying that this guacamole should be served with your favorite tortilla chips. This guacamole will surely spice up your picnic.

Seedy Oat Crackers

Do you need a conduit for all of the dips and spreads that you plan on taking to your picnic? Look no further than these homemade seedy oat crackers.

This recipe is a healthy spin on a processed cracker. The nutritious crackers are made with a mix of old-fashioned oats, brown rice flour, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, and more. The result is a crunchy and satisfying cracker.

Be sure to double the recipe so you can nosh on them at home. The crackers will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Turf Mix

This unique turf mix will become a staple in your house, going well beyond the basics of a Chex Mix recipe. The tasty mix includes baked snap pea crisps, wasabi peas, sticky-rice chips, dried dill, cayenne pepper, and more.

While that list of ingredients makes it sound like an inherently savory snack, the addition of lime zest, sugar, and coconut chips contributes the perfect amount of sweetness to the overall flavor profile. This is a fun grab and go snack to throw into your picnic basket.

Ham and Cheese Quick Bread

This ham and cheese quick bread takes the hassle out of having to prepare sandwiches for your picnic. The ham and cheese is baked directly into the bread, providing an easy snack for picnic goers.

You can choose any type of cheese for this bread, however, a nice sharp cheddar or a Gruyère will work the best. Fresh thyme and scallions boost the flavor of this dense bread. This is a particularly good recipe idea for a brunch picnic.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Add a touch of elegance to your picnic with these chocolate covered strawberries. This flexible recipe gives you a few different options for your dipping chocolate, including wafers or candy melts.

Using a double-boiler to melt the chocolate will yield the best results. The riper the strawberries, the better. While the strawberries taste delicious simply coated in the chocolate, you can also roll them in shredded coconut, sprinkles, nuts, or whatever your heart desires.

Super-thin Chocolate Brownies

These super-thin chocolate brownies will be the perfect ending for your picnic. Despite their thin appearance, these brownies are rich and chocolatey.

The brownies are made in a sheet pan, giving you enough to feed a crowd at your event. You will be glad that you have a lot of these to go around. The optional espresso powder adds another layer of flavor to these intense brownies.

The portable brownies are an easy dessert option for any outdoor event.

Your will provide quite the picnic spread using a few of these fun recipe options. Regardless of if you want a more casual or more elegant spread, these 12 recipes will have you covered. Make the most of this season by getting outside and connecting with Mother Nature.

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