Sandwiches are often considered the quintessential picnic treat – and for good reason too. They’re bite-sized, easy to make and they travel well, to boot.
But you don’t need a classic cheese and pickle sandwich - or any sandwich for that matter - to have an amazing picnic.
To help inspire your next picnic, we've rounded up some tasty inspiration - go grab your hamper and get ready for some seriously drool-worthy summer dining!
prawn cocktail skewers with a spicy mayonnaise dip
Like prawn cocktail? Give these simple skewers a whirl. Don't forget the tasty spiced mayo – it's perfect for dipping!
Asparagus and cress muffin-tin quiches
Individual quiches are perfect picnic food, and a tasty sandwich substitute, too. This recipe makes 12, and they're easy to transport.
ploughman's stuffed picnic loaf
This impressive Ploughman's stuffed picnic loaf is easier to pack than a load of sandwiches! Hollow out a crusty, sourdough loaf and load it up with your favourite sandwich fillings for one seriously cool picnic centrepiece that will get everyone talking. Sliced up, it will happily feed 6.
pea and broad bean veggie Scotch egg
It wouldn't be a picnic without a Scotch egg, right? With a crisp coating, slightly runny yolk, these are really special.
Anyone for pudding? Posset is a quintessentially British pudding, and thanks to their little pots, are super portable - perfect for picnics! These summer fruit possets are made by simmering summer berries with lemon zest, cream and sugar, then cooling until it sets. Creamy and decadent, everyone will be licking the pots clean.
Traditional still lemonade
With all those tasty treats on offer, you'll need something sweet and refreshing to wash them down! Our recipe for traditional still lemonade is zingy and zesty with the perfect amount of sweetness. Tip: as well as keeping hot drinks hot, a thermos filled with cold lemonade and ice cubes will stay perfectly cool!
Sweet potato, spinach & feta quiche
Tangy feta compliments the sweet veg in this savoury tart – and it's delicious served with a green salad or by itself. Just make sure you keep it chilled when transporting it to your picnic destination.
A true crowd favourite, these sausage rolls are perfect for parties, lunch boxes and picnics. Or, if you don't fancy spending the day slaving away in the kitchen in order to enjoy an alfresco meal, make your life easier by picking up all your picnic supplies in store.
Roasted squash & cous cous salad
A hearty vegetarian salad is perfect for warm days and this recipe includes 2 of your 5-a-day! Or if your picnic is a spur of the moment occasion, pick up a ready-made salad instead - just remember to pack forks, too!
This easy Spanish omelette recipe is delicious served hot or cold, great for picnics! Make your frittata the night before and leave to cool, then cut into wedges and pack in your picnic basket. Delish!