For a sandwich with a difference try stuffing a loaf, such as a ciabatta or round sourdough loaf, with your favourite filling in layers, such as slices of cooked chicken, mozzarella and pesto. Either cut into slices before you go or pack a breadknife, but be sure to assemble the sandwich in advance so it has time to firm up.
Recipe: chicken and mozzarella sandwich loaf
Recipe: ham muffaletta
This easy and delicious Greek spinach and feta pie (made with shop bought filo pastry) is best served at room temperature so it’s ideal for picnics.
Spanish omelette can be enjoyed hot or cold – so why not make in advance and enjoy hot one day and take the leftovers out for a picnic the next?
Recipe: Spanish omelette
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Stuffed vine leaves
Lovely little pockets of rice, herbs and sometimes minced lamb. Try making your own, if you like, although they can also be bought from the supermarket.
Recipe: stuffed vine leaves
Pasties are made to be portable so they’re the perfect picnic food. Make from scratch or, if you’re short of time, use ready-made shortcrust pastry - or just visit the supermarket or local butcher!
Recipe: Cornish pasties
Falafel in pitta
Pittas stuffed with falafel, salad and hummus make an ideal picnic food. Take extra pittas toasted and cut into strips along with crudites for dipping into hummus and other dips.
Recipe: falafel in pitta pockets
Greek salad travels particularly well so fill a tub with this fresh, crunchy salad and hit the road.
Recipe: Greek salad
Kilner jar salad
Serve salad in a jar for a healthy lunch on the go. The trick is to make sure the dressing is at the bottom with noodles, protein and crunchy vegetables above it. Leaves should always go right at the top to stop them going soggy.
Recipe: Asian-style noodle salad
Crudites and dips
One of the easiest picnic foods is surely a tub of hummus and some sliced crunchy vegetables such as peppers, carrots, radishes and celery. Supermarkets are filled with a range of different hummus varieties but you could try making your own, or try something a bit different such as the Hairy Bikers' artichoke and lemon dip pictured above that can be whipped up in about 10 minutes.
Recipe: broad bean hummus
Recipe: artichoke and lemon dip
Recipe: avocado dip
Strawberries dipped in yoghurt
A delicious and easy dessert for a healthy picnic – particularly good for a Champagne picnic!
Recipe: strawberries dipped in yoghurt
Lightning fast banana balls
Delicious little energy balls made from bananas, oats and nuts. Perfect for a little snack during a hike or for a sweet treat after a picnic.
Recipe: banana balls
Rice Krispie cupcakes
These are ideal for grandchildren to make and make perfect little snacks on the go.
Recipe: Rice Krispie cupcakes
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