20 Summer Picnic Recipe Ideas

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20 Summer Picnic Recipe Ideas

Break your everyday routine by taking your lunch outside. With these 20 easy summer picnic recipe ideas, all you need is a blanket!

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Back when my husband and I were dating I’d surprise him with a picnic here and there. Sometimes I’d tell him to meet me for lunch in the park or by the river. Other times I’d invite him to my house for dinner outside.

One time we even had an impromptu night-time picnic. That was adventurous!

We went meteor showers-gazing outside of the city. In the fields, we found a red truck and decided to jump in. We had a blanket and some crackers, we laid down and saw so many falling meteors. It was the best picnic ever! If you’re thinking there’s nothing adventurous about two kids climbing on a stranger’s truck in the middle of a night, think again. We were no kids, but we had kids – adult kids. Two old farts having a time of their lives, ha!

There’s just something so romantic about sitting on a blanket and sharing food packed in a picnic basket with the person you love. And ants. It ain’t no picnic without ants!

If you’re feeling adventurous for a picnic, be it at night or midday, I gathered 20 recipe ideas that are easy and perfect for two or a whole family. Enjoy!

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  1. Reply
    Sandra L Garth
    August 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    You are on the ball girl, keep the ideas coming!
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      Jas
      August 11, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks, Sandra! 😀

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    Teresa - Aging Like a Fine Wine
    August 9, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I love your night time picnic story. I bet you had a blast! Thank you for sharing this wonderful group of recipes with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. Shared!
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      Jas
      August 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      I sure did, Teresa! It was a night to remember 😉

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    Grammy Dee from Grammy's Grid
    August 5, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I love going on a picnic. Thank you Jas for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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      Jas
      August 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Me too! 😀

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    Carol ("Mimi")
    August 5, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi
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      Jas
      August 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Mimi!

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    Lori Hill-Smith
    August 4, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    So many fun ideas for a perfect picnic! Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty
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      Jas
      August 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks, Lori!

  6. Reply
    Clearissa Coward
    August 4, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    These recipes look really tasty. I haven’t been on a picnic in a very long time. This reminds me of how much fun a picnic can be. Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared on social media.
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      Jas
      August 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Indeed, they are. Thanks for stopping in! Have a great weekend!

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    Christie Hawkes
    August 3, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I love eating outdoors, and if it’s from a picnic basket all the better! Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

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      Jas
      August 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Thanks, Christie! It’s so fun, isn’t it?

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    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    August 3, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hi Jas it is so lovely to have you join us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty and you have some delicious ideas to make our next picnic special. Have a great weekend!
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      Jas
      August 3, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Thanks, Sue!

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    Miz Helen
    July 31, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I love that Red Pick Up and what a great picnic with so many great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen
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      Jas
      August 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Thank you, Miz Helen! 🙂

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    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    July 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Jas! Thanks for sharing this great variety of recipes for us to enjoy our next picnic. Great to see you link up at #overthemoon. Have a great day!
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      Jas
      July 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you, Sue! Hope your week is going great!

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    Ann
    July 24, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    There was a linky? Those are great ideas for picnics! Especially in the summer. Especially with wraps!

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      Jas
      July 24, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Not really a linky, Ann. But yes, great ideas here 🙂

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    Carlee
    July 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    How fun that you saw the truck and just jumped in! My guys have been hard at it working on moving our strawberry patch, so I think I am going to surprise them with an impromptu picnic in just a few minutes!
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      Jas
      July 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      It was either that truck, the hood of my car (and a risk of a dent), or the ground which was rough and since it was dark I didn’t like the idea of something crawling over me, lol.
      Hope you enjoyed your picnic!

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    Mrs Shoes
    July 23, 2017 at 10:46 am

    It’s been years since we picniced – the last time was when my SIL wanted to host a big graduation party for all the kids in our combined families. At the last minute she informed us that the do would be in a provincial park MILES from where she lived. She’s never offered to host anything since, even though it basically went well (there were concrete shelters that were blessedly cool on that sweltering day). Call me a sissy, but some of us are old & cranky enough, or pale & hormonal enough, to want a way in out of the heat when we’ve had enough of the sun trying to melt us.
    I’ll definitely try some of these recipes, but they will be served on the yard, just a short walk to a decent bathroom. 😉
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      Jas
      July 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Haha, picnics are not for sissies that’s for sure. 😉 But even the toughest ones pick a cooler day to enjoy their food outside even if it’s in the backyard. Just a common sense, I think.

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    Julia @ Happy Foods Tube
    July 23, 2017 at 3:34 am

    Great picnic ideas! Thanks for including my recipe as well. Btw, loved your night-picnic story 🙂

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      Jas
      July 24, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      Thank you, Julia! Your lemon curd dip got me drooling! 😀

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    Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    July 22, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Lots of lovely ideas for yummy picnics here Jas!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      July 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Amanda!

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