Our Favourite Picnic Food Ideas for Summer

Words: Dumi Mparutsa

Summertime is right around the corner, which means it’s time to dust off your finest picnic basket and blanket and get ready to enjoy the sunshine. Make sure that your basket is packed full of appetising eats and sweet treats with our list of delicious picnic food ideas.

Essential Picnic Food Ideas

These classic dishes are a must-have in any picnic basket

Rustic Pork Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are almost always a favourite, and these are simply delicious!

Get the recipe for these Rustic Pork Sausages

Classic Pork Pies

This pie filling is super easy, but be sure to buy good quality pork mince with a good fat ratio, if it’s too lean the pie will turn out dry.

Try this Classic Pork Pies

Picnic food ideas
Picnic food ideas

Picnic Food Ideas – The Perfect Salads

Light, colourful and delicious, the perfect salad can make or break a picnic.

Panzanella Salad

If you’re making this Panzanella salad recipe for a picnic, combine everything except the bread into a sealable glass jar, leaving some space for the bread at the top.

Get the recipe Panzanella Salad

Pepper and Pomegranate Salad

Any salad that starts on the braai is perfect for a summer day. This vibrant dish is packed with tasty titbits and textures and dressed with a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil.

Get the recipe for this Pepper and Pomegranate salad

Picnic food ideas
Picnic food ideas

Picnic Food Ideas – Savoury Eats

The cornerstone of any picnic, the right savoury dishes will have your guest coming back for more.

Scotch Eggs With A Horseradish and Chive Mayonnaise

Yum, an old favourite that never disappoints.

Get the recipe for these Scotch Eggs with A Horseradish and Chive Mayonnaise

Chipotle Honey and Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

These killer mini kebabs are sweet, spicy and make a perfect snack for a road trip or picnic.

Get The Recipe for these Chipotle Honey and Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

Picnic food ideas
Picnic food ideas

Picnic Food Ideas – Scrumptious Snacks

Get comfortable by sharing these hand foods while basking in the sun.

Cumin Spiced Lamb Koftas

These spicy lamb meatballs served on a stick are simply delicious!

Get this Cumin Spiced Lamb Koftas recipe

Parmesan and Thyme Baba Ghanoush

A tasty aubergine spread that will complement any meze platter or sandwich.

Get this Parmesan and Thyme Baba Ghanoush recipe

picnic food ideas
picnic food ideas

Picnic Loaf

Nevermind making a regular sandwich, how about stuffing the loaf!

Get this Picnic Loaf recipe

Spinach, Red Pepper and Three Cheese Muffins

A great vegetarian snack that makes for a tasty picnic treat.

Spinach, Red Pepper and Three Cheese Muffin recipe

picnic food ideas
picnic food ideas

KATAIFI-WRAPPED HALLOUMI

A delicious snack that is the perfect snack for picnickers to nibble on.

Get this recipe for Kataifi-wrapped Halloumi

VEGGIE AND RICOTTA QUICHE WITH PARMESAN OLIVE OIL CRUST

A delicious savoury tart – that is delicious served warm or cold.

Get this recipe for Veggie and Ricotta Quiche


Refreshing Drinks

No picnic is complete without crisp, refreshing drink or two.

Passion Fruit and Ginger Ice Tea

The refreshing ginger and passion fruit drink is a perfect thirst quencher for a hot summers day.

Try making this Passion Fruit and Ginger Ice Tea with this recipe

Pineapple and Grapefruit Mojito

The mojito may not be entirely traditional, but it will definitely hit the spot on a sunny afternoon.

Get the recipe for the refreshing Pineapple and Grapefruit Mojito

Picnic food ideas
Picnic food ideas

Picnic Food Ideas – Sweet Endings

No picnic would be complete without something sweet!

STRAWBERRY AND CREAM CHEESE FOLD-OVER PIES

These sweet dessert mini pies will be a hit at any party!

Get this Strawbery and Cream Cheese pie recipe

POLENTA, BLUEBERRY AND COCONUT MUFFINS

Deliciously moist and tender muffins with sweet blueberries. The polenta adds a lovely bit of texture and makes this a really substantial muffin that is great for snacking, picnics and lunchboxes.

Get this polenta muffin recipe

picnic food ideas
picnic food ideas

Chocolate Fudge

There is nothing that hits the sweet spot like a piece of fudge. This yummy dark chocolate version is to-die-for!

Get this Chocolate Fudge recipe

LEMON AND POPPY SEED WHOOPIE PIES WITH RASPBERRY CREAM

This fun picnic treat is part cookie, part cake and it is delicious!

Get the recipe for Lemon and Poppy Seed Whoopie Pies

picnic food ideas

Right, your picnic basket is packed, now you need to know where to go. Check out these parks that are great for picnicking in Cape Town.

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