50 Healthy & Delicious Homemade Picnic Recipes

These delicious and healthy homemade picnic recipes are perfect for enjoying the beautiful days of spring and summer outdoors with your family!

50+ delicious and healthy homemade picnic recipes that are perfect for enjoying the beautiful days of spring and summer outdoors with your family! Get the recipe roundup @jlevinsonrd.

Post by Nutritioulicious assistant and dietetic intern Kaleigh McMordie

There is nothing more enjoyable on a pretty day than enjoying a meal outside with somebody you love. It’s one of my very favorite things to do, whether my husband and I are outside grilling, I am sipping wine on a patio with my sister, or having brunch with friends outdoors. But even more fun is preparing an easy snack or lunch, packing it up with a blanket, and taking it all somewhere special to enjoy a relaxing picnic!

A couple weeks ago, I shared with you 5 simple food safety tips for enjoying the beautiful picnic season. Now, I want to share some of my favorite bloggers’ healthy homemade picnic recipes. These recipes are easy, delicious, and perfect to enjoy whether you’re out with a special someone, a group of friends, or your kids.


Sriracha Hummus @ The Average RD

Low Fat Sriracha Hummus @ The Average RD
Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip @ Amy Gorin Nutrition
No Bake Fig and Walnut Energy Bites @ Supermarket Nutrition
Peach Crostini with Cinnamon and Honey @ Homemade Nutrition
Strawberry Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips @ Holley Grainger

Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad) | This lighter version of a classic Mexican street food is made with low-fat plain yogurt instead of mayonnaise to save on calories without sacrificing flavor. Serve as an appetizer with corn chips or as a side dish for your next Taco Tuesday. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Esquites (Mexican Street Corn Salad) @ Jessica Levinson
DIY Kids Snack Platters @Robin’s Bite
Avocado Hemp Deviled Eggs @The Foodie Dietitian
Blueberry Salsa @ Real You Nutrition
Peanut Butter Protein Bites @ Pantry Doctor
Minty Pea Dip @ Jessica Levinson

Veggies, Salads and Sides

Lunchbox Chickpea Salad @dixya

Lunchbox Chickpea Salad @ Food, Pleasure and Health
Kale Caesar Pasta Salad @ Nutritionist Reviews
Cherry Caprese Panzanella Salad @ Teaspoon of Spice
Cauliflower Cranberry Superfood Salad @ The Nutrition Adventure
Colorful Cabbage Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Cranberries @ Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Avocado & Tomato Salad with Spring Onion @ Nutri Savvy Health

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tabbouleh @MealMakeoverMom

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tabbouleh @ Meal Makeover Moms
Watermelon Salad with Soy Ginger Vinaigrette @ Live Best
Quinoa, Tomato and Feta Salad @ My Cape Cod Kitchen
Strawberry Arugula Salad with Fennel, Toasted Almonds, and Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette @ Jessica Levinson

Lentil Chickpea Vegetable Salad with Feta | Protein- and fiber-rich lentils and chickpeas, crunchy bell peppers and Persian cucumbers, sweet pomegranate seeds, and salty feta cheese are tossed together in a lemony maple-mustard vinaigrette for a kid-friendly and adult approved lunchbox salad. Get this gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian, and vegan-friendly recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Lentil Chickpea Vegetable Salad with Feta Cheese @ Jessica Levinson
Greek Potato Salad @ The Crowded Table
Radish Jicama Salad with Lemon Cumin Vinaigrette @ Sharon Palmer
Spring Pea & Radish Farro Salad with Lemon Mint Vinaigrette @ Jessica Levinson


Veggie Hummus Sandwich @GratefulGrazer

Veggie Hummus Sandwich @ Grateful Grazer
Pesto and Apple Chicken Salad @ Salubrious RD
Veggie Spring Rolls @ Emily Kyle Nutrition
Apricot Pineapple Chicken Salad @ Jessica Levinson
Viva Fiesta Turkey Wrap @ Kiss In The Kitchen
Pineapple Chicken Salad @ Jen Haugen

Nicoise Pasta Salad | Nutritioulicious

Nicoise Pasta Salad @ Jessica Levinson
Asian Shrimp Wraps with Snow Peas and Broccoli @ Mother Rimmy’s
Apple Cranberry Tuna Salad @ Jessica Levinson
Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi @ Nutrition Starring You
Curried Egg Salad Sandwich @ My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
Salmon Peach Quinoa Salad @ Nutritioulicious


Welcome spring with this sweet and tangy Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookie recipe! Soft and chewy lemon poppy seed cookies are dolloped with zesty lemon curd and a simple glaze for the perfect springtime treat. Get the vegetarian and nut-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies @ Jessica Levinson
Mini Berry Tarts @ Bakerita
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars @ Shaw’s Simple Swaps
Lavender Shortbread Cookies @ Lively Table
Superfood Vegan White Chocolate @ Chronicles of Passion

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies @veganfamrecipes

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies @ Vegan Family Recipes
Raspberry Mint Key Lime Mini Pies @ Your Choice Nutrition
Churro Cookies @ Chelsea’s Choices
Berry Whoopie Pies @ The Organic Dietitian
No-Bake Strawberry Mousse Parfaits @ Jessica Levinson


Rose Sangria @DomesticateMe

Rose Sangria @ Domesticate Me
Orange Ginger Mint Spa Water @ Jessica Levinson
Strawberry Ginger Switchel @ Recipes to Nourish
Lavender French 75 @ Lively Table
Strawberry Basil Lemonade @ EA Stewart

Strawberry Kiwi Fizz @dianeboydrd

Strawberry Kiwi Fizz @ Cape Fear Nutrition
Watermelon Lime Ice Cubes @ Nutrition a la Natalie
Orange Rosemary Paloma @ Zestful Kitchen
Blueberry Basil Cooler @ Jessica Levinson
Strawberry Kombucha Mimosa @ Emilie Eats

So there you have it – 50+ healthy homemade picnic recipes to choose from!

50+ delicious and healthy homemade picnic recipes that are perfect for enjoying the beautiful days of spring and summer outdoors with your family! Get the recipe roundup @jlevinsonrd.

What’s your favorite snack item or recipe to take on a picnic?

Share with me in the comments below!

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54 Responses to 50 Healthy & Delicious Homemade Picnic Recipes

  1. EA Stewart says:

    What a fabulous idea for a recipe round-up! We grill a lot & have people over to hang out in our backyard, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been on a picnic. Thanks so much for sharing my Strawberry Basil Lemonade, and for motivating me to go on a picnic with these yummy recipes!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks EA! We grill a lot also and rarely take picnics, but I want to do more of the latter. Would be so much fun for the kids too!

  2. What an amazing roundup! Can’t wait for picnic season here in Boston. Thanks for including my sweet potato and cauliflower tabbouleh 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Liz! Your tabbouleh looks fabulous – can’t wait to try it!

  3. Thanks for including my Churro Cookies! Love this round up! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      You’re welcome! They look delish!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea for a post!!!! I wish we lived closer so we could picnic together!!! I even found canned wine lol!!! Thanks for including my bars, always a sweet tooth with me!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Liz! I know – how fun would that be?! Canned wine? You’re amazing! And you are not alone w the sweet tooth 😉

  5. What a great collection of recipes! We bring picnic lunches a lot throughout the summer and I will be looking here for ideas!

    Thanks for including my Siracha Hummus recipe 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      That’s awesome Jodi! Hope you find lots of wonderful recipes you enjoy!

  6. And NOW I want to go on a picnic! 😉 Scheduling a pin for later!

    • Jessica says:

      You should!! Hope you have some beautiful weather so you can enjoy! Thanks for pinning!

  7. Delicious roundup! Thanks for including me! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Lauren!

  8. All those fruity drinks look sooooo good right now. 🙂 I’m ready for summer!

    • Jessica says:

      I know! Me too!

  9. Love this roundup! It’s so warm-hot here in AZ for most of the year, I do picnic food most nights 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Anne! Hope these recipes give you some new inspiration for your picnicking. Stay cool!

  10. Melanie says:

    Picnics are so fun! I should plan to picnic more often. 🙂 I can’t wait to try some of these recipes this summer!

    • Jessica says:

      I agree – don’t do them enough! Hope you enjoy!

  11. What a great resource! Fabulous post with fabulous recipes! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sara!

  12. This is such a great collection! Love picnic season! Thanks so much for including my Strawberry Ginger Switchel. Pinned, SU and tweeted.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you Emily! Really appreciate you sharing and can’t wait to try the Switchel!

  13. What an awesome round-up!! I already have my sights set on a few of these for the weekend 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Jamie! Would love to hear your favorites!

  14. Wonderful roundup! Thank you for including my recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kristi! Hope you find some new recipes to try!

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  16. Liz says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a year since this post Jess! Time flies but these recipes sure don’t! Hope you get a chance to picnic soon!

    • Jessica says:

      I know! Although this winter sure did feel long enough 😉 ready for some fun in the sun!

  17. Picnics are so fun! You’ve got a great collection of recipes here that will be perfect for picnics!

    • Jessica says:

      I agree Lindsay! Thanks – hope you get to enjoy some of them and a picnic or two!

  18. Taylor Kiser says:

    Excited that picnic season is here! Everything in this roundup looks so delicious!

    • Jessica says:

      Me too! Thanks Taylor – hope you enjoy some of them!

  19. I love outdoor dining (definitely one of the perks of living in south Florida). Amongst all the deliciousness going on here, those Lemon Poppy Seed Thumbprint Cookies really jumped out at me- yum!

    • Jessica says:

      Definitely a perk of warm weather living! Wish we got more time for outdoor dining, but I soak it up when I can. You will love those cookies Sonali – I just made a batch over the weekend!

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  21. I always think about a picnic and then just never doo it, I grab and apple and think oh I’ll eat later, but we visit some places that are so pretty I need to start planning!

    • Jessica says:

      I know what you mean Amanda! It’s such a fun thing to do, but needs to be planned out to execute!

  22. Laura says:

    So many great recipes! Now if the weather would just get nice enough for me to take my tribe on a picnic I’d be a happy camper for sure!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Laura! And I totally hear you. We’re back to cold and rainy here this week. Definitely not picnic weather :/

  23. Sarah says:

    Another amazing recipe round up! I always find so many great options, just wish I had time to make them all. I barely have time to make a meal in general some days.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Sarah! I know the feeling – I wish I could make them all myself too. But when I’m having company it helps with my planning!

  24. What a great roundup! I love me some picnics! I will definitely be saving this for future picnic reference!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kristina! Hope it comes in handy for your spring dining!

  25. Kerri Olkjer says:

    Yay! Perfect timing. I’m so ready for picnic season. So much yumminess here.

    • Jessica says:

      Me too, Kerri! Thanks so much!

  26. OMG, I can’t remember the last time I went on a picnic! This may be the excuse I need … or at least to take one of these beautiful salads down to the pool for some sun at lunch 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Haha I hope you get to enjoy a picnic or a salad by the pool very soon. Sounds so great to me!

  27. Jenn says:

    I’m so happy picnic season is here again! So many great choices here. Can’t wait to try some of them out!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Jenn! Hope you enjoy!

  28. Emily Kyle says:

    Thank you so much for including my Veggie Spring Rolls among all of these amazing recipes <3 Great round up!

    • Jessica says:

      Can’t wait to try them! Thanks so much Emily!

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