If you've been on social media these past few days I'm sure you will have noticed that it's National Picnic Week here in the UK this week (16th - 25th June). Given the glorious weather of late, it seemed churlish not to gather together my wonderful foodie blogging pals to share with you a mouth watering collection of vegetarian picnic recipe ideas!
Now, although National Picnic Week was the prompt for this collection, picnics are of course a great family activity throughout late spring, summer and even into autumn. Though I do draw the line at eating alfresco in the throws of winter! Packing up some delicious food together and then going for a walk to build up an appetite before settling to eat in your favourite countryside spot is surely what beautiful summer days are about!
So if you're planning a picnic and are looking for some inspiration for
easy, tasty and transportable picnic food - which also happens
to be vegetarian - then cast your eyes over these! If any recipe
catches your eye my blogging pals would love it if you clicked the green title text for a read!
If you love pizza, then you're going to need to make a batch of these versatile gluten free muffins for your next summer picnic! In fact, you could make them the day ahead because, as Kate tells us, they stay great for a number of days! Although she included some ham in this version, she explains that the recipe can easily be modified to make it vegetarian with your favourite pizza topping. You could even add pineapple and faux ham if Hawaiian is your thing!
Muffins are a doddle. And these are no exception having been made the classic way where the wet ingredients are added to the dry! I mean how easy is that! And after a quick 20 minutes in the oven, which gives you time to pull together a few other picnic foods, you'd soon be on your way to a beautiful countryside location!
The idea of pairing a crumbly cheese like Lancashire, Cheshire or feta with olives in these savoury muffins sounds very inviting. And don't those slices of olives look lovely on top! Once again, just like any muffin recipe, these are super easy to make, and would be a great addition to a picnic hamper this summer.
Camilla's Gruyere and Caramelised Shallot Nests are actually cute mini quiches, and we all know how great a quiche is for a picnic! Rather cleverly Camilla substituted the pastry crust for sliced bread, which most households have to hand, making it a much quicker recipe.
Despite being called a muffin, I guess these portable vegetarian croque madames are more akin to a quiche. Just like Camilla's mini savoury nests, above, here bread has been used to line a muffin tin ready to house slightly salty faux ham, a rich egg, fresh asparagus, and creamy bechemel sauce!
Talking of bread, this corn bread would make a wonderful addition to any family picnic. It's packed with flavour and punctuated with flecks of colour courtesy of the tomatoes and basil, and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and a quick 20 minutes in the oven!
Of course, sandwiches really don't have to be the main focus of a picnic. Why not make something like this scrumptious tortilla, which is really just a posh name for an omelette! This one is packed with tomatoes, spinach and mozzarella, is delicious warm or cold, and having watched Jacqui's video it's super easy to make too!
Don't these cheese straws have a wonder golden colour to them! I don't know about you, but when hubby & I package together a few bits for a family picnic there always happens to be some sort of bread sticks or cheese straws. They're just perfect for nibbling on or even for using in dips! Jo's recipe is easy to follow and includes mustard, mature cheddar
cheese as well as parmesan, though do remember to buy cheese free of rennet if catering for those who eat a vegetarian diet!
Talking of dips, why not make your own homemade hummus to take along on your picnic. It's the perfect dip for veggies, pittas and of course Jo's cheese straws, above. Eb's recipe, which she's perfected over the years, takes just 5 minutes to whizz together and I have no doubt when she says that it tastes "waaay better than the hummus you get in the shops!"
Given that dips are so incredibly easy to make, why not take a second one on your picnic - just for a bit of variety of course! I love that this dip includes some feta, definitely one of my favourite cheeses!
And if you love broad beans why not team them with pea and mint in this fresh dip which, as Lucy tells us, is a great accompaniment to salads and flat bread. Or simply used as a dip! It's so easy to quickly whizz up a homemade dip and package it in a plastic container ready for a lovely picnic.
Talking of salads, why not use up any stale bread you may have hanging around in this Panzanella, a simple Tuscan bread salad. This delicious summery salad consists of ingredients you're likely to already have in the fridge; tomatoes, cucumber, onion and so on. Nico explains that it's super easy to pull together in ten minutes.
Potato salad is always popular when we go on a family picnic, and not just because Mr E is a huge fan of potatoes! Charlotte roasted these wonderful new season Cornish potatoes with garlic cloves and a sprig of fresh rosemary to introduce extra flavour. Do check out her recipe for a couple of extra ideas for this popular salad!
The sweet earthiness of beetroot teamed with the slightly salty feta is such a wonderful flavour combination making this a salad I would be more than happy to take along on a picnic. Elsa suggests substituting the beetroot for carrots if you're catering for those who may not be a fan of it.
can only imagine that these wonderful savoury scones would be a huge
hit packaged up for a picnic. Monika tells us that they are suitable
for pairing with both sweet and savoury foods, and are made with
Skyr which is a type of yogurt that is high in protein.
cheese scones really look the business and although scones are often
thought of with regard to afternoon-tea, I'm more than sure that these
would be perfect for a picnic with family and friends!
Strawberries are the epitome of summer, so surely it would be rude not to include some in your next picnic. But rather than just taking a punnet of them, why not try Choclette's Strawberry Cream Cakes. Cleverly the recipe sees the butter substituted for cream, making this a lighter and softer bake, but she tells us the strawberries are still the star of the show!
Although brownies don't scream of summer, all of that chocolate-y deliciousness is a winner at anytime of year! As brownies are often best the day after baking, why not make these the day before your planned picnic and then remove them from the fridge just before setting off! It's so much less hassle when you're pulling together all of your picnic food as well as making sure everyone is covered in sun cream and finding the frisbee!
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