5 Simple Picnic Food Recipes

5 Simple Picnic Food Recipes

Spending time with your loved ones is always a treat. On a sunny day, you might be looking for some fun things to do together without breaking the bank. A spring or summer picnic is a perfect way to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Not to mention, you can bring your own games, activities and food to create an entire day tailored to your family’s needs and preferences. 

When it comes to bringing food to a picnic, you want something that tastes great and is easy to make and transport. Here are some easy picnic ideas you can try the next time you want to relax on the beach or at the park with your family. 

5 Simple Picnic Food Ideas 

It can be challenging to come up with picnic recipes that everyone will love and that you don’t need to heat. We’ve compiled a list of transport-friendly food options that can be served at room temperature and will suit a wide range of taste buds. 

Keep in mind any ingredients from this list can be removed or substituted for any preferences or allergies. You may also want to size up or down for these recipes depending on how many people you’re serving!

1. Steak and Brie Sandwich 

For an easy, on-the-go version of a gourmet pub-style sandwich, try this delicious steak and brie recipe that your whole family will love! Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Your choice of steak or beef 
  • Red onion
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fig jam
  • Arugula 
  • Brie cheese
  • Bread of choice 

Start by cooking or heating your steak and slicing it thinly, as you would with steak fajitas. Using John Soules Foods Steak Strips can make this part of the recipe super quick and easy! Next, caramelize the onions in a skillet with a few teaspoons of Dijon mustard for extra flavor. Slice up your brie cheese and bread and lay them out so you can assemble your sandwiches. 

Starting with the bread, add arugula to one slice of each sandwich. Top it with the steak, brie and caramelized onions. On the other slice of bread, spread the fig jam for a touch of sweetness, close the sandwiches and cut them in half. If you’re not a fan of figs, you can use regular steak sauce or even mayonnaise. 

2. Nugget Board

If you have some younger ones in your family, a nugget board is a fun way for them to eat their lunch! It takes minimal effort and can be entirely customized to your family’s favorite picnic foods. Here’s a simple recipe to give you some inspiration:

For this recipe, all you need to do is cook your pre-made chicken nuggets. For the rest of the nugget board, simply cut up some fruits and vegetables for your family to enjoy. Have your family help you assemble the board together to get everyone involved. 

3. Classic Chicken Salad

Classic Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is a common spring picnic idea because it’s easy to assemble and versatile! You can eat it by itself, spread it onto a croissant or sandwich roll, eat it as a lettuce wrap or eat it with crackers. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of celery, chopped
  • 1 cup of red seedless grapes, chopped
  • ½ cup of almonds, walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients besides the parsley. Stir until well combined. You may want to start off using a small amount of mayonnaise at a time until you reach the desired creaminess. Garnish with a tablespoon of parsley. Cover with a lid and enjoy at your picnic! 

4. Chicken or Steak Fajita Salad 

Despite what you may think, you can take fajitas on the go! With this fajita salad recipe, you can enjoy a bunch of different flavors in a refreshing bed of lettuce. You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 1 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 cans of chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup toasted almonds 
  • 2-3 tablespoons of canola oil 
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

In a skillet, heat up a tablespoon of canola oil and saute the garlic, onion, red pepper and chiles. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables are tender and crisp. Once fully cooked, set aside. Add another tablespoon of canola oil and heat up your chicken or steak of choice. Turn the meat several times to ensure it’s fully heated, then add your vegetables back in to combine. 

Stir in the almonds until they are just toasted, then remove the skillet from heat. In a large salad bowl, add your shredded lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. Once your fajitas have cooled a bit, add them to your salad. For extra flavor, add lime juice over the salad and toss until well combined.

5. Chicken Club Lettuce Boats 

Everyone loves a chicken club sandwich! Switching out the bread for some crispy, refreshing lettuce can be a perfect treat on a hot day! For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of your choice of chicken, like John Soules Foods Flame Grilled Chicken
  • 8-10 leaves of romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 4 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 cup of grape tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

First, you’ll want to make the creamy dijon dressing. Combine the Dijon mustard and sour cream, then add salt and pepper to taste. Prep the rest of the ingredients beforehand and store everything in plastic containers. 

Once you arrive at your picnic, lay out your lettuce leaves on each plate and add your chicken. Then, set out the rest of your toppings and allow everyone to build their lettuce boats with the ingredients of their choice. Drizzle a little bit of the creamy dressing over the lettuce boats. Simply wrap them up and eat them like a taco!

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Finding recipes that are quick and easy can be a saving grace if you’re hosting a picnic, party or summer barbecue. No matter what the occasion, having delicious, pre-cut, pre-seasoned and pre-cooked meats on hand makes cooking much more convenient. At John Soules Foods Fully Cooked Chicken and Beef, it’s our goal to help you spend more time with your loved ones with our products. Our fully-cooked products allow you to make practically any dish without needing to marinate and cook, meaning you can make a delicious meal in minutes. 

Whether you’re making dinner for your family or serving many loved ones, we make it easy to save time and effort with our exceptional, mouth-watering products. Find a store that offers John Soules Foods Fully Cooked Chicken and Beef near you, or check out our website for more delectable recipes