50 Healthy & Delicious Homemade Picnic Recipes

May 11, 2016

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 at JessicaLevinson.com

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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.

Snacks Homemade Picnic Recipes Strawberry Mango Salsa



Strawberry Mango Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips @ Holley Grainger
Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip @ Amy Gorin 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

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

Lighten up classic potato salad with roasted sweet potato salad tossed with cilantro, scallions, and a honey lime vinaigrette via JessicaLevinson.com

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette @ Jessica Levinson
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
Basil Vegan BLT Sandwich @Sinful NutritionBasil Vegan BLT Sandwich @Sinful Nutrition
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 @ Jessica Levinson


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

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies @veganfamrecipes

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Cookies @ Vegan Family Recipes

Raspberry Mint Key Lime Mini Pies @ Your Choice Nutrition

Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars @Sinful 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!

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  1. 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!

    1. 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 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!

    1. 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 😉

  3. 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!

    1. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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 🙂