Easy Easter Picnic Ideas | BBC Good Food

Easy Easter picnic ideas

Savoury picnic bites

Cheese and vegetable tart

Start your spring feast with a slice of our double cheese & spring vegetable tart. This make-ahead beauty has a deliciously crumbly base and is filled with creamy goat’s cheese. Use shop-bought pastry for a quick hack and make up to a day ahead of your planned picnic.

Stick to the traditional and try our top-notch scotch eggs, or combine two picnic-friendly classics and make our falafel scotch eggs, coated in herby chickpeas and spices.

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Three plates of scotch eggs, one egg cut open with runny yolk

Take some inspiration from an Italian-style loaf and bake our new potato & rosemary focaccia. Use new potatoes to make an elegant twist on the classic chip buttie. A slab of this rosemary-scented bread is sure to set mouths watering. For even more filling bakes, make a batch of our savoury muffin recipes – try classic cheese and onion or colourful courgette and red pepper.

No picnic would be complete without our best sausage roll recipes. These bite-sized chunks of flaky pastry and sensational savoury fillings are perfect for picnics. Bring the heat with a spicy kick with our chorizo & apple sausage rolls or try our flavourful vegetarian sausage rolls.

Easy sandwich filling ideas

Colourful baguette halves topped with vegetables, next to sliced vegetables in pors

Peruse our top sandwich recipes for thrifty family favourites, next level baguettes or stuffed picnic loaves. Embrace easy coronation chicken, a traditional ploughman’s sandwich or fill up on our vibrant beetroot, hummus & crispy chickpea sub sandwich.

Grab a handful of our stuffed rainbow baguette with seasonal veg, cheddar and herby pesto. For an impressive meaty version, make our mozzarella & salami picnic baguette with all the flavours of Italy. Try folding your fillings into our pizza picnic bread and slice for an instant sandwich.

Simple salad recipes

Bowl of asparagus, lettuce and boiled eggs with croutons

Salads can be as rich and indulgent, or as simple and paired back as you like. From a towering plate of our creamy next level potato salad to a quick grated carrot salad, we let seasonal flavours take centre stage.

Use new potatoes, asparagus, peas and eggs with jammy centres to make our spring celebration salad. Throw it all together with crunchy croutons and homemade mayo for an extra dose of luxury. Use up roast leftovers or bake golden brown chicken breasts specially for our favourite chicken salad recipes. Choose from a spicy marinade, a sticky sweet glaze or a light fruity dressing.

A serving of Italian roast chicken cobb salad

Alternatively, raid your fridge for leaves and veg, mix everything together and top with one of our easy salad dressing recipes. Whip up a basic vinaigrette or a classic French dressing to elevate your humble green salad.

Whether you’re making a speedy storecupboard recipe or an elaborate allotment mix, take a look at our salad recipes for bold flavours and a riot of colour. Perfect your potato salads and sides with our new potato recipes, we could never say no to these tiny tatties.

Sweet picnic treats

Squared of rocky road cheesecake bars topped with icing and mini eggs

It wouldn’t be a proper Easter celebration without colourful eggs and a decent helping of chocolate. Box up slabs of our Easter rocky road for a crunchy Easter treat both kids and adults will love. Bake a batch of our Easter egg cookies for that characteristic chewy centre and crisp outer edge. Why choose between hot cross buns, Simnel cake and Chelsea buns when you could have our Simnel share ‘n’ tear buns? This genius Easter bake is great for letting everyone help themselves to a sticky spiced bun.

For some easy portable treats, try our easy Easter currant biscuits, moreish blondies stuffed with mini chocolate eggs and Easter rocky road cheesecake bars.

Scones topped with rhubarb and custard

Inject some pretty pink tones into your standard scone with our 5 ways with fruity scones and a simple rhubarb and ginger scone. Want even more buttery, sweet and savoury scone recipes? Try classic cheese scones packed with punchy cheddar or our light-as-air lemonade scones, slathered with jam and cream. Use custard powder and a swirl of compote or jam to make our rhubarb & custard blondies.

If you can’t resist a tempting Easter bite, get some inspiration from our best ever Easter baking recipes and celebrate spring with our top rhubarb recipes.

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