Picnic basket with fruit and flowers on blanket

It’s Summer in South Africa, meaning picnic season is upon us! With the COVID-19 still on the rise, a home picnic with the family is not a bad idea. Get your blanket’s ready, your cooler’s out, and try these five simple and delicious recipes.

1: Sandwich

Sandwiches are the best picnic food out there! They’re compact, so they don’t take up too much space in a cooler or bag, and you can eat them with your hands. To pack them, wrap them in a reusable sandwich wrap or foil so that they hold together until you eat.

Caprese Sandwich
Good picnic food doesn’t have to be complicated, and this Caprese sandwich is here to prove it. Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil fill it with delicious flavor and texture.

2: Wraps

Fresh vegetable noodle spring roll, diet food, clean food, salad

Like sandwiches, wraps and rolls are easy picnic food ideas that don’t require utensils. If you’re concerned that a wrap won’t hold together when you take it on the go, tightly roll it in foil before you head out the door.

Fresh Spring Rolls
How do you eat peanut noodles without utensils? Stuff them into spring rolls! Again, dipping sauce will only make these guys better. This easy peanut sauce is my #1 choice.

3: Easy Pasta Salad

Penne pasta with pesto sauce, zucchini, green peas and basil. Italian food.

These salads are perfect picnic recipes because they’re great for making ahead. If you can, reserve some fresh herbs to add at the last minute (I like to pack them in a separate container or baggie). They’ll add a punch of fresh flavor and take your picnic food to a whole new level.

Easy Pasta Salad
My go-to pasta salad recipe! Filled with feta, herbs, and a whole lotta lemon, it’s bright, fresh, and delicious.

4: Fruit and Veggie Salad

Green salads are great at home, but when it comes to picnic food, they’re not your best option. Instead, choose a salad made from hearty ingredients that won’t wilt (and might even improve) when they’re dressed ahead of time. The recipes below would all be terrific.

5: Salsa

Mexican nacho chips and salsa dip in bowl on wooden background

Nothing says summer like fresh salsa and a big bag of tortilla chips.

Tomatillo Salsa
This tangy tomatillo salsa is simple to make (just roast and blend!), and it has an amazing zesty flavor. If you have any extras, save them to dollop onto tacos the next day!

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