We have put together a few spring picnic ideas and recipes we hope you will enjoy.
Why a spring picnic? Because after a long cold winter there is nothing quite like getting outdoors again - breathing the fresh air into your lungs and feeling the sun on your back. You don’t have to have a few kids in tow to enjoy a picnic. There is something special and exhilarating about eating in the fresh air. But, what a great way to get the whole family together without any of the mess that usually goes along with it.
Arranging a family picnic.
Let everyone know in advance what they must bring along to the picnic. For instance, someone should be in charge of sandwiches, another cold meat and salads and another member in charge of cakes and desserts. This way the cost is spread and the responsibility doesn’t lie with the one person for spring picnic ideas. The best bit is it can lead to some nice surprises as to what there is to eat.
What should you take?
Make the most of paper plates and cups and disposable cutlery on your picnic and of course remember to take a few bags into which you can put rubbish and can dispose of in the nearest bin.
A water proof ground sheet and picnic chairs, if you have them, are also good ideas as the ground may well be wet in spring time.
Have you got a cold box? These are so useful on a picnic as they will keep milk, soft drinks, wine, and cold meats and salad chilled and fresh.
Vacuum flasks will keep water hot for tea and coffee. If it’s a cold day, take some homemade soup to warm everyone up.
Don’t forget to pack bottles of ketchup, mustard and/or mayonnaise, as these can make a big difference, especially to kids.
Some Spring Picnic Ideas
snacks for kids
Wondering what to take along on your picnic for the kids? Take a look at our healthy snacks for ideas.
cherry tomato recipes
I have put together some cherry tomato recipes which are a little different but not hard to make. Our first is Bruschetta which is everyone's favourite.
This is an easy apple pie recipe which has been handed down from my grandmother.
Slice the apple into thin slices.
Cut the mango into cubes.
Cut the radishes into halves.
Put into a salad bowl.
Make the dressing by adding all the ingredients together in a small bowl before mixing into the salad.
Serve the salad with cold chicken or ham.
Picnic pizza topping
Buy or make a pizza base, then make this delicious healthy topping.
Transport your topping in a sealed container so that you can spread it on the pizza base in front of your picnic guests.
They can then savour the moment as well as the taste. Serves 6
2tsp of olive oil
1 garlic clove
150g or 1 cup of canned tomatoes
½ tsp of sugar
2tbls fresh basil leaves
150g mozzarella cheese - grated
20g or 1 cup of rocket leaves
salt and pepper for taste
Crush the garlic and fry in a little olive oil for about a minute.
Add the tomatoes and sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Stir in the basil and then add salt and pepper to taste.
Allow to cool and place in a sealed container ready for your picnic.
Grate the cheese and sprinkle over the topping once on top of pizza base.
Spring picnic ideas and recipes - dessert
Sultanas and Apple Muffins
Pre heat oven 350F 180C Gas 4Serves about 10 muffins
100g wholemeal flour
1tsp of baking powder
2tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ tsp salt
50g brown sugar
75g bran flakes
120ml apple juice
85ml olive oil
In a baking bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
Crush the bran flakes and add them to the dry ingredients.
Beat the eggs and add to the apple juice and olive oil.
Mix very slowly the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients.
Lastly grate the apple and add along with the sultanas to the mixture.
Line paper muffin cases onto a baking tray.
Pour the mixture into each case until each is about ¾ full.
Bake for about 20 minutes.
Spring Fruit Salad
225g dried mixed fruit
1 apple sliced
2 oranges cut into segments
2 bananas sliced
175ml orange or apple juice
Put all the ingredients into a bowl, making sure fruit is mixed up.
Leave to sit for an hour to allow the dried fruit to soak up some of the juice.
Add more juice if you desire.
I hope you have found our spring picnic ideas and recipes helpful and have lots of fun on your picnic.