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The Ultimate Picnic Spread: Enjoy Fresh, Home-made, Tasty Treats Outdoors This Summer

The Ultimate Picnic Spread: Enjoy Fresh, Home-made, Tasty Treats Outdoors This Summer

Picnics are the quintessential summer experience, allowing us to enjoy a portable feast and indulge in our favourite foods al fresco. Whether you're enjoying breakfast, lunch, outdoor games, evening snacks, or dinner, there are hundreds of ways to have a memorable Picnic Day with family and friends.
Picnics are the quintessential summer experience, allowing us to enjoy a portable feast and indulge in our favourite foods al fresco. Whether you're enjoying breakfast, lunch, outdoor games, evening snacks, or dinner, there are hundreds of ways to have a memorable Picnic Day with family and friends.

Sunny Skies, Green Grass, and Loaded Picnic Baskets

Picnics remind us of our best summer memories; sitting on the beach or under a shady tree, lounging on a blanket with a selection of summery snacks. Nothing says summer more than sunny skies, green grass and a loaded picnic basket stuffed with irresistible treats. From sky-high sandwiches stuffed with cold cuts to sweet slices of pink watermelon or fried chicken and luscious sides like potato salad or coleslaw; picnics are what summer dreams are made of. There's no end of delicious ways to put together the perfect picnic basket, as long as you pack it safely and keep it at the right temperature.

Picnics allow you to enjoy any meal you like under pure blue skies, whether you head out with a basket of croissants, fresh fruit and cheeses to enjoy the cool morning air, a tempting spread of sandwiches and salads for lunch, or some marinated steaks, chicken or fish and veggies ready for the barbecue. All it takes is the right food, the right location and the right people to create memorable picnic experiences.

This perfect combination makes it easy to lie back and relax, eat at a leisurely pace, enjoy conversation and spend quality time with the people you love. You don’t need a table to enjoy memorable meals. Instead, picnics allow you to breathe fresh air and forget all your worries, whether for the day or just a few hours.

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Canada's Most Popular Picnic Foods Based on Total Online Searches and YouTube Searches

Picnic Foods Online Searches
cakes 91,800
sandwich 75,100
chocolate chip cookies 62,100
cookies 51,100
brownies 41,100
guacamole 41,900
salad 34,000
fajitas 27,350
popsicles 22,230
quino salad 18,800
butter tarts 14,950
lobster rolls 14,830
lemonade 15,800
wraps 12,130
chicken fajitas 10,200
egg salad sandwich 8,550
watermelon salad 8,110
butter tart squares 2910

Picnics don’t have to be a lot of trouble to prepare. You can use exciting recipes that are easy to make and store so you have everything you need for an outdoor feast. Our HelloFresh chefs have some scrumptious ideas including:

Pack a Basket With Tasty Treats and Enjoy a Picnic Feast

  • Cajun Summer Feast: Bring along your mobile barbecue or secure a site at one of the park grills, and this feast is a cinch to prepare and serve. This cookout-friendly menu includes BBQ Spiced Chicken, Old Bay butter-basted corn and fire-roasted green peppers for a healthy, yummy meal ideal for the beach or park. And who can say no to bacon, green onion, and sour cream topped potatoes as the ultimate summer picnic side?

  • Mediterranean Tortellini: We like to think out of the box with flexible recipes you can serve warm or cold. This dish is packed with colourful summer vegetables and cheese tortellini, which can be made ahead and served cold. It's a feast for the eyes and the palate.

  • Chicken and Nectarine Summer Salad: Yum and yum. Summer fresh nectarines are too hard to resist, and when paired with chicken, they create an unbeatable summer salad. With the crunch of pepitas and a burst of flavour from fresh basil, it's the perfect meal to enjoy at the beach, watching the sun go down.

  • Sandwiches: If you’re all about sandwiches, pack your picnic basket with next-level creations that offer something for everyone sharing your picnic blanket. Caprese sandwiches are the best way to enjoy vine fresh summer tomatoes. The glorious red sliced tomatoes are stacked high on crusty ciabatta rolls with layers of soft bocconcini cheese and a healthy schmear of basil pesto. For the vegetarians in the group, Open-Faced Bean Curry Salad Sandwiches combine crisp apples, celery and fresh green arugula with a smooth, summer-friendly creamy yogurt dressing. Turkey lovers will relish your Herby Turkey Sandwich with Apricot Sauce with whole turkey breasts, luscious grainy mustard-mayo and spring mix stacked on fresh artisanal garlic buns. It’s summer meets Thanksgiving on a bun!

Picnic Day: Relax, Kick Back and Enjoy Quality Time with Your Favourite People

Of course, homemade meals are at the heart of your Picnic Day plans. Bonding over shared meals is at the heart of all our most meaningful relationships. Most of us share fond memories of summer picnics, whether it was something as simple as the packed sandwiches mom lugged to the beach, camping cookouts, or elaborate spreads with wine, expensive cheeses and fresh fruit. We can share romantic picnics with our partners or enjoy massive outdoor parties with family and friends. No matter how much the world changes, the picnic tradition stays with us, with the appeal of sharing food under the hot sun of summer’s day or starry skies of a summer’s night. It’s the ultimate way to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the most important people in our lives.

Easy, Scrumptious and Super-Delicious Picnic Foods the Whole Gang Will Love!

Easy, Scrumptious and Super-Delicious Picnic Foods the Whole Gang Will Love!

Let us do most of the work for you to make the most of the picnic day. We have easy, delicious picnic recipes sure to please everyone. HelloFresh meal kits makes picnics easy with an assortment of sure to impress ideas from sandwiches to salads and from grilled menus to picnic-friendly desserts.
Let us do most of the work for you to make the most of the picnic day. We have easy, delicious picnic recipes sure to please everyone. HelloFresh makes picnics easy with an assortment of sure to impress ideas from sandwiches to salads and from grilled menus to picnic-friendly desserts.
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