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38 of our hottest picnic food ideas

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roast vegetable tart

Are you heading out for a picnic this weekend? You’ll have the tastiest picnic basket around with any of these delicious recipes; handily sliced tarts and quiches, sweet and crumbly biscuits and scones, and mouthwatering breads and sandwiches… You’ll want to take your lunch outside every weekend with this lot.

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Rice salad

Rice salad

This rice salad is perfect for hot summer days – it’s refreshing, crunchy and very simple to prepare.

Summer tomato salad with creamed fetta on a platter

If transporting the salad, store the dressing and creamed fetta separately in airtight containers in a cooler bag. Keep refrigerated; dress salad and top with creamed fetta just before serving.

passionfruit yoghurt cupcakes

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Passionfruit yoghurt cupcakes

Passionfruit yoghurt cupcakes

So much to love about these tasty cupcakes. Passionfruit and yoghurt add a tangy twist that you wont forget and topped off with cream cheese icing.

Brown rice and roast pumpkin salad
(Credit: Australian Women’s Weekly)

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Brown rice and roast pumpkin salad

Brown rice and roast pumpkin salad

Bold flavours of roast pumpkin, maple syrup and soy sauce mix with brown rice and leafy greens to give your view of salads a pleasant refresher.

Mini quiches
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Mini quiches

Mini quiches

With all the decadence of a miniature high tea treat you’ll enjoy the burst of flavour these bacon and capsicum quiches provide.

chocolate and raspberry tarts

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Chocolate and raspberry tarts

Chocolate and raspberry tarts

Treat yourself to a decadent tart flavoured with raspberries and cream cheese.

Roast pumpkin, spinach and feta salad

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Roast pumpkin, spinach and fetta salad

Roast pumpkin, spinach and fetta salad

You’ll love this simple, yet perfectly balanced flavour combination.

CREAMY CHICKEN AND PASTA SALAD

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Creamy chicken and pasta salad

Creamy chicken and pasta salad

This classic recipe adds roasted pecans for a delightfully smoky crunch to your ideal workday lunch.

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Teriyaki chicken salad rolls

Teriyaki chicken salad rolls

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Greek salad lamb pitta pockets

Greek salad lamb pitta pockets

Healthy lunch pockets filled with tender lamb, fresh tomato and cucumber and a tasty whipped fetta spread. Perfect for your lunchbox or picnic.

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Spanakopita

Spanakopita

The classic combo of spinach and fetta, lightly spiced with nutmeg and dill and wrapped in flaky pastry creates this traditional Greek pie.

Tomato and feta quiche

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Tomato and feta quiche

Tomato and fetta quiche

Fresh and light, this fetta and tomato quiche is perfect with a green salad for a complete meal.

EGG AND BACON PIE

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Egg and bacon pie

Egg and bacon pie

Egg plus bacon wrapped in flaky pastry = comfort food heaven. Great for a quick and easy dinner but perfectly acceptable for breakfast too.

pull-apart bread recipes

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Caramelised onion and vintage cheddar pull-apart bread

Caramelised onion and vintage cheddar pull-apart bread

This pull-apart bread is filled with caramelised onions, chives and cheese to give it extra flavour, making it perfect to share with friends.

Mixed berry muffins

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Mixed berry muffins

Mixed berry muffins

Sweet muffins studded with tart, juicy berries and a brightened with fresh lemon zest are an adorable afternoon tea or delightful on-the-go treat.

Creamy potato salad

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Creamy potato salad

A classic side dish for the Aussie barbecue, this creamy potato salad is also an excellent option for picnics and buffet lunches.

Easy vanilla cupcakes

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Easy vanilla cupcakes

Easy vanilla cupcakes

It’s not a celebration without cake and these tiny treats are always a hit. Decorate them with different coloured icing and toppings for a one-of-a-kind spread.

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Broccoli and cheese hand pies

Broccoli and cheese hand pies

These cheesy, broccoli hand pies with a mustard zing are a great way to get the kids (and yourself) eating broccoli and loving it!

rye, honey and seed bread rolls

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Rye, honey and seed bread rolls

These nutritious rye, honey and seed pull-apart rolls are a delicious and healthy accompaniment with dinner – made with loads of tasty wholesome ingredients.

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Japanese omelette wraps

Japanese omelette wraps

Japanese-marinated protein of your choice – chicken, tofu or prawn – wrapped up with rice, lettuce and sweet potato inside an egg omelette.

EGGPLANT DIP

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Eggplant dip

Eggplant dip

CHARCUTERIE Plate

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Charcuterie plate

Charcuterie plate

fruit salad with honey yoghurt

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Fruit salad with honey yoghurt

Fruit salad with honey yoghurt

roast vegetable tart

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Roasted vegetable and goat’s cheese tart

Roasted vegetable and goat’s cheese tart

PIZZA MUFFINS

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Pizza muffins

Pizza muffins

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Barley, chicken and sesame slaw

Barley, chicken and sesame slaw

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Homemade sausage rolls

Our best homemade sausage rolls

goats cheese and zucchini flower quiches

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Vegetarian quiche recipes

Vegetarian quiche recipes

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Mushroom and tomato tarts

Mushroom and tomato tarts

buttermilk scones

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Buttermilk scones

Buttermilk scones

Picnic Loaf

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Picnic loaf

Picnic loaf

Vanilla slice

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Vanilla slice

Vanilla slice

Picnic baguettes

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Picnic baguettes

Picnic baguettes

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Rosemary and lamb foccacia

Rosemary and lamb foccacia

Tomato chutney, bacon and cheddar muffins

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Tomato chutney, bacon and cheddar muffins

Tomato chutney, bacon and cheddar muffins

Perfect potato salad
(Credit: Australian Women’s Weekly)

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Perfect potato salad

Perfect potato salad

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Chocolate fudge biscuits

Chocolate fudge biscuits

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Lemonade scones

Lemonade scones

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