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12 easy picnic food recipe ideas to enjoy outdoors

One of the best things about a New Zealand summer is packing up the picnic hamper and heading to the park or beach. Dig into our best picnic food ideas including savoury, vegetarian and sweet recipes.

Want more delicious inspo? Watch our easy how-to video and learn how to perfectly assemble your next pie.
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    Pesto pasta salad

    Fresh, fast and healthy, this pesto pasta salad is bursting with the goodness of kumara, eggs and sun-dried tomato pesto.

    Recipes Plus|

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    Bacon & egg pie

    I don’t think we ever went on a family picnic without a bacon and egg pie wrapped in a tea towel to keep it vaguely warm until it was devoured. Mum, like her mother, is adamant that this pie should contain only the essentials – none of this tomato, peas, onion or cheese nonsense. It’s still a family favourite and slabs of this get demolished in seconds whenever Mum makes it.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Lunchbox banana bread

    This delightfully dense banana bread is an Australian favourite for a reason. It's easy to make, tastes delicious and is perfect for a lunchbox treat.

    Woman's Day|

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    Beetroot, cheese and walnut tart

    The tried and true pairing of beetroot, cheese and walnut come together splendidly in this beautiful vegetarian tart recipe. Served with a fresh rocket salad, it's perfect for lunch or dinner

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Stuffed focaccia bread with spinach, olives and feta

    These stuffed focaccia sandwiches are the perfect snacks to pack up and take adventuring. Fill with your fave ingredients like spinach, olives, feta and sun-dried tomatoes. Try for your next picnic! Photography by Jani Shepherd/Gatherum Collectif

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Mini vegemite and cheese scrolls

    Perfect for an after school snack or a tasty lunchbox treat - these cheese and vegemite embrace classic Aussie flavours in a delicious baked bread.

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    Bacon and egg meatloaf cups

    Dinner, lunch, make-ahead breakfast or picnic hamper filler - these meatloaf cups are perfect for any occasion! This recipe sees bacon, beef mince and egg come together to create a tasty mini munch

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Salsa verde potato salad

    Potato salad is always a staple at big dinners because it goes brilliantly with any meat or seafood and everyone loves it!

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Salmon quichettes

    If you're looking for a simple and tasty finger food to that will please a crowd, look no further than these salmon quichettes. They are delicious hot or cold and a also make a perfect after school snack.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Fluffy rocket and feta scones

    These scones really pack a punch with rocket and a double dose of cheese – feta in the scones and cheddar on the top. Slathered in butter, a warm scone is true comfort food, right?

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|