Easy picnic food ideas

24 Sep 2021
Easy picnic food ideas

Picnics are back in Melbourne! Between the weather getting warmer, good food and the great outdoors – what could be better than a picnic on a lovely spring day? Italians do ‘al fresco’ dining (meaning dining ‘in the cool air’) really well. Just think of shared antipasto platters, frittata, salads and enough food for everyone to continually graze. ‘Antipasto’ literally means ‘before the meal’. It is the perfect dish for picnics. The secret of a great antipasto platter is in the quality of ingredients, combination of textures/flavours and attention to detail in the presentation. Check out our delicious and easy picnic food ideas for the ultimate recipes to pack in your picnic basket.

Ultimate antipasto platterFrittata of spaghetti1.Ultimate antipasto platter
2.Spaghetti Frittata (ideally use leftovers)



Italian rice salad with tuna, eggs and GiardinieraBaked Spinach and frankfurt frittata3.Rice salad with Italian Giardiniera
4.Baked spinach and Frankfurt frittata


Creamy tuna and caper dipAsparagus and leek frittata5.Creamy tuna and caper dip
6.Asparagus and leek frittata



Fennel and blood orange saladPumpkin, goat’s cheese, pine nut and rocket salad7.Fennel and blood orange salad
8.Pumpkin, goat’s cheese and pine nut salad








PS. Don’t dress the salads until you arrive at the picnic. Also, bring fruit including strawberries, peaches, grapes and cherries to finish with something naturally sweet.
It’s been a tough year to say the least. It’s time to bring out the checkered blanket and find the perfect picnic spot! It should have both sun and shade. Sit outdoors and enjoy the warmer weather and time with your family & friends in the months to come. Enjoy good food together, laugh, make memories and just enjoy being in the outdoors.

Happy cooking!

Vanessa Bottaro

Founder and Owner at Italian Spoon
What is second best thing to being in beautiful Italy? Cooking and writing about Italian food, of course!

I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband Simone and two children. They are my first love! Italian Spoon brings my second love for cooking Italian food and blogging to life and I am loving it!

I hope to inspire you to continue the tradition of Italian home cooking. Buon appetito!
Vanessa Bottaro
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