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10 Easy Picnic Foods to Buy

by Franck Jehanne

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Picnics are a great way to break up the monotony of lunch or dinner. Plus, they allow for more socializing and family bonding time. The only problem is coming up with an easy picnic menu that everyone will enjoy.

In this post, we will take a look at 10 delicious picnic foods that you can buy from the grocery store!

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Pre-made Sandwiches  

Everyone loves a good sandwich. No matter your tastes, there is sure to be a great option for you at the grocery store deli counter. Plus, they are easy to transport. Just pick up a sandwich and some chips, and you're all set!

Look for healthier options such as:

  • Tuna on a Whole Wheat Roll
  • Turkey and Avocado Sandwich on Sourdough Bread    
  • Veggie Wrap with Hummus

Pre-made Salads  

Salad is always a good idea for lunch. Plus, it's simple to transport since everything stays in its container.

You can buy a variety of pre-made salads from the grocery store that will be just as good at your picnic destination as they would if you were eating them in your own home. Just make sure not to bring a salad dressing container with a leaky lid!

Remember to also pick up a set of cutlery with this option!

Prepared Side Dishes

It is also possible to buy some pre-made side dishes at your grocery store. These are perfect for pairing with a sandwich or salad, and there is sure to be an option that will fit in well with whatever you decide to serve!

Dips And Chips

If you're looking for good finger food, think about buying some dip and chips. There are several varieties of dips that will pair well with your favorite kind of crackers or pita bread. Salsa, guacamole, and peanut butter are a few crowd-pleaser options.

There are also options like veggie straws or potato chips which won't take up too much space in the cooler bag.

Baby Veggies

Baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, broccoli florets, and sugar snap peas are all great options for a healthy side dish. You can either buy them pre-cut or do it yourself before you leave to cut down on prep time at your picnic destination!

Pick up a dip such as hummus or salsa to go with them.


Meat is always a great addition to any picnic. You can buy pre-packaged cold cuts at the grocery store deli counter that will be just as delicious and provide an instant protein boost for your family.

Just make sure that if you are bringing meat, bring a clean cutting board and some plastic utensils. Nobody wants to eat messy sandwiches with dirty hands!

Cheese & Crackers

Cheese is another great picnic food. You can buy a few varieties at the grocery store deli counter to put out for your guests, and crackers are easy on-the-go finger foods that pair well with many different kinds of cheeses.

For an upgrade, add grapes, a chutney, and wine.

Fruit Tray

Another easy option is to pick up a fruit tray. Many stores offer pre-made trays that are ready for you on the go! Plus, they're healthy too (most of the time). You can never go wrong with fresh strawberries or grapes.

If you have a bigger group, it's a good idea to buy whole fruits and cut them up yourself. Melon, watermelon, pineapple, pears, or green mangoes are all great options.


Who doesn't love a sweet treat at the end of their meal? You can find plenty of pre-made desserts that are available in grocery stores. Consider buying some individually packaged pie slices or cake bites for an easy and delicious way to complete your picnic menu!


Last but not least, don't forget about drinks! You can get juice boxes, canned sodas, bottled water, and more. These are all easy to transport, so they will help round out your picnic spread well!

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Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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