Best picnic recipes

Need some inspiration? We've picked our favourite picnic recipes to add some excitement to your alfresco lunches that are sure to please your friends and family.

A deliciously fresh salad
Light Bites

Panzanella 

A fresh and vibrant salad for the summer, ideal when using home-grown tomatoes - especially heritage varieties.

Recipe for a smoked mackerel rillette sandwich
Light Bites

Smoked mackerel rillette sandwich 

This smoked mackerel rillette sandwich is the perfect light bite at any time of the day.

Salmon and summer vegetable salad
Light Bites

Salmon and summer vegetable salad 

Combining crunchy seasonal vegetables, chick peas and succulent salmon, a superfood containing omega-3, this texture rich salad is packed with goodness.

National Trust dressed crab with beetroot, garpefruit and radish salad
Light Bites

Dressed crab with beetroot, grapefruit and radish salad 

A lovely light salad, served with citrus mayonnaise for a zingy, summer taste.

Pea and mint pesto pasta
Main courses

Pea and mint pesto pasta 

Learn how to cook this light and minty pasta dish, with cheese and citrus. This recipe has been developed in collaboration with our Food Ambassador, Claire Thomson.

A plate of roast honey and mustard chicken
Main courses

Roast honey and mustard chicken 

An ideal recipe to use your vegetables, as an accompaniment with the roast honey chicken.

Peach and seed flapjack
Cakes and bakes

Peach and seed flapjack 

Try this new twist on our classic bake. It's perfect for a picnic with friends and family.

Blueberry and thyme cheesecake traybake
Cakes and bakes

Blueberry and thyme cheesecake traybake 

Make this deliciously unusual cheesecake - thyme and fruit, what's not to like?

A gluten free, gooey brownie
Cakes and bakes

Chocolate brownies 

Learn how to make these delicious chocolate brownies, as featured in our National Trust Cookbook.