Easter falls at a beautiful transition of seasons, giving us many fabulous Easter picnic ideas.
Depending on the month, we can draw from the last winter produce for cool weather spring picnics. Or, we have the first spring produce, which ignites recipe ideas for balmy alfresco Easter picnics.
We’ve got you covered with loads of Easter recipes that work well alfresco. We’ve also got ideas to help you create a beautiful Easter picnic setting – whether planning a small Easter picnic brunch in the backyard or a large family Easter picnic in the park.
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Easter Picnic Recipes and Ideas
From elegant Easter appetizers, mains and seasonal salads to delightful Easter cupcake ideas, make your Easter special with an Easter picnic or alfresco brunch. These Easter recipes and ideas will delight both grown-ups and kids.
Pressed Flower Easter Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are the perfect picnic food for individual snacks, salad additions, or a DIY sandwich spread. These gorgeously decorated Pressed Flower Easter Eggs give the traditionally decorated easter egg a new savoury spin. These make a great edible picnic spread decoration, or even use them for an Easter egg hunt.
Easter Egg Hunt Kit
Set the scene for your Easter egg hunt with these Easter Egg Hunt signs for young and young at heart.
Mini 'Carrot' Peppers Stuffed with Herb Cream Cheese
This easy and super cute Easter appetizer can be made well ahead of time for a delicious savoury starter that makes a big Easter statement.
Cauliflower Hash Browns Recipe
This low carb Cauliflower Hash Brown recipe is a gorgeous Easter Brunch addition. Make them large and serve topped with eggs and avocado. Make them bite-size and serve with dipping sauces or topped with your favourite dips. I love these hash browns hot and cold, as a meal or an appetizer.
Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Goats Cheese and Arugula
Such an easy and elegant picnic finger food idea, these Proscuitto Wrapped Figs with Goats Cheese can be made with fresh or dried figs, and they keep well if made ahead of time.
Floral Linen Napkins
Add a luxe touch of spring to your Easter picnic table with these linen floral napkins. A great addition to your picnic set for all occasions, especially romantic picnics.
Asparagus and Pesto Tarts
In a nod to spring, these deliciously portable asparagus tarts with a wild garlic pesto are made with goose eggs (geese only lay for a short time in the spring). You can, of course, use hen eggs for these delightfully savoury tarts bursting with spring flavours.
Stuffed Mushrooms with Spinach
Finger food is king when it comes to picnics, and these stuffed mushrooms make a great addition to a finger food spread, a wine and cheese platter or even an Easter alfresco brunch affair – they pair perfectly with egg recipes. Serve them warm or cold. We give you the know-how for keeping picnic food warm here.
Easy Eggs in a Basket
This is a super simple recipe for an Easter picnic brunch that is sure to impress. Whether in the backyard or the local park for an Easter egg hunt, these handheld egg morsels have only two ingredients with seasoning and are ready to pop in the oven in 5 minutes.
Easy Pear & Fennel Sheet Tart With Ricotta & Blue Cheese
Sweet and salty, this sheet tart recipe is so easy to make and makes an elegant addition to any picnic spread. Serve this sheet tart in small squares as finger food or larger slices with salad as a main dish.
Eucalyptus Waterproof Picnic Blanket
A waterproof picnic blanket is always a welcome addition to any picnic no matter your style. This fresh eucalyptus blanket is super comfortable and rolls up into its own bag.
No Bake Chocolate Granola Bars
Naturally sweet and chewy with crunchy almonds, these Chocolate Granola Bars are so easy to make. A delightfully portable and healthy chocolate picnic snack for kids and adults.
Grilled Pear Appetizer with Blue Cheese, Fig & Walnut.
Another classy finger food addition with pears with a sweet and salty topping is perfect for grown-ups with an Easter wine and cheese plate or as a picnic starter.
Healthy Avocado Egg Salad Recipe
We love this healthy avocado egg salad for picnics. Creamy and crunchy with the addition of chopped walnuts, this is not your average egg salad. Serve it as a dip, on crackers or toasts or lather it on sandwiches.
Blush Pink Wisteria Garland
Set a beautiful spring-inspired Easter picnic aesthetic with a gorgeous floral garland. It makes a lovely table floral arrangement or hanging decoration. This garland is so beautiful, we also love it for a romantic floral flourish for a Valentine's picnic.
Rolled Salmon with Cheese
This smoked salmon recipe is a fantastic dish for an alfresco Easter Brunch. A tried and true appetizer, they are easy to make ahead - even the day before and team perfectly with egg dishes. You can also serve them at an afternoon Easter feast as an appetizer with champagne for an elegant touch. We give you tips for keeping picnic food cold here, which is essential for any seafood dish.
Eggplant Dip - Baba Ganoush Recipe
Baba Ganoush Eggplant dip can be served as part of a dip platter or slathered on sandwiches, burgers or in wraps. We love this dip for an Easter BBQ; it makes a great side to spring lamb. You can't go past dips for picnics any time of year.
Pea and Mint Dip Recipe
Spring is the season for peas, and this Pea and Mint Dip Recipe is a fresh and flavourful nod to the season. A versatile dip, we switched mint for parmesan and added this as a spread to our roast beetroot bagels below. Don't worry if you don't have fresh peas; you can use frozen.
Bagels with Roasted Beets & Parmesan Pea Spread
Bagels make great picnic sandwiches because they can last the distance without suffering from soggy sandwich syndrome. Here we have used roast beets with arugula and parmesan pea spread - add a little bacon for an extra salty indulgence.
Homemade Hummus Recipe
Hummus makes it on nearly every one of our picnic ideas lists because it knows no seasonal boundaries. It's so easy to make great hummus at home, and like Babba Ganoush, hummus works well on sandwiches and alongside meats.
Turkish Borek With Meat and Spinach (Filo Meat Pie)
Flakey filo pastry filled with a spicy lamb (or beef) & spinach – These Turkish pastries are an absolute crowd-pleaser. Serve them hot or cold but don't expect them to last long.
Fig and Chicken Baguette Sandwich
As figs start to rear their sweet heads, we begin to think of all the ways we can use them. We have loads of chicken sandwich recipes here, but none is sweeter than this smoked chicken with fig and goats cheese baguette.
Healthy Rainbow Sandwiches
When thinking about kids picnic ideas, we think colourful and fun, especially at Easter. But you can also have healthy and fun picnic foods. These rainbow sandwiches will make a beautiful addition to any picnic spread and are loaded with healthy ingredients kids will love to eat.
Roast Pumpkin and Feta Mini Frittata Recipe
So simple to make, mini frittatas make a great Easter food idea. These are made with pumpkin and feta for a delicious combination but experiment with flavours as you like.
Dill Devilled Eggs
Another savoury nod to the Easter Egg. An old favourite on the picnic scene, these Devilled Eggs with a touch of dill certainly make the cut for an Easter picnic spread.
Decorate your picnic scene with a cute Easter inspired garland. Hang from tree branches or drape from the edge of a picnic table. An especially cute addition for kids picnics.
Pizza Rustica - Traditional Italian Easter Pie with Eggs
Look no further than a traditional Italian Easter dish for a robust yet very portable pie everyone will love. This Italian Easter pie –Pizza Rustica, is made with pizza or bread dough, filled with beaten eggs, cheese, and cured Italian meats. Serve it warm or cold.
Scotch eggs are the quintessential British picnic food and make an excellent savoury egg addition to an Easter picnic menu.
Spinach Orzo Pasta Salad
So easy and delicious, this spinach orzo pasta salad has all the freshness of spring with a zesty lemon and basil olive oil dressing served with roasted cherry tomatoes on top.
Smoked Duck, Fig & Grilled Pear Salad
Make a statement with this smoked duck, fig & grilled pear salad. Tender slices of smoked duck breast with sweet figs and sticky grilled pears topped with salty goats cheese. A simple yet elegant salad that is easy to pre-prepare and pull together last minute.
Broccoli Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
A robust and healthy mix of broccoli, raisins, red onion, and sunflower seeds with a homemade honey mustard dressing – a colourful and delicious salad that will brighten any picnic table.
Veggie Egg Cups
We love an eggy morsel for picnics, especially an Easter brunch picnic. These portable and easy to manage egg cups made with eggs, feta, Brioche, veggies and herbs are an easy and tasty picnic idea for any occasion.
Easy Refreshing Tabbouleh
There is no more versatile dish than a fresh lemony tabbouleh. Much like some of the dips we mention here, this dish is so much more than a salad. Add it to sandwiches, wraps or burgers or as a side, salsa style to grilled fish or meats.
Melon Cucumber Salsa
Add a dash of zesty freshness to your picnic spread with seasonal melons and cucumbers. Whip up this easy salsa in under 10 minutes and serve it with chips or a tasty bbq side dish.
Balsamic Roasted Beetroot Salad With Feta and Walnuts
Another tasty use for roasted beets, this bright salad is such a picnic winner because it's sweet and salty and so easy to put together at the last minute.
Creamy Crunchy Coleslaw Recipe
Coleslaw is a picnic staple for a good reason; it's a great make-ahead salad that works equally well in a burger or sandwich as it does on its own. This creamy coleslaw is loaded with seeds and nuts for a crunchy, healthy take on the original.
Chicken Salad With Apricots, Almonds & Tarragon
Chicken salad with apricots, almonds, and tarragon – a fresh spin on traditional chicken salad. Perfect as a stand-alone dish or filler for dainty tea sandwiches.
Moroccan Carrot and Orange Salad
This vibrant Moroccan shredded carrot and orange salad is bursting with flavours of fresh herbs, cinnamon, and cumin. Whip it up in 15 minutes for a light and refreshing side dish or stand-alone salad.
Chickpea & Arugula Pasta Salad
Another picnic salad staple, we have an extensive list of pasta salad recipes here. But we love this chickpea pasta salad with fresh arugula and cherry tomatoes because it's easy to make and full of fresh flavours. It’s also a great alternative to stodgy, creamy pasta salads.
Roasted Radish and Herbed Ricotta Toasts
This delightfully tasty take on bruschetta takes radishes to a whole new level for a pretty picnic dish you can put together in situ without any fuss.
Roast Vegetable Pesto Pasta Salad
Roasted veggies make everything taste better, and this vegan take on a vegetable pesto pasta salad is loaded with deliciously caramelised roast veg. Use whatever veggies are in season or on hand for a robust picnic salad.
Warm Broccoli Cheese Dip
A hearty warm broccoli cheese dip is perfect for those times when Easter falls on the cooler side of spring. Serve it as an appetizer or the centre dish of an antipasto spread.
Raw Veggie Wraps with Avocado
Looking for a healthy, light and easy sandwich alternative? Look no further than the abundant spring vegetables on offer for these delicious raw veggie wraps.
Cauliflower Buffalo Dip (Vegetarian)
A vegetarian version of the old favourite, this Cauliflower Buffalo Dip may be low carb but is equally indulgent. Another terrific warm dip option for a cool spring picnic.
Easy Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
Another healthy but equally indulgent spin on an old favourite. This Vegan Spinach and Artichoke Dip has all the flavours of the original but with a light and creamy finish.
Easter Dessert Ideas
From cute as a button Easter cupcakes and cookies to bunny cakes and even slightly healthy sweet treats, make your Easter picnic table a sweet delight with these dessert recipes.
Personalized Easter Bunny Cake Toppers
Make a sweet statement with these gorgeous personalised cake toppers.
Flawless Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns are an age-old tradition at Easter time, especially in the UK. Make these delicious Hot Cross Buns from scratch. It's a lot easier than you think.
Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts
Put a little fun into your Easter dessert routine with these spectacular Whiskey Speckled Easter Donuts topped with candy chocolate eggs. Who could resist?
Personalized Easter Basket
These cute, versatile personalised Easter baskets are perfect for Easter egg hunts as well as little individual picnic baskets
Easy Chocolate Avocado Truffles
Super chocolatey and incredibly decadent. These Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles are so delicious you won't even realise they use avocado as a healthier alternative to cream.
Shredded Wheat Easter Nests
These Easter Nest Cookies are fun to make, especially for kids and even more delicious to eat in a dainty nod to spring.
Easter Napkins in 4 Colours
Set the scene for a lovely Easter celebration with these colourful and cute paper Easter napkins. Perfect for sticky little fingers.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
A perfectly portable alternative to carrot cake, these Carrot Cake Cupcakes topped with luscious Cream Cheese Frosting are a breeze to make.
Whip these cupcakes up in under an hour for a gorgeously simple Easter picnic treat.
Read our tips on How to Transport Cupcakes Safely, so your Easter cupcakes don't arrive a mess.
Small Batch Carrot Cupcake Recipe
When you want something delicious and beautiful but don't need a lot. This Small Batch Carrot Cupcake Recipe is the answer. The recipe makes only 6 Easter cupcakes, making a lovely statement dessert for a small Easter gathering.
Lighter Mini Cheesecakes
These little portion control cheesecakes use a light cream cheese so you can have a pretty little indulgence without the guilt.
Easter Bunny Shortbread Cutout Cookies
Up your Easter baking with these light, buttery and colourful Easter bunny shortbreads. Finish with a sprinkle of edible glitter for some extra Easter pizzaz.
Easter Bunny Butt Sugar Cookies Recipe
Who can say no to these adorable Easter Bunny Butt Cookies? So easy to make, these sweet little bunny butts will put a smile on every face.
Chocolate Pretzel Easter Nests
A different spin on the Easter Nest Cookie, this recipe uses pretzels dipped in chocolate for an extra crunchy and salty-sweet nest.
Eggless carrot cake
A deliciously moist eggless carrot cake is the perfect Easter cake idea when you have a multitude of diets to cater for or just want a vegan alternative. It's loaded with nuts and topped with a tangy lemon frosting; this delicious carrot cake won't last long.
Greek Easter Cookies
A traditional Greek Easter cookie, Koulourakia cookies are buttery with hints of vanilla and fresh orange zest. This recipe gives you the know-how to make these charming Easter Bunnies, but you can fashion them into any Easter shape you please.
Tart, sweet citrusy and bright on a buttery base, lemon bars are always a welcome treat. Easy to make, these lemon bars transport well for a fresh and zesty Easter picnic treat.
Bunny Carrot Cake Bites
This bunny cake recipe takes carrot cakes to a whole new world of cute for another great Easter cupcake idea. Kids will love these little carrot cake bites.
Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches
Is it a cake or a cookie? It's both! Delicious morsels of carrot cake filled with cream cheese frosting for a bit size Easter treat.
Easy Belgian Bun Recipe
Soft inside with hints of lemon curd and sticky sweet outside topped with glazed cherries, these Belgian buns make a delicious Easter brunch idea.