50 Cheap Picnic Recipes

Cheap picnic foods and recipes. Click through for 50 ideas!

Call me old-fashioned, but there are few things I enjoy more than a picnic in the park.

Thankfully, a great picnic does not have to cost a lot of money. All you need is a picnic table, friends and family, a few great menu items, and an open schedule.

I’ve got 50 cheap recipes that are appropriate for your next picnic:

Salad Recipes

No picnic is complete without a salad – or two or three:

Sandwich Recipes

Your picnic definitely needs sandwiches. Just remember to pick sandwich fillings that won’t get the bread soggy. Here are some ideas:

Miscellaneous Picnic Foods

Here are some crowd-pleasing miscellaneous food items:

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Slow-Cooker Recipes

Warm foods can be a delightful surprise at a picnic. If you have access to an outlet at your picnic spot, consider making one of these recipes and keeping it warm in a slow cooker:

Dips and Other Snacky Picnic Foods

Be sure to pack chips, crackers, and veggies for these dips:

Picnic Desserts

The perfect picnic dessert is one that is easy to transport and not messy. Here are some low-effort picnic desserts:


Bringing bottled or canned drinks may be the easiest option. But if you’re looking to make a homemade drink, here are some to try:

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Planning a Budget-Friendly Picnic

A picnic is generally not an expensive event. But here are some additional tips to keep your budget in check:

  • Potluck! The easiest way to keep your costs down is to plan a potluck picnic. Every guest/family should bring one dish to share. The fewer menu items you have to prepare yourself, the cheaper your picnic will be.
  • Choose budget-friendly ingredients: To keep costs down, choose dishes that are made from cheap ingredients like pasta, potatoes, eggs, beans, and in-season produce.
  • Keep it simple: There’s no need to over-plan your picnic. Just make sure to have a few dishes to choose from – one salad, sandwich, and dessert option will do. Less cost+ less stress = better picnic.

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