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:

Make your own gourmet hot dog bar

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:

A recipe for green pea "guacamole" - a new twist on traditional guacamole.

Picnic Desserts

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

What does whiskey do to chocolate? Something very, very delicious. Click for this whiskey brownie recipe.

Drinks

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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7 Responses to “50 Cheap Picnic Recipes”

  1. 1

    Hannah | Eat, Drink, and Save Money — July 26, 2016 @ 9:22 am

    Yum! These are some great ideas. I need to plan a picnic now!

  2. 2

    Emily @ JohnJaneDoe — July 26, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    Nice list, a lot of good ideas for church picnic and similar.

  3. 3

    Jacky @ Joyful Savings — July 27, 2016 @ 12:00 am

    Thank you for all these great ideas! I’m always looking for something different to bring to picnics, and there are plenty here! Thanks for sharing!

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    Lisa @ Fun Money Mom — July 27, 2016 @ 1:01 am

    Wow, so many great choices! I don’t even have to think about what to do for my next picnic. I’ll just come here!

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    Christina @ Raising Savers — July 27, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

    What a fantastic list! Our family loves to picnic – even if it just in our backyard. Definitely pinning this list for future reference.

  6. 6

    Jill — July 29, 2016 @ 7:02 am

    So many great ideas!!! 

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    Sonya — September 15, 2016 @ 2:17 am

    Such sweet memories of picnics in the park!  Thank you!

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