I love when the sun is shining and I am planning a day out with the family. I'm always on the lookout for delicious but easy gluten free picnic food ideas that transport easily and can be eaten cold.
I have found some of the best gluten free picnic recipes from some amazing food bloggers that you just have to add to your gluten free picnic hamper the next time you go to the beach, lake, or park for a day out!
I love putting together food collections such as gluten-free cakes and gluten free no bake desserts. Now that the weather is getting better and we all want to spend more time outside I wanted to share my gluten-free picnic ideas.
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Tips for Preparing a Picnic
When packing essential picnic supplies there are a lot of things to consider such as if you need a picnic blanket or does your chosen location have picnic benches, restroom facilities, and parking close by just to name a few.
When preparing a picnic that includes having gluten free guests attending then there are also other things to take into consideration and I have included some tips below to make it easier when planning a picnic.
- Embrace Naturally Gluten-Free Foods - Foods such as fruit and vegetables are naturally gluten free. Strawberries, raspberries, melons, and grapes are all juicy and refreshing options to include in your picnic basket.
- Include Gluten Free Alternatives - In the gluten free isle in most stores, you can find great alternatives that are gluten free. Such as gluten free Oreos, gluten free bread, gluten free pringles style chips, and gluten free sweets. You will find some great choices that can make the kids feel that they can have snacks that are similar to their friends.
- Read ingredient labels - For prepacked food carefully read the labels to identify gluten-containing ingredients and for certified gluten free labels on the packaging.
- Prevent Cross-Contamination - Clean surfaces and utensils before preparing gluten free items, Use separate cutting boards, knives, and serving utensils, and separate gluten-free foods from gluten-containing foods during preparation and storage.
- Prepare, Bake, and Cook - Making gluten-free food, snacks, and treats before the picnic is great for ensuring that you have some of your favorite foods to take along to the picnic that you know that you can safely eat.
Store gluten free picnic food items in sealed containers to avoid cross-contact with gluten containing food. Make others attending the picnic aware of gluten free only utensils, and storage to prevent cross-contamination.
⭐ Why We Love These Picnic Recipes
- Full of flavor - A variety of different flavored recipes to suit all tastebuds.
- Healthy options - We share some healthy gluten free picnic recipes filled with fresh fruit and salads.
- Picnic Treats - Also some fun delicious treats that are perfect for a birthday picnic or to indulge in a little sweet treat.
- Make ahead - All the gluten free picnic ideas can be made ahead of time and eaten cold.
- Gluten free - All recipes are gluten free options for a picnic and include some dairy free options.
Picnic finger foods
Gluten Free Fried Chicken Recipe
Indulge in the ultimate picnic favorite with this irresistible gluten free fried chicken recipe. Perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, this easy-to-make gluten-free fried chicken is bound to be the star of your picnic spread. The best part? No one will be able to tell that it's gluten free.
Gluten Free Charcuterie
Create a delectable gluten free charcuterie picnic platter that showcases an array of flavors and textures. This effortless option requires no cooking and offers a delightful assortment of cold meats, cheese, nuts, fruits, gluten free crackers, and bread. Simply assemble the various components on a platter, allowing everyone to customize their bites to their liking.
Gluten free Pork Pie
Embrace the convenience of a handheld pork pie that is tailor-made for lunch boxes, gluten free picnic food, and road trips. Traditionally enjoyed cold, this gluten free adaptation of the classic hot water crust recipe takes the experience to a whole new level. Indulge in the delectable flavors and textures as you savor each bite of this gluten free pork pie.
Gluten Free Quiche
Prepare for a delightful picnic breakfast or brunch with this gluten free cheese and onion quiche. Its gluten free crust is filled with a rich and savory filling of cheese and caramelised onions, creating a flavorful combination. The beauty of this dish lies in its make ahead convenience. Slice it into individual portions and pack them into your picnic basket ready to go.
These delectable chicken muffins are both simple to prepare and incredibly tasty. Not only are they convenient for transportation, but they also provide a delightful solution for utilizing leftover roast chicken. These savory muffins offer a burst of flavor in every bite, making them an ideal addition to your picnic spread.
Gluten Free Sausage Roll
Indulge in the delightful simplicity of these make ahead gluten free sausage rolls. Crafted with pre-made gluten free pastry and flavorful sausage meat filling, these delectable treats are the epitome of convenience. Perfect for gluten free picnic food, they can be effortlessly transported and enjoyed either hot or cold.
Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
Fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, known as "Goi Cuon," are a delightful summer treat made with a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. These gluten free rolls feature a filling of succulent pork, shrimp, crisp lettuce, and fragrant herbs, all beautifully wrapped in soft and chewy rice paper. They are the perfect choice for a refreshing summer snack or light meal.
Prepare a mouthwatering gluten free picnic lunch with these delightful steak hand pies. With a simple recipe utilizing ready-made gluten free pastry, these hand pies are a breeze to make. The delectable filling consists of tender diced beef and savory gravy, creating a satisfying flavor combination. Make them ahead of time, allowing the flavors to meld together, and pack them for your picnic adventure.
Discover a new family favorite with these effortless Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs. With a simple recipe, these meatballs are quick to make and guaranteed to please. Prepare them ahead of time for added convenience and pair them with a refreshing salad. The air fryer ensures a crispy exterior while keeping the meatballs juicy and flavorful on the inside.
Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad
Beat the summer heat with the refreshing flavors of this Watermelon Goat Cheese Salad. Bursting with Mediterranean influences like za'atar and sumac, this salad is a delightful blend of sweet and tangy. Best of all, it requires less than 15 minutes to prepare, making it a quick and easy option for a light and satisfying meal. Indulge in the juicy watermelon, creamy goat cheese, and aromatic herbs as they come together to create a perfect balance of flavors.
Indulge in the classic flavors of a BLT sandwich without worrying about gluten with this delectable BLT salad. Packed with the timeless combination of crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, and juicy tomatoes.
Ensalada de papa (or potato salad)
Delight your taste buds with the vibrant flavors of Ensalada de Papa, a traditional potato salad. This version features tender, buttery potatoes and crisp vegetables, all coated in a luscious dairy-free chipotle sauce. With its creamy and smoky notes, this salad is a crowd-pleaser that will elevate any potluck or picnic.
This enticing gluten free Antipasto Pasta Salad is packed with a colorful assortment of ingredients, this salad tantalizes the senses with its diverse textures and delightful tastes. Each forkful unveils a harmonious combination of flavors, making it a true feast for both the eyes and the palate.
Gluten Free Cake Pops
Delight the little ones at your birthday picnic party with these crowd pleasing gluten free cake pops. Made with a base of vanilla cake and frosting, these cake pops are not only delicious but also customizable to suit the theme of your picnic. Decorate them with vibrant colors and playful designs to add an extra touch of fun.
Gluten free Chocolate Pop Tarts
Gluten free Chocolate Pop Tarts. Indulge in the irresistible combination of Nutella filled goodness encased in a flaky shortcrust pastry shell. Topped with a luscious chocolate icing with sprinkles, these treats are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. Whether enjoyed alongside a morning cup of coffee or as a sweet finale to your picnic.
Gluten Free Edible Cookie Dough
incredibly easy to make gluten free edible cookie dough. With just a handful of simple gluten-free ingredients, you can create a luscious and satisfying treat. Indulge in the rich flavors and creamy texture of this gluten-free cookie dough recipe!
Gluten Free Baked Donuts
a treat that is both fun and incredibly delicious. These baked donuts offer all the flavors and textures you love, minus the gluten. Best of all, they come together in just 30 minutes from start to finish. With their soft and tender texture, paired with your favorite glaze or toppings. A perfect addition to your gluten free picnic hamper.
Gluten Free Traybake
Indulge in the simplicity of this gluten free vanilla traybake, a perfect choice for feeding a crowd. This easy to make dessert features a soft and fluffy cake layer that's sure to please, drizzled with a sweet icing, and complete the delightful presentation of colorful sprinkles over the top.
Gluten free Picnic FAQs
To ensure that the food is gluten free, carefully read ingredient labels and choose products that are specifically labeled gluten-free. Use naturally gluten free ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and gluten free grains like quinoa or rice. Avoid using ingredients that contain wheat, barley, or rye.
To avoid cross-contamination use separate utensils, cutting boards, and serving dishes for gluten-free foods.
Store gluten-free foods separately from gluten-containing foods.
Clearly label gluten free picnic food dishes to avoid mix-ups.
Encourage guests to be mindful and avoid using utensils that touched gluten-containing foods.
You can do both! There are many gluten free products available in stores, including gluten free bread, wraps, snacks, and desserts. However, if you prefer homemade options, there are numerous gluten free recipes that will be suitable for taking along to a picnic.
Yes! There are many gluten free options available for traditional picnic foods. Look for glute free burger buns or lettuce wraps as alternatives. For desserts, you can make or purchase gluten free cookies, brownies, or fruit based desserts. Just be sure to check the labels and ingredients for gluten-free certification.
More Gluten Free Recipe Collections
Being gluten free doesn't mean that you have to miss out when attending a summer picnic. There are so many gluten free options now available to buy that you can take along or gluten free picnic food recipes if you prefer to make your own at home.
By following the tips above you can enjoy spending time with your friends and family for a summer picnic and ensure that your food is free from gluten and cross contamination.
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