Fancy Picnic Lunch Ideas Inspired by Wine Country

Pack a lunch you’ll be excited to eat
Dry creek general store
picnic food from Dry Creek General Store

Picnics are fun, relaxing, and easy to prepare. They’re also a great way to enjoy fresh produce in season. Here are some of our favorite picnic recipes that will keep you full and happy on a sunny day.

I dream of the picnic food from roadside spot Dry Creek General Store in Healdsburg California. It’s a short distance from Dry Creek Vineyard, so you can pack up your lunch, head over to their garden with picnic tables, order a glass of their crisp Chenin Blanc and have a delectable picnic lunch. The sandwiches are incredible with delicious, crusty bread and fresh ingredients. The sides – beets, kale salad, and quinoa salad are equally as delicious. My goal in life is to figure out how to duplicate this fresh, simple picnic food and eat it for lunch everyday… I won’t be drinking wine at work, but I will be eating a picnic at my desk. Here is a round up of fancy picnic lunch recipes for you to save in your Paprika app, too.

kale caesar

Recipe to try: the kitchn’s 5-ingredient kale Caesar salad is exactly like I remember the Dry Creek general store tasting… I made it on Sunday (work lunch meal prep!), and it still was good for my Wednesday lunch!

Most of these recipes can be prepped in advance so they’ll be ready to tote to work.

TIP: Two things that make meal planning easier: using the best meal prep containers and the paprika, the best meal planning app.

Picnic Wines

You can never go wrong with a dry rosè, white wine from Alsace, or sparkling wine with a picnic. A go-to light red is a Pinot Noir, but I love a good Zinfandel for picnic foods, which is a darker, richer wine that pairs really well with the lighter foods!

If you need inspiration, check out our list of 30+ Picnic Recipes:

Fancy Picnic Lunch Ideas

Salads + Sides Picnic Lunch Ideas

Sandwiches + Spreads

These aren’t your average sad turkey sandwiches. You’ll look forward to lunch – and not be tempted by going out! – with this roundup of amazing-looking sandwiches with fresh, simple ingredients.

In conclusion, these picnic lunch ideas will keep you full and satisfied while still being healthy!

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