30 Fancy Picnic Lunch Recipes

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

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.

Prosciutto Sandwich

Ingredients: prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil on a baguette 🥖

kale caesar

Kale Caesar Salad

Massage kale with olive oil, and it will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Ingredients: chopped kale, croutons, parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon

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!

More fancy picnic lunch recipes

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.

Sandwich inspiration

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.

Tip: the best way to wrap a sandwich is with parchment or wax paper. Here are the best ways to wrap your sandwich.

Smashed chickpea salad on toast or crusty bread

Italian Pinwheels

Lemon ricotta & cucumber salad or spread on bread

Chickpea salad sandwich with cucumbers & olives

Tomato, basil, & artichoke picnic sandwich can be made ahead and stored in the fridge for an easy take-to-work option!

Summer rolls with dipping sauce

Chicken caesar wraps

Shrimp salad on a roll

Pressed Italian sandwiches

Spicy Thai chicken salad wrap

Prosciutto, Pear & Parmesan on ciabatta

Veggie cream cheese roll ups

Thai peanut chicken salad

Cucumber, dill, and cream cheese sandwiches

Southwest Black Bean Veggie Pinwheels

Salads & Sides inspiration

Watermelon salad with feta + mint

Corn avocado salad

Sweet Corn Tomato

Crunch lemon pesto garden salad

Tomato Feta salad

Pancetta and pea salad

Chinese chicken salad

Edamame salad with cilantro lime dressing

Roasted sweet potato, avocado & feta salad

Orzo salad with chickpeas, dill, cucumbers, lemon & feta

Kale and butternut squash with pears and almonds

Thai peanut Buddha bowl

WW shrimp salad with fennel, orange and red onion

Egg, veggie and tarragon salad

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