Recipes for Summer Picnics

Nothing captures the essence of summer quite like a great outdoor picnic. Whether you are enjoying a day at the beach, in the mountains, at a park or at your favorite spot in the countryside, we have put together a collection of delicious light snacks which would make great additions to any picnic basket. After a leisurely hike or fun games and activities at the beach everyone will have worked up a good appetite and that’s when it’s time to break out your well-packed picnic baskets and coolers. Light summer snacks like fresh fruit and salads as well as sandwiches make perfect picnic food.

Here’s an important rule of thumb for picking the right salads and sandwich toppings: avoid lettuce which will wilt easily as well as ingredients which spoil fast and require constant refrigeration.


Sandwich Bites

Finger food sized sandwiches, reminiscent of British tea sandwiches. The baby dills add zest and a nice crunchy texture to these otherwise soft bite-sized treats.

Waldorf Sandwiches “Open Air”

These refreshing sandwiches combine crunchy celery with flavorful cheese and ripe tomatoes. Soft sandwich bread and light salad cream hold these healthy snacks together. Great texture, summer flavors!

Grilled Summer Vegetable Sandwich

The epitome of summer flavor! Grilled bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini and oyster mushrooms combined with aromatic basil and crisp lettuce.

Smoked Trout and Salmon Sandwiches

Scrumptious and nutritious these fish sandwiches are a perfect meal for your next day trip, be it a picnic in the country or a day at the beach.

German-Inspired Reuben

Though both New York and Omaha claim to be home of the famous Reuben sandwich, it is actually created using German ingredients.

Party Sandwiches

The epitome of summer flavor! Grilled bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini and oyster mushrooms combined with aromatic basil and crisp lettuce.

Sophisticated Summer Sandwiches

A collection of sandwich ideas to perk up a summer picnic or lunch party.


Colorful Summer Salad

A salad which is as stunning as it is delicious! The cucumbers and bell peppers provide crisp textures, the eggs give the salad great substance, the mushrooms add an earthy aroma and the fresh herbs provide wonderful flavor and depth.

Little Red Radish Salad

The combination of little red radishes and apples make this salad a crisp and refreshing delight. The sharp and tart ingredients are balanced out by delicious German Emmental cheese.

Happy Gardener’s Salad

With a somewhat unusual combination of vegetables and flavors, this salad gorgeous salad will wake up your taste buds.

Cool Kraut Salad

Pure purple power, this salad is chock full of flavor and nutrients. Premium preserved and pickled vegetables from Germany make this impressive salad a breeze to prepare. Fresh red cabbage, radicchio and red onions add a great crisp contrast in texture. Plums complete the flavor palette with a wonderful fruity note.

Creamy Cucumber and Sweet Onion Salad with Fresh Dill Horseradish Dressing

German potato salads are mostly made with a meat stock or oil and vinegar dressing, creating a more healthful dish that is more likely to withstand hot summer temperatures at a backyard barbecue.

German Potato Salad

German potato salads are not just for serving as an accompaniment to a cold meal. There are many hot dishes that are complemented by a good potato salad. The most simple and sublime are meaty Bratwursts, complete with a nice big spoonful of German mustard. Finally, a simple serving tip: don’t serve potato salad straight from the fridge. It is best only lightly chilled so remove at least half an hour before serving.

German Potato and Lentil Salad

Potatoes and lentils are a very popular combination in German cuisine and this salad brings them together in a fresh and delicious way. The recipe is easy to make because the potatoes and lentils may be cooked together.

Spaetzle Salad

German spätzle is a wonderful choice in any pasta salad because it has such a satisfying texture. This recipe may be halved.

Beet Salad

This light salad would be perfect with a thin sandwich of hearty German bread and Black Forest ham. Instead of using cheese and walnuts separately, it saves a step by using a walnut-studded soft cheese imported from Germany. And the pickled beets bring only 8 calories to the recipe per serving.

Celery Root Salad

Celery root is officially known as celeriac. The knobby, brown vegetable tastes like a combination of celery and parsley. Choose a small, firm celeriac with few rootlets and knobs.

German White Bean & Pea Salad with Proscuitto & Smoked Cheese

This salad is nutritious, colorful, chock full of tasty ingredients, and easy to toss together. Serve it with some German wholegrain crispbread or sunflower seed bread.