Who doesn’t love the idea of a nice picnic on a warm summer day? I mean, is there anything better than hanging out with family or friends in nature with some delicious food and having a good time? To be honest: there is. Creating your picnic dishes with canned food! And the best part is, you can use so many different cans to create really nice recipes to impress your friends.

My all-time favourites are the White Bean Salad, and some fancy hand-made sandwiches like the Tuna Melt. A perfect addition for a hot summer day is to mix some nice cold Canned Cocktails. And of course, there’s no perfect picnic without a dessert. My recommendation is to make some delicious Apple Poppy Pies. All in all a super tasty and super easy picnic menu. But as I know, that my taste is not the measure of all things, I made a list with other cool picnic recipes. Here we go:


Creamy Bean Dip

This easy to make, no-cook dip is perfect for a picnic and fits tearly everything. Here’s what you need:

1 can pink beans

¼ cup roasted red pepper

1 tbsp. lime juice

½ tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. salt


Put all the ingredients into a food processor and mix until well blended. Top with chopped cilantro.


Artichoke Salsa

This 100 percent Italian salsa gives your picnic a Mediterranean feeling and consists of:

1 can petite cut, diced tomatoes (with jalapenos)

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped

¼ cup finely diced red onion

2 gloves garlic, minced

¼ tsp. dried oregano

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. red-wine vinegar

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and let it rest for 10 minutes.


Chicken Taco Pie 

A true favourite of my family and friends, so it’s time to share its ingredients with you:

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls

1 pound ground chicken

1 taco seasoning

1 can chopped green chilies

½ cup water

½ cup salsa

½ cup shredded Mexican cheese

1 cup shredded lettuce

1 small sweet red pepper

1 small green pepper

1 medium tomato

1 green onion

2 tbsp. jalapeno

Sour cream and additional salsa

Unroll crescent dough and separate it into triangles. Press it onto a pie plate and form a crust. Bake it until gold-brown. Cook chicken and break it into crumbles. Add taco seasoning, green chilies, water and salsa and bring them to boil. Spoon it into crust, sprinkle it with cheese and bake it until cheese is melted. Top it with lettuce, peppers, tomato, green onion and jalapeno.


Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad

Some fruity five-minute salad for your spontaneous picnic.

200 grammes baby spinach

½ lemon

1 can mandarin orange sections

½ honey-roasted almonds

Salad dressing

Place spinach in a bowl, drizzle dressing on top, squeeze juice from lemon half, add mandarin orange sections, almonds, and ready you are.


Spicy Goulash

 Something between a classic chili and a hearty salad, this Goulash is just delicious, whether hot or cold.

1 pound lean ground beef

4 cans Mexican diced tomatoes

2 cans kidney beans

2 cups water

1 medium onion

1 medium green pepper

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. beef bouillon

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. ground cumin

¼ tsp. pepper

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

Cook beef and add tomatoes, beans, water, onion, green pepper, vinegar, chili powder, bouillon and seasoning. Let it cook slowly for 5-6 hours. Stir in macaroni and cook another 30 minutes.


Plum Tart

Preparing a tart with fresh plums has never been this easy!

1 can almond pastry

1 refrigerated premade piecrust

4 medium plums

Spread almond pastry on piecrust and top it with plums. Fold the edges and bake the tart for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust is golden.


Raspberry Lemonade Slushy

It’s cold, it’s fruity and just perfect for a picnic.

2 cans raspberries

3 lemons (juice)

225 ml soda water

3 tbsp. agave nectar

Ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a food processor and mix them until you get a smooth slush.

How do you like these recipes? What is your favourite picnic food? Leave me a comment below, I’m looking forward to your ideas! 

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