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Picnic Basket Ideas

Whether you're dreaming of a full-blown family barbecue or simply lunch in the park, load up your basket with these great ideas for dining al fresco.


Deli delights
If you'd rather let someone else do the prep, stop by your H-E-B Deli for fully prepared solutions like:

  • Fried or Good-to-Go! Rotisserie chicken
  • Baked beans
  • Several varieties of potato salad or coleslaw
  • Versatile party trays


Kid friendly
Keeping it fun and simple is what a picnic for kids is all about. Include things like:

  • PB&J sandwiches
  • Cream cheese sandwiches; mix in raisins, chopped celery, grated carrots, or pecans
  • Fruit and cheese kabobs (sliced apples, bananas, strawberries, and pineapple with cheese cubes) or Vienna sausages with cheese kabob
  • Baby carrots with ranch dressing for dipping
  • Celery sticks filled with peanut butter
  • For dessert serve H-E-Buddy Grahams


Picnic for two
This one's super easy and romantic. Create the mood with:

  • Baguettes or bakery bagels (try one of the H-E-B Artisan Breads)
  • Your favorite spread or European-style butter; for example, a flavored cream cheese spread like salmon or garlic herb
  • Grapes and bite-sized cubes of cheese
  • Wine or sparkling cider
  • Cloth napkins, wine glasses, and a butter knife


Elegant sandwich social
Special breads make it elegant, while the sandwich part means it's easy to make ahead of time, eat, and clean up. Pack your picnic with:

  • Sandwiches made with distinctive breads - like baguettes or thick-sliced white, pumpernickel, or wheat (H-E-B Artisan breads) - and a variety of fillings
  • Make 3 to 4 different kinds, then cut the sandwiches in half so guests can sample each
  • Mix it up: chicken salad on cracked wheat; cream cheese and jam on white; ham and Swiss on rye; ripe tomato, avocado slices, cream cheese, and alfalfa sprouts on parmesan bread
  • Fresh fruit and cheeses, like grapes, sliced apples, and cubes of cheddar
  • Paper plates, cups, and napkins for a casual atmosphere that's pleasing to the eye


Spreads & sandwiches
Zesty Roast Beef Wrap
Pesto Chicken Club Wrap
Raspberry Chipotle Wrap
Crunchy Tuna Salad
Egg Salad
Festive Tuna Salad
Party Shrimp Spread
Smoked Chicken Spread


Fruit salads
Summer Melon Ball Salad
Fresh Fruit Salad
Crunchy Fruit Salad


Potato salads
German Style Potato Salad
Smokey Mustard Potato Salad
Dijon Potato Salad
Pesto Potato Salad
Spinach & Apple Potato Salad


Pasta salads
Avocado & Shrimp Pasta Salad
Black Bean and Rice Salad
House Pasta Salad
Summer Creamy Pasta Salad


Cole slaws
Citrus Cole Slaw
Sunny Slaw
Sweet & Sour Cole Slaw
Ger-Chi Cole Slaw