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
Chimichurri Steak Wrap
Pesto Chicken Club Wrap
Crunchy Tuna Salad
Egg Salad
Caprese Sandwich
Festive Tuna Salad
Party Shrimp Spread
Smoked Chicken Spread

Fruit Salads
Melon Prosciutto Salad
Stone Fruit Salad with Goat Cheese & Almonds
Margarita Fruit Salad

Potato Salads
German Style Potato Salad
Mama's Potato Salad
Dijon Potato Salad