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Making picnic food doesn't have to be tough. In fact, you don't have to make it at all. Here are a few picnic food items you can pick up on the go.

Sometimes you may have weeks to plan a picnic, on other occasions you may spontaneously decide to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors. When you do the latter, you won’t have time to whip up the usual picnic fare; you’ll need something quick, easy and delicious. Here are a few tips for snagging easy picnic food.

The box lunch

The bunch lunch is one of the best options when it comes to easy picnic food. Cheap and easy, box lunches are sold at a number of delis and grocery stores. Not only are they tasty, but they usually feature a number of different options, such as sandwiches, salads, cookies drinks, etc. Another big advantage of box lunches is their portability, which allows you to carry a variety of food in one box.

Lunchables, a popular lunch package sold at grocery stores, is a great option for a meal on the go for your kids.

A big salad

A large salad is another easy picnic food. Whether you prefer the salad bar at your local grocery or a more upscale restaurant, a salad is always a great choice for a picnic. Make-you-own salad bars allow you to pile on the toppings you desire, transforming your salad into a full blown meal. Of course, getting a sufficient helping of vegetables is also great for your health.

Fruit plate

Most groceries carry mixed fruit combinations and these pre-prepared fruit bowls are another easy picnic food idea. If you can’t find the mixture of fruits you want, simply construct you own fruit bowl by buying your favorite fruits separately and mixing them together. Toss in some cheese if you want to spice things up.

Crackers and cheese

It doesn’t get much simpler than crackers and cheese at a picnic. Whether you’re into spray-on cheddar or craving a peppercorn spread, a nice portion of crackers and cheese is always solid picnic fare.


Snag a few at your favorite coffee shop with whatever spread you desire. Just remember that if you ask for the cream cheese on the side, you’ll need to have a knife with you.

Chocolates or candy

Chocolates or candy are another great option for easy picnic food. If you’ve got some extra cash and are trying to incite a bit of picnic romance, consider picking up a box of decadent gourmet chocolates. Or, if you’re on a budget, you can also just snag a bag of M&M’s or some candy bars.

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