I have some big plans for this summer. It is Canada’s 150th birthday, and our National Parks are offering free admission for all of 2017! I haven’t done much camping in the last 10 years, but would like to get back into it. Now I am not ready to dive into outback camping with the kids yet, but would love to do some day trips to the Ontario Parks to explore and introduce them to all the fun Canada has to offer. That means we will be having lots of picnic adventures this year. I already mentioned that picnics are fun anytime of year in my 10 Family Traditions You Can Start Anytime post. So while we are planning our outdoor adventures we will also be planning our menu to go along with them. Working full-time and having 3 kids (and a husband and a blog) does not leave me with a lot of extra time on my hands, so when deciding on picnic meals I am looking for easy ideas that the whole family will enjoy. And Yes if I can grab it at the store and go, that is even better. So check out my favourite easy store-bought 5 minute picnic meal ideas, and let me know your favourites in the comments below.
Easy Store-bought 5 Minute Picnic Meal Ideas
- Fruit Salad
- Bell Peppers
- Grape Tomatoes
- KFC Chicken
- Salsa & Chips
- Hummus & Bread/Crackers
- Cheese & Crackers
- Macaroni Salad
- Potato Salad
- Pizza Buns
- Mini donuts
So many delicious combinations that you can enjoy while out on a picnic. The KFC chicken tastes just as good cold as it does hot. Since everyone in my family loves KFC it is the perfect choice for a main dish for our picnic as even my husband approves. And for me, I know that I am serving Canadian farm-raised chicken, the same chicken I could buy at the grocery store to make homemade fried chicken (ha, as if I have the time!). Instead I make a run to KFC to pick up high quality chicken that will provide some protein as we are out being active.
This year we are going to be getting active, exploring our local area, and having some delicious picnics along the way. So share down below, what is your favourite picnic food?
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160 thoughts on “Easy (Store-bought) 5 Minute Picnic Meal Ideas”
KFC has been my favorite picnic food since I was a kid. We used to pick up a bucket and go for a picnic several times per year. I can’t think picnic without thinking KFC!
Chicken is a great picnic food, any kind of sandwich…we sometimes put salad in individual sized baggies.
Fried chicken has always been a go to picnic item.
We usually bring sandwiches, fruit, cut-up veggies, drinks and cookies.
I love fresh fruit when we do picnics – easy and healthy option
I enjoy salads
KFC has always been a favourite picinic food, plus we bring our veggies and drinks.
We always pick up KFC and salads for picnic food..
I haven’t been on many picnics, but I do like fried chicken on a weekend for a backyard meal!
I grew up down the block from a kfc and the smell is one that takes me back!
Ham and cheese sandwiches. 🙂 Thanks!
Our favourite picnic foods are cheese, crackers, fruits, vegetables and dip
Sandwiches are my favourite picnic food.
We usually bring sandwiches
Sandwiches and fruits are always yummy and awesome!!
We like to bring sliced ham and potato salad.
Chicken is a good picnic food! Paired with some veggies and fries.
My favourite picnic food is homemade sandwich accompanied with some fresh fruits.
My favourite picnic food would be a grilled chicken wrap loaded with fresh veggies.
My favourite picnic food is a ham sandwich
I like to pack a sandwich for picnics
My favourite picnic food is a sandwich!
My favorite picnic foods are chicken and fruit.
potato salad is my favorite picnic food.
I love potato salad and sandwiches for picnic food.
I can not picnic without watermelon.
I love potato salad and chicken
Sandwhiches are always a safe go to…but I like the chicken idea!
I love kabobs: fruit, veggies – and sandwich ones too.
I do love a picnic in fact we just renewed our vows for our 25th. in my childhood Country church and hosted a picnic style reception. Had to have fried chicken…Brought in 100 pieces of KFC!
Horseradish Potato Salad is my favourite picnic food
My favorite picnic food is cucumber sandwiches.
Chicken and potato salad is my fav
I absolutely love BLT pasta salad.
My favourite picnic food are wraps made with hummus, cucumber, lettuce and deli meat (normally chicken or turkey). your picnic meals look REALLY good and I think I’m going to have to steal your ideas!
i love a pasta salad filled with lots of veggies.
potato salad is my favorite and fresh veggies
I love having fruits and fresh veggies.. we always grab a bucket of chicken as well!
I like taking pj’s n j sandwiches
Fried chicken has always been my favourite food.
sandwiches and fruits.
Prosciutto, coleslaw, kalamata olives, stinky cheese and a nice cracker. Yum!
My husband LOVES KFC and his birthday is coming up (Leap Year Baby) so this would be a perfect gift!
Journeys of The Zoo
Charcuterie and wine
I love strawberries!
My favorite picnic items are flatbread wraps with chicken, cheese, & lettuce, and a refreshing slice of watermelon!
My favourite picnic food are fruit salads and ham and cheese
potato salad is by far my favorite picnic food!
cheese and crackers are my fav!
i love fresh strawberries and blueberries
Sandwiches are my favourite picnic food.
My favourite picnic food is potatoe salad
KFC is perfect picnic food- they even provide all the plates, utensils & napkins!
Fried chicken and potato salad
Watermelon!! I love it because its cold and also its thirst quenching!!
Potato salad is a favourite.
My favorite picnic lunch item is fried chicken.It is and will always be my favorite
for picnics and if it is Kentucky Fried Chicken all the better!! Love it! 🙂
I usually bring sandwiches
I love fresh cut up fruit while having a picnic.
My favourite picnic food has always been sandwiches.
hot dogs with a ton of assorted toppings are my favourite picnic food
KFC has always been a favourite picinic food with watermellon for dessert
I love a dagwood sandwich for a picnic meal.
We love taking sandwiches, coleslaw, pasta salad and brownies on a picnic. Mind you cold chicken is good too!
My fave picnic food is of course KFC!! 🙂
My moms potato salad and roasted chicken!
potato salad is a classic and must have!
Potato Salad or fried chicken please!
Sandwiches and salads are my favourite picnic food.
My favorite picnic food is chicken! We love chicken!
We usually bring submarine sandwiches or wraps, veggies and dip or salad on picnics and find an ice cream store nearby for dessert.
Kentucky Fried Chicken of course. It’s my favourite place to eat in the mall food court too. Other Chicken does not taste as good as KFC. I like the Thighs & breast meat more than the drumsticks. ??
My favourite picnic food is KFC always has been goes great with the salads and other sides, and the best part is it’s great cold as well!!
Fried chicken, potato salad and corn on the cob!
Sandwiches, fresh cut veggies, fruits and chips 🙂
Oringinal Chicken and cold salads
turkey sandwiches are my favourite picnic food!
I like Quiche when we have a picnic!
Chicken pieces with potato salad & veggies with dip. Complete it with a container full of berries & cut up pineapple & watermelon…Yummy!
Our favourite picnic food is a bucket of KFC chicken, rolls, potato salad, coleslaw, berries, & watermelon.
My favourite picnic food has always been KFC since i was a child !
Sandwiches, salad, raw fruits and veggies and water.
Bite sized fruit and veggies are my favourite picnic food.
I make a fish pie that is quick and tastes better when cold.
My favourite picnic food is egg salad sandwiches. Thank you for the giveaway!
I love potato salad, just be sure it is kept cold!
My favourite picnic food is macaroni salad.
I love potato salad with egg!
My favorite picnic food is fried chicken and potato salad.
Love Chicken with fresh Veggies and Fruit
I like to pack miniature sandwiches and sliced fruit for the kids.
Our picnics are not complete without watermelon. We do enjoy KFC as well as this is one of our favourite meals to have on a picnic.
potato salad and watermelon
My daughters were just saying that they can hardly wait for picnic season! We often just do cheese sandwiches and a veggie tray for picnics but my favourite picnic food is fried chicken and biscuits.
I love bringing hard boiled eggs, veggies and dip and ripple chips!
I love fried chicken for a picnic! It’s definitely my favourite picnic food, with fruit on the side – particularly blueberries, cherries and watermelon.
Love packing a delicious cheese & various crackers to enjoy at a picnic! Thanks for the chance to win.
KFC is great for pinics as well as watermelon, cheese and grapes
I like potato salad and watermelon for picnics.
I love the cheeses …. and the wine 🙂
Macaroni salad is mine and my kids favourite!
I love having watermelon at a picnic!
Bread, cheese and wine. Also, some fruit or berries.
It’s watermelon. Love it during the summer
I love salads and fresh in season fruit
Sandwiches are my favourite!
I love chicken and salad
I like packing pasta salad, cucumber sandwiches and cheese and crackers for picnics.
I love fresh fruit at picnics!
i love KFC
We usually do sandwiches or hot dogs, but chicken would be a great change.
We will usually take chicken, pasta salad, potato salad, some cut up fruits and sometimes veggies and dip. But it all depends on whether we’ve are going for the whole day or just a couple of hours.
we enjoy bringing wraps and fruits.
Fruits, veggies and sandwiches.
KFC chicken has always been our favorite picnic food!
Fruits and sandwiches
I love KFC fried chicken, mashed potatoes & corn!
I love a summer dessert like Strawberry Shortcake at a picnic.
My favourite picnic food is KFC fried chicken and potato salad.
Fresh fruit and veggies along with dips are #1, Thanks
we love fruits
I love fresh fruit and vegetables with dip on a picnic
I like sliced meats, cheeses and rolls
I like sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies. Plus, lots of cheese and hummus.
I LOVE cold KFC !! Love it at a picnic or even for breakfast !! LOL Great ideas for the sides .:)
Salads and summer/tropical fruits are the way to go!
cheese and crackers are easy to bring on picnics, and are always a hit with my kiddos!
Marshmallow fruit salad for dessert , potato salad, and nachos
Fresh fruit is my favourite picnic food.
Potatoe salad and/or buttertarts are probably my fave picnic foods.
Lots of fruits, veggies and some kind of sandwich.
My favourite picnic food is egg salad sandwiches
Wine and cheese for sure 😉
Potato salad and pasta salad are our favourite picnic foods.
Chicken is perfect! We used to have a KFC close to the beach, it was so easy to grab on the way but it closed last year. 🙁
I love macaroni salad.
i like sandwiches and fruit
I like cole slaw and sandwiches for picnics.
KFC – the bucket was MADE for picnics!
Cheese and crackers and mini sandwiches
Sandwhiches, apples, and pasta salad 🙂
I like sandwiches for picnics
My fave picnic food is watermelon 🙂
Pasta salad is my favourite picnic food!
Cold fried chicken
My favorite picnic food is a sub sandwich and chips.
Crispy fried chicken or chicken strips and potato chips are my favourite.
My favourite picnic food is potato salad.
Fried Chicken and mustard potato salad are the ultimate picnic foods!
Not the safest unless properly kept, but I love chicken salad on croissants!
Fried Chicken is my favorite picnic food
My favourite picnic food is fried chicken. And potato salad.
Bread and some good cheese!!
Our favorite picnic food is salad and sandwiches. Thanks for the chance to win such a DELICIOUS giveaway.
Sandwiches and cheese platter.
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