Perfect picnic

Delicious picnic food

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A summer day in the park wouldn't be complete without a picnic lunch.

Here are some of my favourite tasty and healthy picnic recipes.

Sunshine salad with monkey nuts

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Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 carrots

  • 1/2 red cabbage

  • 2 small red onions

  • handful of fresh mint and coriander leaves

  • handful of unsalted peanuts, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sesame or other vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Equipment:

  • chopping board

  • knife

  • bowls

  • whisk

  • a fork and spoon or salad servers

What to do:

Ask an adult to help you cut the carrots into sticks, shred the cabbage and finely slice the onions.

Put them in a bowl and keep to one side.

In a separate bowl make the dressing by whisking together the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic.

Pour the dressing over the salad and mix it well using a fork and a spoon.

Sprinkle the mint, coriander and peanuts on top.

Enjoy your sunshine salad with monkey nuts.

Be careful: Only use peanuts in this recipe if you know you are not allergic to nuts.

Summer cous cous salad

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Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 100g cous cous

  • 1 reduced-salt vegetable stock cube

  • 150g canned broad beans, canned in water, rinsed and drained

  • 100g rocket leaves

  • 4 black olives, sliced

  • 20g feta cheese, cubed

  • a small bunch of coriander, chopped

For the dressing:

  • a few sprigs of fresh mint

  • juice of a lemon

  • 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar

Equipment:

  • saucepan

  • bowls

  • whisk

  • a fork and spoon or salad servers

What to do:
Ask an adult to help you prepare the cous cous using the vegetable stock by following the instructions on the packet.

In a large bowl gently mix together the cous cous, broad beans, rocket leaves, olives, feta cheese and coriander using a fork and a spoon.

In a separate bowl make the dressing by whisking together the mint, lemon juice and vinegar.

Add the dressing to the salad and mix again.

Enjoy your summer cous cous salad.

Easy-peasy pasta salad

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Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 400g wholemeal pasta

  • 150g sugar snap peas

  • 213g canned salmon, canned in water

  • 100g rocket leaves

  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat crème fraîche

Equipment:

  • saucepan

  • colander

  • bowls

  • forks

  • whisk

What to do:

Ask an adult to help you cook the pasta by following the instructions on the packet.

Add the sugar snap peas to the water 2 minutes before the pasta is cooked.

When the pasta is ready, drain it using a colander, place it under cold running water to cool it down, then drain it again.

Put the pasta, sugar snap peas, salmon and rocket leaves in a large mixing bowl and mix together with two forks.

In a separate bowl make the dressing by mixing the zest and juice of a lemon with the crème fraîche.

Tip the dressing onto the pasta salad and gently mix the ingredients with the forks.

Enjoy your easy-peasy pasta salad.

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Crunchy munchy bars

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Ingredients (makes 16):

  • 100ml sunflower oil

  • 15g light soft brown sugar

  • 150ml golden syrup

  • 250g rolled oats

  • 100g unsalted mixed seeds

  • 60g mixed dried fruits

Equipment:

  • saucepan

  • wooden spoon

  • oven-proof paper

  • 20cm square baking tin

  • knife

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4

What to do:

Put the oil, sugar and syrup into a pan and ask an adult to help you to heat it gently until the sugar has dissolved.

Add the oats, seeds and dried fruits and mix well using a wooden spoon.

Line the baking tin with the oven-proof paper and ask an adult to tip in the mixture.

Press down with the spoon to flatten it.

Put it in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown. Leave it to cool down for about 2 hours, then cut the mixture into 16 bars.

Enjoy your crunchy munchy bars.

Crunchy munchy bars are a great treat, but you shouldn't eat them every day. After all, a treat is something to have occasionally.

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