Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors and have a picnic with friends and family. Here are my favourite dairy free picnic recipes that everyone can enjoy. As well as being free from the white stuff, most are free from all top 14 allergens. So grab a blanket and head to the park - what are you waiting for?
Basics for a Dairy Free Picnic
All of these basics are essential for a great dairy free picnic, and can be picked up at your supermarket. Remember - when buying food always check the label to be sure it's suitable for your own dietary needs.
- Bread, crackers and breadsticks - most of these will be accidentally dairy free - even 'cream' crackers! Avoid 'cheese' flavours though, obviously.
- Veggies and dips - carrots, celery, cucumber, sugar snap peas and baby sweetcorn all make great crudites to go with your favourite dips. Just watch out for dairy in dips - sour cream is obvious, but milk sneaks into the most unlikely places.
- Crisps or tortilla chips - avoid cheesy flavours and check ingredients for hidden milk.
- Protein - e.g. chicken drumsticks, cocktail sausages, scotch eggs, etc
- Fruit - strawberries, apples, blueberries, peaches, pick your favourites!
Savoury Picnic Recipes
A great picnic doesn't always *need* a homemade dish - but if you do have the time it will take your picnic to the next level! Here are some great savoury options for a dairy free picnic.
Dairy Free Pasta Salad (contains mustard, which can be left out if needed)
Low FODMAP Baked Omelette (contains egg)
Easy Peasy Dairy Free Pop-in Sausage Rolls by Peachicks Bakery (contains wheat, sulphites, can be made free from all top 14 allergens with gluten-free puff pastry and sulphite-free sausages)
Dairy Free Potato Salad by Healthy Living James
Dairy Free Pinwheels by Katy Kicker (contains wheat, substitute gluten free puff pastry if needed)
Shop bought coleslaw often contains added dairy. Here's an easy recipe to make your own!
Tangy Coleslaw by Heather Cooan (contains mustard)
Quick and Easy White Bean Salad by Veggie Inspired (contains mustard)
This dip has a fun name which will surely entice children to try it! Texas Cowboy Caviar (Bean Dip) by Amy Casey Cooks
A great vegan alternative to tuna or egg salad sandwiches. Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich by Vegan Runner Eats (contains celery and mustard)
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad by Sylvia White
This pasta salad hides lots of fresh vegetables in the creamy sauce! Awesome Vegetarian Pasta Salad by Italian Food Fast (contains mustard)
Sweet Picnic Recipes
Spelt, Pumpkin Seed, Apple and Carrot Muffins by Laura Loves Cakes (contains spelt [gluten] and eggs)
Healthy Banana Bread by Cookie & Kate (recipe contains eggs and wheat, although I usually make it with flax egg and gluten-free flour and it always turns out great!)
Dairy Free Blueberry Muffins by Key to My Lime (can be made gluten free and egg free, contains almond milk which you could sub for another dairy free milk alternative)
Dessert hummus! Who knew that was a thing? Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Houmous by Return to the Kitchen (contains almond flour, which could be swapped for coconut flour; and peanut butter which could be swapped for sunbutter/wowbutter)
Delicious Fresh Fruit Salad by Champagne and Coffee Stains
Pistachio - Chocolate - Cherry Cookies by Debra Klein (contains almonds and pistachios)
Caramel-Topped Oatmeal Cake by Trimazing (contains wheat, oats and nuts)
Where is your favourite picnic spot? Leave a comment below!
Updated 13th June 2020 to include even more amazing dairy-free picnic recipes!