40+ Gluten Free Picnic Ideas

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The warm weather is here and it’s time to bring your meals outside. Yes, this is when you are looking 40+ Gluten Free Picnic Food Ideas! You’ll find recipes for an afternoon at the park, a backyard barbecue, and more with everything you need for a lovely lunch or delicious dinner in the fresh air!

collage of air fryer fried chicken, coleslaw, buffalo deviled eggs, potato salad, broccoli salad, and a fruit and veggie platter

Gluten Free Recipes for a Picnic

Picnics can mean so many things. Maybe you are going to pack sandwiches in a picnic basket. Or you’ve got a cooler full of salads and will use a grill or chafing dish to keep your main dishes hot. You might also have the grill fired up, but don’t want to worry about making dishes on the stove or in the oven. And let’s not forget about dishes that taste good at room temperature.

No matter the plan, there are plenty of picnic foods that you can easily transport and serve outdoors!

But, if you are gluten free, the word “picnic” might make you think of traditional sandwiches and macaroni salad and other items you might not be able to eat. So make it a gluten free picnic with these easy and tasty spring and summer dishes!

Gluten Free Picnic Food Ideas

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Summer Appetizers

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs

Make a big batch of hard boiled eggs because this spicy twist on the classic deviled egg recipe is the kicked-up appetizer your picnic needs. And they are made with Greek yogurt, so they are still super creamy, but still lighter, plus protein-packed and low carb.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs on a green plate

Chef Salad on a Stick

Served with your favorite salad dressing or dip like Easy Honey Mustard, this easy finger food makes it more fun to eat a salad. Just roll up your favorite deli meats and cheese and skewer on a toothpick with lettuce, tomatoes, or any other salad toppings you love.

Chef Salad on a Stick appetizers on a wooden platter

Mango Avocado Salsa

Sweet and tangy, with just a bit of spice, this easy fruit salsa is totally family-friendly because it’s made without raw onions or jalapenos. Scoop it up with chips, or spoon it into a gluten free wrap.

Mango Avocado Salsa

Spinach Feta Pinwheels

This low carb appetizer is perfect picnic food because they are great warm, but also delicious at room temperature. So you can make them ahead and pack them for your outing.

Serving plate of Low Carb Spinach Feta Pinwheels

BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Sassy and saucy and slathered in your favorite barbecue sauce (try Bourbon BBQ Sauce), these easy meatballs are perfect for snacking. And they have a simple substitute for bread crumbs to make them gluten free.

Baked BBQ Turkey Meatballs

Ants on a Log Snacks and Veggie Platter

The classic snack makes a fun appetizer platter for your picnic lunch. And you can think outside the usual celery, peanut butter, and raisins combo and add other nut butters, spreads, dried fruit, and more.

Ants on a log fruit and vegetable platter for kids

Layered Greek Hummus Dip

Start with your favorite hummus and layer it with simple and fresh ingredients for a cool and healthy dip for veggies, gluten free crackers, or chips.

layered greek humus dip in a white ceramic dish

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Party Sides and Salads

Dijon Apple Coleslaw

A healthy, sweet and savory twist on the classic picnic salad made with Greek yogurt. So crips and tasty, even those that say they don’t like coleslaw will love this recipe.

a bowl of Maple Dijon Apple Cole Slaw

Instant Pot Potato Salad

Make this classic food entirely in your pressure cooker. Cook the potatoes and eggs together, then toss with crisp veggie in a simple and creamy Greek yogurt Dijon dressing.

A Bowl of Instant Pot Potato Salad Garnished with Chopped Parsley

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples

A creamy, crunchy summertime favorite with crisp apples and sweet dried cranberries that pair so well with the savory cheddar cheese and crunchy walnuts. So good with sandwiches or barbecue.

Closeup of Healthy Apple Broccoli Salad overflowing from a red bowl

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Family-favorite flavors come together in a creamy potato salad. Simple to make but it doesn’t use bottled dressing or a powdered mix, just spices in your pantry.

bowl of bacon ranch potato salad

Easy Baked Beans

This recipe was kept top secret for years, and it’s a simple hack that makes them taste like you let them soak and simmer for hours and days. You’ll never make baked beans another way once you try it.

A spoonful of semi homemade baked beans scooped out of a white corningware dish

Gluten Free Cornbread

So tender and flavorful, you’ll want to slather a slice with butter or honey or both. Great with that air fryer fried chicken, ribs, or even a grilled steak.

squares of gluten free cornbread on a cutting board

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Feta

Simple and fresh, but made with simple ingredients that give it bright Mediterranean flavors. It’s a true taste of summer.

Cucumber Tomato Salad with Feta as part of a Mediterranean meal

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Picnic Main Dishes

Air Fryer Fried Chicken

All the crispy, juicy goodness you love, but made without oil. And fried chicken is so perfect for a picnic because you can wrap it in foil and keep it warm or enjoy it at room temperature.

Six Pieces of Fried Chicken in a Serving Bowl Lined with Parchment Paper

Turkey, Ham and Cheddar Apple Sandwiches

Sure, you can make sandwiches on gluten free bread or even Gluten Free Biscuits, but you can also change it up and use apple sliced. It even works for PB&J or try sweetened cream cheese and gluten free granola.

Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwich without bread on a green plate

Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

If you are picnicking in the backyard, throw a deliciously-marinated steak on the grill. Or make it in advance and bring it chilled to put on a sandwich or salad, or just snack on the slices.

Platter of Sundried Tomato Rosemary Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

Chef Salad Lettuce Wraps

Turn a classic salad into food you can pick up and eat with your hands. Stuff lettuce leaves with veggies and deli meats, then dip or drizzle with your favorite dressing. Creamy Southwestern Dressing or Greek Yogurt Ranch are great options.

Chef's Salad Lettuce Wraps

Smoky BBQ Grilled Sausage Salad

Or turn your picnic into a big salad bar. Grill the sausage, corn, and pineapple in advance, cook bacon, and package up all of your toppings, then let everyone make their own.

bowl of grilled sausage salad surrounded by bowls of salad toppings

Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Grab your lettuce wraps, or gluten free bread, wraps, or crackers for this Greek-inspired chicken salad. Make sure you grab a rotisserie chicken at Costco to make it even easier to prepare.

A blue bowl of healthy Greek Cucumber Dill Chicken Salad

BBQ Ranch Quinoa Chicken Salad

Hearty and healthy, but filled with those summertime indulgent flavors everyone loves. Spoon it onto a plate or into lettuce wraps for a whole grain and satisfying cool meal.

barbecue ranch quinoa chicken salad

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