Picnic Perfection: 5 Incredible Al Fresco Meals Using Only Trader Joe’s Ingredients

Ah, the allure of a picnic—crisp air, sunshine, and mouthwatering food. Luckily, creating an unforgettable open-air feast doesn’t have to be a chore. With these five perfect picnic ideas, all featuring items from Trader Joe’s, you’ll have a basket packed with delectable treats in no time!

Mediterranean Mezze Platter

Organic Hummus | Trader Joe's


  • Trader Joe’s Organic Hummus
  • Trader Joe’s Dolmas
  • Trader Joe’s Marinated Olives
  • Trader Joe’s Pita Bite Crackers
  • Trader Joe’s Mini Babybel Cheese

Instructions: Arrange these delicious items on a portable tray or in a sealable container. This is a fuss-free picnic idea that requires zero cooking—just unpack and enjoy!

Italian Sub Sandwich

Sliced Provolone Cheese | Trader Joe's


  • Trader Joe’s Rustic Ciabatta Bread
  • Trader Joe’s Uncured Applewood Smoked Salami
  • Trader Joe’s Sliced Provolone Cheese
  • Trader Joe’s Marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Yellow Mustard

Instructions: Assemble the salami, provolone, and artichoke hearts on a piece of ciabatta bread, add a drizzle of yellow mustard, then top with another slice of ciabatta. Cut into manageable pieces and wrap in parchment paper or foil for a hearty sandwich that travels well.

Veggie & Hummus Wraps

Organic Carrots of Many Colors | Trader Joe's Persian Cucumbers | Trader Joe's


  • Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Lavash Bread
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Hummus
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Carrots of Many Colors
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Persian Cucumbers
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Baby Spinach

Instructions: Spread a layer of hummus over the lavash bread. Add a handful of spinach, some thinly sliced carrots, and cucumber, then roll up tightly. Slice in half for two neat wraps that are as nutritious as they are tasty.

Antipasto Skewers

Trader Joe's Olive Bar Dip recipe; served in a deep bowl with side of crusty baguette, toasted and garnished with parsley


  • Trader Joe’s Marinated Mozzarella Balls
  • Trader Joe’s Pitted Kalamata Olives
  • Trader Joe’s Genoa Salami
  • Trader Joe’s Cherry Tomatoes

Instructions: On wooden skewers, thread a cherry tomato, a piece of salami, an olive, and a mozzarella ball. Repeat until all ingredients are used. Pack in a sealable container for a finger-friendly picnic treat that’s both fun and flavorful.

Cookie Butter & Banana Sandwiches

Speculoos Cookie Butter | Trader Joe's


  • Trader Joe’s Brioche Toasts
  • Trader Joe’s Speculoos Cookie Butter
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Bananas

Instructions: Spread cookie butter on a brioche toast, add banana slices, then top with another toast. Cut into quarters for bite-sized sweet treats that are sure to delight.

Creating a memorable picnic experience has never been easier, thanks to Trader Joe’s. With these five simple and delicious picnic meal ideas, you’re just a shopping trip away from your perfect outdoor feast. So, grab your picnic basket and your adventurous spirit, and let’s make the most of the great outdoors, one mouthwatering bite at a time!

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