National Picnic Day is April 23, and we are celebrating the holiday with food on a stick because it’s a portable and kid-friendly way to have a picnic! Now pack up your blankets and load up your picnic basket or cooler with these fun and creative lunch recipes! We are loving this whole new way to do kabobs. You can really put anything on a stick, from appetizers to salads and sandwiches, side dishes to desserts!
What comes to mind when you think “summer picnic?” Uh, watermelon, of course! This delicious little appetizer, watermelon-mint-feta skewers, combines savory and sweet and tangy! These fresh, bright bite-sized snacks have everything: creamy, salty cheese; sweet melon; aromatic mint; and a tart balsamic drizzle.
My kid loves every ingredient on this recipe for antipasto salad on a skewer: cheese, olives, roasted red peppers, artichokes and meat … okay not the pepperoncini, but those can be skipped on the kiddie skewers! The pasta is marinated in Italian dressing over night, making this antipasto on a stick uber flavorful.
Summer is zucchini season! What better way to highlight this versatile veggie than these grilled zucchini caprese roll-ups? These boast thinly sliced zucchini, fresh Italian cheese, aromatic basil, and bright tomatoes. Best way to get kids to eat their veggies.
If you love Brussels sprouts and bacon, you’ll be in heaven with these bacon and Brussels sprouts skewers! Earthy veggies meets smokey bacon and it couldn’t be a better side dish on a stick for your picnic.
We couldn’t leave out the hot kebabs! If you’re going to be grilling, dish up this sizzling chicken fajita kebab recipe. Loaded with all your favorite Mexican flavors, chicken, limes, salsa and fresh veggies, this one hits the spot.
These mini burgers on a stick are just too cute! And convenient—simply make them ahead of time, pop them into Tupperware, and you’re ready to head to your picnic destination and enjoy! The kids will love these mini burgers. We love that they’re versatile. You can add any of your favorite burger toppings!
What’s better than pizza? Pizza on a stick, naturally! What’s great about these is that each person can make their own, adding their favorite pizza “toppings” and leaving out any they don’t like. Plus, how fun would it be to dip them into yummy pizza sauce?
Whether it’s baked potatoes, potato salad, french fries, or these loaded tot kabobs, no picnic or barbecue is complete without some version of a potato! With just frozen tater tots, bacon bits, and shredded cheese, you can bake—or we suggest grill—these up in no time flat.
A “food on a stick” roundup wouldn’t be complete without corndogs! They’re a kid-friendly, summer staple! Load up your picnic baskets with some of these easy homemade corndogs and some ketchup, and you’ll please all the kiddos.
A healthy yet sweet way to do fruit and dessert is to serve up banana split sticks! Fun to make, and more fun to eat, these chocolatey and fruity treats have bananas, pineapple and strawberries dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts.
Caramel apples are reminiscent of fairs or carnivals. Well now they can be your go-to healthy-ish picnic dessert! Make them gourmet, and let the kids help to make and decorate them. They will request apples now!
S’mores were kind of the first food on a stick, if you think about. Skewer a marshmallow on a twig and roast it over an open fire. We’re paying homage to that with this indoor version of s’mores pops! They’re delicious and they’re pretty!