Delicious Food Blog

7 Mediterranean Picnic Foods That Won't Spoil Quickly

A picnic is the perfect backdrop to the summer. Friends, sunshine and delicious food. What’s not to like? 

If you’re looking to prepare a Mediterranean themed potluck picnic a couple of days in advance, you’ll be on the hunt for dishes that don’t spoil easily. 

It’s not too easy to find picnic foods that are long-lasting. Most foods that don’t spoil quickly aren’t exactly suited to create easy picnic food ideas. 

Nevertheless, we’ve created a list of simple picnic food ideas made from non-perishable picnic food, so you can create the Mediterranean dish of your friends’ dreams

Read on for our list of 7 picnic food ideas. 

1. Grilled chicken with dill Greek yogurt sauce 

No list of Mediterranean picnic basket ideas would be complete without grilled chicken, so let’s kick off our list with a simple grilled chicken dish using dill Greek yogurt sauce.

Grill your chicken thoroughly in advance, smother it with the sauce once they’re 90% cooked, then let the flavor bake in for another couple of minutes. Store in the fridge until the day of the picnic.   

2. Almond pistachio bites

Picnic desserts are as important as the main course and this Greek recipe will finish off your meal with style. 

It’s an extremely easy recipe to make, and you’ll probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already. 

Throw together some pistachios, almonds, sugar, butter and pastry, chop into rectangles and bake for 40 minutes. As easy as pie, and unlikely to spoil for a fair few days.  

3. Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean salads are so simple to whip up, yet they taste great and are an essential part of any picnic next to your more complex dishes.

No need to reinvent the wheel here. Throw some lettuce, cucumbers, chickpeas, onions and olives in a bowl and leave in a fridge until picnic day. If you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to throw in some cooked penne or grilled chicken pieces. 

4. Sweet Potato and Chorizo Skewers

For a taste of Spain, roast some sweet potato and chorizo and poke some skewers from them. You’ll create a perfectly accessible staple for any picnic. 

5. Focaccia Bread and Olive Oil 

For small nibbles as the afternoon comes to a close, there’s nothing like focaccia bread and olive oil to bring the Mediterranean spirit. By all means, add some cured meats for some extra flavor.

6. Israeli Cous Cous Salad

A more complex salad for the more adventurous picnic chef. This Israeli dish is one of the more flavorsome salads on the Mediterranean menu. Centered around lettuce and cous cous, this dish traditionally includes artichokes, chickpeas, and a zesty lemon dressing, none of which is likely to spoil too quickly.

7. Tiramisu

A popular Italian dish and one of the best picnic food ideas for couples. 

Made mostly from egg yolks, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate, you can whip this up in your kitchen in under half an hour. It’s sure to go down a treat with your al fresco audience. 

In case you are looking for even fancier appetizers, we have prepared 17 delicious options for your summer party.  If you want to simply relax at your party and surprise your friends with mouth melting food options, don't hesitate to contact our chefs. Simply call us at (619) 304-0450 or online catering request form.

Everything is possible with Coast Chef

Express your character and mood through the food at your event. Customized menus, savory meals, creative presentation, professional service - all this and more is what our catering company brings to your table. Let’s talk!