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Perfect picnics

With summer is on its way, we are heading full swing into picnic season. Here are some ideas and recipes for a gluten free picnic.

Rolls and bread

You can buy a range of gluten free rolls and baguettes from supermarkets now, or alternatively you could try something different. Rather than bread rolls why not try gluten free pitta breads or tortilla wraps.

Sandwich fillings

  • Cooked meats like ham, chicken and beef are gluten free. Some marinated or coated meats will not be so check these
  • Tuna, sweetcorn and chilli – mix together half a tin of tuna, a tablespoon of sweetcorn and a teaspoon of mayonnaise*. Add a pinch of chilli powder for an extra kick
  • Pepper and avocado – Mash half an avocado and mix with half a deseeded, chopped red pepper and a teaspoon of mayonnaise*.  Add to your sandwich with fresh salad
  • Brie and grape - Top the bread with sliced Brie and halved green seedless grapes
  • Beef and watercress - Fill a roll or sandwich with leftover sliced beef and a handful of watercress and perhaps a bit of horseradish sauce*

Salad and dip ideas

  • Summer salad – all salad vegetables are naturally gluten free so you can make a colourful summer salad with lettuce and other leaves like spinach and watercress and add vegetable like radishes, grated carrot, cucumber and tomatoes
  • Bean salad – for a more substantial salad, mix together mixed beans, sweetcorn, chopped cherry tomatoes, celery and a little vinaigrette* for a quick bean salad
  • Quick pasta salad – Mix together a tablespoon of mixed beans with four tablespoons of cooked gluten free pasta*, chopped tomatoes, fresh mozzarella or feta cheese and herbs. Stir in a tablespoon of your favourite dressing* and serve with salad leaves
  • Potato salad – You can make potato salad quickly and easily by boiling new potatoes, allowing them to cool, and then stirring in mayonnaise* or crème fraiche with some chopped chives, salt and pepper to season
  • Quick tomato salsa – cut fresh tomatoes into quarters and remove seeds, then finely chop, and mix with finely chopped red onion and fresh coriander. For a hot salsa you can add some chopped fresh chillies for an extra zing
  • Serve houmous* with carrot batons or celery sticks and mini gluten free breadsticks*.

 *See your Food and Drink Directory for suitable products

Scones with fresh cream and strawberries

What better way to eat strawberries than with fresh cream and a nice scone! Use this recipe to make fresh gluten free scones or buy some from the Free From section of your local supermarket.

Gluten free scones (makes 8)


  • 100g (4oz) gluten free flour*
  • 1 rounded teaspoon baking powder*
  • 25g (1oz) sugar
  • 50g (2oz) margarine
  • 1 egg, beaten

*See your Food and Drink Directory for suitable products


  1. Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Rub in the margarine. Mix in the egg to make a soft dough
  2. Roll on a floured surface, cut into rounds and place on a greased baking tray
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 200oC, 400oF, Gas Mark 6, for 10-15 minutes
  4. Leave to cool, slice in half and serve with fresh strawberries and clotted cream


If you are wondering which drinks to enjoy, there are plenty of both alcoholic and soft drinks which are gluten free.

  • Fruit juice, flavoured waters, cordials and fizzy drinks are gluten free. Barley squashes are not suitable
  • Champagne and Pimm’s are gluten free
  • Cider, wine, sherry, spirits, port and liqueurs are gluten free
  • Beer, lagers, stouts and ales contain varying amounts of gluten and are therefore not safe for people with coeliac disease. You can buy specially made gluten free beers and lagers and these are usually found in the Free From section of the supermarket and some health food stores

We have put together some picnic perfect recipes for you to try below. Make sure you check out our home of gluten free recipes here for loads more great recipes.

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