If you don’t enjoy sitting on the grass for a picnic, it doesn’t mean you can never spend a day outside and eat some picnic foods. If you have recently rented or purchased a boat from the dealer, you may be interested in taking it for a spin.
During the boating journey, you can pack a few summer essentials and a cooler, and go for a picnic on the water. You could even bring a small portable grill on your nautical adventure. If you will be spending the day on a small boat, here are the 13 best picnic food ideas for boating:
1. Plenty of things to drink
No matter what type of boat you will be on, and how long you plan to be boating, be sure to bring enough water, fruit juice, soda, or beer for everyone. Just because you will be floating on water doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort to avoid dehydration.
2. Sandwiches or wraps
Sandwiches or wraps are great outdoor foods that can be prepared in advance, and they are easy to eat without making much of a mess so you don’t need to sit at a table to enjoy them.
3. Fresh fruits
Fruits are among the best picnic food ideas for boating. For many people, juicy watermelon slices are a sure sign that a picnic will be a success. Bring other fruits such as apples, strawberries, pineapple slices, bananas, and oranges to satisfy everyone on board.
Skewers are fun picnic food ideas for boating, and they make it easy to satisfy a craving. Prepare them in advance by placing vegetables, cheese cubes, and cold cuts of meat on bamboo sticks. It’s also possible to prepare delicious fruit skewers with pieces of fruits and marshmallows.
5. Plenty of snacks
Snacks are perfect to make hungry boaters happy. Bring slices of cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cut up veggies, potato chips, pretzels, cookies, crackers, muffins, granola bars, chocolate bars, and some candy. Many delicious and convenient snacks don’t need to be refrigerated, so you can simply keep them in a large bag.
6. A salad or potato salad
A salad full of colourful veggies, or a creamy potato or pasta salad could easily become the star of your picnic on the water. Make sure your cooler is large enough and cold enough, especially if mayo will be involved. It’s possible, however, to find recipes that don’t need any mayo.
If you will be spending the day on a large boat or a pontoon, you probably have a large cooler to keep the salad fresh.
If you don’t feel like preparing your own salad, you could buy coleslaw, which is another wonderful side dish for a picnic. Of course, you can also prepare your own coleslaw salad in advance, and place it in your cooler.
8. Cold fried chicken
Cold fried chicken is another popular picnic food that can be enjoyed anywhere, even on a boat. If you prepare it yourself the day before your boating adventure, add plenty of seasoning so the fried chicken will stay flavourful even when it gets cold.
9. Lobster rolls
Lobster rolls can be a bit more messy to eat than sandwiches, but they are still a beloved picnic food. Prepare them in advance, so all you will have to do when you get hungry is open your cooler, pick up your lobster rolls, and eat.
10. Chilled soup
Some types of soups are meant to be eaten cold. You can prepare chilled tomato soup, watermelon gazpacho, potato and leek soup, sweet pea and avocado soup, or cucumber buttermilk soup, and keep it in your cooler.
11. Hot dogs
If your boating adventure involves a cooler, seats and tables, and a portable grill, you could prepare hot dogs for the boating journey.
Hot dogs are as simple and convenient as they are delicious. As long as you have a portable grill on your boat, you can grill hot dogs that will satisfy everyone on board. A few different condiments and a side dish or two, and you have the perfect meal for a day out on the water.
12. Grilled chicken
It’s also possible to grill chicken on your portable grill. A good idea would be to bring frozen chicken breasts in your cooler, and to cook them when you are ready to eat. If ever your cooler is not cold enough for raw meat, your frozen chicken will not spoil. When your chicken is ready, you can eat it with a side dish, or place it on a burger bun.
13. Potatoes and other veggies
If you don’t want to eat grilled meat, you could prepare a foil package full of potatoes, onions, and other veggies. Add some spices and a dash of olive oil, and close the package. When you’re ready to eat, place the foil package on your grill to cook the veggies.