A few simple ingredients and a little imagination can transform an ordinary lunch outside into an alfresco feast
This pea and mint dip is made with Greek-style yogurt, sour cream and mayonnaise. It is a refreshing alternative to classic dips and inspires interesting crudités, such as radishes, asparagus and sugar snap peas. M Signature Pea & Mint Dip, £1.40, 200g (59p/100g)
Up the alfresco ante - pass on traditional quiche and serve up this ham hock and leek tart, a cheddar-topped cheesy filling in shortcrust pastry. The range also includes cheddar and onion and chorizo and red pepper tarts. M Kitchen Bistro Ham Hock & Leek Tart*, £1.39, 150g, (92p/100g)
*Available in selected stores only
Raise a toast
No top-class picnic is complete without a chilled wine. To celebrate being the official wine of the PGA Tour, Beringer is giving away 10 weekends for two at the Wentworth Club; see labels for details. Beringer White Zinfandel Rosé, SAVE £3, £8.99 down to £5.99*
*Offer valid from 20 May to 16 June 2013
Create easy salads with tinned vegetables. Diced potatoes can be gently sautéed in olive oil and garlic to make a green salad more substantial, while you can create a chunky salsa with sweetcorn by adding coriander, chilli and lime. d’aucy Diced Potatoes, 89p, 400g (£3.18/kg); Sweetcorn, 89p, 340g (£3.13/kg)
This tasty filling is great in picnic wraps, panninis and baguettes with its tangy spiced tomato dressing. Just add lettuce. Or try the Mexican-style chicken fajita filling. NuMe Chicken Tikka, £1.35, 230g (58.7p/100g) or 2 FOR £2.50; NuMe Chicken Fajita, £1.35, 230g (58.7p/100g) or 2 FOR £2.50.
It’s a wrap
Whatever filling is your favourite, these wraps are a perfect partner: soft, light and a great-tasting sandwich alternative. Find them in the bakery aisle and choose between the Original, Wheat & White and Mediterranean Herb varieties. Mission Deli Wraps, £1.80, 8 pack
This lightly sparkling natural energy drink is made with fruit juices (one of your five a day) and naturally energising ingredients. EQ8 Orange & Passion Fruit, £1.29, 250ml (52p/100ml) BUY ONE GET ONE FREE*
*Offer valid 13 May-30 June 2013
Cheese is a picnic favourite. For your sandwiches, opt for Cathedral City. Paired with lettuce and tomato, it creates the perfect British sandwich. Cathedral City Mature Sliced, SAVE 48p, £1.98 down to £1.50*, 160g (£9.38 /kg).
*Offer valid 13 May-2 June 2013
For a cheeseboard, visit the Deli and pick up some Mini Deli Wheels to serve with crackers. Enjoy a wedge of a classic flavour combo or spice things up with a chilli choice. Mature Cheddar & Spring Onion and Mexicana Sweet Chilli, £1 each, 80g (£1.25 /100g).
Finish your picnic on a sweet note with fruit scones spread generously with Lurpak. It’s made from real butter for a terrific taste. Lurpak Spreadable or Lightest Slightly Salted, £2.98, 500g (60p/100g)