4 Tasty Low Carb Picnic Lunch Ideas

With the warm weather upon us, it’s time for enjoying family get togethers and picnics outdoors.  It doesn’t have to be difficult to stay low carb, even when you don’t have access to a kitchen.  Here are 4 low carb lunch ideas that you can carry along with you in a cooler to enjoy on the go.



Salads are an incredibly versatile food and can be made to suit anyone’s tastes!  They are so easy to make up and store in a lidded container.  Just remember to keep your dressing in a separate container so your lettuce doesn’t wilt.

Be sure to carefully consider the carb content of each add-on when you’re building your salad so you can stay on track with your goals.  Don’t forget to pack a fork!

Ideas for topping greens to make tasty salads include:

  • slivered almonds
  • chopped hard boiled eggs
  • chopped lunch meat
  • avocado pieces
  • shredded cheese
  • sliced steak
  • toasted pecans
  • olives
  • bell peppers
  • bacon
  • cucumbers
  • grilled chicken


Whether you make your wrap with a low carb tortilla or a huge leaf of lettuce, wraps are a fun and portable lunch.  There are so many ways to wrap your meal.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • low carb tortilla spread with no sugar added nut butter and jelly
  • large leaf lettuce stuffed with grilled chicken, shredded cheddar, ranch dressing, and spinach
  • low carb tortilla rolled up with taco meat, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa
  • large leaf lettuce filled with tuna or chicken salad

Deviled Eggs

What is a gathering without a huge batch of deviled eggs?  The good news is that they make a tasty entree item that’s easy to take along on the go.

Thinking about mixing it up and creating a new variety?  Choose one or more of these to change your regular recipe and really spice things up:

  • capers
  • hot sauce
  • finely chopped ham
  • chives
  • dijon mustard
  • shredded cheese
  • crumbled bacon pieces
  • green chilies
  • avocado
  • crab
  • wasabi
  • curry


Sandwiches are sometimes seen as a rare treat in the low carb world, because bread can have such a high carb count.  There are many alternatives to help you cut the carbs, such as using portobello mushrooms or lettuce instead of bread.  You could even serve it open face on a single slice of bread or on a low carb flatbread.  Still, there are many great pre-made low carb breads, mixes, and recipes out there so that you can partake in a more traditional sandwich.

Sandwiches are a picnic staple, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!

Here are a few yummy options:

  • turkey, avocado, spinach, and red onion with a dash of salt and pepper
  • shredded beef with onion and sliced cheddar
  • BLT
  • meatloaf and cheese
  • salami, pepperoni, provolone, onion, and a little oregano
  • ham, gouda, dijon mustard, and pickles

Picnics are a great way to connect with friends and family.  Eating on the go can be both easy and satisfying.  Be sure to stock your cooler with some of these low carb entrees, paired with some fresh cut veggies.

What is your favorite picnic food?

About Jennifer Land

Jennifer is a homeschooling mother to 4 children and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves reading to her kids, networking online, and eating bacon.


  1. This is a great idea. I never thought about bringing a salad to the picnic before. I am a salad nut and really a fan of sandwhiches. It’s just one of those things that seems so easy when someone points it out to you. Thank You!

    • I’m glad to help! :) Sometimes I just squirt some dressing in a snack sized zip-top baggie to keep it easy when packing salads! Then it’s easy to slip on top of the actual salad and seal it all in the same container.

  2. I did a lot of open faced sandwiches when I had gestational diabetes and had to watch my carb intake very closely! These are all great picnic ideas for low carb dieters! :)

  3. What tasty ideas! I agree that one can’t have a picnic without deviled eggs. :) I’m definitely going to try out some of your ideas from each category! You’ve made me hungry. Thanks for the great ideas.

  4. BLT is one of our summer favorites for sure. I can’t find the large lettuce pieces to use for sandwiches in our area. :( I’d love to try sandwiches made with those.

    I love your list here.

    • There are all sorts of types of lettuce that work well for sandwich bread replacements. I prefer hearts of romaine because of the crunch, but red leaf lettuce or butter lettuce work well, too! The outer leaves of iceburg lettuce can work, too. I hope you’ll try out some of the ideas and tell me how you liked them! :)

  5. Hi, Jennifer.

    Thanks so much for these ideas. The timing is perfect, as the kids and I are picnicking tomorrow at the pool. You’ve given me some good ideas here. My kids get so tired of sandwiches, but they love eggs. I’m going to try some of your deviled egg suggestions. Had not thought of those before! :)

  6. Debora Humphries says:

    The lettuce wraps are my favorite because they are easy and healthy. I like the ideas you have provided for healthy add-ons. Very helpful. Thank you.

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