No one likes to taste grains of sand when you’re trying to enjoy your day at the beach. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best beach food you need to bring and a few handy tricks you should remember to keep your tummy satisfied and the sand out.
How to Keep Beach Food Fresh and Sand-Free
Now that you know how to properly pack your food and keep the sand out, take a look at these beach food ideas to so you can pick the best food for your next trip!
Savory Beach Foods
Savory food is a must if you want to keep everyone full and ready to take on the waves. Wraps, fried chicken and other easy-to-make handheld dishes are your perfect go-to snacks to keep everyone fed, especially if you don’t have a foldable table or a flat area to eat!
Sandwiches are a beach staple. We suggest putting dry lettuce between each slice of bread to help prevent a soggy sandwich. The lettuce will keep the juices from your meat, vegetables and other ingredients away from your bread. If you have the time, pack wet ingredients like sliced tomatoes in a separate bag and add it to your sandwich when you’re ready to eat.
Savory Beach Food Recipes:
- The Best Oven Fried Chicken from Cakes Cottage
- California Club Croissant Sandwich from i heart eating
- Vegetal Sandwich with Egg and Salmon from Spanish Recipes by Núria
- Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels from Minimalist Baker
- Buttermilk Fried Chicken Tenders from Once Upon a Chef
- Sun-Dried Tomato Eggplant & Hummus Stuffed Pita from Healthy Nibbles and Bits
Portable Beach Foods
Get creative with your dishes by creating portable options! Skewers are a popular beach snack since you can easily customize them with any sweet or savory ingredient your heart desires. Grilled fruit makes ideal pairings for the BBQ enthusiasts who love to cook on the beach. Skewered fruit is also a better option than fresh cut fruit which can make your hands sticky. Skewers overall are also much easier to hold and walk around with than a plate full of food.
Mason jars and other containers are helpful if you’re still craving a heartier meal like pasta or salad that requires lots of loose ingredients. Make sure to pick a container that seals tightly so it doesn’t spill on the way to the beach!
Portable Beach Food Recipes:
- Mason Jar Pasta Salad Shakers from Food Lovin’ Family
- Chicken Sausage Skewers with Vegetables from Seasonal Cravings
- Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Tropical Cranberry Fruit Drip from Spoonful of Flavor
- Pizza Pasta Salad from Caramel Potatoes
- Mason Jar Salads from The Seasoned Mom
- Grilled Watermelon Pineapple Skewers from Amanda’s Cookin’
Sweet Beach Food
A meal isn’t complete without a little dessert! Classic and simple desserts like cookies and trail mix are easy to grab and aren’t too messy. Dry foods are best for the beach since it’s less likely to attract sand and get your hands sticky. Trail mix treats like chocolate chips, almonds and candy are good dry treats if you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth. Dried fruit is another delicious option if you’re looking for more tangy flavors to top off your meal.
Sweet Beach Food Recipes:
- Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Live Well Bake Often
- Super Simple Black Forest Trail Mix from Meal Planning Magic
- Best Summer Trail Mix from Hawthorne and Main
- Rocky Road Cookies from This Grandma is Fun
- Beach Bum Chex Mix from A Few Shortcuts
- 4-Ingredient Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Easy Peasy Pleasy
Now you can focus on soaking up the sun and keeping your mind off of your food prep. Before you head out, make sure you packed the best desserts to finish your meal and end your day on a sweet note!