Bastille Day Picnic Recipes

Bastille Day Picnic Recipes

Host the Perfect French Picnic with These Bastille Day Picnic Recipes!

Bastille Day, celebrated annually on July 14th, marks a significant moment in French history—a day synonymous with freedom, unity, and delicious food! And since the holiday falls in the Summer, if you ask me there is no better way then to celebrate than with traditional French dishes in an outdoor gathering, which is why I’m so excited to share my favorite Bastille Day Picnic Recipes with you all!

Why Celebrate Bastille Day with a Picnic?

Living in France, I’ve come to cherish Bastille Day for its festive atmosphere and the joy of gathering outdoors with loved ones. It’s a day filled with relaxation, good company, and of course, delectable French cuisine!

Picture yourself lounging on a checkered blanket, surrounded by friends and family, savoring the flavors of France amidst the greenery of a local park or your own backyard- is there anything better?!

Perhaps the only thing better is the Bastille Day picnic recipes themselves!

Molly Wilkinson sits on a picnic blanket enjoying Bastille Day picnic recipes

Traditional French Bastille Day Picnic Recipes

I suggest starting your picnic with a flaky, savory tomato tart and a zesty zucchini tart, each bursting with the vibrant colors and flavors of summer produce. These tarts, with their buttery crusts and fresh ingredients, are a nod to the rustic elegance of French cuisine—a cuisine known for its ability to turn simple ingredients into culinary masterpieces.

No French picnic would be complete without the refreshing crunch of a traditional French carrot salad and a cool cucumber salad, perfectly complementing the richer flavors of the tarts. These salads are not just side dishes but essential components of the French art of eating—balancing textures and flavors with every bite.

And of course, what better way to conclude this gastronomic journey than with a decadent molleux au chocolat? These individual chocolate fondants, with their gooey centers and dusting of powdered sugar, are a celebration of indulgence—a sweet reminder of the finer things in life.

So, whether you’re planning a picnic for two or hosting a gathering for friends, let this Bastille Day be an occasion to revel in the joys of French food and culture. With these recipes inspired by the heart of France, your picnic is sure to be a memorable homage to liberty, equality, and fraternity.

Find each my my Bastille Day picnic recipes below, bon appétit, et vive la France!

French Tomato Tart:

French tomato tart in a pan

Ingredients:
Puff Pastry
Tomatoes
Dijon Mustard
Olive Oil
Salt/Pepper
Herbs de Provence

Instructions:
Roll out the puff pastry nice and thin (about 1/8”). Place in a baking dish (whatever size works!).

Slice the tomatoes and remove any seeds/liquid.

Spread Dijon mustard over the base of the tart then line with tomatoes, overlapping but in a single layer.

Drizzle with olive oil. Salt/Pepper. Sprinkle of herbs de provence.

Bake at 400F/200C for about 30 minutes until golden brown and the tomatoes are starting to singe (time will depend on size!).

French Zucchini Tart:

Four mini french zucchini tarts

Ingredients:
Puff pastry
Herbs & garlic Boursin Cheese
Zucchinis (2-3)
Olive oil
Salt/Pepper
Piment d’espelette (or other seasoning)

Instructions:
Roll out the puff pastry to about 1/8”. Either leave whole for one large tart, or cut into individual shapes. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Spread a thin layer of Boursin cheese on top, leaving a small border around the edge free.

Line with thin slices of overlapping zucchini. Bring up the puff pastry around the sides pressing onto the zucchini to create a rustic border.

Drizzle with olive oil. Salt/pepper. Sprinkle with piment d’espelette or other herb (dried thyme, touch of cayenne..).

Bake at 400F/200C for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the tomatoes are starting to singe (time will depend on size!).

French Carrot Salad

French carrot salad in a white bowl

Ingredients:
Carrots (4-5)
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp honey
Salt/Pepper
1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
~ 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Instructions:
Grate the carrots in a big bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Pour about ¾ of the dressing over the grated carrots. Toss together. Taste and add more dressing if needed. Stir in chopped parsley (as much or as little as you like!).

It can be made several days in advance.

French Cucumber Salad

French cucumber salad in a metal bowl

Ingredients:
4 cucumbers
3-4 big spoonfuls of Greek yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp olive oil
Salt/pepper
½-1 clove minced garlic
Fresh dill

Instructions:
Peel the cucumbers. Cut in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers. Then chop widthwise into half-moons about ¼” in thickness.

Toss in a bowl and add Greek yogurt to coat.

In a bowl, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Stir into the cucumbers.

Add chopped fresh dill to taste.

Best the day it’s prepared.

Moelleux au Chocolat

Moelleux au Chocolat

Ingredients:
1 cup (200g) bittersweet chocolate (60-76%) or milk chocolate
7 tbsp (100g) unsalted or salted butter
3 eggs
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp (30g) flour
Pinch of salt (leave out if using salted butter)

Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 400F/200C. Grease either a muffin tin or individual ramekins with baking spray or butter. This will make 9-10, so only grease that many cavities.

Melt the butter and chocolate together then transfer to a large bowl to whisk in the eggs. The batter will seem liquid at first but as the mixture cools and the eggs incorporate it will thicken and resemble a brownie or cake batter. You will need to whisk strongly to reach this state. 

Add the vanilla extract and then whisk in the granulated sugar followed by the flour and salt (if using unsalted butter).

Use a scoop or spoon to transfer the batter to the 9-10 cupcake tins or ramekins. Fill ¾ of the way full. This batter will not rise when baked.

Bake 8-10 minutes using either convection or the standard setting on your oven. Let them cool for a few minutes after they come out, and enjoy!

To remove from the pan, place a piece of parchment paper over the top, then a large cutting board or baking sheet. Flip to release!

Looking for other French dessert recipes? Check out my guide to the best desserts for Bastille Day.

Try These Bastille Day Picnic Recipes for Yourself!

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Thanks for the wonderful recipes. Bounty from the garden – tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini will fill these recipes!

I just made the tomato tart and had it with burrata cheese. Omg! Sooo good! Merci, Molly !

These recipes look amazing and simple! Can’t wait to try them!!😻

Merci Molly! I cannot wait to try your recipes!
You are my French easy recipe hero!

Molly these recipes look fabulous and easy to make, I am going to try all of them, thank you for sharing. 5 stars rating excellent

All of these recipes look amazing – thank you for sharing!!

Oh my! I’m snuggled up in bed reading all the recipes. I’m now starving and can’t wait to make them all. I think I could probably rate a five even though I’ve not made them yet (though for some reason it’s only letting me give a four). Wonderful to have a taste of France when I’m not able to visit this year. Thank you!

Dear Molly,
You are so adorable. You must have been a gorgeous young bride……..Haven’t tried the recipes yet but the pictures are sensational and IO will get busy soon. I now have somebody to cook for! So I will get busy, busy, busy!

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