Recipes For The Ultimate Picnic

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Recipes For The Ultimate Picnic

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Recipes For The Ultimate Picnic


Summer is here for many of you in our audience, which means it’s time to get your picnic on! It’s the perfect way to enhance a special date, hiking with friends, family get-togethers, a trip to the lake – enjoying a meal outdoors adds a special nuance to any gathering. When it comes to picnic must-haves, recommends these essentials from Wendy Weston, found of Perfect Picnic NYC.

  • Flavored water
  • Salad with substance
  • Trimmings for the sandwiches
  • Something to satisfy your sweet tooth
  • Condiments with versatility
  • Planet-friendly cutlery and plates
  • And don’t forget your picnic basket or tote!

When it comes to ideas for what to eat, we’ve got you covered. Bring your own special touches to your picnic feast and don’t be afraid to experiment. Be aware of food safety and proper food-handling techniques to help avoid foodborne illnesses, which can escalate during the warm summer months. For guidelines from the experts, visit FoodSafety.Gov, which aggregates guidelines and tips from several Federal agencies.

Hero photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash. 

Skinny Poolside Dip

My neighbors a couple of doors down have a pool, and every Memorial Day they invite a few of the neighbors over for swimming and grilling. They always make a corn and cream cheese dip that I tend to circle back to as I make my rounds. This version is inspired by that Memorial Day dip, but I replaced full-fat cream cheese with a lighter version and added more veggies.

Skinny Poolside Dip from The Lighten Up Cookbook. Photo: St. Martin’s Griffin.

A lighter take on the traditional corn and cream cheese dip from Addie Gundry’s latest tome, The Lighten Up Cookbook. Recipe here.

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potato Chips

Ever think about making your own potato chips? It's easier than you think. These Honey-Glazed Sweet Potato Chips are made with - no surprise - sweet potatoes, enhanced with the flavors of honey and ground cinnamon.

Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Chips by National Honey Board

How about this for originality in your picnic basket? Honey Glazed Sweet Potato Chips – they’re easier to make than you think and make the perfect sweet snack for your outing. Recipe here.

Honey Ginger Pecan Snack Mix

Sweet meets savory in this Honey Ginger Pecan Snack Mix. Ginger lends spice that’s complemented by a hint of honey.

Honey-Ginger-Pecan-Snack-Mix courtesy of American Pecan Council.

Sweet? Meet savory – with a touch of ginger and honey. Nutritious, portable and full of flavor. Recipe here.

Green Pea and Edamame Hummus

These 13 plant-based and vegetarian dishes and appetizers are still packed with all of the big taste necessary to fuel you through supporting your team with no regrets the next morning! So dig in, relax and enjoy.

Green Pea Edamame Hummus via Ritual Wellness curated by Project Juice.

The edamame packs huge flavor while the peas add a hint of sweetness, balanced by garlic and a bit of tahini. A generous helping of cilantro and a squeeze of lime add freshness and a bright finish. Recipe here.

Mini Chicken Sliders

Mini Chicken Sliders

Mini Chicken Sliders. Photo by Lance Mellenbruch.

Looking for something a little different for your picnic basket? Give these Mini Chicken Sliders a try. They’re both tasty and trendy – and quite portable. Recipe here.

Avocado Ranch Club Sandwiches

Farmers Market Avocado Ranch Club Sandwiches

Avocado Ranch Club Sandwiches. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Fresh and healthy avocado club sandwiches are perfect for an impromptu afternoon picnic on the front porch or back yard swing. Wrap these easy-to-assemble sandwiches in wax paper, pile into a basket with tall glasses of lemonade served in old fashioned mason jars and enjoy the day. Recipe here.

Homemade Samoas

A scrumptious take on Samoa Cookies from Siri Daly, Today Show food contributor and author of the delightful new cookbook Siriously Delicious.

Homemade Samoas. Photographer: Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Mary Claire Britton, Prop Stylist: Thom Driver.

Pack some scrumptious Homemade Samoa Cookies with a recipe from Siri Daly, Today Showfood contributor and author of the delightful new cookbook Siriously Delicious. Recipe here.

Avocado Buttercream Cupcakes

Avocado Buttercream

Avocado Buttercream Cupcakes. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Just when you thought buttercream couldn’t be any creamier, we go and introduce avocado to the mix. The perfect mini-dessert for any picnic. Sweet, portable and not overwhelming! Recipe here.

Fresh Peach Sweet Tea

Peach Sweet Tea. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

For this Southern sweet tea recipe, we used a simple syrup infused with sweet ripe peaches to flavor our fresh brewed tea. Recipe here.

Watermelon Infused Water

Watermelon and Basil. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

Serve this spa-inspired fruit-infused water at your next picnic or gathering. It’s a refreshing sugar-free alternative to lemonade. Recipe here.

And don’t forget the basket!!


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