Portable Labor Day Picnic Favorites (That Taste Even Better Outside)
The days that can entail plans for a picnic are numbered, and Labor Day might be your last opportunity for a true eat-outside affair this year. End the summer season the right way with our tips for how to plan the perfect picnic, plus our full lineup of picnic-perfect recipes.
If you haven't gone for one of our brand-new Brick-Pressed Sandwiches just yet, what are you waiting for? The impressively jam-packed sandwiches, like this Italian Combo and Broccoli Rabe Pressed Hero number (pictured above), rely on the force of gravity, which helps load as many ingredients as humanly possible into one sandwich — and they might just be the feed-a-crowd element your picnics have been missing.
Kick off your end-of-summer picnic with Trisha Yearwood's chunky Corn Salsa, loaded with white and yellow corn, jalapenos, chiles and scallions. Simply whip it up at home and pack it away in Tupperware (and don't forget the bag of tortilla chips).
Sure, you could pack your picnic loot in a basket, but who really owns one of those unwieldy, woven things? Not us. Instead, layer all the goods in individual jars for Melissa d'Arabian's mess-free, on-the-go Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar.
When it comes to offering up something fresh at your outdoor picnic, a wilted, leafy green salad just won't do. Instead, you can look to broccoli: It's a sturdy vegetable that's happy to be dressed at home, and it will remain good and crunchy till chowtime. Trisha's Broccoli Salad is fresh, substantial and flavorful, scattered with smoky bacon, nutty sunflower seeds and chewy raisins.
Gone are the days of taking limp sandwiches and cold sides to a picnic. Outdoor eating calls for an exciting alternative that's just as easy to make: zesty, on-the-go Warm Picnic Burritos that are filled with shredded beef marinated in chile-lime sauce.
And when it comes to dessert, you'll want something that's sweet, sliceable and easily portable. Food Network Magazine's Classic Lemon Bars are just the thing, and they've got that sunshine-y appeal that'll have you feeling the summertime vibes all day off long.
Check out even more Labor Day recipe ideas from our friends of #SummerSoiree:
The Fed Up Foodie: Rustic Italian Grilled Polenta & Vegetables
The Mom 100: Artichoke, Feta and Roasted Pepper Couscous Salad
A Mind "Full" Mom: Easy Slow-Cooker BBQ Drumsticks
Dishin & Dishes: The Best Baked Beans -Slow Cooker/Crockpot
Creative Culinary: Cilantro and Serrano Pepper Mexican Rice
In Jennie's Kitchen: Salted Thyme Chocolate Chip Cookies
Swing Eats: Onigirazu: Gluten-Free Japanese Rice Sandwiches
Taste with the Eyes: Luscious Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Olive Oil Bundt Cake