How to Plan the Perfect Picnic
Prepare for the ultimate outdoor feast with these easy packing tips and recipe ideas.
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Relax, It's Just a Picnic
Get the Recipe: Warm Picnic Burritos ("Burritos De Machaca")
A few crostini or bruschetta toppings (like goat cheese and ramp chimichurri, or simple roasted garlic) and some toasted baguette slices brushed with olive oil make for a simple do-it-yourself crostini spread. Wedges of vegetable frittata (pictured) or smoked salmon-and-cream cheese frittata can also be picked up by hand.
Keep It Simple
Dips and an assortment of cut-up vegetables for dunking are also an easy way to kick off a picnic spread: Try Creamy Avocado Dip, Edamame Pesto Dip or Sour Cream and Onion Hummus. Or, pack up a fun salsa like Pineapple Jalapeno Mint Salsa or Almost Famous Corn Salsa and some tortilla or rice chips for dipping.
Vegetable Sides and Salads
Grain and Pasta Sides
1) An assortment of things in cans or bottles. (Check to make sure that glass bottles are welcome if you are picnicking in a public place.)
2) A thermos or two of prepared drinks: iced tea, lemonade, a sangria with or without alcohol. Put in plenty of ice to keep it chilled.
Disposable or Reusable?
At the Picnic Site
Make a Checklist
What could be worse than preparing and packing a delicious meal, only to realize once you get to your destination that you forgot the plates or forks? Make a checklist a few days in advance — it's the best way to guarantee you won't forget anything.