Shareable Picnic Recipes

July is National Picnic Month! Picnics are a great way to keep in touch with old friends or get outside on a beautiful day. Sharing a recipe is a great way to get people to try new things. Here are some picnic recipes meant for groups of 4 or more.

Melon Salad

This salad includes a variety of in-season melons including honeydew, watermelon, and cantaloupe. Serve without bacon to make this starter vegetarian.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

Serves: 4


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. of plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp. of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. of honey
  • 2 tsp. of fresh lime juice
  • 3/8 tsp. of kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. of freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash of crushed red pepper
  • 2/3 c. of honeydew melon balls
  • 2/3 c. of watermelon balls
  • 2/3 c. of cantaloupe balls
  • 1 cherry radish, cut into thin slices
  • 2 center-cut bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 12 small basil leaves

Instructions:

  1. On a large serving plate, spread yogurt in a circle.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine parsley, vinegar, olive oil, honey, lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
  3. Add all of the melon balls and radish to the same bowl. Toss gently.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to mound the melon mixture on top of the yogurt. Put some of the vinegar mixture off to the side.
  5. Spread bacon over the mixture and your remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  6. Drizzle the vinegar mixture and basil leaves over the melon mixture.

Sweet and Tangy Hummus

Great tasting hummus can be made three days before your picnic. This one has a bit of a smoky flavor and will be orange in color (similar to a sweet potato or yam).

Time Needed: 15-20 minutes

Serves: 8


Ingredients:

  • 15.5-oz. can of chickpeas
  • 1/3 c. of tahini
  • 3 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsps. of pomegranate molasses (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. of olive oil
  • Pinch of Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flake
  • 1 loaf of warm pita bread

Instructions:

  1. Rinse your chickpeas and set aside 2 tablespoons until you’re ready to serve the finished hummus.
  2. In a food processor, combine the remainder of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and optional pomegranate molasses until hummus is very smooth.
  3. Season with salt, drizzle olive oil and Aleppo pepper, and serve with Pita bread and extra chickpeas.

Tuna Salad

Looking for a great sandwich option for your picnic companions? Tuna salad is a classic picnic dish. You can substitute canned tuna for fresh tuna.

Time Needed: 30 minutes

Serves: 4


Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 5-oz. can of water-packed tuna, drained
  • 1/4 c. of mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsps. of capers, drained, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps. of coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp. of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl, use a fork to mix celery, onion, tuna, mayo, capers, parsley, mustard, and lemon juice. Break up any large pieces of tuna, until it is well combined.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice if desired.
  3. Bring a loaf of bread and refrigerate the tuna salad until it is ready to be served.

Blondies

No picnic is complete without a delicious dessert. Blondies are a great way to end your picnic and will ensure that your guests are full!

Time Needed: 35 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 12 tbsp. of unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
  • 2 c. of flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 c. of sugar
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. of roughly chopped white chocolate

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together sugars, vanilla, and eggs in another bowl until smooth. Add butter, and stir until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture into the bowl with the other mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Stir in white chocolate, and spread your batter into the baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few crumbs attached (approximately 20 minutes).

* Please consider food allergies when making these recipes.

Recipe Inspiration from:

myrecipes.com

epicurious.com

bonappetit.com

saveur.com

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