Picnic time is once again upon us, so roll out your checkered table cloths, break out the Tupperware and have some fun this picnic season.
Picnics give us a great opportunity to spend quality time outdoors with the ones we care about, so make the most of it with these easy picnic recipes, specially chosen for the picnic lover in all of us.
The first thing that pops into my head when I think of picnics, besides the red and black checkered table cloth, is a sandwich. Sandwiches are the perfect accompaniment to any picnic retreat. They are easy and fast to make and you can make them ahead of time, so if you choose to have your picnic after a two-mile hike in the woods, a sandwich is the right choice for your picnic meal.
This Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe is a classic favorite and one of our easy picnic recipes. All you need are the standard egg salad ingredients, like six hard boiled eggs, onion, celery, mayonnaise, mustard and a dash of salt and pepper and you will have the perfect sandwich to enjoy at your picnic.
Not a big egg salad fan? That’s okay, Recipe Lion has tons of sandwich ideas that will make any picnic a success for any type of sandwich lover.
If you love turkey but have grown tired of the same, old turkey sandwich, you may fall in love with our Crunchy Turkey Sandwich Melts. These sandwiches do require about 15 minutes of cooking and because of the melted cheese, they are better eaten within an hour of cooking, but if you would rather stick them in a cooler to enjoy later, they are easily as delectable.
Maybe you want a lighter picnic sandwich, with less fat, but not lacking flavor. If that is the case, try a Tomato Cucumber Sandwich. The original recipe calls for butter, but that can be easily substituted for a low-fat spread, or removed altogether. The tomato, cucumber and pepper, or pepper powder, give the sandwich so much flavor that the butter really is an optional ingredient.
So now that sandwiches are covered, let’s move onto side dishes. A picnic would not be complete without a side dish or two and lucky for you, Recipe Lion has many to choose from.
Fruit salad has always been a picnic favorite. Its delicious taste, plus low calorie count makes for a yummy and also healthy choice. Why not try a different type of fruit salad for your next picnic, like this Mango Salad Recipe? Mangoes are always a summertime favorite. They are easy to obtain in the summer months and you can never go wrong with their tropical flavor. This mango fruit salad consists only of natural fruits and fruit juices, which makes it an intriguing new choice for your next picnic.
Another dish that breaks the side-dish mold is this Blueberry Potato Salad. An excellent make ahead picnic recipe, potato salad is a picnic favorite, but blueberry potato salad? It may sound unusual, but remember what they say, don’t judge a blueberry by the recipe it’s in. Blueberries are quite possibly just as delicious in this recipe as they are in a blueberry cobbler.
So now that you have three sandwiches you can make and two side dishes, you are probably planning on bringing some pop along, or maybe some canned or bottled lemonade. I love a good can of Sprite as much as the next person, but how about trying a recipe for a new, cool, refreshing beverage? You could try Rhubarb and Strawberry Lemonade, from the blog Green Kitchen Stories. I am a HUGE lemonade fan and this lemonade sounds fantastic. You can make it ahead of time and put it in a big pitcher packed full of ice because nothing’s better than lemonade, besides ice cold lemonade.
If you would like to top your picnic off with a dessert, The Local Cook has got you covered with her Two Picnic Dessert Recipes for Spring ,which are her signature items called Lemon Cream Napoleon and Strawberry Ginger Graham Delight, perfect for any picnic. These easy picnic dessert recipes could be the perfect finishing touches on any picnic meal.
If you would like some other awesome tips on how to make the most of your next picnic, check out My Sister’s Kitchen, where there are some fun tips on how to make picnic favorites like broccoli slaw, loaded potato salad, giant subs and even recipes you may have never heard of like Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Yogurt Cumin Dressing.
Another helpful blog about picnics is Delish’s Foodbuzz 24×24: Picnic Party in the Park. In this blog, Ashley tells us what sandwiches, salads, desserts and drinks make the best picnic bring-a-longs. She even gives us planning tips like what to bring and how long foods can sit at room temperature before spoiling.
So whether you are planning a romantic picnic for you and your significant other, or bringing the entire family along, with a few easy picnic recipes and a cooler full of ice, your picnic has the potential to be amazing.