Elevated (But Easy) Recipes for Your Next Picnic

July 10, 2019

If you’re planning a picnic this summer, you might be tempted to go with a simple spread of sandwiches and some packaged snacks. But if you really want to make it a gourmet affair, plan a three-course meal with these creative dishes instead.

Avocado and Tomato [Delish]
When you start to get tired of standard green salads, shake things up with this colorful creation. If you love guacamole, you’ll be obsessed with this creative combination of cubed avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and fresh corn. Just toss everything together and dress it with a simple mix of olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt, and pepper, plus an option dash of cilantro and minced jalapenos.

Apple-Fennel Chicken Salad [Bon Apetit]
If you love a classic chicken salad, but want to take the lunch staple to the next level, try this recipe. The basic ingredients are the same—chicken, mayo, chopped apple. But the careful combination of seasonings really elevates what would otherwise be a simple sandwich filling. A blend of finely chopped fennel bulb and shallot, plus chives, tarragon, and lemon, create a rich, robust flavor you wouldn’t expect in your average chicken salad sandwich.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Pound Cake [Cupcakes & Kale Chips]
It doesn’t have to be Independence Day for you to break out these bite-sized desserts! Enjoy them all summer long as part of your picnic spread. They’re super simple to make. Start by cubing a store-bought pound cake (or make your own, if you like). Then spear it on a toothpick with a blueberry and a strawberry on either side. Dip the pound cake bites in homemade whipped cream, or serve them with vanilla Greek yogurt for a healthier option.

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