Few meals are nicer than those eaten outdoors on a blanket in the middle of a sunny, grassy field. The mercury's rising, so grab an old bedsheet, a basket, some friends, and have yourself a merry little picnic. But what to bring? Packing for an outdoor feast is always a challenge — so many delicious eats are tough to pack and serve without a refrigerator or stove at the ready.
These five recipes are healthy, summery, and best of all, easy to transport and eat on the go. Bon appetit!
Roasted Carrot, Leek, and Goat Cheese Hand Pies via The Sweets Life
These sweet and savory whole-wheat pastries are ideal for outdoor one-hand snacking. Cut back on a few calories by losing some of the butter in the filling. Photo: Natalie / The Sweets Life
Quinoa with Corn, Mint, and Scallions via The Tart Tart
Nothing screams summer like corn on the cob. It may be just too early for that, but this flavorful salad loaded with sweet corn, fresh mint, lemon juice, and spicy scallions is an excellent preview. Photo: Linda / The Tart Tart
Whole-Wheat Sour Cherry Clafoutis via Whole-Grain Texan
A sturdy clafoutis is the perfect dessert to bring along on a picnic — it won't crumble, topple over, or melt in the sun. This tasty version features tart cherries, whole-wheat flour, and plenty of vanilla. Photo: Whole-Grain Texan
Grilled Tex-Mex Chicken and Quinoa Wraps via Half Baked Harvest
Why settle for one protein when you can have two? These tasty wraps offer a one-two punch of quinoa and chicken that will give you plenty of energy for an afternoon hike (or just a rousing game of tag). Avocado, raw peppers, and spinach give these sandwiches a boost of vitamin-rich vegetables, too. Photo: Tieghan / Half Baked Harvest
Summer Fruit Salad with Fig Vinaigrette via The Devil's Food Advocate
It wouldn't be a real picnic without plenty of fresh, seasonal fruit. Take advantage of early stone fruits (peaches, plums, and nectarines) with this colorful salad. Shallots, spicy arugula, and a tangy dressing balance out the sweetness of the fruit.Photo: The Devil's Food Advocate
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