Pack an easy-to-make meal that’ll be the highlight of your outing
Top off a hike or ride with a basket of gourmet goodies packed in style.
Sandwiches: Seal in foil or a sandwich keeper. Put dressing in a separate container. Stainless steel lunch box, $24; curiosityshoppeonline.com
Salad: Stow in sturdy individual glass containers. Weck small jar, $27 for set of six; heathceramics.com
Lemonade: For a classy touch, an unbreakable lidded carafe. Tuffex carafe, $6.95; crateandbarrel.com
Click ahead for 4 great recipes.
The vegetables in these sandwiches don’t get soggy as they stand, and the flavors benefit from a little time together.
Recipe: Radicchio, Roasted Pepper, and Provolone Ciabatta Sandwiches
This herb vinaigrette-dressed pasta salad keeps better than a mayo-based one from the deli—and tastes better too.
Recipe: Spinach and Orzo Salad
For the most thirst-quenching drink, look for a less-sweet brand of lemonade such as Santa Cruz Organic.
Recipe: Almond Raspberry Lemonade
Chewy, and big enough to share—though you may want every bite. For the richest flavor, use dark chocolate and cocoa such as
Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
Olympic National Park, WA: Park at the end of East Beach Road and cruise down Spruce Railroad Trail for 4 miles with turnoffs overlooking Lake Crescent
and the Olympic Mountains. 800/833-6388
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA: Stop at one of the bluffs or benches scattered along this spectacular oceanside road, or try the grassy lawns of Lighthouse Point, looking out at surfer hot spot Steamer Lane. parks.ca.gov or 831/420-5270.
The Rio Grande Gorge, NM: From the tiny town of Cerro, cycle 10 miles south to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area picnic sites. They’re right on the rim of the gorge, with views to match. 575/758-8851
Bicycles: We like classic Velorbis bicycles, distributed exclusively by Copenhagen Cyclery in Chicago, with shipping nationwide. Men’s Scrap Deluxe in aluminum, $1,895; copenhagenbike.com
Bike basket: Basil Rattan Look basket, $80; copenhagenbike.com
Pannier bag: Made from water-repellent canvas. Basil Kavan II, $141 for the double bag; amazon.com