For perfect picnic food, pack these delicious dishes that are easy to spread out and share
Andrea Slonecker, the Portland-based author of Pretzel Making at Home (Chronicle, April 2013), is an avid picnicker. With some like-minded friends, she formed the Portland Picnic Society, and created this recipe for
one of their recent outings. To prepare this recipe for a picnic, bake the bread ahead of time and let cool; then pack the
crostini, the topping, and the anchovies separately.
Recipe: Picnic Crostini with Roasted Pepper, Onion, and Anchovy
Also by Andrea Slonecker, this recipe will delight your fellow picnickers. Bake the bread ahead of time and let cool; then
pack the crostini and the topping separately.
Recipe: Picnic Crostini with Roast Beef, Chimichurri, and Quail Egg
Savor the season with a fast and fresh picnic of crunchy veggies with zesty dip.
Recipe: Spring Aioli Feast
A bounty of spring vegetables all in one quick and easy wrap.
Recipe: Mediterranean Garden Wraps
Chicken salad is always a favorite. We prefer ours with crisp, smoky bacon and tangy blue cheese.
Recipe: Chicken, Bacon, and Blue-Cheese Sandwiches
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
Quinoa is super easy to cook (easier than rice) and makes a wonderful salad base.
Recipe: Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Avocado, and Oranges
This easy pasta salad gets its creaminess from ricotta and sour cream for extra cheesy tang. Substitute your favorite vegetables
to add variety.
Recipe: Chicken, Corn, and Tomato Pasta Salad
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
Strawberries layered over orange-flavored filling in a cream puff crust makes a showy yet easy dessert that travels well.
Recipe: Strawberry Puff
For the most thirst-quenching drink, look for a less-sweet brand of lemonade such as Santa Cruz Organic.
Recipe: Almond Raspberry Lemonade
The chicken gets a flavor boost from charmoula, a versatile marinade.
Recipes: Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
A Middle Eastern spice blend, zaatar has a slight citrus note that goes well with vegetables. Enjoy the flavor combo in this
Recipe: Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables
Make the cucumber mixture ahead of time and top it off with ice and club soda (or even Champagne).
Recipes: Cucumber Mint Spritzer