20 perfect picnic recipes
For perfect picnic food, pack these delicious dishes that are easy to spread out and share
Zataar is a delicious herb-and-spice blend that's perfect for sprinkling atop a meze platter, while this green sauce—inspired by the flavors of falafel—acts as a delicious vinaigrette dipping sauce.
Recipe: Picnic Meze
Recipe: Zaatar Yogurt Dip and Vegetables
Recipe: Spring Aioli Feast
Layers of creamy cheese and roasted vegetables in a pastry make this pie a home run. To keep the filo crisp, wait until it’s completely cool before covering it with foil and packing in your cooler. Be sure to pack a sharp knife and a pie server.
Recipes: Charmoula Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
Recipe: Mediterranean Garden Wraps
This healthy salad is picnic-perfect, because the carrots stay crunchy and the quinoa and chickpeas keep their texture. (Regular quinoa works fine in this recipe, if you can’t find the red variety.) This salad is delicious at room temperature, so if you’ll be eating it within 2 hours, there’s no need to pack it in the cooler.
Recipe: Spinach and Orzo Salad
Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
Hints of cardamom, orange, sesame, and pistachio provide a final Eastern Mediterranean flourish to the picnic. They’re so small, you can eat them by the handful. Pack cookies in an airtight, crushproof container.
Recipe: Tiny Cardamom Orange Cookies
Recipe: Strawberry Puff
Recipe: Almond Raspberry Lemonade
This is just as refreshing as the usual melon wedges, without the sticky fingers. Orange-flower water adds a hint of the exotic. Tote the purée in a clamp-top bottle, and don’t forget ice for glasses.
Recipe: Honeydew Spritz
Recipes: Cucumber Mint Spritzer