It’s one of my daughter’s favourite activities: having a picnic.
It doesn’t really matter where – in the park, the garden, or even in front of the TV on cold winter days. Because what’s more leisurely than lounging around with a variety of foods you can eat with your hands?
Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to round up some outdoor-friendly recipes that are easy to pack up. Some days a simple sandwich with snacks and refreshments will do just fine. But if you’re looking for something special to turn a sunny afternoon in the park into a mini vacation, check out these 14 vibrant dishes and drinks for a healthy picnic!
What to Pack for a Healthy Picnic
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1. Lemonade & Iced Tea
Summertime Sun Tea from Thirsty for Tea
Sparkling Cucumber Basil Lemonade from The Broken Bread
Pineapple Ginger Iced Tea from The Kitchen McCabe
2. A Hearty Sandwich
Vegetarian Muffuletta Picnic Sandwich from Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Chicken Caesar Wraps from I Heart Naptime
Spinach and Basil Smoked Salmon from Cooking Melangery
3. A Colourful Salad
Our Favourite Picnic Salad from The First Mess
Chopped-Vegetables Tabbouleh from Martha Stewart
Strawberry Avocado Pesto Pasta Salad from Half Baked Harvest
4. A Snack to Nibble On
Watermelon on a Stick from Domino
Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Vanilla-Honey Yogurt Dip from The Comfort of Cooking
Easy Antipasto Skewers from The Mediterranean Dish
Green Goddess Veggie Dip Cups from The View from Great Island
Fresh Mango Salsa (with Tortilla Chips) from Cookie and Kate
5. Picnic Essentials
For a leisurely day in the park or at the beach, a good outdoor blanket and picnic basket come in handy. You can find lots of funky can coolers and picnic blankets, but a classic hamper also works. And what about a sling chair for ultimate relaxation?
Don’t forget to bring napkins, unbreakable cups and drinking bottles. And a great tip from Domino: put cupcake liners over your glasses to prevent bugs from getting into your lemonade.
Depending on your mood and company, bring a ball, book or travel games for a good time. So gather your family and friends, pack up and head to a relaxing spot for a healthy picnic. Enjoy!
What are your favourite recipes for a healthy picnic?
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