Popular Summer Picnics Recipes
Nothing says summer like a picnic, and with our recipes you'll be eating outside in style. Including classic potato salads, creative sandwiches, and bake-and-carry casseroles, our recipes make every picnic perfect.
Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette
This flavorful side dish pairs perfectly with grilled chicken or pork and makes the most of some favorite summer vegetables. Adjust the amount of jalepeņo to make the dressing more (or less) spicy.
Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad
Try this modern take on potato salad that has lean protein and vegetables included in the mix. Serve it up as a nutritious dinner option, or bring it to a potluck with friends.
From Diabetic Living
Chipotle-&-Orange Grilled Chicken
Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce contribute a rich smokiness to this quick orange-infused barbecue sauce.
Tame the heat of curries with this cool sauce, or serve it on Curried Cashew Burgers.
Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash
Based on a traditional Lebanese Lenten dish, this recipe makes a terrific meatless meal. Serve with warm whole-wheat flatbread or pita and a dollop of tangy plain yogurt.
Grilled Rosemary-Scented Chicken
Grilling chicken breasts on a bed of rosemary sprigs is an effective and easy way to infuse them with flavor. Savory black olive paste, contrasted with a sweet confit of caramelized onion, provides a sophisticated finish.
Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs
Humble limas are transformed into a sensational Mediterranean spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.
Use this tangy mayonnaise as a sandwich spread or as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables.
Sugar Snap Salad
Sweet, edible-podded peas make a bright, crisp and colorful salad, which is easily varied by substituting shallots for scallions or adding asparagus to the mix.
Grilled Potato Packets
Cooking potatoes in a foil packet means one less pot to wash, and highlights the delicate, earthy flavor of just-dug new potatoes.
Flank Steak with Coffee-Peppercorn Marinade
Coffee has a remarkable affinity with beef. Here, it is complemented by balsamic vinegar, garlic and crushed peppercorns.
Whole-Wheat Burger Buns
No store-bought bun can compare with rustic, wheaty, homemade burger buns like these.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
An ice cream maker allows you to create your own frozen desserts with wholesome ingredients like fruit and yogurt. This one is a terrific alternative to commercial ice cream. It is fat-free and, even though it contains some sugar, it is very low in calories. When strawberries are not in season, frozen are a fine alternative.
Key Lime Ice
This frozen treat features the sweet-tart flavor of a Key lime pie--but with a fraction of the calories. It's festive scooped into hollowed-out lime or lemon halves; freeze until ready to serve.
A touch of coconut milk - infused with fresh ginger for a subtle kick - complements sweet pineapple and creates a luxurious consistency in this sorbet.
Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette
This colorful salad offers a symphony of flavors and textures. Savory black olives, sweet orange slices and crisp, licorice-flavored fennel balance the slightly bitter tastes of chicory, radicchio and Belgian endive.
Macerating sliced strawberries in a little sugar creates a flavorful fruity syrup that soaks deliciously into the waffles.
Removing seeds from raspberry puree is a tedious step, but worth the effort to make a silky sauce.
Black Bean & Tomato Salsa
Adding canned beans to a spicy salsa is an easy way to boost fiber and improve nutritional value. This salsa is also a good accompaniment for burgers or Scrambled Egg Burritos.
Blueberries with Lemon Cream
Blending vanilla yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese creates a topping that's as virtuous as it is delicious. Any fresh berry can be used in this recipe.
Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits
Colorful tropical fruit contrasts with slightly bitter salad greens and fresh tuna steak to make a refreshing main-dish salad. Good-quality tuna is key to the success of this recipe. The secret to buying fresh fish is to ask to smell it: the tuna should smell briny, clean and fresh, like the ocean on a spring morning, not like the tidal flats on a hot summer afternoon. Do not use fresh pineapple juice, which has an enzyme that "cooks" the fish as it marinates.
Margarita Shrimp Salad
The flavors of a margarita - tequila, orange and lime - are blended in a tossed salad of fresh shrimp, diced avocado and sliced red onion, spiked with a creamy, spicy sour cream dressing. Don't shy away from avocados because they're high in calories - avocados are rich in good, heart-healthy fat, as well as vitamin E, folate, potassium and other important nutrients.
Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing
Balsamic vinegar, strawberries and black pepper are a classic Italian trio: spicy and sweet, refined and earthy. Here they combine in a delicious dinner salad, topped with grilled chicken and toasted almonds. This dressing is also great on a salad of arugula, goat cheese and pecans.
Fresh Strawberry Dressing
Pureed strawberries make a distinctive base for a colorful salad dressing with a creamy consistency, and you still get the nutritional benefits-fiber, vitamin C, heart-healthy phytonutrients-of eating the whole berries.
Light Salade aux Lardons
This French bistro salad is usually made with fatty bacon from the pig's belly. With Canadian bacon, it's lighter, leaner and just as tasty. You can cut down on the salt by parboiling the bacon for 1 minute before dicing. A poached egg nestled into the greens completes the dish--and turns it into a substantial brunch or supper.
Top 25 Slides in Summer Picnics Recipes
- Tomato, Corn and Avocado Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette
- Warm Chicken and New Potato Salad
- Chipotle-&-Orange Grilled Chicken
- Cucumber-Mint Raita
- Lentil & Bulgur Pilaf with Green & Yellow Squash
- Grilled Rosemary-Scented Chicken
- Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs
- Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise
- Sugar Snap Salad
- Grilled Potato Packets
- Flank Steak with Coffee-Peppercorn Marinade
- Whole-Wheat Burger Buns
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
- Key Lime Ice
- Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet
- Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Topping
- Raspberry Sauce
- Black Bean & Tomato Salsa
- Blueberries with Lemon Cream
- Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits
- Margarita Shrimp Salad
- Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing
- Fresh Strawberry Dressing
- Light Salade aux Lardons