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.

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Roasted Asparagus with Caper Dressing

From EatingWell

Roasting mellows the grassy flavor of asparagus; the caper dressing provides a salty counterpoint. Serve with grilled fish or meat.

Roasted Asparagus with Caper Dressing

Peach-Blackberry Compote with Basil Syrup

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Fresh basil, which has a special affinity with peaches, is the secret ingredient in this sophisticated compote. The basil garnish gives guests a clue to the subtle flavor in the syrup.

Peach-Blackberry Compote with Basil Syrup

Walnut Cake with a Hint of Rosemary

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Rosemary contributes an ever-so-subtle fragrance to this luxurious cake. Whole-wheat flour blends in seamlessly because its nutty flavor complements the walnuts.

Walnut Cake with a Hint of Rosemary

Lemon Thyme-Tinged Corn Saute

From EatingWell

Fresh corn on the cob is wonderful, but fresh corn off the cob is a real treat too. Your reward for spending a few pleasant minutes cutting kernels off the cob is a sweet and flavorful corn saute brightened with diced red peppers, thyme and a lift of lemon--a subtle, delicious vegetable side dish that goes splendidly with crab cakes.

Lemon Thyme-Tinged Corn Saute

Asian Turkey Burgers

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Hoisin sauce gives these burgers a juicy texture, while ginger and garlic provide a burst of flavor, and water chestnuts deliver an appealing crunch. Serve them over tender greens or on toasted whole-wheat buns.

Asian Turkey Burgers

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach

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This spicy salad with little jewels of dried apricot in the mix would be welcome at lunch or a simple weekday dinner. You can prepare the salad and dressing ahead of time.

Quinoa Salad with Dried Apricots & Baby Spinach

Sweet & Tangy Watermelon Salad

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Looks like tomato--surprise, it's watermelon.

Sweet & Tangy Watermelon Salad

Oven-Fried Chicken

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Great news - crunchy, flavorful fried chicken can be healthy. We marinate skinless chicken in buttermilk to keep it juicy. A light coating of flour, sesame seeds and spices, misted with olive oil, forms an appealing crust during baking. And with only 7 grams of fat per serving rather than the 20 in typical fried chicken - that is good news.

Oven-Fried Chicken

Tomato-Herb Dressing

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Tomato juice replaces much of the oil and helps this French-style dressing coat the salad greens. In addition to crisp lettuce salads, it is delicious with grilled vegetables and bean or pasta salads.

Tomato-Herb Dressing

Pear Crumble

From EatingWell

This easy, comforting pear crumble is sure to please. Serve it as is or with low-fat ice cream.

Pear Crumble

Light Salade aux Lardons

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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.

Light Salade aux Lardons

Fresh Strawberry Dressing

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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.

Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing

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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.

Grilled Chicken Salad with a Fresh Strawberry Dressing

Margarita Shrimp Salad

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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.

Margarita Shrimp Salad

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

From EatingWell

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.

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinated in Spicy Soy Sauce

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Crisp on the outside and buttery-tender on the inside, these sweet and spicy soy sauce-marinated pork tenderloin medallions make for a delicious, healthful and elegant entree. Serve with snow peas, brown rice and Sour Mango Salad on the side.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Marinated in Spicy Soy Sauce

Raspberry-Mango Sundae

From EatingWell

Make extra raspberry sauce to have on hand for making raspberry sodas or for drizzling on angel food cake.

Raspberry-Mango Sundae

Quick "Cheesecake"

From EatingWell

Schmear ricotta cheese and your favorite jam on graham crackers for an instant "cheesecake."

Quick "Cheesecake"

Tomato & Avocado Salsa

From EatingWell

You'll love this quick and delicious salsa so much, you'll want to make it for every Taco Night.

Tomato & Avocado Salsa

Marjoram-Rubbed Pork & Grilled Potato Salad

From EatingWell

Summery and full of fresh herb flavors, this dish is as colorful as it is tasty. If you have fresh summer squash or eggplant, grill it as well and toss it into the salad. Serve with a green salad and cold lemonade.

Marjoram-Rubbed Pork & Grilled Potato Salad

Blueberries with Lemon Cream

From EatingWell

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.

Blueberries with Lemon Cream

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

From EatingWell

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.

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Watermelon Agua Fresca

From EatingWell

This refreshing drink is served by roadside vendors all over Mexico. Not too much fruit, not too much sugar, just a beautiful way to quench your thirst on a summer day.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Polenta Biscotti

From EatingWell

Delightful with fruit, these crisp golden slices also make a charming partner for a morning caffe latte.

Polenta Biscotti

Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Vegetables

From EatingWell

If you can't find a bagged vegetable medley for this easy noodle bowl, choose 12 ounces of cut vegetables from your market's salad bar and create your own mix.

Peanut Noodles with Shredded Chicken & Vegetables

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