In honor of National Picnic Day we're sharing some of our favorite recipes for outdoor dining. With these dishes you'll be able to prepare great picnic food that is easy to transport, fits in coolers or may be enjoyed at room temperature. Our fun desserts don't require spoons, forks or plates - just a napkin will do. After all, isn't that what great picnic food is all about?
Here's a fun twist on classic gazpacho: swap tomatoes for watermelon and add a hearty dose of white wine, bell peppers, cucumbers and basil. Consider packing it individual mason jars you can pop in the cooler. Here's the recipe.
GLASS NOODLE SALAD
Want picnic food that doesn't need refrigeration? Go for this Asian glass noodle salad prepared with asparagus, peppers and a zesty lime vinaigrette infused with a splash of fish sauce.
COUSCOUS AND VEGETABLES
This picnic-perfect couscous salad features pan-fried zucchini, eggplant and cherry tomatoes. Chopped cilantro is added for freshness while cumin and cardamom add a pleasant spiciness.
Sandwiches make great picnic food and this BLT is a winner. Our special twist? Adding cucumber and cream cheese to crispy bacon, lettuce and tomato.
MEDITERRANEAN POTATO SALAD
This Greek-inspired potato salad features a flavorful blend of black olives, feta cheese, herbs and peppers. A tangy vinegar-based dressing is used instead of mayo.
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