Yesterday I shared my tips on how to plan the perfect summer picnic and I am back today with some fail-safe portable picnic recipes. When you are planning a meal that needs to travel, often times your go-to dishes will not work. You want to make sure to choose items that can be served at room temperature and that can handle a bump in the road or a drive in the car. So… while your triple layer berry trifle might be super impressive + crazy delicious, you might need to rethink your menu if you want to take it on your next picnic.
Luckily, summer produce is very picnic-friendly and many dishes can be wrapped up in wax paper or packaged in portable containers to take with you virtually anywhere. One of the easiest items to take on a picnic is a watermelon… it is always a crowd pleaser and super easy to eat with your hands. Below are a few tips to help you menu plan your next picnic (or outdoor feté) followed by some portable picnic recipes that are sure to taste as good as they look!
- pack dishes that can be eaten at room temperature
- foods that are easy to eat without silverware or plates are always a hit
- salami + cured meats are ideal as they will not spoil
- pack some ice or frozen bottles of water to keep perishable dishes fresh
- finger foods + snacks are great for grazing
- if you are bringing wine, try finding a boxed version (it will be much lighter to carry)
- stash a bottle opener, a box of matches and a sharp knife in your cooler or picnic basket
(left to right: antipasto salad kabobs / summer sun tea / cucumber, goat cheese, alfalfa + avocado sandwiches / buffalo spiced almonds / sweet potato chips with white bean + basil dip / zucchini chips / salted brown butter rice crispy treats / picnic salami sandwiches / dark chocolate trail mix bites)