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!

  1. pack dishes that can be eaten at room temperature
  2. foods that are easy to eat without silverware or plates are always a hit
  3. salami + cured meats are ideal as they will not spoil
  4. pack some ice or frozen bottles of water to keep perishable dishes fresh
  5. finger foods + snacks are great for grazing
  6. if you are bringing wine, try finding a boxed version (it will be much lighter to carry)
  7. stash a bottle opener, a box of matches and a sharp knife in your cooler or picnic basket

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(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)

Written by Jaime
South on Broadway is a Denver based food + lifestyle blog for lovers of food, fashion and design. a destination for daily inspiration


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