One of my very favorite summer activities besides lounging at the beach? Summer picnics. Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a picnic on the beach, the act of picnicking means long, lazy summer days. In New York, there’s no better place to picnic than in Manhattan’s Central Park, where groups of family and friends pepper the park’s many lawns. In Brittany, I love nothing more than an evening picnic with my extended family at Cap Coz beach. There, the sun doesn’t set until nearly midnight, allowing us to prolong our day at the beach with good food and wine. But, no matter where I am, the question always becomes: what should I pack that will both travel well and serve a crowd? I have go-to dishes like tabouleh, summery quinoa salad (recipe to come!), and quiche, but I’m always looking for new ideas. So, to inspire your next outdoor feast, here are a few picnic-perfect recipes. What’s your go-to picnic dish?
Dilled, Crunchy, Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing from FOOD52
Fresh Pea, Potato, and Mint Salad
French Potato and Green Bean Salad from City Kitchen, The New York Times
Chopped Salad with Feta, Lime and Mint from Smitten Kitchen
Warm Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Feta from La Buena Vida
Apricot Mint Couscous from Happy Yolks
Spinach Galette with Wild Mushrooms from Yummy Supper