4 Fast, Delicious Picnics―Part Homemade, Part Store-Bought
Recipes, tips, and strategies for a day at the beach, a meal on the road, a lunch at the playground, and a concert in the park.
A Picnic at the Beach
The perfect seaside meal is made up of foods that can last in the cooler all day.
The Game PlanMake sturdy foods that are great served chilled: Spicy Cold Chicken and a Bitter Orange Crostata (recipes below) can stand up to the sand and the heat of waterside picnics. To round out the meal, buy:
- A half gallon of lemonade
- Guacamole and tortilla chips
- Pre-sliced watermelon
A Picnic on the Road
Finger foods are the ticket to a healthy lunch on the go.
The Game PlanA homemade Turkey Wrap (recipe below) beats goopy plane food any day. At the supermarket, buy:
- Sugar snap peas or steamed edamame
- Crackers and firm cheese (such as Swiss, Cheddar, or Muenster)
- Fruit (such as apples, pears, and grapes)
- Chocolate bars
- Turkey Wrap Recipe (shown, left)
A Picnic at the Playground
A versatile sandwich appeals to adults and kids alike.
The Game PlanStock a backpack with the essentials: bread knife, cutting board, and meaty Yin-Yang Sandwiches (recipe, below). Complete the lunch by buying:
- Carrot sticks and hummus
- Potato chips
- Juice boxes (for the kids) and bottled water (for the adults)
- Ice cream from a truck
- Yin-Yang Sandwiches Recipe (shown)
A Picnic and a Concert in the Park
A sophisticated occasion calls for a meal that can go from the office refrigerator to a blanket on the lawn.
The Game PlanDivide-and-conquer is the strategy. You bring the main course and the dessert (recipes, below); enlist friends to pick up the extras on the way. Ask them to buy:
- A baguette and cheeses (such as Brie, marinated bocconcini, and goat cheese)
- Potato chips
- Cherry tomatoes
- Fruit (such as peaches, apricots, nectarines, and plums)