7 recipes to make for your next picnic


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Get out the baskets, tupperware and blankets because picnic season is just around the corner! Summer may be winding down, but the milder fall weather makes for a great outdoor dining experience, especially here in Utah. Nothing beats a scenic, fresh outdoor meal, especially with minimal prep and cleanup.

The ideal picnic is filled with hassle-free appetizers, sandwiches, sides and desserts. But if you’re tired of old habits or want to spice things up, here are some recipes you can try the next time you decide to dine out.

Cowboy caviar (or cowboy salsa)

Why worry about making the perfect salsa, guacamole, or any other type of dip when the tastiest is also the easiest? If you haven’t tried cowboy caviar (also called cowboy salsa) yet, get ready for your new favorite picnic appetizer. There are many different variations, but this one from Natasha’s Kitchen is a crowd pleaser. It’s loaded with tomatoes, corn, beans, avocados, peppers, and jalapeños (if you like it spicy) and it only takes a few minutes to prepare. Don’t be surprised when this one quickly disappears.

Rainbow pasta salad

7 recipes to make for your next picnic
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Since a green salad can be a bit of a gamble in a picnic, pasta salad is a wilt-free alternative that can still pack in plenty of flavor and nutrients when you load it up with veggies. This colorful rainbow salad from Gypsyplate is quick and easy to make in large batches if you’re feeding a crowd.

The best potato salad

Potato salad is one of those polarizing picnic dishes. You love it or you hate it. But if you hate it, chances are you haven’t tried the right recipe yet. This one from A Spicy Perspective boasts of being “The Best Potato Salad Recipe Ever”. And if the reviews are any indication (4.96 stars with almost 600 votes), it seems to be true. Give it a try and you might just become a new fan of this tasty side dish!

Apple and Turkey Brie Sandwiches

Of course, you can opt for the traditional turkey sandwich with the usual condiments. But if you really want to impress your friends (or your date), you can elevate your classic club by tweaking a few things. This EatingWell recipe recommends topping your turkey with thin slices of tart apple (Granny Smith will do) and two ounces of Brie cheese. The recipe calls for cooked, shredded turkey, but charcuterie works in a pinch too!

Italian submarine baking tray

Speaking of taking your sandwich game to the next level, here’s a recipe that will come in handy when you have multiple mouths to feed. While assembling individual sandwiches by hand can be a laborious exercise, this Italian sub hack from Delish takes a fraction of the assembly time yet tastes like a gourmet meal.

The trick is to layer your slices of bread to look like roof shingles, then you can layer the ham, spinach, salami, mozzarella, pepperoncini, provolone and whatever you want on your subs . Put them in the oven for a while and then presto! You have several sandwiches ready to go. The recipe says you can also cut them into small portions if you want to feed more people.

Brookies

7 recipes to make for your next picnic
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They say necessity is the mother of invention, but sometimes indecision is too. Every picnic needs a sweet treat, and if you can’t choose between your classic brownie recipe or a plate of chocolate chip cookies, then this dessert offers the best of both worlds. Allrecipes has a 4.5 star version that separates the brownie from the cookie. But if you prefer to mix the two, try this 5-star recipe from Preppy Kitchen.

Slices of lemon cardamom without cooking

With a name that sounds like a dessert you’ll find on the “Great British Baking Show”, these no-bake lemon cardamom slices would definitely be a staple at any picnic. And the best part is that they are not technically difficult at all! (Actually, the best part is the taste, but the fact that they’re so easy to make is a big plus.)

This delicious recipe from Camille Styles will have you salivating at a glance, even if you still have no idea what cardamom is. Most of the ingredients are stuff you probably already have on hand, so give it a try and say hello to your new favorite guilty pleasure.

Are you still hungry?

Now that your stomach is growling, grab the goods for these recipes and dine al fresco tonight with the whole family! And since picnics and blankets go hand in hand, be sure to accompany your groceries with a soft minky blanket from Minky Couture. Browse their entire collection of covers on their website or at any of their physical stores in the valley.

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