For this week’s ‘That’s What She Said’ Joanna and I are picking our favorite recipes that are perfect to take on a picnic. These recipes are not only delicious but easy to make and easy to travel with. With the warm weather, hopefully, here to stay, I know these recipes are going to be in our repertoire for a long time.
Lorien’s Picks: I wanted recipes that were easy to make, things I could easily whip up on a whim and items that would travel well (or easy assembly). A good quiche or frittata recipe is always a good one to have on hand, and I thought this Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake from 101 cookbooks similar to a frittata but …. a little more heavenly since it has a ricotta batter as the basis. The zucchini and dill will for sure lighten it up. Can not wait to try.
Between the pistachios, snow peas and english peas, what attracted me to this salad was the crunch factor (would also be a wonderful side dish to the Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake). A simple salad, I love that there are raisins and honey to add sweetness, and lemon to brighten it up… this Three Pea Salad by The Forest Feast is a go-to for the warmer months.
When I was putting together this post, I asked a few of my friends around me if they would be interested in these Little Apricot Cakes by Bon Appetit at a picnic, and everyone gave a VERY LOUD YES, followed up with a when can we have the picnic. These would work with apricots or plums depending on the season, both sound delicious to me.
What’s a picnic without a refreshing drink. I love this recipe from for it’s simplicity… 1 part Romy’s Pineapple Mint Syrup, 2 parts Prosecco and mint to garnish. It’s a reipce that can easily be made for a crowd or for two.
Joanna says: What makes a recipe particularly good for a picnic? Hmm….well, I’d say it should hold up to traveling, hot temps, it can be prepared ahead of time, and it’s not too heavy (to eat or carry). I can’t think of a recipe that fits the bill more perfectly than this Watermelon Salad with Mint and Lime (and cayenne) from Food and Wine. It’s easy and inexpensive to make, can be prepared the day before, and travels well. This and a refreshing beer sound like the perfect way to start off a picnic.
I love carrots raw, and even better when they’ve been marinating in a dressing of citrus, herbs and garlic. I’m guessing this Sunshine Carrot Salad from Good Things Grow is tastiest the next day, which makes it perfect for a picnic. Prepare ahead of time, grab and go.
I would enjoy these Spicy Lentil Summer Rolls from the Sprouted Kitchen just about anywhere and anytime. They have cilantro, grated beets and carrots, lentils, sriracha, and sesame oil. Yum! I would leave out the avocado for the picnic (doesn’t travel well), and instead maybe incorporate a peanut sauce.
Chicken salad is a no-brainer for a picnic, and chicken salad can wear so many hats. This recipe for Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese and Grapes from Food and Winepacks together a whole bunch of strong flavors (grapes and blue cheese are so good together), so no need to make a sandwich (bread will get soggy). Just bring a fork and some crackers.
It’s nice to have a little sweet to finish things off, and chocolate isn’t exactly the best thing to pack in warm weather. These Lemongrass Squares with Coconut Shortbread from Simply Scratch sound absolutely amazing. Picnic or not, these are on my list to try.
Top image from Oh Happy Day