Summer is finally here, and this means more outdoor activities and adventures. One of the best things about summer living is the picnic / BBQ. Whether with family or friends (or both!), a delightful summer picnic can be fun and easy to prepare and enjoy!
For ease and convenience, dishes assembled ahead of time (such as salads, slaws, deserts, etc) are always a good choice. Along with these classics, platters with assorted cheeses, sliced melons, chilled grapes, berries or nuts make an ideal arrangement. Prepared sandwiches are a perfect portable and packable offering and can be a great way to use up leftover meats and vegetables.
Other vegetables, such as carrots, celery, radishes & bell peppers pair well with a hummus, herb dip or other dip of your choice. Don’t forget that crunchy cucumber slices or spears work well with a dip, or even just plain!
When it comes to the grill, feel free to expand beyond the classic meats and corn. Have you tried grilled watermelon wedges? Just grill the wedges for two minutes per side, then drizzle them with a mixture of honey & lemon or lime juice for a delectable treat! Grilling extracts fruits’ natural sugar by caramelizing the surface, so feel free to experiment. Other ideas you might try: grilled peaches, bananas or even berries (although you’ll want to put the berries in aluminum foil so they don’t fall through the grill).
For refreshing summer beverages, your imagination is the limit. From juices to spritzers, wine, sangria, cocktails & beer, as long as it’s cold and tasty, it’s sure to be a hit. Classic lemonades can be taken to a whole new level with the addition of your favorite berries & fruits – you can even puree these and used as ice cubes – try honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupe, kiwi or mango. If you have any fresh thyme sprigs from your garden, try adding some fresh lime juice & crushed thyme, using a sprig of thyme as a garnish.
What’s on your picnic menu? Let us know – we’d love to hear your suggestions and ideas!