Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to think about planning that most quaint but wonderful of summer traditions: the picnic.
Who doesn’t love a summer picnic? It’s time outside to breathe in the fresh air and top up your vitamin D, eating food that is somehow all the more delicious because it’s being consumed outside. The summer picnic can free you from the constraints of everyday life and make you feel like you’re on vacation, even if you’re just in your backyard.
Getting the food right for a summer picnic isn’t an essential; nothing to do with picnics is an ‘essential’. However, it does help to have a spread that delights the eyes as well as the mouths of your hungry family. To make sure your picnic dreams go without a hitch, make sure you have ample supplies of the following essentials…
While fresh fruit plays a huge part in how great a picnic is, they are arguably the most vulnerable part of the meal. They can be bruised in transit far too easily, so make sure you keep them well protected. If in doubt, you can always pre-slice fruits like apples and peel oranges, storing them in a plastic airtight container until ready to be eaten.
Potato salad is a picnic classic, and for good reason. Most people like it, it’s easy to throw together on the morning of your trip, and it stores relatively well. You can make your recipe as easy or as complex as you want, though you won’t go far wrong with a classic recipe that everyone will recognize as delicious.
Cold cuts are perfect for a picnic, as they can be eaten by themselves or combined with salads and pastas to create a little extra interest. A selection of chicken, salami, ham, and beef won’t see you far wrong – especially if you invest in cold-storage bags to keep them fresh all day long.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you could eschew the standard forms of pasta salad and go for something with a more exotic twist. How about a Moroccan-inspired pasta salad, or opt for a spice combination you have never tried before. Pasta salad is great because it’s quick and easy, but it’s so adaptable too. You could even just boil and store an amount of pasta, then take along different sauces, meats, and additions so everyone can create their own ideal dish. That also means a bit less work for you!
When it comes to something sweet for your picnic, you’ll find that a lot of traditionally sweet foods don’t travel well. Cakes can get squashed, biscuits will crumble – it can be a dessert disaster. So for your sweet finisher, look no further than yogurt. Grab a few different varieties, store them somewhere cool, and then you don’t have to think about them until it’s time to eat.
So with summer settling in, why not indulge the whole family and set off for a delicious picnic that you’ll all adore. Enjoy!