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Recipes for a perfect summer picnic

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

Easy lunches for the outdoors

Looking for easy make-ahead recipes for the perfect summer picnic? Here we share five delicious summer-inspired recipes to make all your picnic dreams a reality. Quick and easy, these can be made ahead, giving you more time to enjoy the outdoors.

Recipes for a perfect summer picnic

Need some inspiration to make your picnic memorable? These recipes will not disappoint! You can easily make these dishes ahead, which will save you lots of time.

1

Chilled peanut udon noodles recipe

Chilled peanut udon noodles recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the noodles

  • 1 (12 ounce) package of udon noodles
  • Sliced green onions
  • Crushed peanuts
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup mandarin oranges
  • Fresh cilantro as garnish

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to season

Directions:

  1. Prepare the udon noodles as instructed on the package and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk all of the ingredients for the sauce. Add in the udon noodles, bell peppers and green onions. Toss well.
  3. Garnish with crushed peanuts, cilantro and mandarin oranges.
2

Easy summer tomato hoagie with fresh mozzarella recipe

Easy summer tomato hoagie with fresh mozzarella recipe

Yields 2 sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 2 hoagie rolls
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic dressing

Directions:

  1. Cut each hoagie roll in half.
  2. Divide the tomatoes and mozzarella between the 2 rolls and top with fresh basil leaves. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the balsamic dressing over the top of each sandwich before serving.

3

Strawberry pecan chicken salad with golden raisins recipe

Strawberry pecan chicken salad with golden raisins recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, diced
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins or regular raisins
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a bowl add all of the ingredients mixing well. Serve as a sandwich, on crackers or on top of greens as a salad.
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
4

Marinated cucumber salad recipe

Marinated cucumber salad recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a bowl mix the vinegar, sugar, red pepper and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add in the cucumbers and onions mixing well. Refrigerate overnight and serve chilled.
5

Double chocolate chunk brownies recipe

Double chocolate chunk brownies recipe

Adapted from taste of home

Yields approximately 16-20 brownies (amount will vary with size of brownies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chunks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar and melted butter, mixing well. Stir in the water, vanilla and the eggs, mixing well until there are no lumps.
  3. Add in the flour, pecans and chocolate chunks mixing until the batter is thick and smooth. Pour into the baking pan and bake for 45 minutes or until the brownies have pulled away from the sides of the pan. Allow to cool completely and slice into squares.

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