Refreshing summer snacks to pack for an outing

When you’re packing up for a summer outing, make sure you grab a cooler! The warm days of summer call for cold, refreshing snacks — not room-temperature fried chicken. Here’s a cool picnic menu to enjoy on your next summer outing.

Watermelon and feta salad

Sweet & salty watermelon and feta salad

Sweet watermelon and salty feta combine for a surprisingly delicious and refreshing side dish. Cube your watermelon and mix with crumbled feta. Then serve on a bed of crisp romaine hearts or spring greens. Drizzle the salad with olive oil and give it a few twists of the pepper grinder. We like Fit N Fresh containers with ice packs that snap right into the lid to keep greens cold and fresh.

Creamy dip and veggie sticks

Creamy bleu cheese dip is a cool companion to crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and red peppers. Individual dip containers are a thoughtful touch, and help you avoid the dreaded double-dip. Pack a stack of eco-friendly and super sturdy bambu plates for guests to load up on veggies and all the rest of the picnic goodies.

Bleu cheese vegetable dip recipe >>

Cool wraps

Roll up some cool wraps as a main course for your summer outing. Start with fresh tortillas or flatbread, and then spread with hummus or cream cheese. Top with your favorite lunch meats and julienned vegetables like carrots and zucchini. Fold in the ends on opposing sides, and then roll up like a burrito. Cut in half and spear with toothpicks or skewers, and you’re good to go!

Lemon pepper and chicken veggie wraps >>

Cold gazpacho

Soup tends to get the cold shoulder when the warm summer months roll around. Remember… soup doesn’t have to be hot! Gazpacho is a cold, refreshing summer soup typically made with tomato, cucumber, peppers, onion and garlic. If you like a little sweet with your savory, try gazpacho recipes that include watermelon, peach or even grapes. Pour your gazpacho in a large chilled thermos, and serve in paper cups for easy post-picnic cleanup.

Chilled gazpacho recipes >>

Nestle Drumstick ice cream

You’ll probably need a separate cooler just for the ice cream treats, because (of course) everybody will be screaming for ice cream! Grab a few Nestle Drumstick variety packs and offer up a selection of cones like classic, dipped, cookie-dipped, pretzel-dipped or sprinkled. As you savor your chocolaty, creamy cones, you’ll be making summer memories to last a lifetime.

Watch: How to pack for a picnic

Everything tastes better outdoors! Follow these tips for a fun and fuss-free summer picnic.

More summer tips and treats

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