Chatelaine Kitchen

12 picnic-perfect recipes

Summer can be so fleeting, so pack a basket with some sandwiches and salads and head on out

wrapped sandwiches, hummus veggies in jar

Michael Alberstat

As summer can be so fleeting, my friends and I cherish the time we can spend outdoors – this means lots of backyard barbecues and picnic parties in the park.

We were inspired to pack our own basket and seize the park after hearing the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s announcement to launch a flash picnic to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Cook for the Cure. This event is ”part flash mob, part picnic’ and will be held at a secret location in Toronto on Monday, June 25 (guests will be notified via text beforehand). Attendees are encouraged to dress in white and to bring their own prepared picnic-friendly snack. Join us – Chatelaine will be there to support and picnic under the stars!

12 picnic-friendly ideas:

These picnic-perfect crudites jars with moroccan hummus make a great portable appetizer.

Sandwiches are classic picnic fare – try one of our easy al fresco options:  tarragon-chicken sandwiches with red grapesupdated tuna salad sandwichcreamy artichoke and smoked salmon tea sandwichesSwedish-style egg, dill and beet on rye or rosemary-ricotta pesto croissant with apple

Cold salads are delicious and easy to carry in tupperware (and jars!) – balsamic grilled chicken saladsummer corn-pasta saladpotato salad with parsley vinaigrettewheat-berry, kale and cranberry salad,watermelon & cucumber salad

You’ll definitely make friends in the park with our classic lemon loaf, so I’d recommend baking up two loaves.