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Pleasant Picnic Picks

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Pleasant Picnic Picks | Cuisine

Recipes and photos by Melissa Tate

Crisp Thai Salad

Serves: 8 to 10  | Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients:

For the salad:
1 small head green cabbage, chopped | 1 small cucumber, peeled and diced | 1 carrot, peeled and shredded | 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped | 2 green onions, chopped

For the dressing:
3 Tbsp. sugar  |  1 Tbsp. smooth salsa  |  1/3 cup white vinegar  |  1/3 cup vegetable oil  |  ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro  |    ½ sweet red bell pepper, seeded and chopped  | 3  cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, cucumber, carrot, peanuts, and green onions.
In a separate bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until well mixed.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables and toss.

Tips & Tricks:

Recycled glass jars are the perfect container for picnic salads. Use various sizes so guests can choose their serving size.


Caprese Sandwich recipe is perfect for picnics and lunch; Pleasant Picnic Picks | Cuisine

Easy Breezy Caprese Sandwiches

Makes: 4 sandwiches   | Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients:

4 large ciabatta rolls, cut in half horizontally  |  1/3 cup mayonnaise |   1 cup baby spinach  |  1 Tbsp. refrigerated basil pesto   |  8 oz. fresh mozzarella  |  12 large leaves fresh basil  |  1 tsp. balsamic vinegar  |  2 medium tomatoes, cut into ¼” slices

Directions:

Place roll halves on work surface, cut sides up. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise and pesto. Spread mixture on cut sides of the roll halves.
Layer spinach, cheese, tomatoes, and basil on roll bottoms. Drizzle vinegar over basil and replace roll tops.
Cut each sandwich in half diagonally, and serve.


This Fresh Mint Mixed Berries recipe is perfect for a light and fresh dessert option in the summer; Pleasant Picnic Picks | Cuisine

Fresh Mint Mixed Berries

Serves: 4 to 6  | Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients:

1 cup blueberries  |  1 cup blackberries  |  1 cup strawberries  |  ¼ cup sugar  |  ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice  |  2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint

Directions:

Combine blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mint in a serving bowl and toss.
In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and sugar. Drizzle over fruit.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to six hours. 

Tips & Tricks:

Pack your basket in reverse order to make it easy to get at the items you need when you arrive at your picnic site. Place nonperishable food on the bottom, then serving items and tableware, and finally the tablecloth on top.


Melissa Tate - Food BloggerAbout Our Chef

Melissa is a freelance food writer with a passion for hospitality and home cooked meals. Along with writing, she helps her husband run their working ranch and event venue in Rockwall, Texas. To follow her cooking and ranching adventures visit MelissaTateTX.com or find her on Instagram at @melissatatetx


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