Once a summer, my in-laws host a picnic overlooking Lake Harriet on a warm summer’s night. They put on the best picnics—everything is laid out to perfection, with red-and-white checked tablecloths, refreshing drinks, and of course mouth-watering food. You never know what they’re going to serve, which is part of the fun. At your next picnic, you may want to think outside the usual picnic basket box and serve up something that’s creative, mobile, and outdoor-dining friendly.
Main Courses:Dishes that aren’t messy, don’t need to be heated, and are fun to eat are good choices for al fresco dining. You could make a teriyaki roast beef ahead of time and serve it chilled with a dipping sauce. You could also pre-grill a steak and serve it chilled and sliced on a sandwich or with a sauce. Sandwiches, wraps, and pitas are good, easily prepared choices. For my favorite veggie wrap, I buy a spinach wrap, spread it with roasted red pepper hummus, and load it with greens, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, pea pods—whatever veggies I have on hand. Just be sure to leave enough space to roll up the wrap! Pita pockets can be filled with tabouleh, chicken, or tuna salad. I also like the “Summer Rolls” recipe from Cobornsdelivers.com under “Easy Eats” (look under “Seasonal”, then “All Seasonal”).