Being outside— whether on a forested trail, in an urban park or on a road trip to the beach — is what the picnic is really all about. The basket just brings you and the ones you care about together to share in laughter and fun—and maybe a tasty sandwich or two. We put together a list of our favorite recipe ideas for you to make your perfect picnic.


Appetizer: Herbed Goat Cheese

Goat cheese and crackers are just as good for eating on the grass as they are on the dining room table. Add extra flavor to bundles by rolling them in fresh herbs or spices
Fresh lavender and lemon verbena add subtle depth to this refreshing drink. Simply add rum to make it into a cocktail.
Drop the oversized container of deli coleslaw and go for this fresh, lemon-zesty apple and celery root variation. If you can, make a day ahead as this slaw improves as it marinates in the dressing.

This sure-to-please dish is easy to prepare and travels well — perfect for both picnics and everyday meals. To save time, purchase a rotisserie chicken from the deli counter or use good-quality sliced fresh turkey breast and make this entire dish in under 15 minutes.

When choosing chocolate to bake with, select bars with cocoa butter and no added fats. Substitute dried figs, cranberries, or apricots in place of the cherries for a super-sophisticated cookie.
-Allysar Hassan