Recipes: Picnic Basket Lunches

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When the temperature warms and the flowers are in full bloom, there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than by dining al fresco. Add a colorful picnic blanket and a good book, and you’ve found all the right ingredients for a perfect summer picnic.

Sure, ham sandwiches and chips work just fine for a picnic meal, but why not take your picnic menu to the next level – by combining flavorful ingredients with local produce?

Picnic recipes

For our Salmon Caesar Wraps, we take advantage of warm-season lettuces like Little Gem romaine, combined with grilled salmon, Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese for a portable, less-messy version of a Caesar salad. A picnic favorite, salmon can be served hot or cold, so you can either grill it at home and pack assembled wraps, or wait and grill it during your picnic.

Pasta salads pack great for picnics, too, and the longer the salad marinates, the more flavorful the pasta. Our Mediterranean Pasta Salad is especially flavorful, with a mixture of fresh red or yellow bell pepper, cucumber, olives, artichoke hearts and feta cheese, covered in a red wine and shallot vinaigrette.

No picnic is complete without farm-fresh tomatoes, and our meal plan is no exception. Gather some juicy heirloom tomatoes (any variety works fine) and a cucumber for a delicious side dish of Marinated Tomato and Cucumber Salad, drizzled with an oil and vinegar dressing.

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