3 Picnic Recipes

Berry Cantaloupe Salad


1/2 cantaloupe, scooped with melon baller

1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves


This salad is easy to make, and the hint of mint makes it extremely refreshing. Be sure to use the freshest fruit possible. In a large bowl combine all fruits, lime zest, and mint. Be sure to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Caesar Pasta Salad

1 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup sour cream

1 clove large garlic (pressed)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 anchovies finely minced

1 teaspoon sauce

1 pound penne pasta cooked until al dente and rinsed with cool water

6 leaves large Romaine lettuce thinly sliced

1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes

4 green onions (green parts sliced)

1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 grilled chicken breasts (diced)

1 1/2 cups croutons


Begin by mixing together lemon, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic and Worcestershire sauce. Then add all remaining ingredients. Finally toss the salad, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Blueberry Brownies

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided into 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoon portions

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, divided into 1 cup and 1/2 cup portions


These brownies are picnic approved, with blueberries in the batter, as well as pressed on top. The key to making this recipe is not to overmix your ingredients. Follow the instructions carefully, to avoid your brownies becoming dense.

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