Warmer weather and longer days are an ideal time to enjoy the summer weather! Make your meals portable so you can be where you want to be-which is outside on a beautiful summer day!

Acrylic wine glasses and sturdy mason jars will  keep your picnic green. Using real silverware, dishes and linens keep your trash to a minimum. For those longer excursions, try biodegradable cups, silverware and paper goods made with recycled paper. There are also plastic cups that can be recycled.

It is important to keep cold foods cool and hot foods hot to keep food safe and prevent food related illnesses. According to the  CDC, 1 in 6 Americans every year get a food borne illness (which is 48 million). 128,000 of them end up in the hospital and 3,000 actually die. Most of these are children, seniors and people with a compromised immune system.

Hot weather is an important time to stay hydrated so it is important to plan to take plenty of beverages with you!

I like to use fresh ingredients from my garden or farmers’ market. Local food grown where you live adds a burst of flavor to those picnics!

Picnic Menu I

Summer Panzanella with Trout

Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

Herbal Tea with Frozen Berries

Smoked Trout Panzanella

Summer Panzanella with Trout

Nothing tastes better than local smoked trout with garden fresh veggies! Top your salad with my tangy Greek salad dressing from a blog post from last summer!

Makes 2 servings.

6 ounces hot smoked local Sunburst Trout

1/3 cup Green olives

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1/3 sliced or chopped red onion

2 cups chopped lettuce  (more if desired)

2 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon thinly sliced basil

1/2 cup cubed bread cubes from a baguette.(1 inch by 1 inch)

1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Lemony Greek Salad Dressing

Make the Lemony Greek Salad dressing. Cut bread into 1 inch by 1 inch cubes and lightly toss in olive oil, you can bake at around 425 degrees until toasted or lightly brown in a skillet. Allow to cool. In two salad bowls add lettuce, onions, tomato and olives. Lightly crumple skinned smoked trout over the salads. Drizzle with salad dressing and top with sliced basil and Parmesan cheese.

 

Mixed Berry Goat Cheese Crisps

This could not be any easier and it is so portable that you can put them together when you get to your destination!

Blueberry and Goat Cheese Crostini

This recipe for a crostini dessert is so easy that it is sinful! Use your favorite mild goat cheese like a chevre. I use a local where I live called Three Graces Dairy. Use a local berry jam if available where you live. I love Imladris Farms Berry BestBerry Best. For your base use a mild cracker, where I live it has to be Roots and Branches Crackers! Take five crackers for one serving and lightly add goat cheese and top with jam. This is so easy and delicious!

An easy way to enjoy the berries of summer and get refreshed!

An easy way to enjoy the berries of summer and get refreshed!

Herbal Tea with Frozen Berries

You will find this tasty tea in a post from last year, it will taste better than ever on a hot day! Hope that you will love this and all of the beverages in this post!

Here are the other two picnic menu ideas that I will be posting recipes soon on the Vine Ripe Nutrition Blog!

Menu 2

Tempeh Sloppy Joe Sliders

Summer Cabbage Kale Salad

Gingered Peaches with Toasted Coconut

4 Perfect Picnic Summer Recipes

Menu 3

Pickled Carolina Shrimp with Onions, Lemons and Pepperocini

Early Summer Farro Salad

Lemon Raspberry Tartlets

Cucumber and Water

Healthy Meal Idea for a Summer Picnic

 

Sparkling Lemonade and Mint

I hope that you enjoy eating these seasonal eating ideas and also have fun making them! Plan somewhere fun to go or you can just take it out to your picnic table in the yard! I love sharing meal planning ideas. As an Asheville registered dietitian nutritionist, I enjoy helping clients find delicious choices that are also healthy. You can find out more about me here.

 

 

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