Since the weather has warmed up so quickly here in NY, we thought it was a great time to feature some delicious recipes that you can easily bring with you on a picnic. We are lucky enough to have some beautiful parks in Saratoga Springs, whether it be Congress Park downtown or the Saratoga Spa State Park. Next time you plan on going, make sure to bring these wonderful dishes along to make it an even more memorable day!
A great way to start off your picnic in the park is with a delicious Spring Salsa. This salsa is light and refreshing and can even be served over a salad or grilled chicken, if you wanted to mix it up a bit. It is also easily portable and keeps well, perfect for a picnic! Bring some tortilla chips along for some fun picnic snacking.
A great alternative to a pasta salad is Couscous Salad Cups. It has a delicious array of veggies to keep it healthy and fresh. You can put this in lettuce cups, or try bell pepper cups for a sturdier container for picnics. Also try adding some Feta cheese to the recipe. I mean, Feta makes everything even more delicious, right?
There are so many flavors and colors in this next salad, that it is a must for your next picnic. The Vegetable Rainbow Salad features a mix of pickled veggies, leafy greens, black quinoa and root vegetables. It is absolutely gorgeous to look at and tastes just as good! If you can’t find the baby vegetables or lime radishes are your local store or farmer’s market, you can substitute with similar vegetables.
Oven Fried Chicken is a great take on the traditional deep fried, battered chicken. By using the oven, you cut down on the grease (and calories!), but still keep that yummy crunch that comes with deep frying chicken. This dish would be a great addition to your picnic basket and pairs well with the previously mentioned salads! This chicken tastes just as good chilled, which makes it easy to take along.
A picnic is not complete without some kind of dessert! In order to keep it light and not too rich and heavy, we highly recommend these Easy Lemon Squares. They are super simple to make and only take a few minutes to whip up. Lemon squares can be tricky to get just right, but these, with a delicious shortbread crust filled with a tart, yet sweet lemony filling are to die for!
The perfect drink to accompany the previous dishes is this Lime Fizz. It is refreshingly fizzy and perfect for everyone! You can even make it an adult version by stirring in 2/3 cup of vodka! It’s also the perfect drink to make with our Sparkling Spring Water!
We hope you enjoy these delicious recipes out in the gorgeous weather with your loved ones.