‘Tis the season for beautiful outdoor weather! Take advantage of the season by dining al fresco—enjoying your meal outdoors. Why not plan a picnic with some of your friends, colleagues, or family? Here are some ideas for healthy dishes you can bring for everyone to enjoy.
Appetizers and snacks:
- Hummus and crudites
This appetizer is simple but delicious. Serve a platter of cut-up veggies like carrots, celery, and sliced bell peppers with a dish of store-bought or homemade hummus.
- Fruit Salad
Fruit is always a refreshing starter! Try one of these delicious seasonal fruit salad recipes.
- Chips and salsa
- Spiced nuts
- Turkey burgers
Turkey burgers are packed with protein and can be a healthier alternative to the usual beef burgers. Check out these 5 tasty turkey burger recipes!
- Grilled portobello mushrooms
You can use the grill to cook more than just meat! Try grilling up some delicious Portobello mushroom burgers
- Shrimp skewers
Shellfish is a great choice for a summertime picnic. Marinate, skewer, and grill these spicy shrimp!
- Chicken kebabs
Grilled chicken is always a great choice for a picnic. Try making these simple kebabs and serving them with no-cook peach chutney.
- Sandwich platter
If you don’t have a grill available where you’re picnicking, no problem! Bring a platter of homemade sandwiches. Use a variety of meats, cheeses, spreads, veggies, and breads to make your sandwiches, then cut them into halves or quarters and serve them on a platter. If needed, consider including a kid-friendly option like peanut butter and jelly or jelly and cream cheese, and all-veggie options suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
- Grilled vegetable platter
This veggie medley is the perfect assortment for grilling.
- Potato salad
This lightened-up potato salad is big on veggies—and big on flavor!
- Pasta salad
Made with bowtie pasta, this homemade pasta salad is easy to prepare and fun to eat!
- Bean salad
Beans are full of fiber and protein. Enjoy them in this flavorful Moroccan Kidney Bean and Chickpea Salad.
- Creamy grape salad with candied walnuts
This lightened-up grape salad uses reduced-fat cream cheese and only half the sugar called for in most other grape salad recipes.
- Raspberry bars
These yummy bars are a sweet and tart treat!
- Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
These healthier cookies have a secret ingredient: Tahini! The tahini (sesame paste) helps add a delicious nutty flavor.
- Basil-cinnamon peaches
These poached peaches are a healthy yet unconventional summer treat.
- Lemon icebox bars
These lightened-up bars are a cool dessert for a hot summer day.
Original source: http://blog.healthadvocate.com/2015/07/healthy-dishes-for-your-summer-picnic/