Grab the blanket, a Frisbee and head to the park or beach. It's picnic time! Picnics are the perfect way to relax, switch up the usual dinnertime, an ideal summer switcheroo that doesn't have to break the budget. Need some new, easy and not-so-expensive ideas for that dinner al fresco? I knew you did - here you go!
Mustard-Dill Tortellini Salad -- You can also put these on skewers if you want. It's from MyRecipes.com.
1 (9-oz.) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 (8-oz.) package frozen sugar snap peas
1 pt. grape tomatoes cut in half
Cook tortellini according to package directions. Rinse under cold running water. Place sugar snap peas in a small bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes. Let stand, covered, 2 minutes. Rinse under cold running water. Combine all into a bowl. cover and chill 4 hours. Right before serving, toss with the vinaigrette (Whisk together 2 cup white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 pressed garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons sugar and Kosher salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 1/4 cups olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Whisk all together.)
Tomatoes and Peaches -- It doesn't get any easier than this, from the New York Times.
Toss together sliced seeded tomatoes and peaches, along with thinly sliced red onion and chopped cilantro or rosemary. Dress at the last minute with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Edamame Yummy - Another easy combine and toss recipe from the New York Times.
Steam frozen edamame and chill. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of sugar, lots of chopped mint, salt, pepper, and as much shaved Parmesan as you want.
What is your best picnic dish?