8 Perfect Picnic Recipes
Summer Basil Pesto Pasta Salad
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A light herby pesto is a great way to ring in the summer. As an added plus, you can tweak this dish to accommodate herbs and veggies you have on hand, whether you bought too much at the store or grew more than expected in your garden.
Ingredients: wholewheat farfalle pasta, fresh sugar snap peas, parsley leaves, fresh basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, fresh lemon juice, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, multicolored cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls
Oatmeal Trail Mix Cookies
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Nothing combines eating and the outdoors like trial mix. This delicious snack just takes all the healthy fats, filling proteins and sweetness of trail mix and rolls it into a cookie.
Ingredients: unsalted butter, coconut palm sugar, almond butter, eggs, vanilla extract, oat flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, baking soda, sea salt, trail mix, quick-cooking oats
Melon and Prosciutto Skewers
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You might not think to combine savory prosciutto with a melon salad, but you definitely should—the salt and fat contrast perfectly with the sweetness of the melon and tart balsamic for a surprisingly fresh summer treat.
Ingredients: cantaloupe cubes, honeydew melon cubes, prosciutto, white balsamic vinegar, black pepper
Try this recipe: Edamame Hummus
As far as healthy snacks go, hummus is tough to beat. But, this one, made with edamame instead of chickpeas, puts a whole new twist on the dipping classic.
Ingredients: shelled edamame, olive oil, cilantro, tahini, fresh lemon juice, sea salt, sriracha chili sauce, water, crudités
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
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Strawberries may just be the quickest way to summer up a dish. Balsamic strawberries are a treat all their own, but toss a few in with this blue cheese and spinach salad and it'll be your new favorite summer lunch.
Ingredients: Extra-virgin olive oil, white balsamic, shallot, Dijon mustard, honey, sea salt, black pepper, baby spinach and spring mix blend, fresh strawberries, blue cheese, walnuts
Turkey and Havarti Wraps
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Full of sprouts and greens, this turkey wrap is a quick and easy option when packing for a picnic.
Ingredients: avocado oil mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, whole-wheat wraps, butter lettuce, deli-sliced turkey, havarti cheese slices, tomato, alfalfa sprouts
Fudgy Rye Brownies
So treat yourself.
Need a healthy, portable recipe for your next outdoor event? We've got eight delicious, low-cal recipes that are picnic-perfect.
Confetti Slaw With Poppy-Seed Dressing
This low-cal side dish combines sweet honey with spicy Dijon mustard for a tangy addition to the vitamin C-packed cabbage.
Ingredients: Cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, fresh dill, poppy seeds, olive oil, green cabbage, red cabbage, matchstick carrots
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Edamame "Guacamole" With Chile-Dusted Pita Chips
Using edamame instead of avocados gives you 12 grams of protein, and olive oil adds in heart-healthy fats. Toss in a dash of lime juice and jalapeño, and you have a spicy, slimming snack.
Ingredients: Frozen edamame, olive oil, red onion, roasted red peppers, yellow bell pepper, limes, jalapeño, cilantro, parsley, pitas, chili powder
Try this recipe: Edamame "Guacamole" With Chile-Dusted Pita Chips
Light and Fresh Potato Salad
We love this potato salad because it cuts out the fattening mayo and replaces it with a light vinaigrette. This Mediterranean side dish also packs in antioxidant-rich tomatoes and bell peppers.
Ingredients: Canola oil, seasoned rice vinegar, red potatoes, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, green bell pepper, orange bell pepper, green onions, ripe olives
Try this recipe: Light and Fresh Potato Salad
This drink combination is a match made in heaven; it's sweet, tart, and 100% refreshing. Just stick it in a thermos, and it's picnic appropriate.
Ingredients: Lemon juice, sugar, raspberry puree, ice cubes
Try this recipe: Raspberry Lemonade
Updated Waldorf Salad
Using low-fat mayo keeps this salad creamy but under 10 grams of fat. Plus the lemon juice adds a tangy taste and keeps the apples from browning.
Ingredients: Low-fat mayonnaise, lemon juice, apples, red grapes, cranberries, chopped walnuts, sliced celery, Bibb lettuce
Try this recipe: Updated Waldorf Salad
Bacon and Cheddar Tea Sandwiches
The small portion sizes keep these decadent nibbles at a low 130 calories. Though the recipe calls for white bread, use rye or multigrain for a boost of fiber.
Ingredients: Reduced-fat cheddar cheese, fat-free cream cheese, green onions, fat-free mayonnaise, hot sauce, bacon, bread
Try this recipe: Bacon and Cheddar Tea Sandwiches
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Curry powder, red onion, and pineapple take this simple sandwich from ho-hum to yum! And using whole-wheat bread gives you 10 grams of figure-friendly fiber.
Ingredients: Light mayonnaise, low-fat yogurt, curry powder, lemon juice, cooked chicken breast, red grapes, walnuts, pineapple, red onion, double-fiber whole-wheat bread
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Mini PB&J Cupcakes
Your inner kid will rejoice when you taste this dessert that's part sandwich, part delicious treat. And you get all the flavor for under 200 calories.
Ingredients: Cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, unsalted butter, canola oil, low-fat buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, grape jelly, Peanut Butter–Cream Cheese Frosting
Try this recipe: Mini PB&J Cupcakes