Picnic Time: Recipes for the Perfect Summer Picnic

What better way to celebrate summer than to pack a basket with goodies straight from the garden and head for the nearest beach, meadow or hillside?

| May/June 2006

  • Serve these herb-infused picnic favorites with fresh lemonade for a meal that just tastes like summer.
    Photo By Joe Coca
  • A twist on the American favorite, this fried chicken recipe includes oats, herbs, mustard and beer for a crunchy, flavorful coating.
    Photo By Joe Coca
  • The invigorating scent and flavor of fresh peppermint give this delicious dessert a bold flavor.
    Photo By Joe Coca
  • This simple, chilled Spanish soup features fresh summer herbs––basil, cilantro, parsley and garlic––in a cool, tangy tomato base.
    Photo By Joe Coca
  • This easy-to-make potato salad is satisfying and savory with its combination of homemade garlic mayonnaise and garden herbs.
    Photo By Joe Coca

For this delightful picnic, we took advantage of one of summer’s best bounties: fresh herbs. Most of the herbs we used are easy to grow and fairly commonplace, so if you don’t grow your own, they should be easy to find.

Summer Picnic Menu:

Iced Herb Gazpacho

This healthy, easy summer recipe is best when it’s made from garden-fresh ingredients. Chill for at least an hour or two before serving.



Fresh Tarragon Potato Salad

Redolent with fresh garlic and tarragon, this unusual twist on a classic picnic favorite adds a touch of country French to an American picnic table. Substitute fresh dill or cilantro if you don’t like tarragon.






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