Chic Picnic Baskets and Delicious Recipes to Fill Them Up With
Written by: Caitlin O’Malley
Published on: August 25, 2022
You scope out your scenic spot—at a park, beach, botanical garden, or maybe an amphitheater. As you unpack your beautiful woven basket, you tear off the top of the baguette to snack on while your friend pours you a glass of chilled homemade limeade (thank you, insulated wine bag). There is no rush. No place to be, except right there on the blanket, surrounded by good friends and good food. Picnics are delightful.
Below, the best baskets and recipes for enjoying one of summer’s ultimate pleasures.
THE CHICEST FUNCTIONAL BASKETS
A meal with a view calls for a fun bev.
Muddled cherries give this lemonade the
perfect pink hue.
Pineapple Agua Fresca with Ginger and Cilantro
Spicy ginger and fresh cilantro add complexity to this refreshing pineapple agua fresca.
The coffee-meets-soda hybrid you didn’t know you needed.
The classic choice for a packed lunch for good reason. They’re simple, satisfying, and—most importantly—handheld.
Banh Mi Sandwiches
These aren’t the most authentic (we skipped the pâté and didn’t pickle our veggies, for starters), but they are seriously good.
Balsamic, Zucchini, Artichoke,
and Chèvre Focaccia
A delightful combination of flavors and textures: crispy sweet balsamic zucchini, creamy artichoke, tangy goat cheese, and fresh focaccia.
Ultimate Veg Sando
We love everything in this sandwich, but the creamy-salty whipped feta spread is what really makes it.
Provençal Tuna Sandwiches with Radicchio
This classic French tuna salad gets even better as it sits, and placing it between the radicchio leaves will prevent your sandwich from getting soggy.
Prosciutto Baguette with Chive Butter
We appreciate the harmony of mildly oniony chives, creamy butter, salty-rich prosciutto, and peppery arugula.
Grilled Chicken Wrap with Basil Mayo
Not technically a sandwich, but conceptually a wrap is close enough. If you’re like us, you’ll want extra basil mayo on the side.
You could certainly get by with a chips-and-dip situation to round out your menu, but if you’re feeling something more substantial, these recipes will do the trick.
Summer Salad Rolls
Leafy greens, herbs, cucumbers, and avocado all rolled up into a convenient handheld salad.
Tomato, Cucumber, and Mint Salad
Mustard Potato Salad with Green Beans
A mustardy vinaigrette keeps this potato salad light and fresh-tasting, but skipping the mayo also helps this salad hold at room temperature longer.
Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers
A superior bean salad.
Toasted sesame oil and rice vinegar make it both sweet and tangy, so it goes well with just about anything.
Make the dressing in the bottom of the large bowl you plan to transport and serve it from. Then layer in the veggies and top with the bread. Toss just before serving at your picnic so the bread will stay a little crispy as it soaks up all those juices.
These sweets are all quite easy to make, but if you simply cannot be bothered, a bowl of cherries or a treat from your favorite bakery will work just fine.
Brown Butter Pecan Blondies
Fudgy. Salty. Sweet.
The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie
These cookies have it all: the crispy edge that cedes to a chewy center; a rich, buttery flavor; studs of walnuts, oats, and of course chocolate chips.
Olive Oil Cake with Fresh Berries
Serve this rich olive oil cake with whatever
fresh fruit is in season.
Pistachio and Orange Truffle Bites
Not-too-sweet bites that taste as good as they look.
Coconut Kettle Corn
For when you want a little salty with your sweet.
Strawberry Rhubarb Galette
Free-form galettes are the cool girls of the pastry world. Elegant, unfussy, and so delicious.