8 Dishes That Taste Best on a Picnic Blanket

 , Zester Daily  |  Updated: June 06, 2016 16:11 IST

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8 Dishes That Taste Best on a Picnic Blanket
To make this sandwich even healthier, substitute lettuce leaves for the bread. Credit: Copyright 2016 Carl Tremblay

Summer is on the horizon, so enjoy the short-sleeve weather and spend some time eating outside.
Yes, we're talking picnics. We've got eight recipes to help you fill your basket: They can be served cold, travel well and taste best eaten on a blanket under a nice shady tree. If spring showers keep you stuck indoors, just spread out a blanket on your family-room floor.
 
Tarragon Chicken Salad

No more ho-hum! We spice up our chicken salad with tarragon, Dijon mustard, celery and apples. This creamy, crunchy salad can be eaten by itself, used as a sandwich or pita filling, or scooped atop a green salad.

saladThis salad is great as a sandwich or on top of a green salad. If you don't like or don't have tarragon, substitute basil, cilantro or parsley. Credit: Copyright 2016 Carl Tremblay

Greek Salad Kabobs

Of course these kabobs could be made as a simple salad, but eating food off a stick is so much more fun, especially for kids. Layer feta, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and black olives on a skewer for a snack or picnic appetizer. Each family member can personalize their own by adding whatever salad ingredients they like best. And, if you like, add some bell pepper.
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This could make a simple salad as well, but anything on a stick is more fun. Credit: Copyright 2016 Carl Tremblay

Purple Cabbage Slaw

This bright purple slaw is super crunchy and tangy. It makes a great addition to sandwiches, tacos or burgers, but it's just as good when eaten by itself as a side dish. The slaw gets even better the longer it sits, so make some for dinner the night before and plan to bring the leftovers on your picnic.

 
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Cabbage is one of the most nutritious and delicious vegetables. Credit: Copyright 2016 Carl Tremblay  
 
Lemony Hummus

Our Lemony Hummus is protein-packed and easy to make. Cut up some raw vegetables for dipping, and you have a great picnic snack. Hummus is super dynamic: It also goes great as a topping to crackers and pitas or on a sandwich.

Rainbow Sandwich

Here's a sandwich that challenges everyone in your family to fill their own with as many healthy hues as possible. Pile on the color with everything from red peppers to green pesto to purple cabbage slaw. Then pack them up and take them along for colorful picnicking.

Corny Black Bean Salad

This salad is perfect for summertime, when corn is in season, but you can also use canned or frozen corn until corn is ready for harvesting. Serve it as a side, or use it as a salsa: just put it in a bowl and scoop it up with tortilla chips or pita bread.

Tasty Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a zippy Middle Eastern salad made from cracked wheat, tomatoes, cucumbers, parley and lemon juice. It's served cold, which makes it a great food to take along for outdoor eating.

Beet-and-Carrot Slaw Wraps

These whole-wheat tortilla wraps are filled with beets, carrots, apples and cheddar. Wraps are perfectly packable and a fun way to roll up a sandwich. Plus, the bright orange and pink colors of this wrap will match the spring flowers you'll see during your picnic.

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Beet greens -- the leafy part of the beet plant -- are often discarded, but they're actually a delicious vegetable and add to the nutritional content of this recipe. Credit: Copyright 2016 Carl Tremblay

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