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Picnic-Perfect Summer Recipes

Posted : July 04, 2018


Yes, it’s true. There could be bugs.

But those teensy little critters should never stop fabulous you from embracing the joy of dining al fresco this summer. Whether it’s an event you’ve planned with friends, or an impromptu weeknight dinner with the family - let this be the summer you master the picnic.

The rules are simple. Plan a menu of transportable dishes that taste good cold. That’s it. And to make this even easier, we’re only featuring recipes you can make ahead of time.



Potatoes stand up well to dressing so you don’t have to worry about sogginess as they marinate in your cooler. Here are a few great recipes that taste even better if they sit for a few hours or even overnight.

Creamy Dill Potato Salad

Best Ever Potato Salad

Creamy Dill Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad



Much like potatoes, noodles wear dressing well without absorbing too much of it, so you can make any of these salads the day before and let the flavours come together overnight. These are some of our Premiere Suites favorites.

Summer Pasta Salad


Caramelized Zucchini Summer Pasta

Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Ginger Soy Vinaigrette 

Easy Italian Pasta Salad



Salads are a refreshing choice for outdoor dining where you can prep everything ahead of time – where protein-based salads can ultimately be the main course. Just pack the dressing in an airtight container or mason jar and toss when it’s time to eat.

Quinoa Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Picnic Tabbouleh Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Taco Salad

Best Ever Chicken Salad



Cold chicken is a picnic classic and Ina Garten’s recipe for buttermilk fried chicken is swoon-worthy – and still manages to taste great cold.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken



Canadian celebrity chef Lynn Crawford shares her version of the classic frittata using fresh, local and high quality ingredients, the perfect protein-packed travel food.

Baked Parma Ham, Pesto & Ricotta Frittata



Who doesn’t love a sandwich? But making several individual sandwiches can be can be a tedious task, especially if there are a lot of you. So why not make a focaccia and let everyone assemble their own? Don’t panic, it’s much easier than you’d think and boy is it worth it. Just pack a bread knife or pair of scissors and cut to size and serve alongside cold cuts, cheeses and spreads.

Rosemary Focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia Bread


You could also try a family-sized muffaletta sandwich, where the toppings are packed ahead of time, right inside the bread. You transport it whole, and cut when ready to serve. Just don't forget to pack a good knife! To keep everyone safe, wrap the knife in a tea towel and secure with an elastic band.


Giada's Muffalettas 



You’ll need refreshments! You can always pack a bottle of lemonade or a bottle of iced tea…or both, to make Arnold Palmer’s…or whip up a homemade drink inspired by any of the recipes below.

Watermelon Lemonade

Ginger Peach Soda

Grapefruit Citrus Sparkling Mocktail

Watermelon Lemonade



Now, all that’s missing is something sweet to round out the meal. You’ll want to stay away from chocolate or custards that could leave you with a melty mess, so below we’re featuring 3 desserts that travel really well.

Summer Berry Crisp

Summer Berry Crisp

Canadian Pie in a Jar

Pina Colada Cupcakes


Whether you’re heading out to explore a new park, spend a day at the beach, or just taking a few steps out to the backyard – you’re officially picnic-ready.



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