With longer days and warmer temperatures, summer is the perfect time to gather some friends together and have a picnic. Unlike a fancy dinner party or even an outdoor barbecue, a picnic requires minimal planning and preparation, but you’ll still get the satisfaction of spending quality time with friends and family.
Throwing a picnic also gives you the opportunity to test out some new recipes that you can easily transport. Why not experiment with fun new appetizers that won’t fall apart in the car, or try some fun twists on sandwich classics?
This week, Hostess Next Door Vanessa Cantave is in the LittleThings kitchen to share what’s in her picnic basket. First, she whips up a creamy cheese dip with just three ingredients.
In this delectable dip, feta cheese is the star of the show. The feta in this cheese dip adds a creamy consistency that pairs with everything from chips to crudités.
For the main dish, Vanessa adds a gourmet upgrade to a tuna sandwich with artichokes and a homemade lemon dressing. Her lemon dressing, made with just mayonnaise and lemon, adds a zesty kick to her tuna baguette.
Check out the full recipe for Vanessa’s feta cheese dip below, and don’t forget to SHARE these portable picnic recipes on Facebook with fellow foodies!
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- 6 to 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1⁄2cup parsley, leaves only
1⁄4cup mint, tarragon, or dill
- 1. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor with a splash of water, then pulse until fully combined.
- 2. Drizzle the dip with olive oil and serve with vegetables or chips.
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