Pack a Picnic Basket

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July marks National Picnic Month and it’s the perfect excuse to pack a basket of delicious bites to enjoy with family or your quaranteam and head out for a socially-distanced picnic at the beach, park or your own backyard.

This picnic season, planning the perfect picnic is a breeze with picnic ideas and tips from Gelson’s Markets, a premier supermarket with locations in North Pacific Beach, Del Mar and Carlsbad.

What food should I bring on a picnic?

When you’re searching for picnic food ideas, keep in mind that the best picnic foods should be convenient to pack and take on the go. Stick with simple, easy-to-make recipes to make your picnic planning stress-free, keeping the preparation and stress to a minimum. Don’t want to cook? Fill your basket with gourmet sandwiches, salads, and sides.

If you’d rather prepare your picnic meal at home, here are three simple dishes bursting with fresh ingredients that will please picnickers of all ages and won’t fall short on flavor:

  1. Tropical Grilled Shrimp and Scallops
  2. Chicken and Kale with Penne
  3. Leafy Green Chicken Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette

What should I bring on a romantic picnic?

For a romantic picnic that will sweep your date off their feet, put together an assortment of your special someone’s favorite foods. Make it an outing that’s all about them, from selecting their favorite dishes to choosing a picnic spot that’s perfect for two. Add in a surprise, such as a shareable treat from the bakery or gorgeous bouquet, to really make an impression.

Ideas for people with special diets

If you or one of your picnic guests has special dietary preferences, keep them in mind when putting together your picnic basket. Packing an allergen-free basket (or one that works well for every picnicker’s dietary preferences) is a thoughtful way to ensure a good time for all.

Here are a few ideas for accommodating special diets on your picnic outing:

  • For gluten-free-friendly picnics, sticking with fresh produce, meats, and seafood is a simple way for a foolproof picnic meal. Or make sandwiches using gluten-free bread or lettuce wraps.
  • Picnic meals are easy to make vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Choose a variety of fresh fruits for a flavorful fruit salad, served alongside crudités with vegan dip and slices of avocado toast.

Beverage ideas for picnics

Give your picnic a celebratory touch by packing a bottle or two of your favorite wine or a pre-made craft cocktail or spirit-free libation.