5 Easy-To-Pack Alfresco Recipes To Take On Your Next Socially Distanced Picnic

Your picnic spread just got so much tastier thanks to these seasonal recipes.

As long as we maintain our social distance and keep our hands clean, the time-old traditions of picnics among friends and al fresco dining are not off the table.

Summer is finally here (yes, really!).

The days are long and the temps are warm(ish), so now's the time to get outside and stay there as long as possible. We suggest gathering your friends and/or family and kicking off the season with a picnic. The great thing about picnicking is that you can do it practically anywhere you can throw a blanket down.

If you can't make it to a park or a field, your back garden, balcony, or any flat surface with a little grass and some sun will do! The important thing is that you enjoy the gorgeous weather and, of course, eat lots of tasty bites.

Speaking of,  when you're dining alfresco with friends, simple sandwiches, salads, and dips are where it's at—especially since they keep kitchen duty to a minimum.

So we asked Tom Meenaghan of Fallon & Byrne, for some perfect picnic recipes. Most of the recipes below can be prepared the day before or morning of with minimal work.

"Everything can be made bite-size or as a larger dish, bearing in mind that, at a picnic, a knife and fork shouldn’t be necessary. And sun isn’t mandatory – all of these recipes will work really well for informal gatherings at home: an indoor picnic - if you will," says Meenaghan.

As for packing up? We recommend a cooler, ice packs, and plenty of Tupperware. A little foil comes in handy, too!

Caramelised Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tart

"This tart tastes really good served cold and the combination of the St. Tola and onion packs a flavour punch. It works in multiple formats – as canapés, for a light lunch or something more substantial. The micro rocket can be bought in any good artisan food shop and gives a lovely pepper kick for something so small."

Try the recipe here.

Baby Gem Wraps With Squash And Feta Cheese

"What could be better for a picnic than a salad in the hand? This is a very robust dish, ideal for transporting and each morsel truly represents the colours of summer. The gorgeous Middle Eastern flavours combine with the sweetness of the squash, the saltiness of the feta, the tartness of the pomegranate and the zinginess of the sumac."

Get the recipe here.

Grilled Chicken And Courgette Tartine With Mint Gremolata

"A fancy name for an open sandwich. These ingredients come together like a dream and taste so very moreish. The standout is the cooking method for the tomatoes – on a tray in the oven with a bit of salt – giving an amazing punchy flavour and transforming an everyday item into something really special."

Get the recipe here.

Mini Fruit Scones With Orange Blossom Butter

"We use buttercream for these mini scones, as it tastes great but also because whipped cream doesn’t hold, and we don’t want the cream to let us down at a picnic."

Try the recipe now. 

Meringue With White Chocolate And Rhubarb

"These are a real throwback to childhood and a lovely way to end a picnic. The sweetness of the meringue and white chocolate works extremely well with the tartness of the rhubarb. They’re a little extra effort but taste as good as they look and will make any picnic special."

Get the recipe here.

This article was originally published on our sister site FOOD AND WINE. 

Main image by Svetlana Kuznetsova 

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