Before the weather gets too cold, enjoy a picnic for 2 while taking in the fall foliage
Although you might be thinking that picnic season is over, it isn’t finished just yet. The leaves are starting to change colors, which means it's time to enjoy the wondrous fall foliage and the last of the nice weather before the cold winter frost sets in. There is no better way to enjoy leaf-peeping season then to cuddle up with your significant other while enjoying a picnic. Just be sure to wear a warm sweater and bring along a comfortable blanket along with your picnic basket.
The spices and flavors of fall are comfort-inducing, perfect for an afternoon date.
A delicious starter for a fall picnic is a cheese platter of soft chesses, nuts, and dried fruits such as dried figs.
The king of fall flavors is pumpkin, so try incorporating it in a pumpkin sage orzo risotto for a side dish.
Fall is a great time for hearty soups and stews, so enjoy some while gazing at the falling leaves. Just be sure to package it in a thermos. Some great ones to try are apple cider soup or gingered apple-pumpkin soup.
Cookies are always a great picnic dessert, as they are easy to travel with. Some great fall-inspired cookies to bring are apple peanut butter cookies or pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
After indulging in some of your favorite fall dishes, stroll along the falling leaves or maybe go apple-picking or visit a pumpkin patch.
10 Snacks Perfect for a Picnic
Summer is the perfect time grab your blanket and head out for a picnic. It’s also the perfect time to prepare some tasty snacks for you and your family to enjoy.
Picnic foods needs to be easy and portable. This can make it difficult to think of healthy and delicious foods to pack for a picnic. However, there are actually plenty of snacks that are suitable to take on your relaxing summer day out. Here are 10 snacks that are perfect for your next summer picnic.
Sandwich Picnic Food Ideas
Sandwiches are the best picnic food out there! They’re compact, so they don’t take up too much space in a cooler or bag, and you can eat them with your hands. To pack them, wrap them in a reusable sandwich wrap or foil so that they hold together until you eat.
Good picnic food doesn’t have to be complicated, and this Caprese sandwich is here to prove it. Juicy tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil fill it with delicious flavor and texture.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Skip the chicken salad, and make chickPEA salad instead! This creamy vegan sandwich filling contrasts perfectly with crisp veggies and soft baguette.
Tomato, Basil, and Artichoke Picnic Sandwich
Here’s a rare sandwich that actually improves as it sits. Make it in the morning on the day of your picnic, or even the night before, so that the tomato and artichoke juices have time to mingle before you eat.
Best Egg Salad
When I say “best,” I mean it. Made with Dijon mustard, lemon, capers, chives, and dill, this egg salad is fresher and more flavorful than any other version I’ve tried. If you don’t eat eggs, swap in crumbled tofu to make it vegan.
Heirloom Tomato Sandwich
When tomatoes are at their peak, there’s no better way to show them off than in a simple sandwich.
Vegetarian Club Sandwich
You won’t miss the meat in this vegan riff on a club sandwich! It’s piled high with savory marinated tempeh, fresh veggies, avocado, and two flavorful spreads.
Romesco Cauliflower Sandwich
There’s a lot to love about this hearty sandwich: caramelized roasted cauliflower, juicy tomatoes, crusty bread. But the real star is the sauce. A creamy, tangy blend of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, almonds, and red wine vinegar, it makes this sandwich irresistible.
How to Make the Perfect Picnic Charcuterie Board
PARTNER POST: Check out these easy entertaining tips for all your summer activities complete with charcuterie and pâté. This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Les Trois Petits Cochons.
Here are all the tips you need to make a perfectly delightful and delicious picnic charcuterie board.
There’s something about a picnic that pulls at the heartstrings. As a concept, it’s hard to beat – put tasty snacks into a bag? Carry the bag into a field, perhaps by a lake? Lie down on a blanket and eat the snacks and look at the view and drink wine? WHAT IS BETTER THAN THAT. (Nothing. Nothing is better than that.) And its alliterative name, like odds and sods, and bits and bobs, suggests that really, you can take any collection of tasty foods and a cold bottle of something delicious, and you can’t go too far wrong. (Just make sure you have home-made Scotch eggs on your charcuterie board. Seriously.) Then, a few years ago, we had a holiday in France, and realized that the French really have this whole picnic idea down.
It was certainly an accident of fate that, once in France, we ended up taking pretty much every lunch en plein air. Being unfamiliar with the country, we assumed a GPS would be able tell us how long it would take to get from point A to point B. Hahahaha. It turns out that the speed limit in most of rural France is 90 km/hr (about 60 mph). However! Just because you legally can drive a mountain road at 90 kph, doesn’t necessarily mean you should, despite what your judgmental GPS may tell you. The way up is windy, and the hills are often foggy, and you may need to stop every few seconds to shoo a goat off the road. That meant we often ended up arriving at a lunch spot way past the hour of 2pm, at which point every restaurant in France shuts down with an indifferent shrug and a muttered “bof”. No crepes for us.
So we quickly learned to start every morning by stocking up goodies from the local charcuterie – great cheeses, saucissons, pâté, bread, and the best wine you could ever hope to find for just a few Euros.
We would drive around the mountain towns with our picnic goodies, stop when we got hungry (there were many scenic lay-bys with picnic tables to choose from), spread out our collection, open a bottle of wine and watch the sheep wander by.
This is our attempt to recreate some of those charcuterie-based picnic lunches. Below, we’ve put together some tips you can follow which will help you make your own spread delicious, beautiful and fun, whether it’s for a picnic, party or date night.
And while you certainly don’t have to make our Home-Made Maple Mustard and Red Onion Jam with Wine, Honey and Thyme, it will certainly make your charcuterie board tastier!
- 2 (15 ounce) cans pork and beans
- 1 (16 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can lima beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 onion, chopped
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ teaspoon dry mustard
- 4 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.
Combine pork and beans, kidney beans, lima beans, onion, brown sugar, ketchup, and dry mustard together in a bowl transfer to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle bacon over bean mixture. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until bubbling, about 30 minutes more.
You’ll want to make at least a couple dishes that hold up well in transport and still-warm weather.
Cold Pasta Salad with Baby Artichokes
A cold pasta salad makes a simple side to serve at barbecues or picnics, and this one has a punch of extra flavor from salty ricotta salata cheese. Preparing the artichokes takes a few extra minutes, but you can substitute frozen artichoke hearts to save time or if you can’t find baby artichokes. Once you boil the pasta, just toss everything together and as the salad sits, the flavors will meld. Get our Cold Pasta Salad with Baby Artichokes recipe.
Chinese-y Chicken Salad
If you want something like chicken or tuna salad, but you don’t want mayonnaise sitting outside for hours (you don’t), then go for this chicken salad. The dressing has vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chile paste, ginger, honey, hoisin sauce, and scallions. And just what does this dressing dress? Well, there’s shredded cold rotisserie chicken, slivered almonds, thinly sliced medium red bell pepper, English cucumber strips, red cabbage, green cabbage, and iceberg lettuce. Get our Chinese-y Chicken Salad recipe.
Store-bought frozen puff pastry is so convenient for easy, last-minute picnic snacks like this savory version of palmiers, a classic French pastry. Brush some tomato paste over the thawed pastry, layer on prosciutto and Gruyère cheese, and bake until golden and flaky. Get our Prosciutto Palmiers recipe.
Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad
Make this while the tomatoes and corn are still fresh and local. This simple salad of in-season tomatoes and sweet corn will breathe new life into your early fall picnic. You can make it up to eight hours ahead, though you may want to mix the basil in at the last minute so it doesn’t wilt or discolor. Get our Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad recipe.
Pickled Radish and Sweet Butter Tea Sandwiches
Anything pickled goes so well with something rich and meaty like picnic charcuterie. The contrast works. So try pickling radishes to give them a sweet and tangy bite for these elegant little sandwiches. Slather soft white bread with butter, and use watercress for a peppery crunch. The pickled radishes need to be made at least one day in advance, so plan on that. Get our Pickled Radish and Sweet Butter Tea Sandwiches recipe.
Shortbread Lemon Bars
The appeal of lemon bars is in the contrasts: the sweet, buttery, crumbly shortbread crust and the intensely tart, creamy lemon-curd filling. It’s irresistible. Get our Shortbread Lemon Bar recipe.
Cherry tomatoes are tossed with canned sardines in this recipe from Elias Cairo. Fresh oregano, olives, capers, and a red wine vinaigrette lend brightness and salinity. The whole thing is layered with thin slices of heirloom tomato between slabs of focaccia. Kyle Johnson
It’s très French to pair crisp, spicy radishes with softened, salted butter a thin-sliced baguette is the perfect vehicle. Get the recipe for Radish and Butter Sandwich » Helen Rosner
Slow Roasted Pork Picnic Shoulder
Picnic shoulder is a cut of pork that comes from the shoulder of the animal, a cut known to be a primal cut, alongside the loin, belly, and hind leg. From the shoulder come the picnic shoulder and the Boston butt, two different cuts that are often confused. The picnic shoulder is a muscular piece of meat with a lot of flavor. It requires proper cooking to make the meat tender and juicy, and is great for pulled pork. Picnic shoulder is basically the same cut as the part sold as pork shoulder, but some slight differences come from how the part is cut by different butchers.
Because of its tough nature, the picnic shoulder needs a slow and gentle cook some cooks choose the crock pot and some the oven. Our recipe uses the latter to achieve a perfect, tender, and juicy meat with a crispy and crunchy crackling. Simple additional ingredients allow the flavorful pork cut to shine yet add a fragrant profile. Use the meat for stews, tacos, pulled pork sandwiches, mini quiches, empanadas, or as the centerpiece of a special meal, with sides of potatoes, vegetables, or casseroles.
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10 Plus Fun Fall Picnic Ideas
As the days turn a bit brisk and get a bit shorter, we long to spend time outside. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy vibrant foliage, car rides in the country, long nature walks and the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot.
What better way to spend a beautiful fall day than by enjoying a picnic outdoors?
Here are 10 plus fun fall picnic ideas – I hope you and your family will get inspired to ‘unplug’ for a day and enjoy Mother Nature!
Rustic Fall Picnic from Sweet Something Designs
Stylish picnic from The Marion House Book
Harvest table picnic from Celebrating Everyday Life
Heather is a Designer and the owner of the Interior Design and Lifestyle website SettingforFour.com Heather offers online EDesign services Instagram and family friendly, elegant interiors.
Here in California, we can picnic throughout the Fall Season, so I do appreciate all these tips! Some really great ideas!
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