3 picnic potluck recipes to win summer

July 14 2016 | bijouxandbits  
Photos by: Catherine Clark
Summer picnic potluck recipes as seen on @offbeathome
Photos and recipes by Bijoux & Bits

Have you been invited to a bunch of summer picnics and need something really easy and portable to make ahead and take with you to share? These easy summer picnic potluck recipes are just the ticket. Pasta salad, refrigerator dough apps, and a summery dessert give you lots of options.

Share what you're bringing to those summer picnics in the comments!

Summer picnic potluck recipes as seen on @offbeathome
Spumoni blondies

Spumoni blondies (watermelon-shaped!)

If you love the pistachio, cherry, and chocolate flavors of spumoni ice cream, this treat is the bomb. This is essentially a basic blondie recipe using dry pudding mix which is then split, flavored, and colored to look like a watermelon. After that it’s just a matter of slicing it in a watermelon slice shape and serving. Picnic fun time!

Get the recipe here.

Summer picnic potluck recipes as seen on @offbeathome
Garlic Parmesan puffs

Garlic Parmesan puffs

One roll of pastry can whip out a lot of sweet little appetizers. But really, none are as easy as these garlic Parmesan puffs. Only a few ingredients and you've got a portable picnic potluck recipe.

Get the recipe here.

Summer picnic potluck recipes as seen on @offbeathome
Bruschetta pasta salad

Bruschetta pasta salad

Tomatoes, red onions, olive oil, balsamic… it’s all about the bruschetta topping. It doesn’t take much since the ingredients are so good alone or combined. Anytime is a good time for bruschetta pasta salad. Pack it up in a big ol' Tupperware and it's nostalgia picnic time.

Get the recipe here.

More recipes to serve a crowd:

  1. Kale salad is an easy favorite and holds up well if you make it ahead of time (which is not usually the case with most green salads). I don't use measurements here, and you can experiment with measurements using more of some things and less of others as just the simple combination of the ingredients taste so good together!

    Kale
    Dried cranberries
    Goat Cheese
    shelled sunflower seeds
    Good quality EVOO
    balsamic vinegar (I typically use a strawberry balsamic, but plain is fine)

    Rip the kale into bite-sized pieces, add other ingredients to it and toss. Let salad sit for 10 minutes or so in the fridge before serving ,so flavors can meld together. This salad is even better the next day! And trust me on the ingredients – my husband would NEVER eat these ingredients on their own but he LOVES this salad!

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  2. A friend of mine does a variation of the pasta salad with pepperoni slices and cubed mozzerella, and he always makes it in such a big batch that he has to use a (clean) trash bag to mix it in, so he calls it Trash Bag Pasta Salad.

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  3. I do a greek pasta salad that is requested often. Usually, "We want you to bring that greek pasta."
    Orzo, feta, chopped olives, red onion, cherry tomatoes, yellow/orange pepper. I make a dressing from fresh parsley, sugar, salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar.
    It is better if I make it the day before and let it sit in the fridge overnight so the feta has a chance get sorta creamy, although it usually needs more dressing before I serve it.

  4. I tend to do a cucumber salad: sliced cucumbers and red onion with olive oil and apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar. It tastes best when it has sat overnight and you could easily add tomatoes and feta as well.

  5. Tomatoes, red onions, olive oil, balsamic… it’s all about the bruschetta topping. It doesn’t take much since the ingredients are so good alone or combined. Anytime is a good time for bruschetta pasta salad. Pack it up in a big ol' Tupperware and it's nostalgia picnic time.

  6. for me, there has been a realisation lately: people don´t care. in the best way. that is especially true for school or kindergarten potlucks. nobody cares if the food is made over hours, prepared lovingly or just a simple thing. so whenever one of those "summer potluck bring-list" appears, i write down either "ice tea" or "watermelon" and then i am done, done, done save one shopping trip. made my life so. much. easier.

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