While in New York, I plan on doing a lot of picnic eating. Picnic eating while traveling is a lot different from picnic eating while at home. While traveling, it usually involves picking up something readymade like a $3 Bánh mì sandwich and finding a shady spot under a tree or on a park bench. Usually, it’s a stop at a deli for cheese, sausage and bread. To drink, I just fill up my Sigg bottle and that’s it. Simple, but delicious and probably made even more so because we’re in a new city, seeing new things and just being happy and relaxed. And I have to admit that picnics while traveling are usually also a cost-cutting measure because it’s usually cheaper to eat outside on your own accord than in a restaurant.
When I’m at home, I’ve got an old thrifted tin picnic basket, a pink and white old wool blanket to sit on and I like to have lots of variety in terms of food and drink. And there’s lots of friends involved which means more variety and lots of fun. I love picnics and while I’m looking forward to coming home to picnics with friends in local parks.
Here’s some of my favorite summer picnic salads. They’re all relatively quick to prepare and they can last without refrigeration for quite a while. All are vegetarian, most are vegan (or can easily be made so).
Here are a few fantastic sounding salads by other food bloggers:
Broccoli salad with creamy sesame seed herb dressing over at So Good & Tasty
Zucchini & olive salad over at Dana Treat
Chickpea & raisin salad at Shutterbean
Do you have a favorite picnic salad? Share it with me in the comments below!