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Superfood Summer Picnics

Warm days, warm nights, late sunsets, and plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. One of our favorite ways to enjoy summer is to take advantage of the wonderful weather with a picnic. Gather your friends, family, and pets and head outside to enjoy a meal together. Read below for some picnic tips and summer superfood suggestions for your next picnic adventure.

**Since food packed for a picnic will be without proper refrigeration for a few hours – choose foods and recipes that do well in the heat and won’t spoil. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the fun, but it’s important to keep our friends and family healthy. For some extra tips check out our Safe Summer Sizzles June blog post.


  • It may be a little hot to turn on the oven, but veggie chips make a great addition to any picnic. Roast thin slices of seasonal zucchini, squash, carrots, or beets with a drizzle of olive oil and seasoning until crispy. Make some fresh guacamole to take these chips to the next level.
  • Looking for a cool and refreshing summer meal? Fill up a salad with fresh summer greens and a mix of colorful vegetables. Get fancy and spirilize zucchini, carrots, or squash for a “noodle” salad.


  • For a sweet snack loaded with vitamins and minerals, chop and mix your favorite seasonal fruits into a fruit salad. Cherries, cantaloupe, mangos, honeydew, blueberries, and plums will create a beautiful rainbow fruit salad! Sprinkle with a little bit of lemon or lime juice to keep the fruit fresh and to add a burst of citrus flavor.
  • Finely chop fruit like apples or peaches and sprinkle with cinnamon and citrus to create your very own fruit salsa. Serve with sugar cookies, rice cakes, or pita chips.


  • Plant proteins like beans, tofu, nuts, and seeds hold up well in the heat and are great sources of heart healthy fats. Mix these protein packed items into salads, grains, or pasta. Include seasonal produce like bell peppers, cucumbers, corn, and tomatoes. Make your own trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, mash beans into creamy dip, and add tofu to cold sesame noodles for yummy picnic options.
  • Some cheeses are better suited for a picnic than others. Firm, low moisture cheeses like cheddar or parmesan are good choices to bring to your outdoor meal. Make a cheese plate with summer fruits like berries, apples, cherries, and peaches, nuts, and crackers, or grate cheese over pasta and salads. Cheese also supplies calcium and vitamin D.


  • Whole grains like quinoa, farro, brown rice, or freekeh, once cooked, are easy to pack and take on the go. Combine your favorite grain with some summer vegetables like green beans, eggplant, or zucchini, and a tasty sauce or dressing for a quick and easy picnic friendly dish.
  • Pasta salads and picnics make a perfect pair. These cold salads make it easy to get creative and add in whatever veggies you have around. Use whole grain pasta for some extra fiber. Or, try bean pastas like chickpea or lentils for added protein.


  • Transportation is the biggest issue for picnics – nobody wants a squished dessert at the end of a yummy meal. One tip is to use a jar. Create individual desserts and layer them up with yogurt, fruit, whipped cream, cake, or brownies. Put a lid on, and you’re ready to go.
  • Fruit cobblers are simple yet tasty. They can be made with any fruit, which makes them naturally sweet. Utilize your favorite summer fruits and top with an oat crumble and some nuts for a crunch.


  • All year round, but especially during the hot summer months, hydration is extremely important. Picnics tend to be centered around food, but don’t forget the beverages! Keep yourself cool with fresh lemonade, iced tea, seltzer, or just plain old water.
  • Make water exciting by adding fresh fruit for added flavor. Let lemons, limes, pineapple, or even cucumbers soak in water and let the flavors seep in.

Make sure you’re ready for your next picnic by having these items on hand:

  • Picnic basket
  • Picnic blanket
  • Cooler (and ice!)
  • Plates
  • Utensils
  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Condiments
  • Trash bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Outdoor activities
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What our clients are saying

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

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“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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