How to Pack the Perfect Picnic

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The weather is absolutely perfect outside, which means there’s no better time to take your meals al fresco. Here’s the lowdown on how to perfect your picnic prowess, plus a recipe to try.

1

Invest in a proper picnic basket.

A picnic basket is essential for a satisfying picnic experience. Invest in a medium-sized wicker basket, particularly one with pockets to make sure you stay organized.

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2

Keep it simple.

Don’t over-complicate the food. Instead, stick to recipes and food items that are simple and sturdy. Don’t forget that you are outdoors and in the sun, so things can spoil quickly. Choose foods that handle being at room temperature well.

We recommend preparing delicious creamy avocado sandwiches (recipe below) with a couple of chickpea, wheat berry, or quinoa salads, which are always refreshing choices on a warm day. It’s also a lovely touch to have a small cheese board with some charcuterie for your friends to nibble on. Don’t fret about making a homemade dessert, and instead go to a bakery you love and pick up your favorite sweet; it will make things much easier. Do make sure to bring fresh fruit for those who aren’t indulging. Last but not least, don’t forget to hydrate; infused water is a perfect refresher. Try Savoir Flair’s eight favorite infused-water recipes, here.

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3

Be eco-friendly.

Skip the disposable plates and cutlery. It’s not only wasteful, but it can also be quite an eyesore. Instead, use mason and canning jars as vessels to transport your food and enamel or melamine plates for eating.

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4

Add an aesthetic touch.

Picnics are lovely no matter what you do, but it never hurts to include a pretty touch here and there. Small vases of fresh flowers or a beautiful tablecloth are lovely additions to your picnic.

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Creamy Avocado Sandwich Recipe

This recipe is full of green goodness. Feel free to add grilled chicken breast for a non-vegetarian option.

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  • Sandwich
    • 6 slices of whole-grain bread
    • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
    • 2 cucumbers, thinly sliced
    • 1 Jalepeño, thinly sliced
    • ½ cup pea shoots
  • Spread
    • 2 tbsp chive cream cheese
    • 2 tbsp sour cream
    • 1 garlic clove, grated
    • ½ tsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • ½ tsp fresh oregano, chopped
    • Pinch of salt
    • Pinch of pepper
  • Step 1

    In a small bowl, mix together the chive cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper until combined and smooth.

    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Smear the spread over one side of each slice of bread. Layer the avocado, cucumbers, Jalapeño, and pea shoots in the sandwich. Wrap with parchment paper and twine to pack.

    Step 2
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