Summer's almost here! Summer's almost here!
After over 7 months of cold, dark wintery days here in northeastern Minnesota, I feel a bit like Julie Andrews in the Sound Of Music. I want to dance in circles with the sun shining on my face!
So, we're taking every opportunity to be out of doors, including during meal time.
Would you like to pack a nourishing picnic — one with healthy, easy, no-fuss foods — and join us outside?
Pack your next picnic with healthy, homemade dishes, not packaged or boxed junk. These easy and nourishing picnic recipes are no-fuss and good for you!
Some of these foods can be thrown into a backpack or basket; others will require an ice chest. All of them are delicious and will allow you to focus your efforts on enjoying your Sound Of Music moment… however that looks!
If you're going to pack a sandwich, there's no better vehicle than a nourishing sourdough English muffin. It's sturdy enough to hold up to all the mayo and mustard you want without becoming soggy! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Can't have grains or nuts? No problem! These Autoimmune Paleo Sandwich Rounds will work for you! Via DeliciousObsessions.com.
These are so easy to make ahead of time to just pack in your cooler! Perfect for a picnic on the road! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
What's a picnic without the sandwich? Here's your classic sandwich bread… with a nourishing twist of ancient grains and oats! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Who knew homemade tortillas could be so easy?! You're 1 ingredient away from picnic fun — even store-bought tortillas can't say that! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
You can't have it all… except when you can! A classic, slice-able sandwich bread that's totally grain- and gluten-free! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Did you know you can use lavash just like a tortilla or wrap? You can! And this lavash goes with any charcuterie that fits in your picnic basket. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Main Dishes & Sides
Hey, maybe you don't need something to hold your meaty fillings… maybe you just want the meat! This rolled beef is meant to be served cold. So convenient! Via ComfortBites.co.uk.
Ferments want to tag along on your picnic, too! Transfer it from the crock to a glass jar for easier transport, and you're all set! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Chicken salad is a pretty classic picnic main dish, yet this version is anything but ordinary! Via Paleo Flourish.
Dill, tomatoes, herbs… they're everything potato salad has been missing! Via RealNutritiousLiving.com.
Simple is what summer food is all about. Spend more time playing and less time in the kitchen with this simple salad! Via DeliciousObsessions.com.
Classic, simple, nourishing, and filling. Egg salad can go anywhere! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Here's an allergy-free coleslaw that's crisp and refreshing. It just begs to be eaten under a shade tree! Via RaisingGenerationNourished.com.
It's potato salad with a Russian flare and a probiotic punch! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Lentils are an inexpensive yet nutritious addition to a salad — or in this case, they're the star! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
It doesn't get more classic than this! Plain Jane potato salad gets a fermented makeover! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Full of protein and so economical, quinoa makes this salad a filling picnic choice — especially for a crowd. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
This potato salad tastes every bit as good as the one with store-bought “miracle” whip, but doesn't have the soybean oil and HFCS! Show the crowd at your next picnic what Real Food potato salad tastes like! Via RaisingGenerationNourished.com.
Crunchy, light, and creamy, this cottage radish salad is an easy take-along for a nourishing picnic! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Old-fashioned potato salad… without the mayo! So it's safe to take outside and leave for a while without refrigeration! Via RecipesToNourish.com.
The last of the spring radishes meet the first of summer's cukes in this easy-peasy salad! Via ReformationAcres.com.
It's easy, creamy, tangy, and sweet! And it's begging to go inside your picnic basket! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Mmmmm! Deviled eggs with a creamy, spicy kick are exactly what your summer picnic needs! Via RaiasRecipes.com.
There's no better side for your sandwich than an old-fashioned crunchy dill pickle! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Packing a pie in a picnic? Sure! Why not? Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
These easy and homemade Larabars are sure to keep everyone full and energized for a day of playing outdoors. Via DrKarenSLee.com.
Do you have avocado-haters? Hide this nourishing fat in these delicious chocolate cookies and throw them in the cooler! Via Full Of Days.
If someone with food allergies is joining your picnic, then you NEED this easy, no-bake dessert! Stevia is the only sweetener here, so it's Trim Healthy Mama-friendly, too! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
This recipe was written especially for ease of travel! These tangy-sweet pudding cups cook up in 10 minutes and then can go in your backpack, basket, or ice chest with little effort! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
We love these chocolate-covered no-bake bites! Bright raspberry flavor is covered in dark chocolate, plus they're free of grains, gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, and tree nuts! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
An effervescent treat, water kefir makes a fantastic soda replacement. Put your jars straight into the cooler and pull them out when thirst strikes! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
These non-alcoholic mocktails are full of summer blackberry flavor and are so refreshing! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Can't decide on just one flavor? Then take two! Via TraditonalCookingSchool.com.
If you can make a tea concentrate, then you never have to worry about drinks on your next picnic. Dilute before you head out the door, and you'll be sipping iced tea in the shade in no time! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Bubbly and sour, kombucha is exactly what you need to beat the heat during your next picnic! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Put the fruits in the water before you head out the door, and by the time you're ready to picnic, you'll be sipping away. Via RecipesToNourish.com.
Sometimes you want your picnic to linger… That's why you need to take along extra snacks! This crunchy, sweet, and healthy granola will keep the hunger away so you can prolong the fun. Via AGirlWorthSaving.net.
If you want to veer from typical picnic fare, then these Mediterranean dolmas fit the bill! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Don't want the kids asking for candy? Take along some fruit leather! It's nature's candy! Via Full Of Days.
How about some beet chips to replace the potato chips? Via Full Of Days.
Eat these as a crunchy side or slather them with nut butter! They pack well and give you a portable form of resistant starch! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Condiments, Dips, & Spreads
Satisfy the mustard-lovers with not one, but three types of mustard for their sandwiches! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Taking some raw veggies on your picnic? Then make sure to pack some homemade ranch for healthy dipping! Via HealyEatsReal.com.
Was there ever a better picnic food than hummus? Perfect for veggies, crackers, spreading on sandwiches, and more — and this version is sesame-free! Via WholeNewMom.com.
If the kids just have to have PB&Js, and you cringe at the thought of refined sugar, then you NEED this 2-ingredient Instant Pot Blueberry Jam! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Because the chickpeas are sprouted, they're extra nourishing and digestible! Pick a flavor (or three!) and add some homemade hummus to your picnic basket! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Chips and fermented salsa are the PERFECT easy side or snack for picnicking. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
You'll love this rhubarb twist on classic salsa! What a fun summer dip! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Because it's fermented, this hummus not only packs a probiotic punch, it is well-preserved by friendly bacteria! Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Taking a spontaneous adventure! In just 5 minutes, you can pack some homemade ranch to go wherever your adventures take you. Via BackToTheBookNutrition.com.
When ranch or hummus just don't speak to you, and you need something unique, a caramelized onion and shallot dip for veggies or chips is the best! Via BackToTheBookNutrition.com.
Spread it on your sourdough sandwich or use it as a dip! This easy pimento cheese is full of goodness, not fillers. Via RecipesToNourish.com.
You really can pack the entire jar and enjoy these traditional cheese balls on their own or with any charcuterie. Via TraditionalCookingSchool.com.
Are you planning a picnic soon? Which of these easy and nourishing picnic recipes will you be packing in your basket?
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