Snacks for your summer picnic basket

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21 July 2016 | Lifestyle

Now summer is finally here, it's a good time to impress your friends and family with a tasty picnic on a sunny afternoon.

To help you on your way, we have picked out five easy and impressive picnic foods to prepare.

Pasta salad

Pasta salads are tasty, filling and easy to eat, making them perfect for a picnic.

Serve yours either as a main course or an accompaniment.

Try a simple pasta salad with this recipe, featuring feta, olives, spinach and pine nuts, or take inspiration from Gino D'Acampo, who uses walnuts and gorgonzola cheese to spruce up his pasta salad.

Cheese and tomato tartlets

A light, savoury picnic basket filler, bitesize cheese and tomato tartlets won't take up too much space in your basket.

Follow Delia Smith's recipe, which uses roasted tomatoes, goats cheese and thyme.

Mixed vegetable skewers

Simple to make (and crucially, simple to eat!), mixed vegetable skewers are a healthy addition to your picnic.

This BBC Good Food recipe suggests building your skewers with peppers, onions, courgettes and tomatoes.

Glaze them with honey and cook them in a griddle pan, in the oven or on a barbecue - remember to soak the skewers themselves first though if using wooden ones.

Keep your vegetable skewers fresh by placing them on a plate and wrapping the plate in foil or clingfilm before placing in your picnic basket.

Cheeseboard

Cheeseboards are easily assembled - just make sure you have the right amount of accompaniments.

A classic cheddar, creamy brie, gruyere and stilton will all taste great served with slices of crusty loaf or crackers.

Add your cheeses to your picnic basket at the last minute to avoid them sweating, and remember to bring chutneys and relish.

Blueberry bars

For dessert, round off your picnic with blueberry bars.

Make them by following the Deliciously Ella recipe or watch this recipe video from the Minimalist Baker.


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