Perfect Picnic Recipes

It’s that time of year again! Eating outside, picnics, time for enjoying all the wonderful fresh, healthy produce, and what better than raw salads for your next picnic.

These two recipes are a snap to prepare and make great summer eating. Both vegetarian.

Corn and Tomato Salad

So simple, and so delicious!

Makes 6 servings
1 large heirloom tomato, cut into ½” dice
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes – mixed colors look great
½ tsp kosher salt
⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs fresh, chopped parsley
3 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 Tbs grainy Dijon mustard
1 Tbs low sodium soy sauce
1 Tbs white miso
1 medium shallot, minced
3 cups fresh yellow and white corn kernels
12 fresh torn basil leaves
2-3 fresh basil leaves for serving

Place tomatoes in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let stand for 30 minutes. This brings out the juices and they will meld with the dressing.

Combine the oil and next six ingredients (through shallots) in a screw top jar and shake well until blended.
Add vinaigrette, corn and basil to the tomatoes, gently combine and top off with fresh basil leaves!

Raw Beet and Radish Salad

Beets, never tasted so good

Makes 6 servings

¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs honey
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp fresh black pepper
2 bunches beets (red and golden) – thinly sliced on a mandolin
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced on a mandolin
3 cups watercress
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Place the first five ingredients in a screw top jar and shake well until combined. Place the sliced beets, radishes and watercress in a large bowl, add the dressing and toss, Top with the feta cheese and it’s ready to go

Both these salads hold up really well and stay crisp and crunchy for hours!

Sue Taggart

As a child growing up in Kent “The Garden of England”, I thought that every family grew their own vegetables. I would help my grandfather in the garden and loved pulling potatoes and carrots out of the soil. These early experiences have given me a great appreciation for where our food comes from and a discerning palette for fresh, seasonal produce. As an avid reader, writing and storytelling is a passion that has only deepened over the years together with a growing concern for the health of our oceans and planet. We are facing serious issues with climate change and the clock is ticking…so it’s up to all of us to nurture and protect our home planet.