What are the Best Foods For a Picnic Date
Nothing's more traditional or more romantic than having a lovely picnic on your first date. The warm weather, the gently blowing breeze and the magnificent natural view move things along nicely. And don't forget the food! A nice, homemade spread will be sure to impress your potential partner.
What are the best foods for a picnic date? Believe it or not, there are some guidelines to follow. The general rule for bringing food to a picnic is that it should be clean, elegant and classy. Foods that are messy just won't cut it, as they aren't cool and seductive. You should be aiming for romance here!
Ideal Picnic Drinks
Let's start with the drinks. There is no picnic without the refreshments! Doing a breakfast picnic? Consider bringing in a thermos filled with freshly-brewed coffee or tea. If it's a lunch or late afternoon affair, then a fine bottle of wine should suffice. Of course, you'll want to bring a wine key or cork so you can enjoy that bottle.
If you're going for light and casual, then a few cans of beer should do the trick. Plus brownie points if you're able to acquire special home brews made right from the local brewery or your own garage.
Ideal Picnic Dips
One of the best picnic foods for a picnic date are chips or veggies- they go great with homemade dips!
Don't know where to start? Begin with whipping up a batch of good old hummus using the food processor or blender. Bringing hummus to the picnic shows you're sophisticated and know quite a bit in the kitchen, something that's always a benefit when selecting a potential partner. Add some pizazz by mixing in roasted red peppers to make hummus with red pepper.
Caramelized red onion hummus is another excellent dip to pack in your picnic basket. Chop up some red onions into manageable chunks, and slather them with organic honey. Put them in a tray and bake it in the oven for a good 20 to 30 minutes, or when the onions have caramelized nicely. Don't overdo the timing because the mixture may burn if left for too long. Once done, put them to your regular hummus to transform it from an ordinary dish into a sweet hummus dish that will be sure to impress your date.
Ever think about bringing guacamole to the next picnic date? It's one of the few things everyone loves, and it's so easy to make. To make a good guac, you'll need good avocados. Here's how to make them- juice one lime and put the contents in a bowl. Add some cilantro, a half red onion (chopped), chopped tomatoes and some salt and pepper. Mix them all up and set them aside for the moment. Then mash avocados using a fork, gradually adding the other red onion half and more tomatoes for good measure. Stir them all together into one container, and voila! Amazing guacamole. Don't forget to bring the nachos!
Red cabbage coleslaw can be done in a snap. Take one red cabbage and chop it to bits. Mix the resulting chopped cabbage with one cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup mayonnaise and some salt and pepper. For some crunch and color, mix in shredded carrots and sesame seeds.
When you're done with the appetizer, it's time to prepare for the main event. A large batch of salad to share is better because it's more romantic. It's not that hard to whip one up, and it gives a refreshing feeling, which allows both of you to take a stroll after the picnic.
Stay away from Greek salads as they typically contain a lot of water; by the time you arrive at the picnic site and bring them out, they'll be quite a mess. Mix in shredded carrots, olives, crisp romaine lettuce, some Parmesan and chicken as a better alternative. Prepare a basic balsamic dressing and a bottle of olive oil, and you're good to go.
If you think your date would appreciate something out of the ordinary, try this salad mix. Bring together crushed garlic, some shredded carrots and water, then microwave them together. Take them out once they're slightly crunchy and sprinkle with pepper and sea salt for added taste. Drain and mix in a combination of red pepper flakes, olive oil and lemon juice.
Finish off the meal with some simple sweets such as strawberries and cream. Make sure the strawberries are fresh and juicy, and the cream in a container. Want some variety? Add some raspberries or blueberries, but make sure they don't overpower the strawberries. Sprinkle in a bit of sugar for an extra sweet treat!
Thinking of the best foods for a picnic date isn't as difficult as it sounds. Try on some of the suggestions above and see if they'll work. More importantly, bring your A game because good food goes well with a great personality!