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Picnic Food: Vegetarian Style

June 23, 2009

DSCN0246Summertime for me means lots of picnics.  Just me and the kids.  The whole family.  With other families.  Sometimes I keep it simple–p.b.&j., fruit, maybe some chips.  Othertimes I make a bit of an effort and try to throw together some cold salads.  We have many vegetarians in our family (and a few more (like me) who tend that way, although we may not be truly vegetarian all of the time), so I’ve found that salads go over better than say, cold meats.  Having prepped up about three picnics just last week, I thought I’d share a couple foods that made it into my basket–some of them new tries from a recent cookbook acquisition, Falling Cloudberries.  If you have a moment, you can check out my full review of this cookbook on Amazon and give it a thumbs up (or thumbs down).

Chickpea Salad (from Falling Cloudberries cookbook) [see picture above]-  I thought this was quite good myself,  a hearty, filling salad that traveled well, but my husband, surprisingly didn’t like it.  Odd, because he loves hummus (made with chickpeas), but apparently doesn’t like them unless they are smushed up.  I on the other hand, have a texture problem with hummus and avoid it like almost no other food, but enjoyed the chickpea salad.

(version of this recipe here at Farmgirl Fare–if you are using the cookbook I think the olive oil amount in Tessa Kiros version is way off–1/3 cup should be plenty like farmgirl has listed)

DSCN0331Boiled Potato Salad (again from Falling Cloudberries)- Just about my perfect potato salad.  I also like a version by Ina Garten’s (French Potato Salad), but this is so similar they are practically variations on a theme.  This is not your classic “American” potato salad with a mayonnaise-y dressing, but could be considered a “french” or “greek” variant (depending on whose recipe you are working from).  Kiro’s salad has kalamata olives, capers, and onions–I added green beans and a little of my favorite dressing (Brianna’s French Vinnegrette) to the lemon juice/oil dressing she uses.  My daughter, a potato salad afficienado, gave it a thumbs up.

Recipe here at googlebooks–Note– I added greenbeans.

Veggie Sandwiches– Just can’t go wrong with this sandwich in my opinion.  A little cheese if wanted, then pile on avocado, grated carront, lettuce, onion, tomoto if you have it, and cucumber.DSCN0260

Hope you are all finding some time to dine picnic style!  I know we will be squeezing in many more this summer and will post some more favorite picnic foods soon.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2009 8:16 am

    I want to come on your picnics! I love everything you made, and I totally heart Tessa Kiros.

  2. June 24, 2009 9:34 am

    I love picnics and yours sound delightful. Your veggie sandwich looks especially delicious! And those yummy salads! Mmmmmm.

  3. jessbcuz permalink*
    June 24, 2009 12:01 pm

    And I’d love to have both of you join us! Sharing yummy food makes it that much better! I’m just discovering Kiros, but loving her so far.

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