Picnic menus can sometimes be a tricky thing. If you are going with a bunch of people you don't know like to an office picnic, you may not know who will like what you're serving. Even if you're heading out with your family, if you're not barbecuing at the location, you have to consider how well certain foods hold like dressings for salad and sandwiches. Some foods that you love at home may not be adaptable for picnicking, so here are a few ideas to help you find a set of options you'll enjoy.
First, think simple. Whatever plan on taking will either have to be served cold or at room temperature, unless you're cooking it at the picnic area. This means you should focus on pre-cooked foods that taste good cold. A steak, for example, is very delicious right off the grill but is hard and dry after sitting in a cooler. If you do plan on using cold meat, use a light mean like chicken, but flavor it with a sauces or the like to give it more taste because of the loss of moisture.
Second, take advantage of your limitations. Because you can't cook, the meal gives you the great opportunity to take advantage of fresh ingredients. Fruits and vegetables that are only available during the Spring and Summer taste the best during the times when picnicking season peaks. This also means you can feature some unique foods like imported cheeses or meats that can become the highlight of a meal as opposed to just a small appetizer. Use them in sandwiches rather than just as snacks as well.
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