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Our Favourite Picnic Recipes

Roll out the picnic blanket and celebrate summer with these fast and fresh recipes for the great outdoors.

Longer days bleed into longer nights this time of year, so don’t let another weekend pass without rolling out the picnic blanket, and packing up a sampling of these easy-to-travel, delicious-to-behold, summer-friendly recipes made for the park, the beach, the lakeside, the backyard—wherever you’ve decided to while away the afternoon.

Rob Feenie Potato Salad
Rob Feenie’s take on potato salad includes almonds and tarragon.

1. A mayo-free potato salad that offers a European twist on the ultimate summer salad, courtesy Chef Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe.


Baby Kale Salad with blueberries
Blueberries get a sour-sweet kick with balsamic vinegar in this summery kale salad.

2. Add in a kale and pickled blueberry salad that offers that perfect balance of sweet and sour.


Fresh spring rolls can be made up to a day in advance, and covered with a damp paper towel.

3. Fresh tasting, and easy to make, Thai Spring Rolls with peanut dipping sauce mean you can leave the forks at home.


Chef Ned Bell’s recipe for Okanagan gravlax—a Swedish take on lox—uses fresh char, dill, and peppercorns.

4. Grab an herbed cream cheese, a few water crackers, and this summery Okanagan Gravlax (use salmon or char, whatever your fishmonger has brought in that day)—and you’ve got a perfect accompaniment to an outdoor movie in the park.



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