5 Picnic Favorites

5 Picnic Favorites

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month? That’s right – an entire 30 days devoted to one of America’s favorite warm weather pastimes. In honor of this momentous (and delicious) occasion, we thought we’d round up a few of our favorite picnic recipes. If you’re looking for a creative idea for what to serve or bring to your next outdoor gathering, these recipes are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Beet Hummus

Tired of the same old boring dips? Give this homemade hummus recipe a try. Not only is it super-fast and easy to prepare, but it’s delightfully unique. Tahini, garlic, and chickpeas give it rich texture and taste while the beets make it as eye-catching as it is delicious. Serve with chips, pretzels, sliced veggies, or pita slices. And don’t forget to write down the recipe, because people will be asking!

Black Bean Brownies

Skip the store-bought brownies and ditch that sugary, calorie-laden recipe because this much healthier option is sure to become a favorite. Our black bean brownies are just as thick, rich, and decadent as regular brownies, but their secret ingredient makes them far more nutritious. Trust us – not even those with a sweet tooth will know the difference! Get the full recipe here.

Broccoli Salad

Liven up the salad table with this easy, mouthwatering broccoli salad idea. It combines the rich crunch of broccoli and almonds with the savory flavor of bacon and the tart taste of raisins. Plus, it’s tossed in a homemade dressing that you have to taste to appreciate. Best of all, it’s ridiculously easy to prepare. Grab the recipe here and have it ready in time for your next barbeque.

Roasted Garbanzo Beans

Looking for a healthier snack to share at your next cookout? Ditch the greasy chips and other fat-laden snacks and serve up a batch of crunchy, wholesome, roasted chickpeas. You can alter the recipe to suit your tastes, so feel free to make them savory, sweet, or spicy – whatever tickles your taste buds. Best of all, since they’re garbanzo beans, you can go back for seconds (or thirds) without derailing your summer diet.

Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

Harness all the fresh flavors of summer with this mouthwatering salad option. Enjoy the rich, heartiness of black beans complimented with the zest of tomatoes, peppers, and corn, the savory taste of feta cheese, and the zing of jalapeno. Top with a flavorful homemade dressing, toss, and be prepared to wow your fellow picnic-goers. But be sure to make enough, because this one will be going fast! Get the full recipe here.

They say you should never show up to a gathering empty-handed. With these five recipes in your arsenal, not only will you always have the perfect dish to share, but your contributions are sure to become the talk of the town (in a good way, of course!)