As soon as the weather warms up, many people are suddenly eager to dine outside. There are a few key features that make foods cooler-friendly. Look for recipes that involve some crunch, such as fresh veggies tossed with a delicious dressing, or baked goods that won’t crumble. It’s a good idea as well to find items that don’t need to be heated and, better yet, ones that can offer some respite from the outdoor heat.
It also matters how you pack a picnic. Place baked goods, sandwiches, and flatbreads in a hard-sided watertight container so that they retain their shape. Salads and side dishes travel well in lidded bowls or silicone bags, for instance, while a sturdy cooler also helps food travel safely to its destination. But if you need more help figuring out exactly what to pack, I’ve rounded up 15 recipes that I know will arrive safely and taste great (I’ve tried them myself!). Check out these refreshing summer recipes for all your picnicking needs.
This post originally published on The Kitchn. Read it there: 15 Make-Ahead Recipes for Picnics That Travel Well in a Cooler