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Summer Picnics

Summer is here and with it are long sunny days spent with friends and families in local parks or gardens. What goes better with park days than a picnic, but we’re not talking about some pre-packed sandwich’s and a tub of humus! Why not get creative with your spread and put together a picnic with a difference to share with your favourite people.

Here are a few of our favourite picnic winners for you to try:

Guacamole

Smash some avocado with olive oil and lemon juice. Add chili flakes for an extra kick if you like. Dip sliced carrots, cucumbers or pitta bread.

Cous Cous Salad

Prepare some cous cous, mix through with parsley, mint, feta, tomatoes, cucumber and add a dollop of crème fraiche.

Beetroot salad

Peel raw beetroots and grate them. Add pistachios or hazelnuts; dress with orange zest and juice, and olive oil. Add some goats’ cheese and chopped parsley.

Pesto chicken rolls

Grill chicken pieces. Brush tortilla or any other wrap-type bread with pesto; layer with the cut chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and rocket; roll up and cut on the bias.

Mackerel Pate

Mix flaked smoked mackerel, crème fraîche, lemon juice and a good dash of horseradish.

Peeled grated carrots with chopped dates

Mix with cumin, minced chilli, lemon or lime juice, mint or parsley.

If you’re a little pressed for time there are also some great companies who will do all of the hard work for you and deliver a beautifully selected and packed picnic straight to your door, such as Hot Dinners, London or Picnic Berlin.

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