strawberry hand pies,  pickled radishesradish tartinestomato and burrata saladfried chickenthyme lemonademacaroni saladcorn and chickpea saladquick pickled zucchini

Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off picnic season, a pastime that we wholeheartedly endorse. It’s finally the season to unfurl an old quilt, grab some tasty treats and head for a patch of green grass. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas and recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and taken anywhere. These summer foods are perfect for a day at the beach, luncheon under the shade of a majestic redwood, or simply an alfresco dinner in the backyard.

For simple and lovely presentation, try packing your dishes in our favorite jars. These little beauties stack well and are perfect for post-picnic storage. See more of our favorite anytime recipes on our pinterest board, In the Kitchen.

Add a veggie stamped picnic blanket for extra credit and be sure to spend some time cloud-gazing with a full belly.

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