Top 10 Picnic Salads. With the summer picnic season beginning—and June 17 being International Picnic Day—it’s time to think about salads that are good options for outdoor meals.
Here are my suggestions for the Top 10 Picnic Salads.
Mayonnaise-based salads can be a hazard because mayonnaise can spoil easily in the hot sun. Surprisingly, commercially made mayonnaise is okay to leave out of the refrigerator at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Epicurious has a good article about room temperature mayonnaise.
However, according to the Food and Drug Administration, if the temperature is above 90F degrees, you can only safely leave it out for 1 hour. Read the article from Food Network about this.
Top 10 Picnic Salads Without Mayonnaise
And, of course, you don’t want to make your friends and family sick. Here are my Top 10 Picnic Salads without mayonnaise for you to enjoy.
A delightfully light potato salad with capers, fresh herbs and a wine vinaigrette. Make it in 35 minutes. French Potato Salad Recipe.
Such a refreshing salad of watermelons, cucumbers, tomatoes, slivered almonds, mint and feta cheese. Simple, 15-minute recipe. Watermelon Cucumber Mint Salad Recipe
Green beans, tomatoes, garlic-packed vinaigrette. Yum! Takes just 20 minutes. Green Bean Tomato Salad Recipe
Sweet Potatoes, sweet peas, tangy cranberries, and creamy pine nuts in a sweet vinaigrette. So good. 30-minute recipe. Sweet Potato Pine Nut Salad Recipe
This is a wonderfully delicious, lots of protein, and super flavorful, beautiful salad. Takes 45 minutes if you don’t already have cooked brown rice, or 10 minutes using precooked rice. Try Brown Rice Salad with Cranberries and Nuts Recipe.
Black eyed peas, crunchy vegetables, beautiful color and a little bit spicy dressing will make you smile. Amazing. 45 minute recipe. Louisiana Black Eyed Pea Salad Recipe keeps well and people love it.
Protein-packed quinoa, mixed berries, nuts and a ginger dressing make this delightful. Such goodness. Just 30 minutes until you eat. Quinoa Fruit and Nut Salad Recipe is a favorite at our house.
Pasta, green beans, white beans, tomatoes, olives makes a delicious option. It’s a meal in one, 30-minute recipe. Gluten Free Pasta Niçoise Recipe is perfect for a picnic.
Sweet peas, cucumbers, tomatoes and a tarragon vinaigrette; this salad is one of my favorites. It’s a super scrumptious salad with a 15-minute recipe. Pea and Cucumber Salad Recipe is so good. The tarragon vinaigrette gives it a wonderful flavor.
Barley, mushrooms, green beans, carrots, peppers, and walnuts in a nice dijon dill dressing will have you going, “MMMMM.” Beautiful! And it takes less than an hour to make. French Barley Salad Recipe is a pretty salad to serve.
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