7 simple recipes for a gourmet picnic that won't break the bank

Pack your picnic basket with these affordable, crowd-pleasing snacks, grab a blanket and head outdoors to soak up the last rays of summer

21 April 2019 - 00:11
PICTURE: 123RF.COM
PICTURE: 123RF.COM

1. NOODLES AND ROAST CHICKEN 

Cook Chinese egg noodles or instant noodles and drain well. Toss with sesame oil, peanut butter (or tahini), sugar, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, black pepper (lots) and chilli oil (optional). Sprinkle with roasted peanuts or sesame seeds and finely chopped spring onions.

Serve with shop-bought roast chicken, cut into portions.

2. GRAPES AND CHEESE

Mix cubes of feta cheese - or any cheese of choice - with green or black grapes removed from the stalk. Add baby tomatoes and cubes of watermelon with fresh mint, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Serve with a crispy loaf and some ready-made hummus.

3. BEEF AND BLUE

Cut wholewheat rolls and smear one side with blue cheese (or use cream cheese) and creamed horseradish on the other side. Add a thin slice of roast or corned beef (or replace with meat of choice). Add thinly sliced onion that has been steeped in a little white vinegar and a pinch of sugar then well drained. Add a good sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper.

Thai Gazpacho.
Thai Gazpacho.
Image: Sunday Times Food Weekly

4. THAI GAZPACHO

Combine chopped fresh tomatoes and cucumber in a blender with the white part of a stick of chopped lemon grass, a clove of garlic, a handful of fresh coriander, a dash of fish sauce, a grinding of pepper and a generous squeeze of lime. Process till just chunky, pour into glass jars with lids and serve with large straws - not plastic of course.

5. MOROCCAN SALAD MIX

Peel and finely grate a couple of carrots. Add a handful of chopped dates, a sprinkling of ground cumin and coriander, 1 finely chopped clove of garlic, 1 seeded and sliced chilli, a handful of toasted sesame seeds and the juice of 1 large orange or lemon with a handful of pomegranate seeds, if you have.

6. GUACASALSA 

Mash a large avocado with the juice of one lemon and seasoning in a portable container. Add a jar of ready-made salsa and mix through. Seal and pack with a big bag of corn chips.

7. MEDITERRANEAN BEANS

Toss together a can of drained and rinsed white beans, lentils or chickpeas and add chopped tomato, some finely chopped anchovy, a large handful of pitted and chopped olives. Add a generous drizzle of olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, lots of black pepper, a sprinkling of salt and a handful of chopped parsley. 


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