Perfect Picnic Potluck

It’s Foodie Tuesday!

It’s the time of year for impromptu picnics and BBQs.  Wondering what to bring to the next potluck shindig?  Try one of these delicious recipes!

3 Bean Salad

This is hardy and tasty, pretty and healthy. You can mix it up in less than 15 minutes and it only gets better as it sits.  Plus as a side dish goes it’s pretty versatile, going well with a burger or egg sandwhich.  Who could ask for more?

Recipe

3 cans of beans – I usually use red kidney beans, chick peas, and romano beans

1 small purple onion minced

1 yellow and 1 orange pepper, diced

1/3 cup minced parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing

¼ cup each olive oil, sugar, apple cider vinegar (I typically use less sugar, so be sure to taste as you go).  Stir vigorously till emulsified.

Mix all ingredients together.  Best to chill for a couple hours before serving as the falvours really intensify.  Serves 10.

Mixed Berry Fruit Salad

If there was a food that epitomized summer for me it’s a bowl full of berries.  My mum always says they look like sparkling jewels.  And how wonderful that these beautiful and delicious berries are possibly the healthiest foods on earth (especially organically grown ones)?  Ice cream, whipped cream or a rich chocolate something also pair stupendously.  But really the berries will be enough, you’ll see.

1 lb strawberries, halved

1 pint raspberries

1 pint blueberries

1 pint blackberries

1 sliced mango and/or a three sliced kiwis are optional but add beautiful colour and flavour too.

Wash and pick over berries, discarding any that are bruised or off.  Mix together in a large salad bowl with a generous sprinkle of sugar (1-2 tablespoons).  If possible chill until serving.  Serves 6 as berries alone, more if you’re serving ice cream or brownies with them too!

Tuna Nicoise Sandwich

Okay tuna nicoise is a bit of a loose term here, but this is sure how to fancy up the lowly tuna sandwich.  Make sure to use a nice crusty bread – a third of a baguette makes a perfect sandwich.

Ha! Local bakery didn't have my baguettes today. No matter a nice multigrain works too

Recipe

2 baguettes

3 cans of tuna packed in water, well drained

3 stalks of celery, washed and finely minced

1/3 cup minced fresh chives

1/3 cup mayonnaise or to taste

Salt and pepper to taste

Top with:

Sliced boiled egg (this recipe serves 6)

Any combination of Boston lettuce, pea shoots, cucumber, tomato

Mix tuna salad, top with egg and other fixings.  My preference is always to prepare tuna salad and sliced sandwich toppings in advance but have folks assemble their own sandwich.  (I for one hate soggy bread and these tend to fall apart given how jam-packed they are.) Makes 6 sandwiches.

Bon Appetit!

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