POPSUGAR Food

Come Party With Me: Picnic in the Park — Menu

Apr 6 2011 - 1:55pm

The weather has finally warmed up in San Francisco, and I'm sure things are starting to do the same in your neck of the woods. Why not celebrate by inviting friends to join you for a meal in the open air? A picnic in a local park is a great way to relax, enjoy delicious food, and engage in provocative conversation. Instead of serving a traditional menu, I've got a meal that's full of Asian-inspired flavors — along with one classic but crowd-pleasing all-American dessert.

Polynesian Snack Mix

Whet picnic-goers' palates with this addictive Polynesian snack mix [1]. Thanks to a wide assortment of ingredients ranging from bacon to candied pineapple, it's crunchy, meaty, sweet, and salty. Make it a couple of days before the party and keep stored in a tupperware or plastic bag.

Roast Beef Summer Rolls

Set aside time the morning of the picnic to assemble these roast beef Summer rolls [2]. They're filled with coleslaw, fresh herbs, and thinly sliced roast beef. Be sure to pack the dipping sauce separately from the rolls: pick up a bunch of salad dressing containers from the salad bar section of your local grocery store and give each guest their own container of dipping sauce!

Sesame Chicken Wings

Bake these sticky, finger-licking good chicken wings [3] the day before the party and toss with extra sauce, sesame seeds, and green onions before packing for the picnic. They're extra messy, so don't forget plenty of napkins.

Cucumber Salad

It's cool, it's crunchy, it's cucumber salad! Put this super easy-to-make salad [4] in small Chinese takeout containers and pass them around with plastic forks at the picnic spot.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies [5] are definitely not Asian, but they are absolutely amazing and make the perfect conclusion to any picnic. Bake a couple of days in advance. For festive packaging, place two to three cookies in wax paper bags, write each guest's name on the bags, and pass them out after you've finished lunch.


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