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A Summer Picnic

Outdoor picnic on at sunny day

Before summer is over, we encourage our residents here at 501 on First to take time out of their day for a picnic. There’s nothing quite like dining alfresco to bring on a healthy appetite. Today, we’ve got ideas and recipes for the perfect picnic.

If you’re going with the picnic staple, the sandwich, the Cooking Contest Central website offers some Sandwich Making Tips, from what sort of bread to use to what types of fillings are best, and Woman’s Day helps out with 16 of the Best Sandwiches to Make for Summer Picnics. Sandwiches by themselves do not a picnic make, so we’ve added several salad recipes to take along on your picnic.

BLT Pasta Salad from Life in the Lofthouse

This BLT Pasta Salad turns your favorite sandwich into your favorite side. This salad is less messy than your traditional BLT, and a lot easier to transport. We recommend adding chicken, beef, or avocado to this treat if you’d like a little more protein in your dish.

Zesty Fruit Salad

This salad is easy and so delicious. It comes from The Roasted Root. You’ll need an apple, an orange, 2 kiwis, 1 banana, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of red grapes. For the dressing, you’ll need canned coconut milk, Greek yogurt, basil leaves, 1 lime, and honey. Make the Lime Coconut Basil dressing and mix in with the chopped fruit. This salad is a great alternative to a traditional fruit bowl.

Another option to go with salads is to grill. Many parks have grills available, so if you’re planning to picnic in the park check it out in advance, and if they do have grills, take along some burgers and brats to go with your salads. For a beverage, we like this recipe for watermelon lemonade:

Watermelon Lemonade from Cooking Classy™

Summer in Rochester can get rather warm. There’s nothing more important than staying hydrated as the weather warms up. This watermelon lemonade will become a picnic staple. It’s a great way to keep you feeling cool and refreshed in any weather.

Minnesota has amazing scenery. Where are your favorite places to picnic in the area? What kinds of foods do you like to take on a picnic? Please share with our apartment community in the comments.