When I was growing up, some of our best parties happened on the 4th of July. We’d grill hamburgers or hot dogs, drink pop from cans, eat gallons of fresh fruit salad, have watermelon seed fights, and get totally sunburned. I learned from my mom two very important things about preparing for the 4th of July (or any summer picnic):
1. Keep it simple.
2. Keep it plentiful.
This is not the time for fancy dishes or time-consuming recipes. Especially if we’re having a cookout or a picnic, we all just want to be outside. The best way to make sure that happens is to plan ahead and that’s what I’m doing this week.
In the interest of keeping things simple, I’m going to stick with hamburgers on the grill, fruit salad, sweet tea (instead of soda pop) and enough seeded watermelon to have seed fights!
Here are a few other summer picnic favorites:
- Giant subs
- Loaded Baked Potato Salad
- Kickin’ Cole Slaw
- Sweet potato cilantro salad
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad
- Pesto Walnut and Sausage Pasta
- Caprese Salad
- Broccoli Slaw
- Grilled squash
- Homemade ice cream
Summer is awash is delicious fresh produce and this particular holiday is the time to take full advantage of it. Most of these dishes can be made ahead of time which is an important factor in preparing for a fun, casual picnic. Really…even if it’s tempting to let this get complicated, this is one party you want to keep as basic as possible.