Fill a cooler (or heck, go for that cute basket with a gingham lining), toss a game in the car, and spend the afternoon at a lakeside park. Each of our menus features simple recipes that transport well, plus easy add-ons you can buy.

By Hannah Agran
April 09, 2021
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All American

Steak. Sweet con. And all the potato chips you can handle.

Picnic
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See our recipes for Grilled Flank Steak with Pepper Relish, Corn Off the Cob and Jumbo Chocolate-Cherry-Oat Cookies. Buy the extras: Cheese straws, peaches, blue cheese, potato chips, and beer + iced tea.

Tips:

• Grilled steak tastes just as good cold (as anyone who has sneaked a piece from the fridge knows).

• Sprinkle blue cheese on steak or peaches—or neither. That's why it's on the side.

• Our chip pick: Kettle-style, salt and pepper flavor. They're perfect with the steak.

South of France

Donning a headscarf and shades a la Grace Kelly is a totally acceptable plan.

France Picnic
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See our recipes for Chilled Pea Soup with Mint, Two-Bean Salad with Tarragon and Pan Bagnat. Buy the extras: Macarons, charcuterie, cornichons, olive tapenade, cantaloupe + proscuitto, radishes with salt and pepper, and rose + fruit sodas.

Tips:

• Tote chilled soup in a thermos, then pour into glasses to sip—pinkies up!

• Wrap prosciutto around ripe melon for a sweet and savory bite.

• Not sure about tuna? Baguette with ham and Brie is another classically French choice.

Meatless Middle East

Like a sunny walk through Tel Aviv—minus the expensive airfare.

Vegetarian Picnic
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See our recipes for Baba Ganoush, Penne with Lentils and Feta, Beet and Orange Salad with Walnuts and Limonana. Buy the extras: hard-cooked eggs, fresh mint, watermelon + honey, and olives.

Tips:

• Top chilled watermelon with honey and mint. (Or just eat it plain.)

• Garnish your limonana with fresh mint, too.

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