Perfect Picnic Recipes

These recipes will help make any picnic a success!

Balsamic Marinated Pasta Salad
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked pasta (bowties or other small shapes)
2 tablespoons chopped sundried tomatoes
1 tablespoon chopped olives
Salt and pepper

Whisk together olive oil and vinegar. Toss together with pasta, sundried tomatoes and olives. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 4-6 servings.

Roasted Vegetable Skewers
1 red onion, cut into wedges
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch squares
2 yellow squash, cut into 1/2 inch disks
16 button mushrooms
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place two pieces of each vegetable on skewers, alternating as desired. Make sure there are small spaces between each vegetable to allow for heat circulation.
Brush each assembled skewer with oil and season lightly with salt and pepper.
Roast for 10 minutes, then flip and cook on other side for 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned and tender.

Picnic Gazpacho
6 medium tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 clove garlic, peeled
¼ cup lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped scallions
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper

Combine tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and juice in blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
Stir in scallions and cilantro and season to taste.
Chill and place in thermos.
Makes 3-4 servings

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