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25 Romantic Little Foods to Bring on a Picnic Date

Your no-fail picnic menu has arrived!
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With spring in full bloom and summer on the horizon, picnics are popping up all over the place. Get in on the fun — grab a date or a few friends and make an afternoon of fine food and good times. When filling up the picnic basket, throw away the usual go-to sandwich idea and create a menu full of seasonal, fresh ingredients. Also, don’t forget dessert — and Nutella is a must! 

—Francesca Borgognone


1. Little things on skewers! — Melon, ham, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, artichokes

2. Bruschetta

3. Sangria: Make your own and transport in jars.

4. Muffaletta: The New Orleans sandwich is the perfect picnic food. Cut into slices before you leave and you have yourself handheld scrumdiddlyumptious-ness.

5. Tiny sandwiches: Try tiny sandwiches — think tea time. If you want to go all nuts, cut the sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters.

6. Bite-sized fruit like strawberries, cherries, pineapple, and grapes. 

7. Sushi: I don’t usually think sushi is a great date food, but if you’re on a picnic date, it’s another story. It’s perfectly portable and easy to eat.

8. Risotto balls: There’s something sexy about risotto, isn’t there? Since that’s too tough to bring on a picnic, shape it into balls.

9. Stuffed dates: I like to stuff them with almonds, and then roll them in powdered sugar.

10. Silly candy: Like Sweet Tarts or Pop Rocks. This is so you don’t take your picnic too seriously.

11. Soft cheese and crackers: Brie and crackers or bread sticks are classic for a reason — they’re delicious.

12. Nutella: Out of the jar will do.

13. Ricotta gnudi: Portable and elegant — well worth the effort!

14. Fresh Summer Rolls: These are easy to eat on the go and are perfect on a hot summer night. 

15. Roasted pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a natural aphrodisiac. Here are five ways to spice them.

16. Popcorn: Pop unflavored popcorn and own your own flavor, like shredded Parmesan or Cajun spices.

17. Mini pizzas: Use pitas or English muffins.

18. Cheddar cheese and apples: There is something so good about this combo.

19. Figs: They’re good on their own, extra good with balsamic vinegar, mascarpone, and walnuts.

20. Quesadillas: Get creative with cheese and filling combos, like grilled chicken and pineapple or steak and blue cheese.

21. Mediterranean bites: Like pita and hummus, stuffed grape leaves, or olives.

22. Shrimp and cocktail sauce.

23. DIY Wraps: Try stuffing Roquefort cheese, pear, and walnut in Endive.

24. Charcuterie: Salami, pepperoni, prosciutto

25. Chocolates: Duh.

Lauren Passell, How About We


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