The first burst of green grass in the spring just begs for a picnic blanket. And thankfully, the season also brings bright, fresh flavors that inspire all kinds of picnic-worthy recipes. Of course, picnic food requires a slightly different strategy than other types of cooking — portability is key! Here are a few of our favorite spring picnic dishes.
Spring Chicken Salad
This fresh, bright chicken salad is great tucked in bread for a sandwich or rolled up in lettuce leaves for a gluten-free wrap. It lends itself to adding other vegetables, including spring favorites like shaved carrot, sliced radishes or chopped asparagus. Just make sure you transport it in a cooler with ice to keep the meat at a safe temperature. Bonus? Animal Welfare Rated air-chilled whole chicken is on sale for $1.79/lb from 4/4 – 4/10. *
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Strawberries are just sweet enough to balance the spice of jalapenos in this refreshing twist on salsa. This can be made a few hours before your picnic and works great with chips as a side, or as a condiment for grilled chicken, fish, burgers, sausages — you name it! Plus, 1-lb pkg of organic strawberries is on sale — get 2 for $7 from 4/4 - 4/10/18*.
Gouda Cheese Plate
A great cheese for spring is Klare Melk Truffle Gouda from Dutch Cheese Makers — especially when you pair it with honey and crackers. You can save $1 on this raw milk Gouda generously laced with aromatic, earthy truffles from 4/4 - 4/10/18*.
Recipe: Radicchio, Fennel and Pear Salad opens in a new tab
Radicchio, Fennel and Pear Salad
This is a great end-of-winter, early-spring treat. To make it portable, combine all of the ingredients — except for the spring greens. Transport those separately, and combine everything when you get to your picnicking spot. That way the greens won’t wilt in the dressing before you’re ready to eat them. Save on organic Abate Fetel Pears — $1.79/lb from 4/4 - 4/10/18*.
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Mango Upside-Down Cake
Upside down cakes are a great option for picnics. They’re sturdy enough to travel, and they’ve got their own topping baked in! This upside-down cake uses in-season mangoes and pairs them with coconut oil and milk for a slightly tropical flavor. Get Champagne Mangoes 5 for $5 from 4/4 - 4/10/18*.
After all, you’re going to need to drink something, and what goes better with spring sunshine than a fun, fruity Rosé? Summer Water Rosé goes down just as easy in spring, and it has a screw top so there’s no need to bring a corkscrew. Or, if you’re in the mood for bubbles, try Camino Calixo Cava Brut Rosé. Find both of these and more rosé wines opens in a new tab handpicked by our very own Master Sommelier on sale from 4/4 - 5/29/18**. Cheers!
*Valid 4/4 - 4/10/18. While supplies last. Not valid at Whole Foods Market 365™ stores. U.S. only. No rain checks. Excludes organic and cooked chicken and organic mangoes.
**Valid 4/4 - 5/29/18. While supplies last. U.S. only. No rain checks. Sale prices not legally available in all stores. Cannot be combined with a case discount where prohibited by law. Must be 21. Please drink responsibly.