Fork-Free Summer Picnic Menu

By Coco Morante | Last Updated June 28, 2017
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Fresh, Seasonal and Finger Licking


Use the best of what’s growing to make this picnic lunch! Transform fresh watermelon into a kid- and adult-friendly soda syrup; pair local cheeses and fruits for an appetizing first course; spoon silky hummus and crunchy vegetables into pita pockets for a portable lunch; and whip up a batch of blackberry jam bars for a sweet ending. Everything is make-ahead friendly, ultra packable, fork-free and perfect for an outdoor adventure.

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