Pack a Picnic

Trying new recipes is a normal part of my weekly routine. I try at least two new recipes a week, filling in the other nights with easy favorites like spaghetti and traditional family casseroles. Every now and then I come across a recipe that demands inclusion on the rotation. These two salads did just that and have quickly become my go to for picnics, potlucks, and BBQs. I think they may find their way into your diner rotation as well.

Ginger-Garlic Peanut Slaw




  • 1 bag broccoli slaw – use normal slaw if you prefer.
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 1 red pepper – thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro – chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts – chopped


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ground ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves – crushed
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Sriracha sauce (optonal – add to your heat preference)


  1. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl.


  1. Whisk dressing ingredients in separate bowl and add to salad bowl.
  2. Toss everything together.


  1. Add additional cilantro and peanuts before serving.



I buy all my salad ingredients at Trader Joe’s. Using their wide selection of pre-cut vegetables eliminates prep time and makes this a recipe you can throw together in minutes.

My next go to recipe take a bit more prep time, but is also super easy.

Cranberry, Asparagus Parmesan Pasta



  • Orzo Pasta
  • Dried cranberries
  • Asparagus
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice


  1. Prepare the orzo as directed on the box. During the last two minutes of cook time, throw in the asparagus. Do not overcook the asparagus, you still want it to have a bit of a snap.
  2. Drain pasta and add to large bowl.
  3. Add lemon zest, juice from two lemons (or to taste), cranberries, and parmesan cheese and toss to combine.

You can serve this warm or cold. I like it both ways which makes is perfect for picnics and potlucks.  I forgot a picture of this scrumptious salad, but you are going to want to make it immediately – send me your photos and I’ll add it giving you full credit for your masterpiece.

Please note that if we receive an invite to the same party, I am calling dibs on these. Although, I haven’t met anyone who didn’t enjoy these, so I guess a double serving would only please the crowd.



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