A Quick-Prep Picnic

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Picnics are all about escaping to quiet seclusion with someone special. Everything about your picnics, including preparations, should be as effortless as possible. Think of it as a "quicknic." Just pack and go. Take along foods prepared in the Hy-Vee Kitchen or make sandwiches with recipes from one of our chefs or dietitians. Whether you're the white linen type or prefer to simply spread out a blanket for a lakeside view, there's nothing like sharing time deliciously outdoors.

Deli Salads to Go

Make your next picnic a "quicknic" with simple recipes that incorporate prepared foods and off-the-shelf goods.

With a trip to the Hy-Vee salad bar, you can gather a collection of salads, then offer them in serving-size jars for lunch. The Zesty Tortellini Salad isn’t typical picnic fare, yet it is colorful and fresh. Or offer the slightly tart Green Onion Potato Salad. Still cool from sitting on ice, it’s refreshing on a hot day. And don’t overlook the Salad Bar desserts, such as our dreamy Cookies & Creme.

Pack staples, too, such as gourmet cheeses, olives, nuts and easy-to-transport cupcakes and cookies from the Hy-Vee Bakery. Your easy alfresco spread will have gourmet flavor.

Tips for the Day

Make your day out truly grand with a few more practical tricks:

  • Make best use of cooler space by freezing water and juice bottles, which act like ice packs. Putting a sealed plastic bag of frozen grapes into an ice chest also keeps things cool, and enhances the sweetness of grapes.
  • Are pesky ants threatening to spoil your picnic? Cut up lemons and squeeze juice across the path of the insects. Chemicals in citrus disrupt the ability of ants to navigate.
  • Place a trash bag under your picnic blanket to keep the fabric clean and dry. Use the bag for cleanup when your day is done.

Keep it Cold!

Ensure a safe meal by keeping perishable picnic foods in a well-insulated cooler. Pack it with ice or freezer packs that will maintain cold food at a temperature at or below 40 degrees.

Source: Hy-Vee Seasons Summer 2014


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