With summer just around the corner, it’s time to go outside and enjoy the weather with your loved ones. How about organizing a picnic?

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Let’s start packing! Take advantage of seasonal foods, including fresh fruits, which are an essential part of any picnic. Go for easy ideas that can be cooked the day before and that don’t require much preparation. Avoid fried foods or dishes that have to be heated.

To enjoy an outdoor getaway, pack light and plan a no fuzz menu that is easy to serve and eat, such as tapas or finger foods.

Here are some tasty ideas that will make your picnic the perfect complement for your next adventure.

Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Tortilla)

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Traditional Spanish omelette. Spanish Tortilla.

This traditional Spanish delicacy is easy to prepare, has only a few ingredients and is also easy to carry. To make it you will only need a couple of potatoes, finely sliced ​​onion, olive oil and eggs. No one can resist it! Enjoy it hot or at room temperature.

Mini Caprese Bites

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Italian classic – mozzarella, cherry tomato, basil and olive oil.

If you planned your picnic at the last minute and want to prepare something easy and light, these mini caprese bites are a great option. To prepare them, slice a couple of tomatoes, some fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and that’s it! Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste will give it the final touch.

Tuna Pasta Salad

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penne salad with tuna, olives and cherry tomatoes

Another delicious, quick and simple dish for your picnic is a cold salad. Choose the type of pasta you want, preferably a short type like penne, fusilli or farfalle, and once the pasta is cooked, mix it with mayonnaise, salt, pepper, sliced ​​olives, tuna and tomato. If you want to spice it up, add piquillo peppers.

Fruit Skewers

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fruit on wooden skewers – dessert skewers

Fresh fruits like tangerines, strawberries, pineapple or banana are an excellent dessert or snack for a picnic. Simply choose your favorite fruits, cut them into small pieces and assemble your skewers. You can give them a sweeter touch by drizzling chocolate syrup, honey or how about some dulce de leche?

With these delicious ideas, everyone will remember your picnic…and the exquisite menu! So go, surprise your loved ones and enjoy the good weather!

by Alex Tabar & Jose V. Arcieri

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