What We Love: Picnic Sides


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A friend recently asked me to recommend a kid-friendly spot for brunch near Boston’s Public Garden. For eleven adults and four kids. This probably isn’t as difficult as getting a reservation at The French Laundry, or Blue Hill at Stone Barn (my current obsession), but I’m willing to bet that it’s pretty darn hard.

So instead of recommending a restaurant, I recommended a picnic. The kids can play, everyone can enjoy the beautiful weather, and with the recipes for picnic side dishes that we’ve found here, the food will be as good as, or better than, dining at a restaurant!

Buttermilk Slaw: A lighter take on traditional coleslaw. {from Eat Boutique}

Chopped Broccoli Salad with Cherries and Feta: Swap out the traditional raisins, bacon and cheddar and make this instead! {from Suburban Soapbox}


Quinoa, Mint and Stone Fruit Salad: (pictured above) it’s as beautiful as it is delicious. {from A House in the Hills}

Beet and Avocado Deviled Eggs: Super creamy and provides beautiful color to your picnic spread. {from Amazingly Tasty}

Cheese Plate in a Jar: Pack your cheese, meats, nuts and fruits in a mason jar for portability! {from DomestiKated Life}


Roasted Potato Salad with Mustardy Old Bay Dressing and Chive Blossoms: the dressing on this really elevates potato salad. {from With Food and Love}

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings: Chicken wings are always a hit at parties, so these are perfect for a picnic. {from I Am a Food Blog}

Lemon Lavender Spritzer with Strawberries: Every picnic needs a great beverage, and this floral one is sure to quench your thirst. {from A Couple Cooks}

Photos taken and styled Heidi/White Loft Studio, Sarah and Lou, and Sherrie.

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