During summer, we want to dine al fresco every chance we can get, but trying to get dinner reservations outside can be frustrating and expensive.
Our solution? A picnic! Grab some friends, lay out a blanket, and mix and match a few of these simple recipes to create a portable meal with something for everyone. (With 40 different options to choose from, you can bring the rest to the endless succession of summer barbecues.)
1. Whole-Wheat Crostini with White Beans
Rosemary and citrus zest add the perfect kick to the nutty crunch of this Italian-inspired crostini.
2. Avocado and Pomegranate Crostini
Jewel-red pomegranate seeds atop lush, green avocado give these picnic-perfect apps a Christmas-in-July feel.
3. Goat Cheese and Mushroom Crostini
Garlicky sautéed mushrooms and fresh chives (which are easy to grow in your garden!) make this wholesome crostini a whole lot to gush about at any picnic.
4. Crostini with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese and Fig Jam
Sweet fig jam (or fresh figs if you can get them) and salty prosciutto mix perfectly with creamy, tangy goat cheese for a simple and delicious bite.
5. Beet Greens and Goat Cheese Crostini
This fresh, green recipe will make you think twice about ditching the tops of beets. Velvety goat cheese perfectly sets off the bitterness of the beet greens for a flavor you’ve never dreamed of.
6. Eggplant “Crostini” with Red Pepper Relish and Feta
Ditch the bread and use grilled eggplant as a base instead! Top it with fiery-hot red pepper relish, and your mouth will thank you. Or curse you. Probably both.
7. Crostini with Peaches, Blue Cheese, and Honey
The combination of syrupy peaches and salty, crumbly blue cheese will make your guests ignore everything else on the picnic blanket.
8. Creamed Kale Crostini
Think you hate kale? Try these parmesan- and gruyere-soaked greens and get back to us. Paired with zesty Dijon mustard, you won’t be able to resist.
9. Artichoke Olive Crostini
Capers and green olives provide the salty pep to garlicky artichoke hearts that will have your family and friends begging for the recipe.
10. Roasted Grape Crostini
Roasting the grapes and pairing them with savory ricotta balances their sweetness, while thyme lends freshness.
11. Avocado Crab Crostini
Salty bacon and smooth avocado take already delicious crab to the next level. Do we really need to say more?
12. Chickpea Vegetable Crostini
It can’t get much more fresh than this! Crispy radishes and cucumber combined with nutty, buttery chickpeas will make you think twice about settling for store-bought hummus.