Eating on the Go: Easy Picnic Fare

Five easy-to-transport recipes that showcase seasonal produce.

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The hallmarks of a good picnic dish: portable, easy to eat and able to travel without spoiling. If you're taking your feast on the road (or to the beach or park) try these menu ideas.

Strawberry Lemonade Lemonade is the classic picnic beverage. Emeril's version adds plenty of in-season strawberries to create a fruity, bright-red refresher.

Lemon-Garlic Chickpea Dip Less perishable than a sour-cream or mayo-based dip (but just as delicious!), this easy chickpea dip from Rachael Ray works great on the go served up with a variety of sliced veggies. 

Caponata Picnic Sandwiches Sandwiches that can be served at any temperature are easy to take on a picnic, and Giada's caponata sandwiches, served on hearty ciabatta and bursting with fresh veggies and mozzarella cheese, will just get better during the wait. 

Picnic Basket Buttermilk Fried Chicken Great fried chicken is delicious hot, warm or cold, and it's totally portable and no-utensils-needed, eat-with-your-fingers-friendly. Serve up this old-fashioned recipe with classic potato salad for a traditional picnic.

Grandma Jean's Potato Salad In the Neely's recipe, celery, onion and hard-boiled egg nestle up with red potatoes for a classic picnic staple. Pack in ice to keep cold.

Star-Studded Berry Tarts Individual tarts make serving and eating easy, and these berry tarts can't help but be a crowd-pleaser. 

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