Dip Into Summer

When warm weather hits, it’s always picnic fare that epitomizes “simple summer food” to me.  True, I rarely go on actual picnics (don’t take it personally, bees and ants), but I do love the culinary offerings. Picnic foods are easy to make, keep well without refrigeration, and are usually great finger foods, too.

One of the best things to bring on a picnic is a large container of fresh cut, bite-sized veggies and some kind of dip. With celery sticks, baby carrots, pepper strips and even snap peas as your base, you can scoop up any number of creamy, spicy, chunky dips for a great snack.  Add some hearty bread or crackers, and call it a meal.

Or take along some type of bite-sized appetizer and allow each person to grab a nibble between swimming and volleyball games on the beach. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to spend a day outdoors this summer?

Here are some of my favorite dippers and spreads for dining al fresco.  With a few of these dishes on the menu, you’ll have the perfect picnic all ready to go.  Of course, they work well indoors, too!

What’s your favorite go-to picnic fare?

Veggie dips

Source: Ricki Heller

Source: Ricki Heller

Nut/Seed Based

Bean Based

Savory Nibbles

Source: Kim Lutz

Source: Kim Lutz

Sweet Nibbles

SONY DSCRicki Heller is the blogger behind the popular blog Diet, Dessert and Dogs, where you’ll find over 600 low glycemic recipes all free of gluten, dairy and eggs. Her second cookbook, Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free: 100 Allergy Friendly Vegan Desserts, will be released in September and is now available for preorder on amazon. She is an Associate Editor for Simply Gluten-Free Magazine and Brand Ambassador for Attune Foods. Ricki lives near Toronto with her husband and two dogs. Connect with her on Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest, too!


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