The Ultimate Summer Beach Picnic Menu
Summer Melon Salad with Ham and Mint Vinaigrette
Recipe: Summer Melon Salad with Ham and Mint Vinaigrette
Juicy, peak-season honeydew melon and cantaloupe meets your favorite salty ham (we suggest Italian speck), in a dish that’s a perfect pull-and-tug between sweet and savory.
Cold Fried-Chicken-Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Cold Fried-Chicken-Salad Sandwiches
Fried chicken served hot from the cast iron skillet is heaven. But in warmer months, it’s equally as enticing cold. So, save some from pieces from your next batch and toss with Dijon, chives, shallot, and all the makings of our best-ever chicken salad. A squishy brioche bun and ripe heirloom tomatoes is guaranteed to cement this in your sandwich pantheon.
Everything Smoked-Salmon Summer Rolls
Recipe: Everything Smoked-Salmon Summer Rolls
Imagine a loaded everything bagel—schmeared with lemony crème fraiche, stacked with crunchy veggies, and shellacked with ribbons of smoked salmon—minus the inevitable carb bloat.
Cucumber Gazpacho with Blue Crab
Recipe: Cucumber Gazpacho with Blue Crab
Our take on Spain’s O.G. chilled soup (cukes were used way before tomatoes) includes a hearty helping of blue crab and a prickle of heat from deseeded jalapeños.
Sweet Tea Granita
Recipe: Sweet Tea Granita
Here’s proof that the easiest desserts (essentially, sugar and water) can be summer’s most refreshing treat. Just steep sweet tea with lemon juice and orange zest, freeze, scrape, and top with a shot of bourbon or Gran Marnier.