5 Delicious Picnic Salad Recipes

Skip the traditional macaroni or potato salad from the supermarket this time and make one of our delicious picnic salads instead! All five are super simple to throw together, travel well and will hit the spot for every member of your family.

1. Italian Pasta Salad Recipe

Serves: 5-10
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy


1 360-gram (12-ounce) package bowtie pasta
55 grams (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
1 300-gram (10-ounce) package baby spinach leaves
1 tomato, diced
250 mL (1 cup) Italian salad dressing
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can black olives, drained (optional)


1. Prepare pasta according to directions on package. Drain
2. Transfer pasta to mixing bowl and add feta cheese, baby spinach leaves and diced tomato. Add the olives, if desired

In a separate bowl, mix together salad dressing and lemon juice, adding salt and pepper to taste, for the vinaigrette. Pour your vinaigrette over pasta and toss. Refrigerate for 4 hours. Serve chilled


2. Fiesta Corn and Black Bean Salad

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy


1 can (450-gram) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (450-gram) corn, drained
1 can (450-gram) diced tomatoes with green chillies, drained
1 ;red bell pepper, seeded, diced
1/2 small red onion, diced
50 mL (1/4 cup) cilantro, finely chopped


125 mL (1/2 cup) canola oil
5 mL (1 teaspoon) chilli powder
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Combine all salad ingredients in a medium-size bowl
2. In a separate small mixing bowl, combine all dressing ingredients with a whisk
3. Pour dressing over salad mixture, gently tossing with a large spoon. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, and then place in the refrigerator until ready to serve



3. Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy



1 large bag coleslaw mix
2 packages of ramen noodles, crushed
75 mL (1/3 cup) sliced almonds
125 mL (1/2 cup) snap peas
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
125 mL (1/2 cup) green onions, sliced
Sesame seeds (optional)


125 mL (1/2 cup) canola oil
75 mL (1/3 cup) honey
125 mL (1/2 cup) rice wine vinegar
10 mL (2 teaspoons) soy sauce
7.5 mL (1/2 tablespoon) sesame oil


1. Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl

Tip: Keep a roll (or a few sheets in a plastic bag) of Bounty paper towels on hand.



4. Easy Panzanella Salad


1 loaf crusty bread, cut into 2.5-centimetre croutons
1820 grams medium tomatoes (any variety) cut into wedges
1 medium cucumber, deseeded and cut into 2.5-centimetre squares
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
1 small bunch basil, torn
125 mL olive oil
50 mL red wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and fresh ground black pepper


1. Heat oven to 150 C (300 F). Place croutons on a baking sheet and cook until firm (about 15 minutes)
2. Smash a clove of garlic and remove the skin. Rub the inside of the serving bowl with garlic. Discard the garlic. Add olive oil and vinegar and whisk to combine
3. Combine the remaining ingredients in the bowl. Toss well and season with salt and pepper"



5. Chickpea Veggie Salad


For the salad:

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
75 mL pitted Kalamata olives
120 grams feta cheese, crumbled or cut into 2.5-centimetre cubes
1 of each red, yellow and green bell pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
15 grape tomatoes, halved
1 sliced cucumber, quartered

For the dressing:

10 mL (2 teaspoons) olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
30 mL (2 tablespoons) freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 mL (1 teaspoon) dried oregano
Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste


1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl
2. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and oregano. Pour onto salad and toss to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste
This can be served as a side or main dish. Serve immediately or refrigerate.


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