The summer season is in full swing, which means hot days, long nights, and of course—picnics!
Picnics and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly—or in this case hummus and pita. Mix things up with these delicious Mediterranean-inspired picnic recipes and wow your friends and family the next time you spread your checkered blanket in the park. What better way to celebrate summer than with a Mediterranean beach-themed picnic!
Hummus & Pita
Hummus and pita bread is not only a classic, simple finger food, it might be the oldest snack food on the planet. Some records date this staple snack to 10,000 BC, and it’s no wonder it’s still around today. Hummus is packed with vitamins and minerals, and at Nanoosh, our organic chickpeas are sourced directly from Mediterranean farms for authenticity and goodness you can taste.
Pro tip: Add a mix of carrots, celery, and even sliced bell peppers for dipping.
Tzatziki & Other Sauces
Every Mediterranean picnic starts with dipping, and while hummus is the most obvious choice there are tons of other authentic Mediterranean sauces—like hearty shakshuka, creamy tahini, and cooling tzatziki—you can add to the mix.
Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese, Mint, and Lime
If caprese isn’t your cup of tea, beat the heat and impress your friends with a salad that’s sure to satisfy. Made up of cubed watermelon slices, fresh feta cheese, refreshing mint leaves, and a zest of lime juice, the Greek Watermelon Salad is guaranteed to be a party favorite.
Farro Mixed Bean Salad
When cooked just right, this grain has a natural bite and chewiness to it that will make surprise and delight any first timer. Simply boil 1 cup of farro for 10-15 minutes and when cooked add a mix of shelled edamame bean, chopped broccoli, green onions, chopped olives and parsley all tossed in olive oil, lemon zest. So fresh, it’s practically summer in a bowl.
Chicken & Hummus Wrap
Nothing says classic Mediterranean like an all-natural chicken wrap. This simple recipe of diced grilled chicken breast, fresh mixed greens, and a blend of tahini and hummus spread on pita bread is perfect for picnics. Easy to hold and even easier to eat, make sure you bring enough for everyone!
Labneh Veggie Sandwich
Once you’ve sampled the luxurious taste and creamy yet light texture of Labneh cheese spread across artisanal bread, you’ll never go back to boring bagels and cream cheese. Labneh is a low calorie sandwich spread that’s perfect for pairing with mixed greens, veggies, and zaatar (you gotta try it!) for a healthy vegetarian picnic.
Drinks & Dessert
Organic Hibiscus Berry Iced Tea
Don’t ruin the perfect picnic with sugary soda or uninspired lemonade from a powder. Beat the heat at Nanoosh with our refreshing homemade organic lemonade and organic hibiscus berry iced tea.
Moroccan Rice Pudding
Finish your picnic strong with a dessert that is sure to leave everyone talking! This classic eastern Mediterranean dessert is all about the preparation—first you boil the rice in water, then simmer it in milk for that delectable texture and taste.
For best results use organic arborio rice and make sure you don’t rush the simmer! Top with toasted almonds for the perfect finish to the perfect Mediterranean picnic.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have the time (or culinary skills!) to prepare the perfect Moroccan Rice Pudding, there’s another way. Just fill up a cooler with ice and grab a few rice pudding cups from Nanoosh on your way to Central Park. Portable and delicious, and people will love it.
At Nanoosh we’re all about good authentic food on the go to keep you outside and active this summer. Make your next picnic in the park a Mediterranean buffet and taste for yourself what millions of people already know.