4 Healthy-licious Summer Picnic Recipes

4 Healthy-licious Summer Picnic RecipesInstead of grabbing the usual hotdogs, chips, coleslaw, and sodas, how about serving a healthy holiday picnic this year?

The season for picnics and BBQs is upon us with the holiday weekend fast approaching and summer just around the corner. We recently taste-tested some these recipes at my friend Nita’s house and WOW were they fantastic!

With a rainbow full of fresh ingredients like Salmon, Asparagus, Avocado, Watermelon, Wild Rice, Artichoke Hearts, Blueberries, Raspberries, Mangos, Kiwis, Cilantro, Basil, Ginger, Mint, Lemon, and Kalamata Olive Oil, you’ll be getting a day’s worth of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and Omega 3’s in one sitting—serious happy food. And you won’t be giving up any flavors…just don’t be surprised by all the compliments you’ll receive on your healthy-licious summer picnic!

Ginger Grilled Salmon with Asparagus

Freshly grated ginger plus TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute really make this fish outstanding…try with other sustainably caught fish like Mahi or Halibut too, they’re all good!

1 whole salmon, filleted into 2 halves
1” fresh ginger
1 TBSP TJ’s Kalamata Olive Oil
1 TBSP TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute
1 tsp black pepper
2 lbs asparagus

Lay each fillet on a piece of foil and fold up the sides to make a foil “boat” around the fish, leaving tops open. Drizzle with TJ’s Kalamata Olive Oil and rub into fish. Sprinkle fillets with black pepper and TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute. Grate fresh ginger uniformly over the top of both fillets.

Place foil “boats” on grill and grill on medium-high heat until fish is done to your desire, about 15-20-minutes.

Wash and prep asparagus spears and toss in TJ’s Kalamata Olive Oil. Place on grill with fish. Tend and turn until done, about 10 minutes.

Serves 6

Avocado Watermelon Salad

Rich and creamy avocados pair so nicely with the watermelon, cilantro, and lime, you’ll be coming back for seconds on this one! TJ’s Kalamata Olive Oil is a personal favorite, with such a zesty bite to it you’ll practically be drinking it down.

4 large ripe avocados, cut in 1” cubes
8 cups watermelon, cut in 1” cubes
½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
2 TBSP TJ’s Kalamata Olive Oil
2 limes, juiced

Toss the avocado and watermelon cubes with TJ’s Kalamata Olive Oil and lime juice, add cilantro leaves and toss again. Chill until served.

Serves 6

Wild Rice Artichoke Salad

Artichoke hearts and lemon zest brighten up this chewy-crunchy autumn-ingredient salad for summer.

2 cups wild rice, cooked
2 cans quartered artichoke hearts
1 carrot, grated
2 celery stalks, sliced
2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
3 TBSP dried cranberries
¼ cup chopped almonds

2 TBSP Avocado Oil
1 large lemon, juiced
½ tsp alder smoked sea salt
zest of 1 lemon

Mix together wild rice, artichoke hearts, grated carrot, celery, green onions, cranberries, and almonds. Mix up the dressing and toss over salad.

Serves 6

Kaleidoscope Fruit Salad

This recipe is one of my all-time summer favorites. Sweet berries and mango tangle with sweet-tart kiwis, spicy basil, and mint leaves making for a tasty kaleidoscope of colors!

2 cups organic blueberries
2 cups organic raspberries
2 cups mango, cubed
4 kiwis, sliced
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, julienned
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, julienned
2 limes, juiced
zest of 1 lime

Wash and gently toss fruit with lime juice, lime zest, basil, and mint.

Serves 6

Have a fun holiday weekend and enjoy these recipes. Thanks for the great inspirations Nita!

Please leave a comment to let us know which one was your favorite, or one of your favorite, healthy holiday picnic recipes.

3 Responses to “4 Healthy-licious Summer Picnic Recipes”

  1. Laren Watson

    Thanks Heidi! These recipes look delicious and I even have most of the ingredients already! We grill our salmon on aluminum foil all the time. My suggestion would be to keep the skin on the salmon fillets so that it sticks to the foil and your fish doesn’t come in contact with the aluminum that way. Bon appetit!

    • Heidi

      GREAT tips Laren, thanks so much for sharing… Yes, other than cooking fish, I never cook in aluminum. You can also do the fish right on the grill but it seems to stay more moist in the foil. Enjoy your holiday weekend! 🙂

  2. Kathy Fontaine

    Every recipe sounds delicious…I will be trying all of them!


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