The days are getting shorter and the sun isn’t shining quite as bright, but if you’re like us, you’re not ready yet to give up your picnics. Besides, now that the hot days of summer are behind us, eating outdoors has never been more fun. Get inspired with these Paleo Picnic Ideas for the early Fall.
Color Pop Kale Slaw
Here’s a refreshing twist on a picnic classic. Gone are the days of wilting, mushy tubs of coleslaw and potato salad. Add some crunch to your brunch with local vegetables, powerhouse antioxidants, and rich flavor.
- 1 small bunch dinosaur kale, shredded
- 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
- 1 – 2 carrots, finely grated
- 1/4 red onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (optional)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons pepitas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons water
Toss fresh vegetables in a large salad bowl, pour dressing, toss again, and top with seeds. Crunch, munch, and help yourself to seconds!
These antipasto stuffed peppers are the bee’s knees! Quick, easy, and delicious, this dish will make sandwiches seem like yesterday’s stale bread.
The Good Stuff
- ½ pound ground grass-fed beef, chicken, or pork
- 4 large sweet or green peppers, locally sourced
- 1 jar artichoke salad (salt-free)
- 1/4 red onion thinly sliced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
Prep and Serve
Pick your pepper; sliced long ways into boats or snip the tops off and stuff like apples. Either style is sure to be delicious. Clean out the seeds and ribs, then begin layering. Start with meat add artichokes, layer with remaining ingredients, and repeat. Expert foodie tip: apple-style peppers are more convenient for picnic lunches. Simply pop the top back on, wrap, and take on the go.
Looking to refuel from a mid-morning run? Cucumbers are your best workout buddy. Hydrating, antioxidant rich, and beneficial in regulating blood sugar, getting your greens has never been easier. No need to cheat on your fitness regime at the first sign of a Fall cookout. A great way to ensure there are always Paleo options is to bring a side and share the joy of wellness!
Chop 1 and 1/2 cups of fresh cucumber into cubes and create your own inspired dish by adding;
- 1 cup of melon (honey dew, watermelon, and cantaloupe are seasonal favorites)
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- Top with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar
For added flair, garnish with a sprig of mint.
Skip the burgers and hold the hot dogs! Grilled mustard chicken with walnut sauce is BBQ ready and packed with protein.
The Secret Sauce
- 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
- 4 chicken legs
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons finely minced parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely minced thyme
- Chopped walnuts, freshly cracked pepper and parsley, to garnish
In a blender, combine sauce ingredients until evenly mixed. Dip chicken legs in balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with parsley and thyme. Grill on low heat. Marinate and serve with green beans.
All Aboard the Snack Wagon
A picnic wouldn’t be complete without snacks and desserts! Here are a few Paleo-friendly ideas that are sure to inspire.
- Replace chips with baked plantains, lightly seasoned with pepper and olive oil.
- Play with your food and get creative with fun fruit designs and serving ideas for the kids.
- Embrace the sunshine and serve up shaved ice or sorbet using whole, unsweetened fruit juice and Paleo-friendly toppings like Goji berries, cacao nibs, and unsweetened coconut shreds.
Looking for more great recipes? Check out Paleo approved Oysters on the Half Shell.