A Romantic Picnic for Two: Four Tips from the Pros

Pack up a wicker basket and give your dining table a break. Whether a lazy Sunday in the park, a sandy seaside afternoon, or even sprawled side by side on a blanket in your own backyard, there’s nothing more romantic than a picnic for two. Here are the best spring and summer recipes from some of our favorite culinary stars to inspire an effortless, sexy outdoor rendezvous.

 

Under the Tuscan sun

Superstar chef Giada De Laurentiis of Food Network’s “Everyday Italian” brings a fresh take on Mediterranean flavors with her “Picnic Picks.” Her penne pasta with baby spinach, goat cheese, along with ham, gruyère, and apple panini and a garbanzo bean and olive tapenade dip will transport you to the Tuscan countryside.

Ready, Set, Go

For those who love American summer staples, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reinvents go-to comfort dishes into creative classics. Her “Pack and Go” recipes include a roasted chicken, vegetable and lettuce salad—a perfect all-in-one dish that is well balanced and chock full of nutrients. Potato salad with cabbage is a rich, creamy, but healthy spin on two old favorites. Enjoy a sweet ending to end a sweet day by indulging in walnut brownie cookies.

Two if by Land, Two if by Sea

Food Network’s “Boy Meets Grill” top chef, Bobby Flay, transforms simple seaside fare into fresh, flavorful dishes that could be eaten on a park bench in the city or under the beach umbrella. His “Urban Picnic” includes grilled tuna salad sandwiches, orzo and grilled shrimp salad, and bittersweet double chocolate coconut s’mores.

Hot Fun in the Summer Time

Rachel Ray, famed TV talk show chef, offers a range of inspired yet easy salads that tickle the palette from the first bite to the last. Tomato and onion salad, raw corn salad, and chutney chicken salad give a little kick of color and flavor to any picnic for two.

Of course a picnic wouldn’t be complete without the perfect beverage to accompany it. Pack a cooler with one of Love&’s featured cocktails such as the seductive French 75 or a lighter, summery White Negroni.

Linger on your blanket until the golden hour. The early evening glow is a beautiful backdrop and also a golden reminder that life’s simple pleasures are just that: simple.