Light & Fresh Picnic Recipes

Fill your picnic basket with these deliciously healthy recipes.

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Greek Salad Club
Greek Salad Club

    Spread hummus onto pita bread and layer with feta cheese, Greek dressing, and crisp veggies.

All-Wrapped-Up Salad

    Silverware optional. Take this convenient lunch along on your next walk or bike ride. Chock-full of potassium and magnesium -- essential nutrients for regulating a healthy blood pressure -- this garden-on-the-go is sure to please.

Chicken & Hummus Pitas

    Brush chicken breasts with a mixture of oil, lemon juice, and spices, then broil your chicken straight on the rack. Packed with the chicken, hummus, tomato, and yogurt, these pocket sandwiches will fill you up for less than 300 calories.

Lemon Veggie Couscous

    Chock-full of tender-crunchy vegetables, hearty herbs, and fresh lemon, this dish shines at any gathering. You'll also love that it comes together in 25 minutes flat.

Open-Face Ratatouille Sandwiches

    Filling, nutrient-rich eggplant, zucchini, and squash make this simple sandwich a ideal choice for your summer picnic.

Garden Sliders

    These mini sandwiches feature slices of crisp cucumber, juicy tomato, grilled summer squash, and a garlicky white bean puree.

Bacon, Spinach, and Tomato Salsa Sandwich

    Spinach adds powerful antioxidants to this fresh twist on the classic BLT sandwich.

Salad Nicoise Sandwich

    As abundant in heart-healthy omega-3s as it is in the bold flavors of southern France, this sandwich has just 210 calories per serving.

Gazpacho Sandwich to Go

    This sandwich is piled high with all the veggies that make gazpacho irresistible -- and then some. Fresh mint and basil from your garden brighten it up.

Cucumber and Apricot Sandwiches

    This meatless sandwich combines a refreshing mix of cucumber, basil, nectarines, and arugula. Low-fat cream cheese makes a simple spread.

Kiwi Melon Cooler

    Blend apple juice, honeydew, and kiwis in this thick, satisfying drink. You'll love the taste and the calorie count, too.

Fruit Bowl Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

    Toss colorful fruits (filled with antioxidants) in this divine treat you can prep in 25 minutes.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

    This garden-fresh salsa is hard to beat -- and you can make it up to three days ahead.

Ginger-Tomato Salad

    A tangy-sweet vinaigrette is all it takes to make this simple mix of fresh ginger and grape tomatoes a hit.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

    There are no surprises in the ingredients list -- all are classic baking items you likely have in your pantry -- but we've trimmed the cholesterol by using refrigerated egg product and by cutting down on the oil.

Potato and Squash Salad

    A fresh blend of herbs spices up this Caribbean-influenced salad. Add grilled chicken for filling protein.

Chili Corn Snack Mix

    This guiltless, crunchy mix is a combination of hearty cereal and dried fruit -- great for an outdoor party or picnic.

Italian Popcorn

    Spice up your picnic with a few handfuls of this low-fat treat, flavored by a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

Apple Crunch Mix

    For the taste of warm apple pie -- without all the calories -- try this yummy make-ahead snack. It stays fresh for up to a week in an airtight container.

Must-Have Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Oats, raisins, and peanut butter add a nutrition boost to this all-American favorite.

Apricot-Sage Cookies

    Sweet apricot spread fills these crisp cookie sandwiches. With 5 grams of fat per serving, they're lighter than most cookies.

Fresh Lemonade

    There's nothing more refreshing than a cool glass of lemonade. Freshen it up by mixing in slices of kiwifruit and honeydew melon.

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