I wanted Jake’s birthday picnic to be more than just a bunch of mushy cheese sarnies, soggy salads and some bruised grapes
I wanted really good, tasty, decadent food which would blow him away.
And, as I found it exceptionally difficult to find many veggie friendly picnic recipes online, I thought I’d do a little series of posts on what I did manage to find!
(And no fear, you can obviously add meat substitutes if you’re dying to be a lil more carnivorous.. I’ll suggest a couple of things I think you could add for each recipe to make them more appealing to you meat lovers)
Enter Posh Picnic item numero one, the Summertime Pasta Salad
A brilliant, summery pasta salad which you can prepare in advance and let all the fragrant flavours really sink in for a truly fresh kick to your picnic, or bring it along to a barbecue to be everyone’s favourite guest.
Get your hands on:
310 g small shell-shaped pasta
3 cloves garlic
255 g yellow cherry tomatoes
255 g red cherry tomatoes
1 handful black olives, pitted
2 tablespoons fresh chives
1 handful fresh basil
4 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or to taste
7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
drizzle of lemon juice
freshly ground black pepper
(Meat addition: Chorizo cubes)
The pasta I used was a mix of fusili and spirali as I couldn’t find any of the specified type anywhere, it worked fine, if not a little big!
Cook your pasta according to packet instructions, along with the garlic cloves
Drain and run under cold water until cool
Put the garlic cloves to one side till later
Chop the tomatoes, cucumber, olives and herbs into pieces about half the size of the pasta
Mix the pasta and the chopped veg in a bowl
Squash the garlic cloves out of their skins and mush in a pestle and mortar. Add the vinegar, oil, lemon juice and seasoning and mix together
Drizzle over the salad
Leave for the flavours to mingle overnight, or get stuck in straight away!