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Romantic Picnic Ideas:
Planning a Romantic Picnic for Your Sweetie

Planning a romantic picnic for your sweetie? Then our romantic picnic ideas (including a wonderful --and easy-- picnic menu) are just what you're looking for.

The truth is, there's noting quite as romantic and unpretentious as a picnic on a beautiful day. It kind of reminds you of why you're with your significant other in the first place-- for the joy of simply being together!

Don't have the weather for a picnic and want to plan a romantic dinner for an anniversary, Valentine's Day, or just for fun? I've got lots of great romantic menus and romantic date ideas here!

Or planning any type of picnic? Check out my picnic planning pages here.


Our Romantic Picnic Menu

Planning a romantic picnic at the lakeside Each of the romantic picnic ideas and recipes below is easy to put together, and can be assembled a couple of hours in advance to allow you to get everything prepared and ready to transport. With a bottle or two of wine, plastic plates and cutlery, you may wish you could eat like this every day!

Main Dish: Turkey, Avocado, and Brie Sandwiches with Herb Mayonnaise

Side 1: French Green Bean, Cucumber, and Red Potato Salad

Side 2: Cold Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Soup

Served with: A chilled Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio

Dessert: Chocolate-covered strawberries or Chocolate Mousse

Want to add a little romance in addition to a whole pile of great food? We've got some creative ideas here that will make the romantic picnic ideas and recipes on this page all the much more special.

Side 1: French Green Bean, Cucumber,
and Red Potato Salad Recipe

Red potato salad with green beans and cucumbers for a romantic picnicNot even in the same family as your traditional mayo-based potato salad, this wonderful romantic picnic recipe is perfect for a summer picnic... or to make you feel like it's summer on a chilly Valentine's day.

Don't buy regular green beans for this-- you need the thin, sweet French green beans called Haricots Verts. If you can't find them, you can slice regular green beans in half lenghtwise-- but the flavor won't be quite the same. But no matter how you make it, this wonderful picnic salad is delicious, and a nice change of pace from your average potato salad recipe.

Serves 3-4. You'll want the leftovers!

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Ingredients:
3/4 lb. red potatoes (the smallest you can find)
1/2 lb. thin, young French green beans (haricots verts)
1/4 lb. English cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/4 C. fresh dill, chopped
1/4 C. minced red onion
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. teaspoon sugar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions: 1. Prepare washed, cleaned potatoes by cutting the larger ones (over 1 1/2" or so in diameter -- smaller ones can stay whole) in half, then salting all potatoes lightly. Steam for about 15 minutes, until tender. Cool.

2. Trim the French green beans, then steam for about 6 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Cool.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, green beans, cucumber, dill, and onion.

4. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt, sugar, mustard, and pepper to taste. Pour over potato mixture and stir gently to mix.

5. Let flavors combine for about an hour in the refrigerator. If desired, taste and adjust for seasonings, adding more oil, lemon, salt, etc., as needed.


Side 2: Cold Tomato, Garlic, and Basil Soup Recipe

Cold Tomato Basil Garlic Soup RecipeIf you're planning a romantic picnic in summer, you're going to want dishes like this to beat the heat. This chilled, fresh soup is the perfect romantic picnic idea-- fresh, summery, and easy to make, it's a refreshing alternative to mayonnaise-based salads. Pack it up in a thermos to keep it cold until you reach your picnic destination.

Serves 2 to 4 people.

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Ingredients:
1/2 head roasted garlic (find instructions here)
2 lbs. vine-ripened tomatoes
2 tsp. good-quality balsamic vinegar
Hot pepper sauce, to taste
2-3 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 C. chopped fresh basil

Instructions: 1. Quarter tomatoes and peel your half-head of roasted garlic.

2. In a blender, puree garlic and tomatoes (in several batches, if necessary). Pass each batch of puree through a sieve.

3. Stir in vinegar, pepper sauce, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Cover and chill until very cold. Can be refrigerated at this point up to a day.

4. Before serving (or before transporting to your picnic location), stir in basil. Taste for seasonings and add extra salt and pepper, if needed.

Want some more great romantic picnic ideas? This page is chock full of 'em!

Main Dish: Turkey, Avocado, and
Brie Sandwiches with Herb Mayonnaise

Turkey Sandwich Recipe on a Baguette with Herbed Mayo, Avocado, and BrieWhen you read the ingredients list, this sandwich may sound strange. But it tastes anything but weird... because this combination of flavors is just wonderful! Serving this is a great romantic picnic idea, because it's delicious, elegant, and easy to transport. It also tastes wonderful at room temperature.

Serves 2.

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Ingredients:
2 individual French rolls (or small baguettes), split
1/2 lb. smoked deli turkey, sliced thin
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
1 tbsp. minced fresh oregano
1 to 1/2 tsp. minced fresh garlic (to taste)
3-4 slices pepperoni, finely chopped
1.5 oz. good quality brie, sliced
1 lg. tomato, sliced
2 C. baby spinach leaves, washed and dried
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions: 1. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, herbs, garlic, and pepperoni.

2. Spread mayonnaise mixture over both sides of your French roll halves.

3. On the bottom of each roll, layer remaining ingredients in the following order: sliced brie, turkey, tomatoes, avocado, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and spinach. Divide ingredients evenly between the two sandwiches.

4. Top each with the other half of your French roll, wrap in foil or parchment paper, and refrigerate until ready to transport. Best when prepared no more than 2 hours in advance.


Dessert Recipes: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
and Ultra Creamy Nutella Mousse

To accompany the rest of these great romantic picnic ideas and recipes, we've got some great romantic dessert recipes on our other pages!

Go here for our easy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries recipe,

or...

Visit this page for a sinfully delicious but oh-so-easy Nutella Chocolate Mousse


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