The pleasant days of early June practically beg for a lazy, leisurely picnic packed with farm-fresh produce such as sun-ripened cherry tomatoes and favorite bites like baby red potato salad topped with silky dressing. This week, spend an afternoon with family and friends nibbling away at a picnic-perfect quartet—smoked salmon, velvety crème fraîche, pickled red onions and Jewish Rye bread. Also included in this bright lineup: A bevy of bright salad greens and all the ingredients for a delicious fresh apricot galette.
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Mint Simple Syrup
Try this easy syrup splashed into your next glass of lemonade!
Rye Bread Toasts
This week’s loaf makes excellent crostini to pair with smoked salmon and lemon crème fraîche.
Lemon Crème Fraîche
This versatile concoction can be used as a salad vinaigrette atop spring greens, or spread over Jewish Rye toasts with this week’s smoked salmon.
Smoked Salmon Salad with Spring Greens & Lemon-Dill Vinaigrette
Tossed with a fresh lemon-dill vinaigrette, this salad exudes the light, refreshing flavors of the season.
In addition to this week’s salad, this versatile dressing pairs well with roasted baby carrots.
Potato Salad with Crème Fraîche & Mint
This unique recipe from Jamie Oliver ingeniously combines fresh mint, crème fraîche and Anaheim chile.
Sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, this fresh tart is sure to please.