The sun-baked days of August beg for a lazy, leisurely picnic packed with farm-fresh produce and favorite bites like mint-kissed melon or potato salad topped with silky dressing. This week, spend an afternoon with family and friends nibbling away at a picnic-perfect salad tossed with smoked salmon—see this week’s recipes for three different ideas, fresh with ingredients like heirloom tomato, Italian pepperoncini and crisp cucumber, or juicy blueberries and lemon honey vinaigrette. Also included in this bright lineup: Sparkling Rosé wine, velvety crème fraîche and our housemade crostini.
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
Smoked Salmon Salad with Blueberries and Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
Toss this crisp salad with your choice of fresh or pickled blueberries.
Lemon Honey Vinaigrette
This lovely vinaigrette is bright with lemon juice, sweet honey and fresh parsley.
Tart-sweet and incredibly addictive, these pickled berries are a wonderful finishing touch for salads and sandwiches (try them on grilled cheese)!
Smoked Salmon Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes & Red Wine Vinaigrette
This luscious salad hails to the Mediterranean, with cucumbers, pepperoncini and olives.
Summer Red Wine Vinaigrette
File this one away: This versatile vinaigrette pairs beautifully with summery greens and pasta salads.
Smoked Salmon Salad with Crème Fraîche & Parcel Leaf Celery
Serve this creamy salmon salad atop a bed of greens with sliced cucumber and heirloom tomato on the side.
Potato Salad with Crème Fraîche & Mint
This unique recipe from Jamie Oliver ingeniously combines fresh mint, crème fraîche and Anaheim chile.
Melon with Fresh Mint & Lime Syrup
Try this sweet-tart syrup over your favorite summer melon.