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It’s Time for a Picnic

Now that summer is here, it’s time to go outside, spread a blanket on the ground, and have a picnic.

You can go all out with fancy linens and flatware, or you can keep it casual with paper napkins and plates. You can take simple sandwiches, or elaborate plates of charcuterie. Whichever you choose, don’t forget these essentials:

  • Plates, glasses, utensils, and serving spoons

  • A blanket for sitting on the ground

  • Napkins, paper towels, or sanitizer wipes

  • Ice and a bag for all trash

older woman lying on the ground on a picnic blanket

Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad


8 ounces Whole-Wheat Pasta

4 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

8 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Large Red Pepper, Diced

1 Large Orange Pepper, Diced

2 (15.5 oz.) Cans Chickpeas, Drained and Rinsed

1 (16 oz) Can Black Olives, Drained and Sliced

Shredded Cheddar Cheese for Topping


Cook pasta, following directions on box.

Make a vinaigrette by whisking vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt together until emulsified.

Add drained pasta to vinaigrette.

Add peppers, chickpeas, and olives. Toss well to coat.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

To serve, top with shredded cheddar.


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