Plan the Perfect Picnic with These Recipes & Giveaway | Colavita

Plan the Perfect Picnic with These Recipes & Giveaway

By Sabrina Tibbetts • August 01, 2019

Keep the festivities going this summer with a picnic! Nothing screams summer like gathering your friends and family at the park for a picnic. This time, you can impress them with these delicious summer recipes that are picnic approved! Keep reading for giveaway details at the end!

You can’t have a picnic without a cheese board, but making your own board can be a daunting task. We’re here to help! Your board should be cohesive but still offer a variety of different flavors and textures. Here’s what you need to assemble a cheese board that EVERYONE will love.

  1. Step 1. Prepare four different cheeses—We like Manchego or Parmegiano Reggiano, Mt Tam, Blue cheese, Humbolt Fog (a goat cheese)
  2. Step 2. Mix in fresh fruit like grapes, strawberries, apricots, cherries, and blackberries
  3. Step 3. Add the final touches with—nuts, crackers, honeycomb, and fruit jam.
  4. Step 4. Now for the fun part. Arrange the elements onto a wooden platter and make it cute!

The cheese board featured in these photos is created by the talented Melissa Clark of Fairchild’s Fromage. If you are in the New Jersey area and can’t even fathom creating a board as beautiful as hers, dial her up and order one for yourself!

When it comes to picnics, it’s all about fresh food, so what’s better than a crisp and juicy Apple Salad! This salad calls for Grammy Smith apples drizzled with a sweet and tangy honey mustard vinaigrette made with our Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar and EVOO. Top off the salad by sprinkling chopped hazelnuts and serve!

Sandwiches are essential to a perfect picnic and we’ve got a classic Pressed Italian Sandwich for you—they’re quick, easy, and most importantly, portable! These pressed sandwiches are perfect for any picnic or for a quick bite on the go! The key to this sandwich is the press. To perfect your press, wrap the sandwich tightly with plastic wrap and press it with anything you have on hand, from cookbooks to pans!

End your picnic with a bang and impress everyone with these adorable Key Lime Pie Cheesecakes in Jars. Instead of a pan, use glass half pint jars and fill them with the crust, key lime batter, and bake! When ready to serve, top it off with fresh raspberries, whipped cream, and lime zest—enjoy!

We hope you try some of these recipes for your next picnic outing, and stay tuned for more recipes!

Now for the giveaway!

We are giving away this fabulous Colavita picnic basket, stuffed with Colavita goodies so you can create the perfect picnic this summer! Want to win it? Of course you do!

Here's how:

  1. Head on over to Colavita’s Instagram Feed here.
  2. Like the photo of our fabulous picnic basket.
  3. Follow @colavitausa (if you don’t already).
  4. THEN: tag two friends in the comments. (multiple entries allowed. US only. giveaway closes 8/9 at 5 PM EST).

** Contest closes on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 5:00pm EST.

** Open to residents of USA only.

** Winner will be selected randomly and notified via DM on Monday, August 12, 2019 and through Instagram stories.

** Colavita reserves the right to replace/substitute items as required.


On the Apple Salad: You may need to whisk again before drizzling over the salad to make sure the oils and vinegars are well combined. They will separate if left alone too long.

On the CheeseBoard: They're truly a work of art so take your time when assembling it—it takes about 20 mins.

On the Pressed Italian Sandwich: Before assembling, split the bread in half and scoop out the inside of both the top and bottom, leaving a 1/2-inch thick shell.

On the Key Lime Pie Cheesecakes in Jars: Spoon 2 tablespoons of the crust into each of the 6 half pint jars and gently press into the bottom—then add the filling.

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