An Asian-inspired Summer Picnic with Light and Savory Flavors

With summer in full swing, hosting a picnic party is a no-brainer. But, ever consider an Asian-inspired picnic? You’ll be surprised at the unique and savory flavors of an Asian menu that you’ll definitely be cooking them up for your picnic basket by the end of this post! Let’s begin!

Pack a Light and Savory Picnic with Asian-inspired Flavors!

Asian inspired summer picnic with light and savory flavors

1 – Asian noodles in a jar via Foxes Love Lemons. Such an easy recipe using soba noodles, edamame, carrots, red peppers, and fried noodles with a spicy peanut dressing!

2 – Onigiri rice balls with sesame seeds, cucumber, tuna, seaweed, and avocado from Taste.com.
Hint: these are almost always available as ready made items at many Japanese groceries.

3 – Vietnamese spring rolls with crispy tofu from Minimalist Baker. The accompanying dipping sauce that uses almond butter as a base brings a nice mix of savory and sweet flavors.

4 – Chinese almond cookies as seen on Land O’ Lakes.
Hint: if you are too lazy to make them, you can also buy them ready made at the grocery. See the Asian food aisle!

5 – Jasmine green iced tea limeade with honey as seen on Jessica Gavin’s blog. What a refreshing summer drink using jasmine and green tea!

What to Pack in Your Picnic Basket?

When packing your picnic basket for an Asian-inspired picnic, think light and easy clean-up after the picnic. Here are a couple of items to bring:

  1. Disposable chopsticks
  2. Chinese takeout boxes
  3. Napkins
  4. Soy sauce packets
  5. Limes

UPDATED POST FOR 2020

p>We’re back with an updated post for the summer of 2020! While we are all trying to stay safe right now, why not plan a fun backyard picnic or head off to your local park (if, it’s open)? Or, plan a trunk picnic with your besties and meet in your old school’s parking lot.

Here are our suggestions for what to bring:

Asian summer picnic with easy recipes

  1. Baked Thai Peanut Chicken Egg Rolls via The Creative Bite
  2. Teriyaki Potstickers via Land O’ Lakes
  3. Spam Onigirazu via Just One Cookbook
  4. Chinese Egg Custard Tarts via Real California Milk
  5. Organic Japanese Iced Tea via Amazon

Don’t forget you can always include iced coffee or tea with boba! Make your favorite lychee slushie or chilled teas like oolong, jasmine, or barley.

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