Summer Eats, Part I

These next couple of weeks on the Liv Ahwatukee blog are all about picnics! Picnics are a summertime staple. Phoenix is sweltering in the summer, but you can always plan a night picnic or a summer party right in your apartment! This week we’ve got five dish ideas for your next party; next week we’ll be featuring five dessert recipes.


Mediterranean Pasta Salad from Little Spice Jar

Let’s start our picnic with a salad! This Mediterranean Pasta Salad is a delectable blend of flavors, and it’s pretty easy to make. The only thing you really need to “cook” is the pasta — just throw the rest of the ingredients together, and you’ve got your dish! Little Spice Jar recommends adding chicken to the recipe for an “even heartier” salad.


Chipotle Black Bean Tomato Corn Avocado Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Mediterranean pasta salad is great, but sometimes you want something a little lighter. Chipotle Black Bean Tomato Corn Avocado Salad uses the freshest ingredients for a full and refreshing taste. We recommend using locally grown vegetables from a local farmer’s market to make this salad. Also — just as a side note — the dressing is to die for.


Loaded Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Inside Bru Crew Life

These Loaded Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs are our favorite picnic treat. Your deviled eggs just got an upgrade, with cream cheese and jalapeno. This spicy treat is the perfect side for any summer picnic with friends or as a snack for the big game.


Pressed Picnic Sandwiches from The Crepes of Wrath

Fancy up your picnic with this Pressed Picnic Sandwiches recipe. These sandwiches take a little longer to prepare than your “average” sandwich — you’re supposed to press them in the fridge for twenty-four hours — but the result is worth it, trust us. These scrumptious sandwiches will change the way to eat your cold cuts.


Spinach Artichoke Hand Pies from Will Cook For Smiles

If you love spinach artichoke dip, this is the recipe for you. It’s always smart to have a second main dish option at a party. The pressed picnic sandwiches we just mentioned are great, but not everyone likes the same thing. Accommodate all of your friends with this delicious dish.


What are your favorite summer picnic dishes? What should we make at our next picnic? Give us your recipe recommendations in the comments!