July is National Picnic Month. It's time to pack up your picnic baskets, gather your family and friends, and head outdoors for a day at the park, beach or on top of a mountain covered with trees. Make things easy by packing simple, portable foods in your basket like this Mason Jar Salmon Nicoise Salad. and don't forget the Gallo wine!
Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.
Here in Phoenix, AZ it's too hot to picnic outdoors, but a quick drive north provides plenty of picnic-worthy spots. Our favorite places to spread a picnic blanket and watch the kids play include the many lakes in Northern Arizona. We pack plenty of healthy snacks, fruit, drinks and usually a big salad of some sort. I like to assemble the main dish ahead of time so it's simple to sit down on the picnic blanket and serve to everyone.
Sunday Supper and Gallo Family Vineyards have teamed up once again to help you with your picnic inspiration and planning. From appetizers to dessert, the Sunday Supper Team has you covered with their favorite picnic foods. If you need even more inspiration, visit Gallo Family's Picnic Blog Page which is dedicated to helping you pack and plan the best picnic ever.
A simple vinaigrette of good quality red wine vinegar, minced shallots which are much milder in taste than onion and a good squeeze of lemon along with fresh herbs make the salmon shine in this salad.
TIME 10 MINUTES PREP SERVES 2-3
YOU WILL NEED
1-14 ounce can of Alaskan pink salmon, drained
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 tablespoons (small handful) fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon good quality olive oil
1/4 cup good quality red wine vinegar
1 whole juicy lemon, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper to taste
2 cups frozen French green beans, thawed
3 whole, Organic, Free Range eggs, hard boiled
2 cups packed baby Spring lettuce mix
1/2 cup (handful) Kalmata olives, pitted
In a medium sized bowl, mix together first 8 ingredients. Remove the shells from the eggs, discard shells. Cut the eggs in fourths. In a 1 quart Mason jar, spoon in the salmon mixture then layer with thawed beans, eggs, olives then lettuce. This should give you just over 3 cups. Screw on the lid and refrigerate until ready to use. If your picnic destination is more than a few hours away or it's going to be very hot during transport or until ready to serve, keep the jar in a cooler.
My favorite part of going on a picnic is sitting in the shade of a huge tree high up in the mountains overlooking the calm waters of the lake were my kids hunt for crawfish and other assorted creepy crawlies. I look forward to pouring myself and my husband a glass of wine to sip on while we enjoy the cool, crisp outdoor air.
Gallo Family Vineyards has a wonderful assortment of wines to satisfy everyone. I typically like a cold glass of their Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay in the summer, which would pair wonderfully with this Salmon Nicoise Salad. On this picnic, however, we chose to bring along Gallo's Cabernet Sauvignon. The small bottles of wine were a perfect fit for our picnic basket and there is no need to keep Cabernet Sauvignon chilled -- making it simple to bring along!
If you're not familiar with Gallo Family Vineyards, they have a fun Facebook page that is very family oriented and fun. They share photos and wine pairings for every occasion from National Picnic Day to Father's Day.
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For purely visual inspiration, you have to check out their Instagram feed. They post gorgeous dinner party table spreads, grilling suggestions and picnic baskets filled with goodies.
Whether your a novice cook looking for some extra help in the kitchen or just need some fun ideas on party planning, picnic basket packing and more, Gallo Family is on YouTube sharing short videos and how-to's involving food and wine.
I love every Gallo wine I've tried and as a frugal mom of four, I also love how affordable they are. To find out were to buy Gallo Family Vineyards wine click here.
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