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When my fiancee' and I get back from our honeymoon next month, we are thinking about having a large picnic for everyone that we work with. We work in the same place (where me met), and have grown pretty close to most of the people there, so it would be a fun thing to do for them.<br><br><br><br>
However, we're wondering what to do about the food. Everything else is easy- we would rent a city park for a day along with gear for volleyball, basketball & baseball, and half a couple half barrels and soda. What can we feed a bunch of omnis that would be "normal" food? Grilling veggie burgers & weiners would be out of the question- that wouldn't go over with them at all. Plus, it would get very pricey.<br><br><br><br>
The only thing I can come up with is to make a big sh!tload of pb&j sandwiches, cut them in half and wrap them in plastic wrap. We would also have chips, pretzels, maybe some fruit salad.<br><br><br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions? It's got to be something that is not only veggie (of course!), but relatively inexpensive and "picknicky" (is that a word??). I'd really appreciate any suggestions!
 

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Pasta salad can be massively cheap. Get a bunch of noodles, tomatoes, and some other vegetable (peppers are good, or chopped asparagus while it's in season!), and a couple bottles of italian dressing. Toss it all together and refridgerate over night.<br><br><br><br>
Similarly, potato salad, other macaroni salads...<br><br><br><br>
You could have veggie, dip, hummus, pita, cracker platters.<br><br><br><br>
And of course, chips, salsa...<br><br><br><br>
I've found that veggie sushi is a big hit with anyone and is kind of a nice cool treat on a picnic. But, it can get pricey.<br><br><br><br>
Fruit salad. Get a big watermelon, split it in half and gut it. Then chop up a bunch of other fruits to "stuff" it with. It looks so pretty!
 

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Another idea:<br><br><br><br>
If you want to put in the time and effort... Get a bunch of flour tortillas for cheap. Spread them with hummus, lettuce, tomato, shredded carrots, maybe some sprouts and roll them up. Then slice them into fours, making those cute little rolls that are so shnazzy these days at deli counters.
 

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Wow, Charity! Thanks for the great suggestions!!! The pasta salad would probably go over very well (also the potato salad). Hmmmm. I'm really getting excited over this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:">
 

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You could also make coleslaw and vegan baked beans. If you need recipes for these, just post here and let me know.
 

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here are a couple of picnic pleasers that are vegan they are made to serve 4, but are easily made in mass quantities!<br><br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Modern Waldorf Salad</span><br><br>
Juice of 1 lemon<br><br>
1/2 c. water<br><br>
4 ripe pears cored and sliced<br><br>
4 celery stalks, thinly sliced<br><br>
3 grated carrots<br><br>
1 1/4 c. coarsely chopped walnuts<br><br>
1 1/4 c. raisins ( i like to use golden and dark)<br><br>
1 T. fresh mint, roughly chopped<br><br><br><br><br><br><i>for the dressing</i><br><br>
2 T. red wine vinegar<br><br>
1 t. dijon mustard<br><br>
4 T. walnut oil<br><br>
1 T. Canola Oil<br><br>
sea salt and fresh ground pepper<br><br><br><br>
Combine the lemon juice and water in large bowl. Add pears and toss until coated. Let sit 10 minutes then drain.<br><br><br><br>
To make dressing: Put all ingredients in shaker and shake vigorously until blended.<br><br><br><br>
Put celery, carrots, walnuts and raisins in a serving bowl, add pears and mint, Pour dressing over salad and serve.<br><br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Avocado butter with tomato relish on sourdough</span><br><br><i>tomato relish</i><br><br>
15 sun dried tomatoes, diced finely<br><br>
2 crushed garlic cloves<br><br>
large handful of fresh basil leaves<br><br>
large handful of fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped<br><br>
2 T. of extra virgin olive oil<br><br><br><br><i>for avo butter</i><br><br>
2 ripe avocados<br><br>
juice of 1/2 lime<br><br>
1-2 dashes tobasco sauce<br><br>
sea salt and ground pepper<br><br>
sourdough or forcaccia<br><br><br><br>
First make tomato relish: Put the tomatoes and garlic in a bowl. Stack 6 basil leaves together, roll them into cigar shape, and slice into thin strips. Repeat with remaining basil. Mix basil and thyme into tomatoes. Stir enough oil to make relish texture.<br><br><br><br>
To make avo butter: Slice each avo lengthwise and remove pit. Peal avos and then place in food processor with lime and tobasco sauce, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.<br><br><br><br>
Spread on one half relish on the other avo butter make sandwhich and enjoy!!!
 

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I agree with Charity about the pasta salad. It's cheap, delicious, and easy.<br><br><br><br>
Why not have a salad picnic? Pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad, and a big mixed-green salad? Nobody will miss the meat in those dishes and if they do, well, it's your day, not theirs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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That salad picnic sounds sooooooo good! I love salads. I've gone from having one idea to having all these great ones to choose from. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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The only concern with the salads is keeping them cold/cool. If you're outside in the sun, they could get a little warm which would be quite unappealing. It's a problem that's easily solved, but just one you should probably think about!
 

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My family swears by salad parties. Often, that's the only thing at the parties.<br><br><br><br>
Crackers, dips, veggies all go on platters together. Salads go into their own bowls.<br><br><br><br>
As for keeping them cool, we would line the trunk of a car with plastic and then buy packs of ice (or raid a hotel if someone is staying at one). Top with more ice bags. Even on hot days, the food was all ice cold. ---We were all too cheap to own coolers, fyi ;-)
 

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<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Avocado butter with tomato relish on sourdough</span><br><br><i>tomato relish</i><br><br>
15 sun dried tomatoes, diced finely<br><br>
2 crushed garlic cloves<br><br>
large handful of fresh basil leaves<br><br>
large handful of fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped<br><br>
2 T. of extra virgin olive oil<br><br><br><br><i>for avo butter</i><br><br>
2 ripe avocados<br><br>
juice of 1/2 lime<br><br>
1-2 dashes tobasco sauce<br><br>
sea salt and ground pepper<br><br>
sourdough or forcaccia<br><br><br><br>
First make tomato relish: Put the tomatoes and garlic in a bowl. Stack 6 basil leaves together, roll them into cigar shape, and slice into thin strips. Repeat with remaining basil. Mix basil and thyme into tomatoes. Stir enough oil to make relish texture.<br><br><br><br>
To make avo butter: Slice each avo lengthwise and remove pit. Peal avos and then place in food processor with lime and tobasco sauce, salt and pepper. Process until smooth.<br><br><br><br>
Spread on one half relish on the other avo butter make sandwhich and enjoy!!! [/B][/QUOTE]<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to give that one a try, do u have to food process the avocado or could u just mash and stir it all in?
 

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Also to use as a fridge, try buying a couple of those kiddie pools. You can buy them for like $4.99 or so. Fill em with ice and pack the salad bowls down in them. Plus they look cute. You may only need one for food and one for the sodas. They are quite large like 4 feet in diameter. Plus they are cheap.<br><br><br><br>
To keep the half barrels cold, try those big laundry tubs with the rope handles, buy two fill them with ice, you're good to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by blueserendipity</i><br><br><br><br><b>I'm going to give that one a try, do u have to food process the avocado or could u just mash and stir it all in?</b></div>
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If you want it chunkier, like guacomole, sure. I followed the recipe for a smoother texture. I'm sure its fine that way too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Its really yum, I make it a lot for my lunch!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Mmm... avocado....<br><br><br><br>
Make sure you have a guacamole dip, with nothing but chopped tomatoes, spices, and buttery textured, smooth avocados.<br><br><br><br>
FOr avocados I really reccomend going to a mexican oriented store... Like a carneceria (I know, I know.. but the avocados are WORTH IT!) if you live around one. There is one by my house, and my mom bought some HUGE avocados there and made some amazing guacamole.. Those were the smoothiest, most butter-like avocados ever.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by greyhoundgirl</i><br><br><b>Also to use as a fridge, try buying a couple of those kiddie pools. You can buy them for like $4.99 or so. Fill em with ice and pack the salad bowls down in them. Plus they look cute. You may only need one for food and one for the sodas. They are quite large like 4 feet in diameter. Plus they are cheap.<br><br><br><br>
To keep the half barrels cold, try those big laundry tubs with the rope handles, buy two fill them with ice, you're good to go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></b></div>
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Thanks for the spectacular tips! I've heard of the big laundry tubs for half barrels, but the kiddie pool idea is totally new to me. Definitely a good idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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fruit kabobs, grilled veggie kabobs (or kebobs???), fruit salad, etc.<br><br>
I second the pasta salad idea!<br><br>
Don't forget about Mexican food... chips n salsa, tortillas warmed on the grill with a bean filling...
 
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