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Picnic Food Ideas

Grab the ones you love and some yummy food
and head outside to enjoy the warm weather.

Just because you're taking your meals outside instead of sitting around a dining room table doesn't mean you can't have a fantastic, delicious, and healthy meal! These ideas for picnic-perfect recipes will ensure that you dine in style even while eating al fresco.

Lebanese cuisine has some excellent choices for picnic foods. I've compiled a list of my favorites that are simple to cook and stay fresh and tasty outside. This list only goes to show that Lebanese cuisine can be enjoyed both indoors and out! Enjoy them in one of your best picnic parks and celebrate the luxury of eating in the open air..

1. Pita Bread
Sure, Pita Bread is one of the most popular Middle Eastern foods, but it really is one of the best foods to take outdoors or on the go. Use it to make the perfect sandwich, or dip it in hummus for an easy appetizer or snack.

2.  Hummus
With all the different varieties, hummus is always a winner at an outdoors picnic. Serve it with pita bread, or pita chips as a snack that can be set out to eat whenever anyone wants some. Hummus can also be used as a spread on sandwiches in place of mayo or mustard.

3. Tabbouleh
Tabbouleh is a salad like no other. Made with fresh veggies, olive oil and spices, it can be eaten in pita bread, scooped onto pita bread, or eaten traditionally with a fork.

4.  Stuffed Grape leaves
This is a great dish that can be taken hot from the stove directly outdoors. Kept in a proper container, stuffed grape leaves will stay warm and fresh until ready to be eaten. Although it's not the easiest dish to make on your own, as stuffing the leaves can be time consuming for one person, it is the perfect meal to be made in bulk to serve to many guests. If your picnic is a small affair, have your friends or family help you prepare to save time and allow everyone to enjoy a meal they all took part in to make.

5. Kibbeh 
Kibbeh is one of those foods that you crave, and the craving won't be satisfied until you eat it. There are many recipes for kibbeh, but this one is perfect.

6. Baba Ganoush
Baba ganoush (sometimes spelled baba ghanoush), a Middle Eastern spread and dip is similar to hummus, but is made with eggplant instead of chickpeas (garbanzo beans).

7. Spinach Fatayer
A favorite street food in Lebanon, these spinach-filled triangular pastries can serve as an appetizer or accompany a main course. 

8. Beoreg stuffed with onion and cheese
These beoregs can be prepared ahead of time and baked the day you plan to eat them. They will reheat very well or can be stored in the freezer for unexpected company. 

9. Mujadarra - Lebanese lentils and rice
This is a hearty dish, and quite filling. Served warm, it makes a great picnic food as it can keep fresh stored in a proper container. If you're looking for something different than the same old sandwiches at your picnic, you can't go wrong with this.

10. Aysh El Saraya
Lebanon is known for its delicious and mouthwatering desserts and this Aysh El Saraya (Aish El Saraya) is Beirut’s favorite. Extremely tasty and ideal for a quick yet appetizing sweet, this is only one of the approaches to making this Lebanese delight.
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