Picnic Perfect Tips and Giveaway #PCSummer CAN 27/07


All winter long we look forward to summer, and now that it’s here we should embrace it!

Summer is an exciting time of year for food lovers: fresh fruits and vegetables abound, farmers’ markets appear and picnicking becomes the perfect pastime. Fortunately, President’s Choice® has provided great tips for creating the ultimate al fresco spread and a brand new PC® Chipotle Taco Salad recipe – a fun twist on the trendy taco that’s great on the go.

A Picnic-Perfect Day

Summer is the season to bring the inside out, to let loose your inner child, move meetings outdoors and embrace the al fresco dining experience. When it comes to gathering with loved ones under the sun or stars, nothing could be better than a classic picnic. From vintage-inspired hampers and blankets to fresh salads, loaded sandwiches and sweet snacks, this back-to-basics approach to dining is a fun and easy way to bring family and friends together.

A recent survey by the President’s Choice® team uncovered the top outdoor dining preferences across the country. The research revealed that 26 per cent of Canadians love a picnic at the beach and prefer to dine al fresco at a campground (24 per cent). Others enjoy provincial parks (21 per cent). Regardless of where choose to enjoy a meal outdoors, the President’s Choice® team is devoted to inspiring your al fresco adventures, and have put together some tips for creating the ultimate picnic. By including a few subtle details like décor or great games, you can ensure that you and your loved ones will have a picnic-perfect day.

Be Prepared

The key to a truly successful picnic is thinking ahead. Take the time to consider what you’ll need to store, serve and savour your food, so you arrive at your site ready to enjoy it. Whether you’re planning a simple roadside pack n’ park or a romantic dinner under the stars, attention to detail means you can focus on your friends and family, instead of worrying about logistics.

Have Fun with Food

Picnic classics are classics for a reason: crisp salads, fresh sandwiches and bite-sized fruits and vegetables are easy to pack, easy to share and especially easy to enjoy. But if you want to give your picnic a little extra pizzazz, don’t be afraid to try a twist on these standard snacks. Did you know that 41 per cent of Canadians say that dips are part of their ideal al fresco dining experience? Try spreading your sandwiches with exotic flavours like PC® Olive & Sweet Piquante Pepper Kefir Dip and Spread.

Set the Scene

Take your al fresco meal to the next level with a little outdoor décor. Lay your table on a soft, patterned blanket and add a pop of colour with a set of sweet serviettes or some fresh-picked flowers. These little designer details will show your loved ones you care and transform any beach or park into an intimate dining space.

Bring a Snack Selection

Extend your picnic beyond the basic meal by packing small snacks you can enjoy all day. A mix of savouries, like PC® Jalapeño Cheddar Flavour Popcorn, and sweets (try PC® S’mores Dessert Cookies for something really fun) keeps stomachs satisfied and means you can comfortably spend the whole day out of doors.

Give Games a Go

To keep everybody on their toes, try planning a few fun activities you can enjoy as a group. Toss a Frisbee around or have a good old fashioned egg-and-spoon race – having a few games in your back pocket is a great way to surprise your guests and get everyone excited about a summer day out.

President’s Choice® Chipotle Taco Salad

This modern Tex-Mex dish is not your average picnic salad. Plump and juicy PC® Grape Tomatoes, crunch romaine and sweet corn kernels will appeal to the more than half of Torontonians who say raw veggies are part of their perfect outdoor meal. Tossed in PC® Chipotle Ranch Dressing, this hearty salad has a fresh, tangy flavour that will leave you wanting more. To maintain crunch, add the PC® Chili Lime Flavoured Tortilla Strips just before serving. Olé!

Chiptole Taco Salad


12 cups Chopped Romaine Lettuce Hearts
1 pkg PC® Grape Tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 cup Canned Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup Corn Kernels
¾ cup Red Onions, thinly sliced
½ cup Green Onion, thinly sliced
½ cup Fresh Coriander, chopped
1 ½ cups PC® Monterey Jack Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers, grated
1 bag PC® Chili Lime Flavoured Tortilla Strips
⅔ cup NEW! PC® Chipotle Ranch Dressing
1 Avocado, pitted, quartered lengthwise and sliced

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Toss together lettuce, tomatoes, beans, corn, red onion, 1/4 cup of the green onion, 1/4 cup of the coriander and the cheese.
Transfer to travel serving container with lid and transport to picnic destination.
Top with remaining green onion, coriander and tortilla strips and dressing once at picnic destination. Replace container lid and shake to combine. Remove lid and garnish with avocado.

TIP: Bring chopped barbecued chicken in a separate container for guests to top their salads with if desired.

Serves 12.


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67 thoughts on “Picnic Perfect Tips and Giveaway #PCSummer CAN 27/07

  1. I will be implementing the tip give games a go as this is a great way to get everyone involved while having fun doing it. I also like the tip have fun with your food as I like to change it up what I serve at a picnic.

  2. Be prepared. I want to make sure I have everything I need for the eating part of the picnic as well as for activities and emergencies.

  3. I like the idea ‘Set the Scene’ I’ll try that next time using wild flowers from the fields and colourful serviettes.

  4. This recipe def looks good! My tip is to go with the flow, that way if things dont go as planned, it will be easier

  5. The main tip I will be implementing is Be Prepared. We tried a picnic early on this summer, and we thought we would just throw everything together in the morning on the day of. Well, with two little ones, and so much to do to get ready, we ended up leaving the house so late that it ended up being a dinner picnic instead of a lunch picnic! We didn’t get organized quickly enough to go before lunch! Now we know to prep the night before and make sure everything is ready. So that we are ready to go when we want to, and so we don’t have to drive back to the house for napkins. And drinking water. And toys. etc! 🙂

  6. I like the set the scene tip, usually we have a cover on the table, some napkins and just paper plates or plastic cutlery, maybe try something different

  7. We always have 2 lawn chairs in the back of the SUV…..never know when you’re going to come across a beautiful lake, stream etc. We catch so many sunsets by the beach in the summer, most fav thing to do with hubby……

  8. I will definitely be trying President’s Choice® Chipotle Taco Salad. I will be implementing Have Fun with Food (I love doing this) and be prepared! Have a wonderful summer!

  9. I like to prepare the night before for next days activities with snacks and clothing and put supper in the slowcooker

  10. I;m going to make sure that there is something healthier for me to eat, can’t always do those burgers and heavy salads

  11. The give games a go. Sometimes I’m so busy serving everyone that the games get set aside. I know my kids would like it.

  12. Staying hydrated is SO important! the BEST picnic is NOT worth it, if someone gets heatstroke (which can be VERY SERIOUS)

  13. Bring a snack selection. It’s always good to bring extra snacks because sometimes you end up staying longer than planned.

  14. The tip I will be implementing is to make a list of necessities and pack them so that you have what you need when you arrive! Snacks are also important to remember especially for the little ones.

  15. I’ll be making sure I bring some games. We usually just bring food to a picnic but some planned activities would be fun too.

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