Thursday Night Menu: Picnic Edition

Since July 4th is approaching, I’m going to post some great picnic and barbecue recipes over the course of the coming week. I thought I’d use tonight’s menu to get the party started. Everyone probably has their favorite potato salad recipe, this one is my Mom’s (actually her whole side of the family’s) recipe. I didn’t know there was any other kind of potato salad until way into my 20’s. I’d love to hear about your favorite potato salad or July 4th recipes, might even post a few if you let me.

You can prepare all of this a day ahead of time for an easy and tasty picnic. And if it’s a party, they’re easy to double.

On the board tonight:

  1. Marinated Chicken Salad
  2. Sub Rolls
  3. Potato Salad
  4. Raw Vegetable Tray and Dip
  5. Red White & Blue Cupcakes

Chicken Salad

Chicken: (Marinate overnight)

  • ¼ cup dill juice
  • 3 tbsp Dijon or stone ground mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts

Mix together ingredients and marinate overnight. Remove chicken from marinade and discard marinade. Grill or broil chicken and cool completely, then cut into small cubes or run through a food processor.


  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded & chopped
  • ¼ cup salad dressing or mayonnaise (more as needed)
  • 2 tsp Dijon or stone ground mustard


In bowl, mix cubed chicken with ingredients, blending well. Serve on sub rolls.  Serves 6 easily

Potato Salad

  • 8 to 10 large potatoes, diced, cooked & cooled
  • 6 eggs, hard boiled & peeled
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • ½ to 1 cup salad dressing (Miracle whip style)
  • 2 tbsp to ¼ cup yellow or stone ground mustard
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar

large bowl with cover

Dice eggs and add with potatoes and onions to bowl. Mix together salad dressing & mustard (start with smallest amount) and fold into potato mixture. Add more of dressing/mustard mixture as needed. Salt & pepper to taste. Serve 8 to 10 easily.

Raw Vegetable Tray and Dip

Put something unexpected and unusual on your tray to liven things up, like Jicama, Daikon radishes or orange bell peppers, add some fruits, too.

Red White & Blue Cupcakes

We’re going to make this really easy. Use your favorite flavor cake mix, decorate with whip cream & red, white & blue M&M’s

Shopping List:

  • Sub rolls (I like the miniature ones myself)
  • Cake Mix
  • Cupcake papers
  • Whipped Cream
  • Red, White & Blue candies
  • Vegetables for tray
  • Dips for tray
  • Dill pickles
  • Dijon or stone ground mustard
  • Garlic paste
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 jalapeño
  • Salad dressing or mayonnaise
  • 8 to 10 large potatoes (Mom recommends red for firmness)
  • 6 eggs
  • 8 green onions
  • Yellow mustard
  • Salt & pepper

5 thoughts on “Thursday Night Menu: Picnic Edition

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  2. here’s a red pistou (french for pesto!) that sounds inviting somewhat like the pesto rosso you were looking for

    my favorite potato salad : 7 red potatoes the same size (tennis ball) / boiled or steamed until tender and skins begin to split / as soon as possible slice them into a bowl skins on, add a few slivers of garlic, douse with a good fruity olive oil, scatter your favorite fresh seasonal herbs, salt and pepper

    i also like russets or red potatoes diced after cooking until tender and while still warm put in a bowl on top of a pile of finely diced sweet onion, celery, and crisp apples / dressed with homemade mayo laced with lemon or lime / salt and pepper / no eggs / parsley or cilantro yes / i like leftover potato salad fried for breakfast

    i prefer potato salad warm or at room temperature, never ice box cold

    speaking of pesto my CSA share has an overload of kale therefore kale pesto made with pecans, parmigiano, olive oil, a little garlic, salt and pepper / yummy on a cracker / a heckuva good way to get all the minerals kale has to offer


  3. Katherine, thanks so much for all of that. If it’s okay with you, I’d like to front page your potato salad recipes. And LFern is going to love that kale pesto idea. Especially since she joined a CSA this year.

    And I just looked at the pesto recipe, that looks like a winner. Now I’m just going to have to get in the kitchen and try it. I may hold off on the toasted ravioli and go with pasta first time out. Thanks for the link.


  4. oh yes, you can front page the potato salad recipes / as for the kale pesto until this year i never ate kale before ! now i toast it, steam it, marinate it and “pesto it” / the stems i chop up to include in my dog’s food / would you like my recipe for how i feed my dog, Juanita ? smile


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