Plan ahead and take only the equipment and food you will need, so there will be
less stuff to pack and fewer leftovers to spoil.
Use a picnic basket or a strong tote. While wicker baskets
are romantic and perhaps appropriate for cozy picnics for two, knapsacks are
more practical for hiking picnics, and coolers are more appropriate for beach or
Chicken Caesar Sandwich
2 to 4 cloves garlic, peeled
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 T. olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
8 slices sourdough or rye bread
1 small head (about 4 cups) romaine lettuce, cut in 1-inch slices
1/3 C. prepared Caesar salad dressing
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 (1/4-inch) slices red onion, halved
Tomato wedges (optional)
Mince 2 to 4 cloves garlic (4 is great if you love garlic), and set aside. Cut
chicken in 1/4-inch slices. Heat olive oil in skillet and saute garlic for 30
seconds, or until fragrance is released. Add chicken and saute until cooked
through, 3 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with pepper. Turn off heat and set
Grill or broil bread until lightly toasted, about 1 minute per side.
In bowl, toss together romaine, salad dressing, Parmesan, red onion and chicken.
Season to taste with pepper. Pile onto 4 slices of toast, top with remaining
toast and serve with tomatoes on the side, if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Picnic packing instructions: Saute chicken in garlic and cool a little. Pack in
plastic container and refrigerate.
Place toast in a plastic bag and pack. (Do not seal bag or toast will become
Place lettuce in large resealable bowl. Pour salad dressing into plastic
container. Spoon cheese into plastic container. Pack red onion and tomatoes, if
using, in a plastic bag.
Refrigerate everything except toast until transporting to picnic. Pack
everything except toast in cooler with ice or cold packs. (Pack toast at room
Just before serving, wash hands and assemble.