3 Picnic Ideas JIT for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend unofficially marks the beginning of the summer season in the States. Spending time outdoors with family, friends and loved ones is generally how people celebrate. Food is definitely a highlight—picnics, barbecues, and cookouts occur in abundance. One thing is certain, you’re sure to get your fill of delicious food. Frequently, the aroma of hot dogs and hamburgers waft throughout neighborhoods, parks and beaches. Ok, let’s be honest with ourselves. Sometimes you really NEED a hotdog or hamburger. Tis the season! Old faithful is always an option and we don’t judge! However, if you’d rather pivot this year and try something new, read on for picnic ideas just in time for Memorial Day weekend.


picnic basket ideas in time for memorial day


An array of mezze that can be enjoyed spread out on a picnic blanket or table. 

  • Tabbouleh
  • Hummus: chickpea dip
  • Mtabbal: eggplant dip
  • Pita
  • Shish tawuk: chicken shish kebab
  • Makdous: cured stuffed eggplant

Chef Dima (Beirut), Chef Raed (Dubai), Chef Karim (Paris) and Chef Tara (NYC) specialize in Lebanese cuisine and would be more than happy to make your picnicking a breeze!


picnic basket ideas in time for memorial day


  • Pimms
  • Quiche
  • Strawberries
  • Hummus
  • Crudite
  • Cold Chicken

Need help enjoying the beautiful weather in London? Take a look at Chef Parveen and Chef Daniel (London).


picnic ideas in time for memorial day

Onigiri Photo Credit: http://www.theworldsbestever.com/2013/04/25/the-japanese-picnic-differently/

  • Onigiri
  • Yakitori
  • Karaage
  • Tamagoyaki
  • Mochi

You don’t have to wait for Cherry Blossom season to have a Japanese picnic! Try out Chef Karim (Beirut), Chef Shane (Dubai), or Chef Aleixandre (London). 

If you have a picnic idea you’d like to share, we’d love to hear it. Comment below with your favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer with food.