I think the old days of traveling before interstate highways and fast food were interesting. Not that I was around for it, but I’ve seen it on T.V. and it looked fun. The Mom always packed a basket full of sandwiches, and the family would stop to eat at a beautiful countryside setting, Other than the lack of a clean restroom, it seemed relaxing and civilized. Â We’ve packed travel- lunches before for family trips, when we were going to be in a hurry and didn’t want to take the time to stop. It was also at a time that the children wanted to eat every fifteen minutes, so it solved that problem too. Â How I wish I had an old picnic hamper like the one above. I would have worn a white cotton dress and my husband would have had on his straw boater. The children would have chased butterflies while I spread the quilt beneath a shady tree. Â And besides roast beef sandwiches with homemade horseradish sauce, deviled eggs and the ubiquitous southern pickled okra, I would have picked tomatoes and cucumbers from my garden to make this:
Tomato – Cucumber Salad with Feta Cheese
- 2 Â Â beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
- 2 Â Â bell peppers, sliced
- 1 Â largeÂ cucumber, thinly sliced
- Freshly ground pepper
- 4 Â ounce(s)Â goat’s milk feta
- 2 Â tablespoon(s)Â champagne vinegar
- 1 Â teaspoon(s)Â honey
- 1 Â sprig(s)Â oregano, chopped
- 8 Â Â basil leaves, chopped
- 4 Â tablespoon(s)Â extra-virgin olive oil
- For salad:Â In a large bowl, toss together tomatoes, peppers, and cucumber and season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 20 minutes.
- For dressing:Â In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey, oregano, and basil; whisk in oil.
- Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss. Crumble feta over salad; serve.
This delicious recipe is only one of 55 ideas for summer picnic food from Country Living Magazine. CLICK HERE to see all 55 delicious ideas.
What is in the retro – picnic hamper of your dreams?
****See the comments below to see where I may have got the idea for my summer picnic – attire. Here is my dear Rachel and her husband Douglas on the porch of The Trammell House when we all celebrated the 125th anniversary of the historic home. The most dashing couple in all of Georgia! I may have even been the one taking the photo!