Healthy Summer Picnic Ideas


by Janet DeWitt

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Healthy Summer Picnic Ideas

Easy Italian White Bean Dip

3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value

Prep time: 8 min

Serves: 8


19 oz canned cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or less to taste

1 tsp lemon zest, finely grated, or less to taste*

1 Tbsp water

1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste

¼ cup(s) store-bought pesto sauce

1 medium plum tomato(es), diced, divided


Put beans, lemon juice, lemon zest, water and salt in a food processor or blender; process until smooth

Scrape mixture into a serving bowl; stir in pesto and all but 2 tablespoons of tomato. Refrigerate about 30 minutes for flavors to blend.

To serve, remove dip from refrigerator and let come to room temperature; sprinkle with remaining tomato. Yields about 3 1/2 tablespoons per serving.


Turkey, Apple and Blue Cheese Wrap

7 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value

Prep time: 8 min

Serves: 1


1 Tbsp blue cheese, softened

1 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese, softened   

1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground (or to taste)   

1 medium whole wheat tortilla(s), warmed according to package directions   

1/2 cup(s) arugula, baby leaves   

1/2 medium fresh apple(s), diced   

2 oz cooked light meat turkey chopped or diced   


In a small cup, mash together blue cheese, cream cheese and pepper with a fork; spread onto tortilla.

Top tortilla with arugula, apple and turkey, leaving about 1-inch of space from edges; tuck in sides of tortilla and then roll it up tightly (slice in half, if desired).

Yields 1 wrap per serving.

Notes Sprinkle arugula with lemon juice or toss with you favorite light vinaigrette, if desired (could affect PointsPlus value).


Mojito-Style Melon Salad

3 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value

Prep Time: 18 min

Serves: 4


2 cup(s) honeydew melon, diced   

2 cup(s) (diced) cantaloupe, diced   

3 Tbsp sugar, divided   

2 tsp lime zest, freshly grated   

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice   

2 Tbsp mint leaves, fresh, slivered   


In a medium bowl, combine honeydew, cantaloupe, 2 tablespoons of sugar, lime zest and juice, and slivered mint. Refrigerate 15 minutes, tossing occasionally, until sugar dissolves and mixture is well chilled.

When ready to serve, spread remaining tablespoon of sugar onto a flat plate. Pour a little water into a shallow bowl and dip rim of each of 4 wine or martini glasses into water; press wet rims into sugar to coat edge of each glass. Spoon 1 cup of fruit mixture into each glass; garnish with mint sprigs. Yields 1 cup per serving.

Notes: For variety, try replacing some of the cantaloupe or honeydew with seedless watermelon. Or create a different flavor altogether by combining diced strawberries and peaches with orange juice and peel instead of the lime. Diced nectarines and raspberries with lemon juice and peel are also tasty.


Fruity Sangria

2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value per serving

Serves: 8


1 cup (8 fl oz) dry red table wine

3 cups (24 fl oz) low-calorie cold cranberry juice cocktail

2 cups strawberries, chopped

2 medium fresh apples, chopped

⅛ tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste


Stir together all ingredients in a large pitcher; allow to stand for 30 minutes. Place ice in

glasses and serve.

Yields  about ¾ cup per serving.