At long last, it's picnic season. And this is far from the average picnic menu: no fried chicken, potato chips, or sandwiches in sight.
This fair-weather feast is an imaginative mix of do-ahead dishes that taste great individually and even better when combined on the plate. The grilled, brined chicken breasts, for example, are served with a rich chile oil that adds a unique flavor to the bulgur salad when the two come in contact. Likewise, the garlicky yogurt sauce that accompanies the toasted pita chips makes a fine dip for the chicken as well. Go ahead, play with your food.
There’s more fun to be had packing up this picnic. When every dish is boxed individually, and all picnickers get their own box of goodies, unwrapping and discovering what’s to eat takes on the feel of a group birthday party.
No fried chicken, no potato chips, no sandwiches (unless you count the impossibly delicious ginger and lemon sandwich cookies for dessert)—a picnic never tasted so good. Let the hunt for that perfect grassy spot begin.