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July Meal Plan: Pack a Seafood Picnic!

Happy July, Seafoodies!

Time to break out your picnic baskets—it’s National Picnic Month! We love any holiday that encourages us to eat al fresco! Seafood is a fun and healthy option for an outdoor menu, and our July Meal Plan will inspire you to get out and picnic—whether you are bringing a picnic for July 4 fireworks, packing snacks for an outdoor concert or heading to a park for a romantic dinner under the stars!

Picnics are all about taking it easy, so the last thing you want is fussy food. Seafood is perfect for a picnic because it’s such a snap to cook. Whip up some smoky trout dip and toss with a baguette in your bag. Roll up some tasty tuna or salmon wraps for a light and satisfying bite. Stir some tuna into macaroni to make a cool and flavorful pasta salad. And colorful, crunchy shrimp spring rolls are a refreshing addition to any picnic, particularly when served with a tangy peanut sauce! The recipes in our July Meal Plan all come together quickly—some in only 5 minutes—so they can join you for any spontaneous outdoor-eating event. If you’re more of a planner, they also can be prepped the night before, so the next day you can just grab and go!

While savoring the sun and summer breeze, you’ll be enjoying some quality eats that are a nutritional cut above the standard picnic fare with our meal plan! Seafood is a rich source of protein, heart-healthy omega-3s and other essential nutrients, so it’s a smart choice to balance any chocolate-chip cookies that might be lurking in your picnic basket.

Don’t forget that prepared seafood is perishable and should be kept in a cooler at 40 °F or below until serving time. We recommend using a separate cooler for beverages at your outdoor events because that cooler will be opened often. After eating, pack up the leftovers and promptly return to the food cooler (for tomorrow’s lunch!). 

The portability of these dishes makes them great for summer BBQs and potlucks, too! Enjoy!

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce 

These Vietnamese-style summer rolls are bursting with color. Delicate shrimp, crunchy veggies and to-die-for dipping sauce are a fresh and flavorful treat!

Tuna Macaroni Salad

You can’t go wrong with this classic picnic fare, which is hearty enough for the “main event” and also makes an amazing side dish (it goes with everything!).

Salmon Wrap with Quinoa, Black Beans and Corn 

Southwest meets Far East! These high-protein fusion wraps feature flaky salmon, meaty black beans and an Asian-inspired peanut dressing.

Bloody Mary Crab Dip 

Your favorite brunch drink, just a little crabbier and creamier! Serve with crackers or crudités for a crowd-pleasing meal.

Shrimp Salad      

Tender shrimp is paired with celery, red onion and Old Bay in this simple, lemony salad.

Tuna Salad Meal Prep 

Meal prep techniques are tailor-made for picnics! Try this guiltless tuna, egg, almond and apple combo when you’re looking for a clean-eatin’ al fresco meal.

Shrimp Pasta Salad  

Horseradish lends a distinctive, seafood-cocktailish tang to this summer shrimp salad tossed with cucumber and tomato.

Smoked Trout Dip

When you’re heading out for an impromptu picnic, give this smoky dip a whirl. You could be out the door in 5 minutes!

Baked Mediterranean Salmon Bowls     

Luscious roasted salmon, veggies and feta tuck nicely into a wrap, or serve this tempting combo with quinoa or pasta once you’re at the picnic site!

Go-To Tuna Wraps      

Perfectly portable! These easy wraps are filled with good-for-you ingredients like tuna, leafy greens, Greek yogurt and walnuts.

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