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Subject: Outdoor Pot Luck Picnic Dishes
Date Posted: 8/4/2010 4:41 PM ET
Member Since: 7/11/2010
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It's tough to find tasty dishes to take to outdoor pot lucks that can stand sitting out for several hours.

What do you usually take to them?

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 1:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/30/2007
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I have a couple of salads that are yummy and are ok to sit out for awhile.   One is a potato salad with a mustard dressing- very easy.  Use baby red or white potatoes instead of russet- they don't fall apart as easily.  Cut into bite size pieces and steam til tender.  Toss with soem sliced green onions and a vinagrette made from stone-ground mustard, white wine vinegar, and olive oil.  Sometimes I add garlic as well.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Dress the potatoes while still warm.  This is good served warm, cold, or at room temp.

The other is a black bean and corn salad.  I like to use fresh corn that has been grilled and cut off the cob, but you can use canned or frozen as well.  Combine corn with some canned black beans that have been drained and rinsed well, sliced black olives, sliced green onions, a few tbsp. of salsa (the fresh kind in the refrigerated section- drain first) and chopped cilantro.  Dressing: lime juice, couple dashes of chili powder, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Make this a day ahead so that the flavors can blend.

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 9:11 AM ET
Member Since: 7/23/2005
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We have a family picnic this weekend and I'm making a couscous salad with a red wine vinegar/olive oil dressing and an apple/pear/walnut puff pastry dessert.

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 2:43 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
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There's always the three-bean marinated salad, with green beans, white beans, kidney beans, etc., onion, in vinegar and oil,

You can dice a mango  with black beans, onions and cilantro, and garlic for another bean salad.

You can do a cold meat salad, with thin-sliced meat marinaded and with anything else..beans or councous or pasta....