Shore Things: The Best Foods for Your Beach Bag
Conch-er Your Hunger
Beach volleyball and sand-castle building are bound to work up an appetite, but you can do better than sandy cold cuts and store-bought chips. These "sea foods" are portable, refreshing, and heat-resistant (or at least cooler-friendly). You might even say they're a shore thing.
Shrimp on the barbie is a classic, and you’ll love this tropical take. Stack your skewers at home and keep them on ice until ready to feast. Spicy Thai Shrimp and Curried Indian Shrimp are two of our other favorite ways to skewer up.
Chicken and Mango Summer Rolls
Salsa Trio and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Summer’s short-lived tomato crop is plenty reason to opt for a DIY dip. Our salsa trio includes tomatillo, roasted-tomato, and chunky cruda varieties.
Lemon, Sesame, and Garlic Hummus
This creamy dip is worthy of cooler real estate. Don't sleep on it -- save your winks for a satisfied post-snack nap in the sun.
Ants on a Log
We love the cream cheese version pictured here, but peanut or almond butter makes a tasty refrigeration-free substitute. Just call it “crabs on some driftwood.”
Grilled Ratatouille Muffaletta
Mediterranean Chicken Wrap
This durable dish is one you can feel good about eating. For easier beach- or poolside consumption, dole it out in pita pockets. You’ll tabbou-love it.
Three-Bean Salad with Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette
Cold Soba-Noodle Salad with Chicken, Peppers, and Cucumber
Noodles aren’t just for slurping lazily on the couch. This soba salad’s hydrating crunch will cool the stickiest summer day.
Fruit salad, we know what glorious heights you can achieve! This tangy jumble of peak-season berries is a far cry from the sad, watery scene at the buffet.
Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges
Cold Fruit Sushi with Honey Dipping Sauce
If you’d prefer to take your fruit in a more civilized manner, a plate of fresh fruit sushi (frushi?) can make an everyday sandbar feel like St. Barth’s. This one belongs in your cooler as well.
Oat flour, egg whites, and prune puree have led us to dub these “bikini brownies.” Fortunately, they don’t taste it. Your secret’s safe with us.
Blackberry Crumb Bars
These crumble-topped squares are a trade-up from the Snickers that used to lurk in your beach bag. Even better, you won’t catch these snacks melting in the heat (though you might want to keep them out of the sun's direct line of fire).
Peach and Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake
A simple snack cake keeps well and travels even better. Between ripe peaches, lavender, and cornmeal’s elegant complexity, this one’s sure to make a splash.