The interim days of Passover, chol ha'moed, are a great time to take trips and enjoy time with family and friends. This year Shabbat falls in the midst of the interim days, still leaving three days to take chol ha'moed trips. It may be hard to find kosher for Passover food while traveling, so consider packing a picnic basket inspired by the recipes below.
1. Israeli Inspired: Let the flavors of the holy land inspire your picnic menu. Try serving an assortment of salads and dips as appetizers including Sabra Moroccan Carrots, Marinated Eggplant Salad, and Matbucha with Baked Root Vegetable Chips with Babaganoush. Then try the Israeli Style Tuna and Beefed-Up Israeli Salad; enjoy sweet Madgooga (Date Balls) for dessert.
2. Dressed-Up: This picnic basket is all grown-up and packed with elegant options for your chol ha'moed picnic. Start with crunchy Zucchini Fritters with Fresh Salsa and the always colorful Rainbow Salad. Then try carpaccio two ways with Roasted Eggplant Carpaccio and Exotic Tomato Salad with the Beef Carpaccio with Tomato Vinaigrette and the refreshing Fennel Orange Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. For dessert, chocolate chip cookies get a grown-up (and Passover!) makeover in these Salted Chocolate Chip Macaroons.
3. Light and Healthy: Enjoy a break from the heavy (yet delicious) yom tov meals by packing a picnic meal that is light yet satisfying. Try a little bit of everything with the Grilled Red Pepper Salad, Olive-Pepper Dip and Cauliflower-Carrot Latkes alongside lean protein such as Grilled Chicken Legs with Peach Salsa, Tropical Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges. You won't feel guilty having dessert when it's Chocolate Avocado Mousse.