7 Tartine Recipes to Whip Up for Summer Picnics

Strawberry Basil and Ricotta Tartines
A Better Happier St. Sebastian

Camille Styles, founder of the eponymous lifestyle blog, has garnered a frenzied fan base for her mindful living habits. Here, she shares her favorite summer tartine recipes with MyDomaine.

There’s nothing quite like packing a picnic basket and spreading out a blanket to channel that “summertime and the livin’ is easy” vibe that we all fantasize about throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the perfect picnic requires a menu that’s built around fresh, simple, seasonal ingredients, and summer offers a plentiful bounty of choices. There’s no better way to showcase the season's fresh goodness than with colorful tartines, which can be summed up as an open-faced sandwich.

Meet the Expert

Camille Styles is the founder and editor-in-chief of CamilleStyles.com, a lifestyle blog focused on providing top-notch tips on entertaining, food, design, style, travel, and wellness. She is also a bestselling author of Camille Styles Entertaining.

I’ve rounded up my seven tartine recipes that are so easy, they can be packed up for a midweek lunch break (who says picnics have to be reserved for the weekend?) while still being impressive enough to shine in a romantic outdoor tête-à-tête in the park. Add a bottle of rosé and a mason jar full of strawberries, and your picnic basket is ready for summer.

Avocado Almondaise Tartines

Avocado Tartines
Love & Lemons

The only thing better than avocado toast? Avocado tartines, of course. For these Avocado Almondaise tartines, some vegan almond-based creaminess takes the tartine to a fancier level. Worried about transport? Pour the vegan hollandaise sauce into a jar for travel, and spoon it over toast when it’s time to eat.

Blue Cheese and Asian Pear Tartines

Blue Cheese and Asian Pear Tartines
Kate Lesueur

There is a reason pear and cheese is a classic combination, and these sweet and savory tartines are like the ultimate cheese plate on toast. In each bite, creamy cambozola cheese, crisp asian pear, and savory thyme sprigs come together, punctuated with sweet accents of honey, and salt.

Fig, Gorgonzola, and Honey Tartines

Fig, Gorgonzola, and Honey Tartines

Every good picnic ends with something decadent, and these fig tartines are a sophisticated way to satisfy sweet tooths. Piled high with gorgonzola, figs, and a sprinkle of thyme, these tartines simply need to be broiled until the cheese melts. Add a dash of pepper and pack a jar of artisanal honey to drizzle over the dish just before serving.

Zucchini Chèvre Tartines

Zucchini Chevre Tartines
Elizabeth Winslow

Impress your picnic partners by whipping up an elevated take on a cheese spread. These tartines combine grated zucchini with goat cheese, garlic, and herbs, which are then topped with fruity salsa for an irresistible bite. Pack the salsa, cheese, and toast in separate containers and then assemble on site.

Strawberry Basil and Ricotta Tartines

Strawberry Basil and Ricotta Tartines
A Better Happier St. Sebastian

Nothing says summer quite like biting into a ripe strawberry. Celebrate the season’s bounty by topping these tartines with sweet, freshly whipped ricotta and strawberries. The whipped ricotta elevates this simple dish to the next level, and a fresh basil garnish adds complexity.

Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines

Pumpkin and Citrus Tartines
Butter & Brioche

The flavors of caramelized squash, zesty orange, and creamy whipped thyme goat cheese would feel at home on a dinner party menu, but the simplicity of the recipe makes these tartines picnic-approved.

Build-Your-Own Tartines

Build Your Own Tartines
Camille Styles

The simplest solution? Let your guests choose their own tartine by setting up a build-your-own toppings bar. Pack up a variety of veggies, fruits, cheeses, and anything else your heart desires. Then slice up a baguette and let everyone have fun creating their own favorite combinations.

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