Perfect Picnic Salads

June 22, 2009 7:19:12 PM PDT
The summer concert season is here. And there's no better way to enjoy an outdoor concert than to combine it with a picnic. Whether you're going to Ravinia and Grant Park or to your village green or town square, Chef Thomas Rice of the Markethouse in Chicago says forget about sandwiches and chips. Make your picnic basket "sustainable" by packing salads made of fresh, locally grown ingredients. Chef Thomas says look for products that can be found at the neighborhood farmers market or boutique food stores. The sustainable food movement is an effort to build more locally based, self sufficient food economies, the chef says. Buying locally produced goods is environmentally friendly and cost efficient, not to mention the products are more nutritious and taste better, he adds.

Using "sustainable" ingredients, Chef Thomas has created these picnic-perfect salads for you to enjoy.

Spice Crusted Shrimp with Heirloom Tomato Salad

Yellow Wax Bean & Haricot Vert Salad

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