What’s in your picnic basket?

Be it a picnic on the beach or going for a long drive in the interiors of Oman, here are some easy to make and carry picnic snacks.

TUNA SALAD

Ingredients

• 2 cans of tuna, drained

• 1/4 cup mayonnaise

• 4tbsp cucumber, finely chopped

• 2tbsp onion, finely chopped

• 1/2 tbsp dijon mustard

• 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped

• 1/2 cup lettuce (torn to bite size)

• Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparations

• Add tuna to a mixing bowl, break up lightly with a fork, then add remaining ingredients.(except salt and pepper) mix well to combine.

• Season with salt, pepper to taste.

• Serve at room temperature or cold.

AVOCADO HUMMUS SANDWICH

Ingredients

• 2 slices of brown bread

• 1/2 large avocado

• 1 small tomato

• 1 onion

• 1 beetroot

• Store bought hummus ( just to spread)

Preparations

• Slice tomato, beetoot and onion into rounds.

• With a fork, mash avocado on one slice of bread.

• On the other slice, spread store bought hummus.

• Layer up the vegetables between the two slices of bread and secure together with toothpicks.

EASY FETA DIP

Ingredients

• 2-3 tbsp olive oil

• 3-4 tomatoes, chopped

• 1/4 cup spring onion greens

• 1 cup feta cheese

• 2 tsp dried herbs seasoning

• Drizzles of balsamic vinegar

Preparations

• Drizzle olive oil over a plate.

• Add the tomatoes and green onions and crumble the feta cheese over the top.

• Sprinkle the seasoning and toss lightly to combine. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

• Serve the dip with nachos or chips.

VANILLA CAKE

Ingredients

• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 2 large eggs

• 1 cup sugar

• 6 tbsp vegetable oil

• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

• 1/2 cup milk

Preparations

• Pre-heat oven to 350 deg.F. Grease an 8 inch cake pan.

• Sift the flour and baking powder together and keep aside.

• In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together for about a minute.

• Add oil and vanilla extract and mix well.

• Mix in the flour, baking powder and milk and beat till well combined for about 2 to 3 minutes.

• Pour the batter in to the cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or till toothpick comes clean.

• Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.

• Serve as it is or frosted.

Oneza Tabish is a food blogger, consultant, and columnist based in Oman. She is also the owner of Oman’s popular Facebook group ‘What’s Cooking Oman.’