Meal Plan

15 Foods that Taste Better on the Beach

There are limited food options when you're surrounded by sand and ocean. Unless you plan on harpooning yourself some fish or trepidatiously hitting up the concession stand, you'll be left hungry and hot. The hungry, of course, being worse than the hot. Which is why you should pack your own beach eats—foods best eaten sitting on a beach towel to a chorus of crashing waves. 

Cool down with sparkling rhubarb lemonade tinged with mint, savor a soy sauce egg while taking in the scenery, and/or (but, really, and) bite into a baguette stuffed with slices of Spanish tortilla and slathered with aioli. The choice of beach eats is yours. Here are 15 shore-fire recipes that can't be beat. 

Sparkling Rhubarb Lemonade by TheRunawaySpoon

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Spicy, Smoky Homemade Kale Chips by Gena Hamshaw


How Do I Love Thee Muhammara? by Kitchen Butterfly


White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs by Gena Hamshaw


Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs by Genius Recipes


Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing by dymnyno


My Mother's Potato Salad by Kenzi Wilbur


Quinoa Salad with Hazelnuts, Apple, and Dried Cranberries by darksideofthespoon


Scallion Ginger Noodles by Alexandra V. Jones


Bocadillo El Camino: Spanish Omelet Sandwich To Go by vvvanessa


Two-Pea Pesto Chicken Salad by Kendra Vaculin 


Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers by Sonali aka the Foodie Physician


Matcha & Coconut Mochi Cake by Kendra Vaculin


Homemade Milano Cookies by Carey Nershi


Hippie Crispy Treats by Alanna

What foods do you bring to the beach? Tell us in the comments below!

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I fall in love with every sandwich I ever meet.


anniette July 7, 2015
Deviled eggs seasoned and topped with Old Bay (press two together to transport and serve), crackers to be spread with Braunschweiger sausage and topped with very thinly sliced red onion, cherries, grapes, frozen chewy chocolate chip cookies, wine, beer,water. Italian subs on other days. Sometimes cold shrimp with dipping sauce.
Kathi P. July 7, 2015
My most spectacular beach supper ever involved making a fire to cook on ... we grilled marinated salmon, shrimp and huge ocean scallops on the fire, along with foil packets of cooked vermicelli mixed with olive oil and basil pesto that we put right in the coals. Dumped the pasta in a big serving dish and put the seafood on top ... the pasta had these wonderful crunchy bits around the edge, and everything was wonderfully smoky. One of my best meals ever!!
Winifred R. July 5, 2017
Sounds spectacular! One of my best was making dungeness crabcakes on the Oregon coast over an open fire. My daughter, husband and I had a smoky dinner that night, cooked over driftwood. Daughter decided crabcakes were definitely worthwhile, as is tidepooling.
Pomme D. June 19, 2015
Mmmn, this all looks great! But one thing I always want when glorying in a long hot beach afternoon, is juicy, cold, 'poppable' fruit. We always bring grapes or cut up bites of watermelon or pineapple and keep them next to the ice packs in the cooler until about 2:30...
Hermione June 2, 2015
Wow looks like a great picnic on the beach!
I love to take a huge Mediterranean flat bread with me to the beach ttp://