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12 Easy-Breezy Beach Foods That Come Together in the Time It’ll Take to Get Sand in Them

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Popular opinion: I love going to the beach. I know, this doesn’t make me special and it’s probably boring to hear someone else talk about the benefits of going to the beach. Because, yes, sand feels good between your toes, and the soft lapping of waves against the shore is #3 in the list of amazing sounds.

So I’ll spare you. I won’t bore you with talk of my favorite things about the beach, because they’re probably just the same as yours.

I will, however, regale you with a list of all the best foods to eat on the beach. Because it’s July and some of you—hopefully all of you!—have a beach in your near future, and will be bringing a bag full of snacks. Because the only thing worse than a sunburn is being stuck in the sand with nothing to munch on.

roll tide

These summer nori rolls are everything beach eating is about: ease, simplicity, fresh and light ingredients. Plus, eating things with your hands is always a win. Also, there's seaweed, so this snack is very on-theme.

Easy Vegetable Nori Wraps
Easy Vegetable Nori Wraps

I've got that summertime salad

How does that Lana Del Rey song go? "I've got that summertime, summertime salad..." Yeah, something like that. Well, like Lana, you too can have yourself a summertime salad. Heck, have that summertime salad at the beach while you're at it. Hydrate!

Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend

Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend by Eric Kim

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella by Kendra Vaculin

Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad

Watermelon, Tomato, and Four-Herb Salad by EmilyC

One-Pot Corn, Tomato & Quinoa Pilaf

One-Pot Corn, Tomato & Quinoa Pilaf by Emma Laperruque

Pass the pasta

So, here I'm going to tell you that it's actually an okay idea to bring a fork to the beach. "But what about eating with our hands?!" you may wonder with incredulity. To which I'll say: Use them to hold a fork and eat a delicious pasta salad. You won't regret it. Here are two options.

No-Mayo Peperonata Pasta Salad

No-Mayo Peperonata Pasta Salad by EmilyC

Miso Peanut Pasta Salad

Miso Peanut Pasta Salad by mrslarkin

Toes in the Sand...wich

The name of the game here is: ease. Sandwiches get slapped together in the morning and then slapped into your mouth when that mid-afternoon hunger comes roaring by. I like mine loaded with crunchy veggies that wont wilt in the summer sun.

Mumbai Vegetable Sandwich with Cilantro Chutney

Mumbai Vegetable Sandwich with Cilantro Chutney by Annada Rathi

Potato-Curry Sandwich

Potato-Curry Sandwich by Brinda Ayer

You're Doing amazing, sweetie

There's enough salt in the sea, so why not munch on something sweet the next time you're at the beach? Bring something sturdier that'll hold up on the journey, something easily shareable. Like a cookie or...a cookie!

Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Crispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter-Sesame Cookies

Peanut Butter-Sesame Cookies by Jerrelle Guy

Magical, Marvelous, Memorable Cookies

Magical, Marvelous, Memorable Cookies by drbabs

What's your go-to beach munch? Share the recipe in the comments below.

Automagic Spring Menu Maker!
Automagic Spring Menu Maker!

Tags: Sandwich, Summer