Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas for a Day at the Beach
Make your beach day even better by bringing delicious food along with you. Not all meals are exactly beach friendly, so make it easier on yourself and your family by choosing foods that hold up well while you're busy soaking up the sun, digging your toes in the sand, and splashing in the surf. Here are some super simple and totally tantalizing lunch ideas that are perfectly suited for your beach days. You can quickly and easily make these in your Emerald Isle vacation rental, which has everything you need right at your fingertips. Go ahead and start making your shopping list right now.
Here are the best quick and easy lunch ideas you'll want to try.
When it comes to beach fare, wraps are way better than sandwiches. Why? Well, not only are they fun and family-friendly (read, less messy) but all of your precious fillings are tucked in, rolled up, and protected from the elements—particularly the sand. As an added bonus, you can easily hold a wrap with one hand. They're just perfect! You have unlimited options when it comes to your wraps, too. Decide whether you're using lettuce wraps or tortilla wraps, then fill them with your favorite meat or veg and add your favorite toppings. Finish it off by wrapping it in foil for easy, mess-free eating.
Who doesn't love food on a stick? Plus it's a utensil-free way to eat your favorite foods with the extra benefit of quick and easy cleanup. You can do colorful fruit kabobs, roasted, grilled or raw veggie kabobs, grilled meat kabobs, or simple seafood kabobs. Choose your favorites and then get creative. You'll love this beach-friendly fare for its portability, space-saving qualities and ease of creation. Try it, you'll love it!
Salads make for a great lunch choice on or off the beach. Take advantage of the area farmers' markets and fresh local produce to create a spectacular salad that's sure to please. Consider pasta salads, couscous and quinoa salads, too. They hold up well in the heat and add a hearty and healthy component to your salads. You could make a different one every day for lunch and never get bored.
Whole Fruit & Vegetables
Whole fruits and vegetables are quick and easy beach lunch favorites. Opting for keeping the fruit whole keeps sandy fingers out of the community fruit bowl. Bring a nice selection of apples, peaches, grapes on the vine, bananas, carrots, pea pods, or whatever fresh produce is available to you on your trip. When you're out on the beach, cool and crisp foods are extremely satisfying. Not to mention that you often don't have a big appetite after a few hours in the sun. Light and fresh are the way to go on any given beach day.
If you're seeking a picnic-friendly food that is just as good cold as it is hot, then fried chicken is the perfect palate pleaser. If you're vacationing on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, then it just makes sense to indulge in this southern food classic. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from your favorite restaurant, fried chicken is a southern staple that can easily be eaten on the beach and it holds up well in the elements. Go ahead and live a little.
So, who's hungry? Start planning your picnic lunch, then go out and enjoy that beautiful beach. See you on the sand!
Put a picnic lunch on the beach on your vacation to-do list. It's never too early or too late to start planning all aspects of your next beach vacation. We hope to see you on Emerald Isle beach soon.
What's your favorite beach-friendly food? We want to know!