What differentiates an outdoor hang from a picnic? A sort of informality, certainly. Outdoor hangs are more spur-of-the-moment, an enthusiastic reaction to spotting a 72-degree day very near on the horizon, while browsing through a weather app. But spontaneity doesn’t mean you throw planning to the wind. Consider channeling some of that enthusiasm into these recipes, which will still stand up and even stand out after a few hours. They’ll make a lovely, languorous afternoon in the park or in the backyard all the more pleasurable.
With nary a whiff of dairy, a vegan onion dip is perfect for any outdoor meet up. For this recipe from Yossy Arefi, onions are cooked down to the point of caramelization, and softened raw cashews are blitzed in a food processor with cannellini beans. Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and paprika up the flavor, making this dip brighter than other onion dips. Enjoy