A romantic picnic in a vineyard

Seasonal Mediterranean picnic recipes - best enjoyed in a romantic outdoor setting....

As the summer scorch subsides to more manageable, milder temperatures, it is the perfect time to jump in the car and head off to explore the beautiful Mallorcan countryside. We packed a hamper full of delicious and healthy dishes – inspired by the season’s harvest – to enjoy a picnic surrounded by the sights and scents of nature.

Tomato tartlets

The perfect picnic food, these tasty savoury tartlets are filled with sautéed red pepper, paprika, tomatoes and basil, all encased in delicious shortcrust pastry. Use different varieties of cherry tomatoes for added prettiness!

Couscous with pomegranate

This versatile North African staple is often best served simply, with pomegranate seeds providing pops of sour sweetness and green unroasted pistachios bringing a fresh, nuttiness to the experience.

Roast butternut squash salad

Closely related to the pumpkin, the sweet and earthy flavours of the butternut squash are the epitome of autumn. An apple cider vinaigrette dressing provide a tart balance while flaked Mallorcan almonds add a local touch.

Simple bean salad

There’s no need to tinker with this classic bean salad, which combines white and red kidney beans with red onion, cucumber and mustard vinaigrette. Radishes bring their unmistakeable peppery tang to the mix.

Styling: Helen Cummins · Photos: Sara Savage · Chef: Aoiffe MacHale · Video: Estefania Duran · Text: Leon Beckenham · Shot on location at Son Mayol Bodega, Mallorca

Dr. Helen Cummins is a lifestyle editor, marketeer and successful entrepreneur, who has lived and worked in Palma de Mallorca for the past 20 years. She launched abcMallorca.com in 2003 which has grown into one of the island’s largest websites with over 6 million visits per annum.

The website helencummins.com is a collection of all the things Helen values since moving to the island, running abcMallorca Digital Media and creating an idyllic life in Son Vida with her husband Georg and daughter Eva.

Slow Living Mallorca is what sits at the heart of the hc/ website, which aims to inspire you to slow down and appreciate the Mediterranean lifestyle. Alongside her editorial team, Helen handpicks the recommended businesses showcased here that adhere to SLOW: Sustainable, Local, Organic and made with Love.