Picnic food can’t really be defined, can it? You may throw peanut butter & jelly sandwiches in a paper bag or fill a cooler with deviled eggs, ham and veggies. Perhaps the literary side of you would like to stop roadside Brideshead-style with summer strawberries and champagne, not forgetting to stow your favorite teddy bear (Aloysius?). A sophisticated couple might head to German Village to enjoy a fresh baguette, cheese and fruit while watching one of Shakespeare’s plays.
Pasta salad is like a picnic in that you can’t really define it. There are so many different versions, and although following a recipe can ensure consistent results, you can take a risk, using what you’ve got on hand, and end up with something pretty decent.