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Summertime Staycation: Suzanne’s Favorite Picnic Recipe

Summertime Staycation: Suzanne’s Favorite Picnic Recipe

I love picnics during the summer, especially when they feature our Turkish Peshtemal Towels!

Summer is flying by! Recently, my favorite thing to add to my summer staycation is a picnic in the local park. 

And, because I love picnics —and think they’re the best thing to add to a summer staycation— I wanted to share my favorite summer salad recipe with you.


Chicken & Mango Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Makes 6 servings

Please note: this recipe is originally from the book Yum & Yummer by Greta Podleski. 

Sesame Ginger Dressing:

  • ¼ cup neutral-tasting oil, such as sunflower or safflower
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)


  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup packed grated carrots
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onions
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped cilantro (or mint)
  • 6 cups packed mixed greens
  • 3 cooked medium chicken breasts, thinly sliced or chopped
  • Chopped cashews, peanuts or sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Refrigerate until ready to use. For a “creamier,” smoother dressing, whirl all dressing ingredients in a small blender for about 10 seconds. 

In a large bowl, combine mangos, bell peppers, carrots, onions and cilantro. Mix well. Add 3 tbsp dressing and mix again (using tongs works well).

Arrange greens over the bottom of 6 serving plates or bowls. Mound mango mixture on greens. Top with sliced chicken. Drizzle more dressing over the chicken. You might not use all of it. Garnish with chopped cashews, if using, and serve immediately.

Make Your Picnic More Comfortable

At Skylark+Owl Linen Co., we love making homes and nests across the country as soft, cozy and welcoming as possible — but we also love carrying the coziness outside of the home, too. Enter: our picnic secret weapon, our Turkish Peshtemal Towels. The perfect size for everything from wrapping up post-shower to bringing to the beach, we have a particular love for towels turned picnic blankets. Made with 100% cotton and available in a variety of sizes and colorways, Turkish Peshtemal Towels are just what your summertime staycation is missing this year.

Why​​ Turkish Peshtemal Towels?

We’re all about versatility over at Skylark+Owl, and our Turkish Peshtemal Towels are up for the job. The towels, which are thin enough to carry around, are also thick enough to be perfectly plush and absorbent. Crafted with Turkish cotton —the gold standard for towels — Turkish Peshtemals are made with extra long fibres that continue to soften (and become more absorbent) the more they’re washed and used. While we love wrapping up with them after a long bath, we’re partial to bringing them along every time we head out for a picnic. They’re easy to clean, dry incredibly quickly and make the absolute perfect picnic blanket.

Enjoy your own summer staycation by grabbing your Turkish Peshtemal Towel, whipping up this delicious salad and heading outside. We’ll meet you there! Shop our versatile comfort with Skylark+Owl’s Turkish peshtemal collection here.

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