The weather is finally warm again, and it is time to adjust our palates! There is something special about pairing our meals with the warm air. National Picnic Day is here, and we can all take part in the outdoor festivities once again! We put together a delicious list of some picnic essentials, including sweet and savory sandwiches and spreads. Take a look at these delicious recipes that can also be found on the Food Monster App.

1. Sundried Tomato Pesto

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Here’s to all our fellow pesto lovers… this sun-dried tomato pesto by Kristen Kaminski is amazing! You’re gonna love it! You can use it in so many different ways – on pasta, sandwiches or simply on crackers as a yummy snack in between meals.

2. Artichoke and Pesto Hummus Sandwich

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If you’re looking for a deluxe sandwich, you’ve found the right recipe. This Artichoke and Pesto Hummus Sandwich from Liz Martone is layered with pesto and hummus and then stuffed full of artichoke hearts and oven roasted asparagus. It is perfect to eat pretty much any time.

3. Sunflower ‘Cheddar’ Spread

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This is a dairy-free, nut-free, grain-free, and coconut-free cheesey Sunflower spread! This tastes similar to a smoky cheddar cheese, except it’s easier to spread than cheddar cheese. Win-win situation going on here. Slab this spread by Courtney West on bread, veggies, crackers, grapes, whatever!

4. Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam

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This Coconut Pistachio Cashew Cheese Panini With Cranberry Jam by Jennifer Harmon is the perfect picnic meal! A warm, sweet, and savory sandwich that you will never forget. The title is a mouthful, as are all of the flavors you get in every bite. Some bites are more sweet from the cranberry jam while others are more savory and crunchy from the cashew cheese. Either way, you’re in for a treat!

5. Creamy Avocado Hummus

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As a beautiful cross between guacamole and bean dip, this Creamy Avocado Hummus by Christina Bedetta makes for a delicious appetizer/snack as a dip with veggies and pita chips, and also makes a wonderful spread for a variety of sandwiches. This recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends!

6. Baloney

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This smooth, sliceable baloney from Robin Asbell is fantastic in sandwiches, or chopped and added to salads. You can make a fried baloney sandwich and love to sear slices in a little oil before slapping them on toasted bread, and smearing on some mustard, mayo, and pickle relish.

7. ‘Chuna’ Sandwich

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A tasty lunch option for when you’re on the go. This chickpea “tuna” by Andri Neocleous filling goes well with wholemeal bread, a seeded wrap or wholemeal pita.

8. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw

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This buffalo tofu sandwich by Zsu Dever features a grilled, marinated tofu and makes the sandwich into a po’ boy by adding a creamy slaw. The cabbage and apples in the slaw add crunch, the vegan mayo adds creaminess, and the vinegar gives it some needed acidity. This is a simple and easy to make, no fuss sandwich with all the authentic buffalo flavors.

9. Mayim Bialik’s Reuben Sandwich

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It can be hard to give up your favorite sandwich when you decide to eat more plant-based foods … That is, until you learn that you can make everything you’ve ever dreamed of, like this Reuben sandwich by Mayim Bialik! It recreates the flavor of a classic deli reuben with ingredients and spices that mimic the original to a T. It’s packed with veggie bacon, sauerkraut, and deliciously spiced onions.

10. Tempeh Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Avocado Grilled Cheese

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There’s no denying that a vegan grilled cheese sandwich tastes good, but this BLTA (that’s bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado!) grilled cheese takes it to the next level. Smoky tempeh bacon, creamy smashed avocado, crisp lettuce, tomato, and melty vegan Swiss cheese are sandwiched between two crispy, buttery slices of grilled bread. Pair this sandwich from Zsu Dever with your favorite tomato soup for the ultimate comfort food meal.

11. BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches With Stewed Fig, Onion Marmalade and Arugula 

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These delicious sandwiches with BBQ tempeh, figs, onion marmalade and arugula by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer are a great meal that you’ll want to enjoy again and again. Awesome flavors in tasty sandwich form – who could ask for more?

12. White Bean ‘Tuna’ Sandwich With Veggies

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These “tuna” sandwiches by Anya Kassoff and Masha Davydova are made from white beans and have all the best flavor components of the classic, plus added flair from cucumber and basil. Red onion, pickles, sunflower seeds, herbs, and a plant-based mayonnaise-like sauce make this dish taste remarkably close to tuna salad, especially when served as a sandwich. This tasty meal is perfect for lunch on the go.

13. Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil and Kalamata Olive ‘Ricotta’ Spread

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Is there an herb more versatile than basil? You can pretty much do anything you like with it, from pasta sauce to spreads to a few spare leaves in a crisp, summer salad. Flavorful and bright, it makes any dish more special and this creamy Sun-Dried Tomato, Basil and Kalamata Olive ‘Ricotta’ Spread by Bryanna Clark Grogan is no exception.

14. Mexican Picante Sandwich

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This Mexican Picante Sandwich by Tara Binder is protein packed, hearty, flavorful, and a tad bit messy (but oh so worth it!) Prep the individual components and you can throw it together in minutes for a quick, satiating and oh-so-pretty lunch that will get you through your busy week.

15. Spicy ‘Cheese’ Spread With A Raw Option

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Cheese, for many one of the most difficult things to give when going completely plant-based. You will not be missing ANYTHING with this cheesy spread. This cheese spread from Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo is made using whole, (raw) food. You can even ferment it like a proper vegan cheese. The possibilities are endless with this spicy, colorful, and nutritious cheesy spread!

If you need more sandwich recipes for your picnic celebration, you can look Sandwiches You Need Both Hands to Hold or check out the Food Monster App! You can download today and get ahold of over 15,000 vegan and allergy-friendly recipes! The app can be found on Instagram and Facebook.

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