Tis the season for picnics! Whether you’re adventuring to a park or having a picnic in your backyard, these 15 pasta, potato and veggie salads will be the perfect thing to munch on in the bright sunshine. Even better: you can find all of these salads on our Food Monster App!

1. Sesame Pasta Salad

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This Sesame Pasta Salad from Caroline Ginolfi is bound to rival any dishes that you’ll enjoy! It is full of decadent flavors and is a full hearty yet super healthy meal that everyone is going to enjoy! Give it a try!

2. Fava Beans and Za’atar Potato Salad

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Potatoes are filling, versatile, and just plain delicious. Mix up your traditional potato salad with this recipe that features caramelized red onion, fava beans, and green olives. This Fava Beans and Za’atar Potato Salad from Marta Ansaldo and Mimma Sangiorgio is well-seasoned with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and more.

3. Hippie Goddess Salad Dressing and Shaved Spring Salad

Hippie Goddess Salad Dressing and Shaved Spring Salad [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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There’s nothing that can bring you closer to the earth than a meal filled with wonderful, seasonal veggies. Crunchy and fresh, you’ll absolutely love this Hippie Goddess Salad Dressing and Shaved Spring Salad from Jessica DeMarra. Make a big bowl of this to share with the ones you love!

4. Apricot and Date Pasta Salad

Apricot and Date Pasta Salad with fresh veggies

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This Apricot and Date Pasta Salad from Natasha Minocha has a kick from coarse black pepper, heat from smoked paprika, and how herbalicious is it with loads of fresh mint, basil and thyme! Once you hit the fruit and dates with some salt and olive oil, they turn into flavor bombs! This salad is great for a family meal, for snacking, for entertaining: Cold or warmed up, it works every which way!

5. Fingerling Potato Salad With Lemon Herb Dressing

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This Fingerling Potato Salad With Lemon Herb Dressing from Jessica Gavin is a delicious side dish that complements any meal. Tangy vinaigrette with fresh thyme, rosemary, and Dijon mustard brings out the earthy flavors of the potatoes. This is the perfect side for any spring dish, but is especially perfect for barbecues and picnics.

6. Lentil Salad With Crunchy Veggies and Herbs

Lentil Salad with Crunchy Veggies and Herbs [Vegan]

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Fresh, nourishing & crunchy – this Lentil Salad With Crunchy Herbs and Veggies from Laine Rudolfa is a healthy and easy dish that fills you up more than just a regular salad. Lentils, which are high in plant protein, are satisfying and nutritious. Zucchini, corn, greens, herbs, capers and lingonberries all create a tasty combo and add crispiness. The tangy dressing gives this salad the final flavor bomb. Yum!

7. Greek Pasta Salad with Oil-Free Dressing

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This Greek Pasta Salad with Oil-Free Dressing recipe from Kathy Davis is amazingly easy but does not lack flavor! This pasta salad is definitely perfect for dinner parties, or any time you’re getting together with friends or family. The oil-free dressing is a healthier alternative, as well!

8. Fancy Pesto Potato Salad

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For the BBQ-lover with refined taste – this Fancy Pesto Potato Salad recipe from Anarki “AJ” Tjon Affo is a classy take on a traditional potato salad. The recipe combines two of our favorite things, pesto and potatoes, into a ballet of flavors that is impressive and surprisingly simple. This recipe is super hearty, make a large batch, and is pretty easy on the wallet as well.

9. Spinach Salad With Pistachios and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Spinach Salad with Pistachios and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Bright, fresh and flavorful veggies with crunchy pistachios and the flavor burst of sun-dried tomatoes, along with an amazing dressing. What are you waiting for? Get making this Spinach Salad With Pistachios and Sun-Dried Tomatoes from Jamie Bevia!

10. Veggie Pasta

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This one pot Veggie Pasta from Stefani Weiss is nutritious, satisfying, healthy and natural. It also only requires 4 ingredients! Yes you read that correctly – just four! Perfect for students!

11. Creamy Potato Salad

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Who doesn’t love potatoes? This Creamy Potato Salad from Olivia Budgen is simply dreamy – there is no other word for it. Get making it!

12. Gingery Carrot and Daikon Salad

Gingery Carrot and Daikon Salad

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Daikon is totally delicious ribboned up in salads like this Gingery Carrot and Daikon Salad from Josephine Watmore! They have a really good fresh peppery taste which works perfectly for this summery salad.

13. Pasta Salad With Chili Lemon Sauce

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Pasta salads are not only easy to make but they are great to travel and make in advance foods too! There is something about chili and lemon together that is just so flavorful! The slight bit of heat from the chili mixed with the fresh kick of lemon is the perfect match in this Pasta Salad With Chili Lemon Sauce from Michele Elizabeth.

14. Creamy Potato Salad

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A potato salad can actually be quite healthy if it’s done correctly! Instead of mayonnaise, creamy homemade hummus was used in this Creamy Potato Salad from Judy Moosmueller, and the roasted seeds add a beautiful nutty, crunchy texture. Excellent for parties!

15. Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad

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This grilled salad is a mish-mash of simple, whole-food veggie nutrition with a charred and smoky flavors slathered in the most addictive date balsamic vinaigrette. Grilling vegetables is one of the sure-fire ways to make them totally delish, find out how with this Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad from Taylor Kiser!

Need more high-carb recipes? Check out 15 High-Protein Chickpea Salads To Help You Get In Those Greens and our Summer/Spring Salads Archives! We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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