July is national picnic month, so we put together 15 aesthetically pleasing recipe ideas that are easy to pack in your picnic basket! Plus, it’s always nice to swap out some of the same old boring sandwiches with something a little more exciting, vibrant, and fresh! These recipes are easy to prepare and can be done the day before so it’s ready to go when you want. Give these a try for an unforgettable picnic!
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1. Sweet Pea Crostini
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This light and fresh spring Sweet Pea Crostini appetizer by Rachel Hanawalt is the perfect way to whet your appetite without spoiling your dinner. These crostini are topped with an elegant pea mixture that’s similar to a pesto, drizzled with vegan crème fraîche, and then finished with dainty slices of radish.
2. Millet Flatbread With Sugar Snaps and Mint Cashew Ricotta
These Millet Flatbreads With Sugar Snaps and Mint Cashew Ricotta by Courtney West are the perfect spring weekend lunch. The herbal coolness of the mint pairs so well with the sweetness of the peas. And, the flatbread is as easy as mixing up some ingredients, then pouring the batter in a skillet. No kneading, rising, or shaping required. And to think people say that gluten free bread is complicated… If you are low on time, but still want to make this recipe, feel free to use a pre-made flatbread (or naan) and simply warm it in a skillet a bit. Or, forgo the bread and just make the mint cashew ricotta as a killer dip for the snap peas.
3. Herby Flatbread With Pink Pickles
These herby flatbreads with pink pickles, fresh greens, and avocado by Harriet Porterfield are the perfect lunch! This recipe is very customizable — you get to pick your flavor profile as far as herbs and spices go. The pickles really lift this dish and provide a perfect tangy twist against the creamy avocado and herby flatbread.
4. BBQ Pulled Veggie Sandwiches
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Thinly sliced veggies tossed in tangy BBQ sauce and piled on a soft bun… HELLO! Bring a tray of these playful BBQ Pulled Veggie sandwiches by Margaux Mouton to your next summer shindig and have fun watching them all disappear!
5. Picnic Perfect Crispy Tofu Sandwiches
Now that the picnic season has officially started, these wholemeal rolls with crispy sesame tofu, creamy avocado, and crunchy carrots, red cabbage & toasted peanuts are THE ULTIMATE VEGAN SANDWICHES to pack in your picnic basket! When it comes to packing the picnic basket, it’s nice to swap the same old boring sandwiches with something a little more exciting and fresh like these Picnic Perfect Crispy Tofu Sandwiches with creamy avocado, crunchy carrots, red cabbage & toasted peanuts by Tania Pilcher.
6. Magical Summer Rolls
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Beautiful, colorful, and absolutely magical-looking, these Magical Summer Rolls by Natalie Yonan are the perfect light lunch for warm weather days. These summer rolls are lined with polka beets and golden beets, so not only do they taste delicious, but they’re also a feast for the eyes. Creamy, homemade almond butter sauce pairs perfectly with its crisp texture and fresh flavor.
7. Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs
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We understand that some might have doubts about this, but trust us — these Red Cabbage Carrot Dogs by Melina Kutelas actually taste like the real thing. The flavor of the carrots has just the right mixture of sweetness and tanginess to it. The added flavor bonus of shredded red cabbage and spicy arugula makes it even better and a little bit more special. Drizzle it with ketchup and mustard and dig in.
8. Mini Veggie Cucumber Wraps With Avocado Hummus
Deliciously refreshing, these Mini Veggie Cucumber Wraps With Avocado Hummus by Nathalie Fraise are the perfect appetizer or light snack for a hot spring or summer day. They are composed of thinly sliced cucumber filled with grated raw vegetables, and are nicely complemented with an avocado hummus spread. Once you’ve tried these, you can try changing up the stuffing. Cashew cheese, guacamole, black beans, or chopped tomatoes, would all work just as well!
9. Oat and Quinoa Focaccia Bread
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This Oat and Quinoa Focaccia Bread recipe by Sirke Reivo will bring the rustic flavors of the Italian countryside to your kitchen. The airy dough is punctured before baking so that the olive oil and fresh herbs can permeate the bread. While this recipe is for focaccia, it also works as a great base for pizza crust.
10. Lychee and Kombucha Spritz
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Sweet lychees mixed with fresh mint and sparkling kombucha to make this Lychee and Kombucha Spritz by Jessica Sepel– what a refreshing treat! Lychee is a unique summer fruit that is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin B, and folate. Plus kombucha is amazing for gut health and improving digestion.
11. Watermelon Tartare
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This refreshing watermelon tartare by Azucena Noriega is perfect for hot summer days, especially as a snack or party appetizer. The combination of flavors completely transforms the watermelon. The citrus juice combined with sesame seeds and soy sauce or tamari gives it a delicious umami flavor that’s unforgettable.
12. Roasted Poblano Cilantro Empanadas
These roasted poblano cilantro empanadas by Stephanie McKinnie are full of flavorful goodness! The poblano adds the yummiest roasted pepper flavor and the combination of poblano, cilantro, and melty vegan cheese cannot be beat. The slaw becomes a beautiful bright pink and adds the much-needed fresh crunchy quality to the mix. The beauty of empanadas is that they are easy to reheat, which makes them great for when you’re on the go.
13. Decadent Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew Almond Cheese
This recipe for Decadent Baked Herb-Crusted Cashew Almond Cheese by Meredith Youngson is unbelievable. Lemon juice combined with nutritional yeast give it a tangy, “authentic” flavor that’s just begging to be served with sweet, fruity flavors. You can even alternate what flavors you serve this cashew-almond cheese with, so experiment to your heart’s delight! The base of this cheese would also pair beautifully with dried cranberries, figs, and sun-dried tomatoes.
14. Garden Picnic Pasta Salad with Veggies, Herbs, and Orange-Miso Tahini Dressing
This Garden Picnic Pasta Salad with Veggies, Herbs, and Orange-Miso Tahini Dressing by The Whole Foods Diet is a creamy umami bomb of earthy deliciousness that’s perfect for dinner or lunch — and for leftovers the next day! Pasta is tossed with shredded kale, blanched broccoli and zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and plenty of fresh herbs, then topped with a simple, healthy, and citrus-y dressing. It’s easy to prepare and can be done the day before so it’s ready to go when you want.
15. Red Lentil Pasta With Basil-Pistachio Pesto
The pasta is made from red lentils. The fresh pesto is accented with lemon, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika in lieu of parmesan cheese. And the tomatoes add pops of vibrant color and bursts of juiciness. Altogether, this simple Mediterranean-style Red Lentil Pasta With Basil-Pistachio Pesto dish by Jackie Newgent is a complete meal in a bowl. Hint: It’s a scrumptious pick for a Meatless Monday!
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