The sun is shining, spring is here in full force, it’s almost summer, and it’s the perfect time for picnics! We have some awesome easy vegan cooking tips for how to fill your picnic basket with all the best treats for a magical outdoor adventure. Whip up these recipes that you can find on our Food Monster App – and then check out more of our Blogger Tips!

1. Fruit

Watermelon Tartare

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In the warmth and sunshine, when you’re also probably getting some exercise in the park for your picnic, you may not feel like eating anything too heavy. The refreshing and bright flavors of fruit are the perfect thing to keep you energized and bring a smile to your face! Enjoy this Watermelon Tartare from Azucena Noriega on it’s own or on crackers – maybe even the crackers from this awesome recipe for Fruit Salsa With Baked Pita Chips from Desiree Rodriguez! For a great combination of sweetness and signature barbecue smokiness, grab some of this Grilled Pineapple With Sweet and Hot Sriracha Marinade from Gloria Sucic.

2. Drinks

Lychee and Kombucha Spritz

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You need a nice cold drink at a sunny picnic! Not only is it refreshing and delicious, but it’ll keep you cool. Just look at how tasty this Lychee and Kombucha Spritz from Jessica Sepel looks! For an alcoholic option for the adults, check out Gabriela Lupu‘s Pine Needle Vodka Lemonade With Blueberries. For those who steer clear of alcohol, this Crisp and Refreshing Ginger Beer Mocktail from Lindsey Auerbach is a perfect solution. A classic summer drink of iced tea is sure to satisfy, so whip up this Saffron Pear Iced Tea from Charlie Rioux!

3. Salads

Vegan Grilled Peach, Red Onion, and Arugula Salad With Grilled Croutons and Sun Gold Tomatoes

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Sticking with the theme of light bites, but also preparing something more filling, these salads will make a perfect lunch for you and your picnic date! The flavors in this Grilled Peach and Arugula Salad With Grilled Croutons from Simple Green Suppers will blow you away. The grains in this Watermelon-Sorghum Salad With Blackberry Vinaigrette from Gluten-Free Grains by Quelcy Kogel will be satisfying and nourishing, and Kristina Stosek’s German Potato Salad will be your new favorite classic picnic food!

4. Dessert

Mocha Chocolate Brownies

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What’s a picnic without a little dessert to finish off the meal? These Mocha Chocolate Brownie Bites from Hayley Canning are perfectly bite-sized to make snacking a breeze, as are these Pistachio Coconut Dark Chocolate Truffles from Rachel Clarke – no cutting up and eating with a knife and fork necessary! Grab one of these Chocolate Peanut Butter Raspberry Bars from Susan Edelman to enjoy a treat as sweet as your picnic is sure to be.

Need more picnic ideas? Check out How to Pack the Perfect Vegan Picnic Lunch and our Picnic 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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