What makes for a good picnic? A nice day, good friends and a large green space, of course. As for food, there are certain must-haves. Any foods that will melt in the sun or get soggy are an absolute no-go. The best vegan picnic foods are those which stay fresh for hours, are easy to eat, create the least amount of mess and of course, are delicious and nutritious. We’re here to present you with 15 different perfect picnic recipes, vegan-style.
Coronation Chickpea Sandwiches, a vegan spin on an all-time classic. It makes the perfect packed lunch or side dish for an easy, breezy picnic. If you’re looking for some good sandwich ideas, or you’re tired of the same ole same ole sandwiches out there, this one is for you!
This classic Italian sandwich has been made vegan with eggplant, breaded tofu, and vegan cheese. This Roasted Tofu Parmesan recipe is bound to make every picnic guest you invite fall in love!
It doesn’t get much better and more vegan than this Ultimate Veggie Sandwich! The best sandwiches consist of layers and this one features several including plant-based cream cheese, avocado, sprouts, and all the good, healthy green stuff! This sandwich will be the star of your Instagram photo show.
Forget about fast food, this healthy alternative is so much tastier. Made of artichoke hearts, gluten-free bread comes, coriander, onion and dairy-free milk, this Fillet-O-Fishless Sandwich is soy-free, vegan and contains no refined sugar. This a sandwich that’ll surprise your guests in the best way.
This vegan Reuben Sandwich is so wildly popular, and for good reason. It’s hard to give up your favorite foods when you become a vegan. Luckily, there are alternatives that will have you questioning whether or not it’s the real thing and this is one of them. It recreates the flavor of a classic deli Reuben with spices that mimic it. It’s packed with veggie bacon, sauerkraut, and deliciously spiced onions.
It’s not a picnic without potato salad. And no, this isn’t your classic potato salad jammed with mayonnaise and egg yolks. These are veganized! This German Potato Salad is made of red-skinned potatoes and marinated in a light vinaigrette. Serve in a large salad bowl and let your mouth water with vegan goodness.
A potato salad can be pretty healthy when it’s done correctly and altered into a plant-based meal. Instead of mayonnaise, creamy hummus is used in this Creamy Potato Salad recipe, and the roasted seeds add a beautiful nutty, crunchy texture. This is the perfect side dish for an early picnic.
Mix up your traditional potato salad with this Fava Beans and Za’atar Potato Salad recipe. It features caramelized red onion, fava beans, and green olives. The salad is well-seasoned with za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice blend of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, and more, creating the perfect addition to any seasonal picnic event.
This Salata de Beouf: Romanian Potato Salad is a staple dish in Romania. It’s rich in taste, highly decorative, and easy to get creative with. This classic recipe for potato salad has pickles, carrots, lemon juice, and potatoes that are tossed in a little vegan mayonnaise. Yum.
This Sage and Almond Pesto Roasted Potato Salad dish is great when served cold like a regular potato salad or serve it hot during the fall and winter seasons when you’re craving a cozier vibe. Roasted potatoes are coated in a sage and almond pesto for the ultimate flavorful vegan picnic item.
What’s more outdoors and cutely appropriate than a donut? These are perfect picnic treats because of their versatility and how easy they are to make. They are fluffy, moist and the flavor is delicious – so fresh and citrusy. On your next vegan picnic outing, create some Lemon Baked Donuts.
Every vegan picnic needs cookies! It’s not complete without a little crunchy, chewy bite. These Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies are vegan, gluten-free versions of our favorite comfort snack. They’re lightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside and will definitely become your new go-to afternoon snack.
This Light and Fluffy Banana Nut Muffin recipe is fantastic because it contains few ingredients and is super, super easy to make for your next picnic getaway. If you and your group can’t finish them in one sitting, you can always freeze them for a later date or for a quick breakfast!
This apple bread is sweet and moist and full of apple goodness. If you have any apples that are getting a little soft, feel free to use them up in this Apple Loaf Cake recipe. This is the perfect snack to share amongst friends, and there’s enough in one serving for everyone!
Last but certainly not least are these delicious Carrot Zucchini Squares. They are made from quinoa flour (or whole wheat flour), packed with veggie goodness, and topped with a creamy cashew maple frosting. Perfect for dessert or that mid-day snack!
See? Now you have everything you could ever need to have the ultimate vegan picnic. We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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