19 Vegan Picnic Recipes (Perfect For Summer)

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Picnic season is officially here! Is there anything better than packing a healthy picnic and heading to your favorite park for a few hours?

These vegan picnic recipes can all be prepared ahead of time and served cold. So, pack them in your cooler with some refreshing drinks. From cold salads to filling sandwiches and wraps, you really can’t go wrong with any of these recipes for your next picnic or cookout.

1. Spicy Vegan Soba Noodles

Why it’s great: This recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. And, it can be served cold for a delicious lunch that is great on the go.

Spicy vegan soba noodle recipe
Spicy Vegan Soba Noodles (20 Minutes)
This recipe for spicy vegan soba noodles comes together in just 20 minutes. It's a satisfying and delicious lunch or dinner recipe.
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2. Vegan Chickpea Salad

Why it’s great: This chickpea salad is quick to make and provides a filling lunch for meal prep, work or a picnic in the summer months.

Vegan Chickpea Salad – Planted in the Kitchen
This flavor-packed chickpea salad takes just 15 minutes to make and is a great vegan chicken salad alternative and lunch recipe.
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3. Quinoa salad with lentils and tomatoes

Why it’s great: This cold salad is packed with protein from the lentils and quinoa, so you’ll feel full for your whole picnic!

Lentil quinoa salad
Quinoa salad with lentils and tomatoes
Quinoa salad with lentils and tomatoes- a simple salad loaded with delicious ingredients and textures. It’s vegan and gluten-free.
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4. Vegan Potato Salad

Why it’s great: What’s a picnic without potato salad? This vegan potato salad is perfectly creamy and flavor, making it a great side dish for your next picnic.

Vegan potato salad
The Best Vegan Potato Salad You’ll Ever Eat
This vegan potato salad is just as creamy as the classic but better for you and so much more flavorful! The perfect vegan summer side dish.
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5. Spicy Vegan Chickpea Salad

Why it’s great: Chickpeas are the perfect vegan salad base when you want a hearty and filling egg substitute. These chickpea salad sandwiches have a bit of kick, making them a unique take on a classic picnic dish.

Spicy chickpea vegan salad
Spicy Vegan Chickpea Salad – Wholehearted Eats
An easy vegan chickpea salad sandwich with just 7 ingredients. With a touch of sriracha or hot sauce, this is the classic salad made even better.
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6. Veggie Pesto Pasta

Why it’s great: Pasta salad for picnics is traditionally made with mayonnaise or salad dressing. This tasty vegan version is made with pesto for a fresh, vegan side dish or main picnic meal.

Veggie pesto pasta salad
Veggie Pesto Pasta
This is the best veggie pesto pasta recipe! This healthy pasta is easy to make and is loaded with fresh vegetables. It’s also vegetarian.
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7. Quinoa Cranberry “Pasta

Why it’s great: This cold vegan salad uses quinoa instead of pasta. The result? A satisfying and filling vegan meal that’s completely picnic-friendly.

Cranberry quinoa pasta salad
Cranberry “Pasta” Salad With Quinoa
This cranberry pasta salad is not made with pasta at all, it's made with quinoa!
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8. Italian Tomato Salad

Why it’s great: This light, vegan salad is refreshing when served chilled. It’s a great appetizer or side dish for your vegan picnic.

Italian vegan salad
Italian Tomato Salad
Italian Tomato Salad is prepared with fresh beefsteak tomatoes, red onion, fresh herbs and a delicious vinegar dressing. Enjoy this refreshing summer salad as a light appetizer, snack, or side dish.
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9. Easy Quinoa Veggie Wrap

Why it’s great: I love a good wrap on a picnic and these quinoa veggie wraps are full of plant-based protein, making them a filling and tasty option on the go.

Easy Quinoa Veggie Wrap With Sweet Italian Dressing
Easy Quinoa Veggie Wrap With Sweet Italian Dressing (Gluten-Free I Vegan)
Sweet ad savory all at once this quinoa wrap is packed with plant-based protein and makes for a tasty meal prep recipe! @fitasamamabear
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10. Smoked Vegan Tempeh BLT

Why it’s great: Did someone say BLT? This vegan BLT is made with smoked tempeh and tastes just like the real thing. And, it’s a great sandwich to make for your next picnic.

Smoked Vegan Tempeh BLT Bacon Sandwich
Smoked Vegan Tempeh BLT Bacon Sandwich
This delicious smoked tempeh BLT tastes exactly like the real thing. Get your bacon fix by eating this great vegan alternative to the classic bacon sandwich. Ready in just 10 minutes, this meal contains 380 calories and 15 grams of protein per serving.
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11. Southwest Salad With Cashew Dressing

Why it’s great: Jalapeno and cilantro come together to make this flavorful salad that’s perfectly crafted with a creamy cashew dressing. It’s bright, vibrant, and a delicious option for your summer picnic or cookout.

Vegan Southwest Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing
Vegan Southwest Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing
This crunchy and fresh vegan southwest salad is perfect to make ahead. Top it with the bright and vibrant Cilantro Jalapeño Cashew Dressing!
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12. Cherry Overnight Oats

Why it’s great: When you think picnic, oatmeal may not be the first thing to come to mind. But, overnight oats make the perfect picnic breakfast or treat as they keep really well in a cooler!

Cherry Overnight Oats
Cherry Overnight Oats
Start your morning with vegan, naturally sweetened Cherry Overnight Oats! These dairy free, gluten free overnight oats call for just SIX ingredients.
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13. No-Bake Energy Bites

Why it’s great: These no-bake energy bites are the perfect pick-me-up snack on the go. They’re also really easy to make and suitable for kids.

No bake energy bites
No Bake Energy Bites: Easy To Make And Suitable For All Ages
These no bake energy bites are simple to make, and with the energy coming from oaty goodness, they are suitable for all ages.
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14. Four Bean Vegan Salad

Why it’s great: Not only is this protein-packed recipe great for a BBQ, it’s also perfect for your next picnic. And, throwing it together is a breeze.

Vegan four bean salad
Four Bean Salad
This quick and easy four bean salad is simple and delicious. With a tangy vinaigrette it’s perfect for a bbq, bring a plate (pot luck) or a picnic. Tuck in!
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15. Vegan Couscous Salad

Why it’s great: Couscous is the perfect picnic dish, and it’s even better when it’s loaded with veggies and chickpeas. This tasty recipe is satisfying and full of flavor due to the addition of herbs and tahini.

Vegan couscous salad
Vegan Couscous Salad
A delicious vegan couscous salad with a lemony tahini dressing that’s loaded with fresh vegetables, herbs, and chickpeas. It’s filling, satisfying, and perfect for busy weeknights, or weekend picnics.
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16. Smashed Cucumber Mint Salad

Why it’s great: Who knew that cucumber and mint went together so well? This healthy recipe is perfect for your vegan picnic as a tasty side and pairs well with a wrap or sandwich.

Smashed Cucumber Mint Salad
Smashed Cucumber Mint Salad
Smashed cucumber mint salad is a delicious and healthy recipe full of Mediterranean flavors. The cucumbers taste fresh with a splash of vinegar and the bright flavor of mint. The cucumber mint salad can be
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17. Cold Italian Pasta Salad

Why it’s great: This cold pasta salad is gluten-free and vegan, so it’s perfect for anyone who may be sensitive to wheat or dairy. And the tri-colored pasta and homemade dressing makes it the perfect lunch for a bright and cheery picnic outdoors.

Cold Italian Pasta Salad (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)
Cold Italian Pasta Salad (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free)
A Classic Italian Pasta Salad that’s gluten-free, vegan, & allergy-free! Cold pasta salad with tri-colored pasta, veggies, & homemade Italian dressing!
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18. Bulgar Wheat Salad With Tahini Dressing

Why it’s great: If you haven’t made a salad with bulgar yet, here’s your sign to try it! This filling and flavorful vegan salad is a great additional to any picnic as a main dish.

Bulgur Wheat Salad with Tahini Herb Dressing
Bulgur Wheat Salad with Tahini Herb Dressing
A vegan bulgur wheat salad with tahini herb dressing. It is a quick and easy side or main salad with classic Lebanese bulgur salad flavours.
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19. Easy No-Cook Vegan Egg Salad

Why it’s great: Egg salad is a staple at many picnics. This vegan version won’t have you missing the “real thing” at all. It’s delicious and quick to prepare.

Vegan egg salad
Easy No-cook Vegan Egg Salad Sandwich
This delicious vegan egg salad sandwich tastes exactly like the real thing and comes together in just 5 minutes with no cooking required. It contains 326 calories and 14 grams of protein per serving.
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