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. 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.