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30 Recipes! How to Pack the Perfect Vegan Picnic

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

Get outside and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air with these perfect vegan picnic recipes!

By Lora O’Brien

What makes for a good picnic? A nice, warm day, good friends and a green space, of course. But as for food, there are certain musts, too.

Green salads are generally a no-go, since they tend to wilt in the sun. And any foods that may get soggy or worse, go off, are also a no-no. Plus, a lot of typical picnic food is pretty stodgy: think potato chips, white bread sandwiches, lumpy potato salad and tub after tub of hummus. The best picnic foods are those which stay fresh for hours, are easy to eat with the fingers, and of course, are delicious and nutritious.

Of course, you don’t really need to cook to make most of these vegan picnic recipes. But if you don’t feel like hitting the kitchen at all, just pack some basics, like:

  • an assortment of nuts and fruits
  • store-bought dips
  • mixed raw veggies, crackers or breads for the dips
  • mixed olives and antipasti like artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes
  • store-bought cookies, chocolate, cake or muffins
  • some water, wine and juice

But while this will keep people from starving, no one’s about to ooh and ahhh over that awesome pack of nuts you brought.

Luckily for us, a bunch of well-known vegan and vegetarian bloggers and chefs, including the fabulous Mira Manek, have  offered up some recipes to help inspire all of you with some food and drink recipes to really jazz up your picnic this year in a healthy and yummy way.

Just make sure your picnic doesn’t end up being a garbage-fest. I mean, ending the day with a pile of landfill is not chic! But fear not, it’s easy to minimise your waste. My tips?

  • use Mason Jars (or recycled jam jars) for everything. They can store drinks, sauces, salads and more, and can also be used as glasses
  • use your hands to eat whenever possible. Take small cloths and a jar of soapy water in a Mason Jar to wash hands first if  this is a concern
  • use old newspaper or waxed paper to wrap food like sandwiches instead of plastic or aluminium
  • take your normal forks with you. Wash them at home later. Disposable ones are so wasteful!
  • if you must use disposable cups and plates, ensure they’re made from recycled paper like these, and then recycle them again, if possible!
  • ensure you recycle all bottles, cans and paper you use, in fact
  • take everything with you in reusable canvas bags– avoid plastic ones!
  • take some gorgeous coconut bowls and utensils with you to serve food in, such as these ones below
  • of course, ensure you clean everything up after your picnic

All you need to do now is dust off the blankets, grab  the picnic basket and pray for a sunny day!

Recipes For The Perfect Vegan Picnic

Vegan Picnic

1. Grilled Tofu Shish Kebabs

If you think tofu tastes like a block of nothingness, then this will simply reinvent it for you! These skewers are so perfect for a picnic. You can either grill them up before and store them in a lock tight container to take alongside with you – or, if you’re a modern picnicker who is going to be grilling as well as chilling, you could cook them on the go. Jazz them up a little more by adding chunks of other veggies you love!

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

2. Easy & Amazing Vegan Samosas

Following on with a little bit of an Indian vibe, these samosas are another fabulous picnic recipe. They’re super delicious – I defy anyone to tell me they’re not a samosa fan – and a great food to cook up and take along to a picnic. And because they’re baked, not fried, you can eat these with your hands and avoid greasy fingers! Some insist these should be hot, but I think this is one of the most perfect vegan picnic recipes for serving up at room temperature, too. With some chutney on the side, of course!

Get the recipe here.

easy samosa recipe vegan

3. Raw Nori Wraps with a Spicy Dipping Sauce

Gone are the days of soggy and bland sandwiches – picnicking is now a time to get a little bit creative. These nori wraps are the perfect substitute for sarnies and they’re way healthier. These guys are packed full of crunchy cabbage, carrot, cucumber and zucchini, but feel free to play around with the veggies you like most. Did I mention this also comes with a spicy dipping sauce? Store the sauce in a little jar and take it along.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

4. Soba Noodle & Raw Veggie Salad

When we think of salad, we tend to think of a bunch of leafy greens – but sometimes we just crave something a little bit more substantial. And this is where soba noodles are a great option. This is an Asian inspired dish, and even has added peanut butter. Can it get any better?

Actually yes, because this salad tastes great whether it’s hot or cold, meaning it will be just as enjoyable when you unpack it on your picnic and dive right in. You can take real forks (no plastic, please!) to eat these with, or reusable chopsticks.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

5. Hummus Avocado Pita Sandwiches

Okay, how  could I not add a sandwich recipe? Some of us are fans of the old fashion sarnie when picnicking. But that doesn’t mean we need to have boring PBJ or potentially salmonella-infested egg sarnies (why, parents? why?). No way! This is packed full of fresh and tasty ingredients. Make it the night before and store in a container so it’s ready to go the next day.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

6. Crispy Pan Fried Falafels

How lovely does this plate look? This is one of the most perfect vegan picnic recipes for making an impression, if you ask me.

The best thing about falafel balls is that you can either eat them all wrapped up in a pita, stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and tahini – or,  if you’re trying to kill the carbs, just place these tasty nuggets onto a salad, (or in the case of this recipe, Asian coleslaw) add some dressing, and enjoy!

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

7. Refried Bean Wraps

Mexican food was just invented be eaten at a picnic. It’s already in its own ‘wrapper’ – that being a tortilla, normally – and it tastes so good, hot or cold. This easy, packable recipe features jalapeño cilantro hummus, and is sure to have everyone saying: ‘Ay, que rico!’

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

8. Simple Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil

Bruschetta is always a winner for me. Whenever I see it on a menu I have to have me some of that goodness! And what’s not to love? Crunchy toasted bread topped with delicious tomato and basil and a hint of garlic. To keep this picnic-fresh, simply store the bread and the topping in separate containers and then put together when ready to eat.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

9. Mushroom & Walnut Paté

Not only is this paté 100% vegan, it’s relatively simply to make as well, though it looks pretty fancy. Take a loaf of freshly baked bread or some gluten free crackers, or even the bruschetta rounds (above) and smear this on them and I guarantee it will be one of your picnic fixtures from now on.

Get the recipe here.

vegan pate recipe

10. Indian Char-Roasted Eggplant Dip

Whilst I will forever love hummus  in all of its various guises, I can see how people get tired of it. So this picnic season, why not try something new and exciting like this Indian dip? This would be delicious on top of some flat bread, rice cakes or some gluten free crackers.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

11. Gluten Free Chickpea Crackers

As I’ve mentioned a few sandwich recipes, and mentioned the need to have something on hand for dips, I’ve found this delicious and wholesome cracker recipe for your picnic. It’s crispy, healthy, and the perfect  choice for dipping or smearing with some crushed avocado or rich hummus.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

12. Sun Dried Tomato, Mushroom & Spinach Tofu Quiche

Is a picnic really a picnic without a quiche? I think not! So luckily for us, Angela Liddon has created this masterpiece which is 100% vegan, making it perfect for picnics – I mean, nothing goes off faster in the summer sun that eggs, right? But…these have none! Easy to pack and cut, this is one of the most perfect vegan picnic recipes for sharing.

Get the recipe here.

vegan quiche recipe

13. Chickpea Tuna Sandwich

I simply had to include this recipe because I’ve made it and it is INSANELY good! Remember that feeling as a child when you’d open up your sandwiches to find the scent of tuna has cleared everyone within a five mile radius? You get it, right? TUNA STINKS (and it’s practically an endangered fish now. And it’s full of mercury…no thanks!)

But no one will run away when you unleash this beast on your picnic because there’s no foul smelling fish in sight, just wonderful, wonderful chick peas and a whole lot of other good stuff.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

14. Black Bean Burgers

For those of you who believe it’s not a picnic without some kind of burger, this one’s for you. Forget about packing Impossible Burgers – they’re full of GMOs and other unhealthy crap. These, on the other hand, are just as meaty, and way, way healthier!

Get the recipe here.

black bean burger recipe vegan

15. Oil Free, Paleo Veggie Chips

Whether you’re enjoying a picnic with friends, family or little ones, it’s always a winner to have something crunchy on hand. But typical potato chips aren’t always the perfect go-to food. Most are packed with saturated fats and high salt content. So why not make your own version with  a medley of different veggies, healthy sea salt – and NO oil?

Get the recipe here.

paleo chips recipe

16. Savory Zucchini Muffins

Bread is a bit boring, but it’s nice to have something savoury and filling on a picnic, right? These zucchini based muffins are great because you can just throw them into an airtight container and they’ll keep really well. You could even be a right daredevil and pair these with a little sriracha for a spicy boost.

Get the recipe here.

zucchini muffin recipe vegan

17. Green Taco Wraps

This is a great idea: put everything together that you need to make vegan tacos, including the walnut and lentil based ‘meat’. Saute some peppers and onions and put in a separate container. Bring some hearty leaves of Romaine lettuce to act as the ‘taco’ and let people build their own. If you just can’t live without the (non GMO corn) taco shells, why not bring some of those, too?

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

18. Vegan Sushi

Today, perfect vegan picnic recipes includes sushi! Not only because it’s light and delicious, but because it’s totally portable and easy to share. You can include just about any veggies you like, and these are made with healthier brown rice, too!

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

19. Stuffed Mushrooms

Another one that’s easy to share, and you can easily eat these with your fingers, too! Vegetarians can use the cheese based recipe, whilst vegans can opt for the tofu based one. Also – these go down a treat with a nice glass of white wine. Just saying!

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

20. Sweet Carrot Ginger Salad

Forget lettuce – it gets all wilty. Carrots are the veg of choice for picnics, and this recipe, with its lemon and ginger zing, is practically a dessert! Kids will love it, too. In fact, this is one of the most perfect vegan picnic recipes – no need to worry about food poisoning, either, as there’s no egg, cream or mayo that may go off.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

21. The Best Vegan, Gluten Free Banana Bread

The best part of a picnic is when you’ve devoured all of the lunch bits and are ready for something a little bit sweeter. I couldn’t do a list of perfect vegan picnic recipes without a banana bread! This is a really good thing to bake for a picnic because it’s delicious hot or cold, and is easily stored. The best part is how versatile you can make it. Like it sweet? Add some chocolate chips or raisins. Prefer a little bit of a crunch? Throw is some crushed pecans and walnuts.

Get the recipe here.

vegan banana bread recipe

22. Raw Lemon Meltaway Balls

I  adore anything lemony because I just find it so refreshing, so these raw balls are perfect for a picnic. The best part is that they’re raw, so there’s no baking involved. You can throw these together for those spur of the moment picnics and go, go, go! You even have options – you can eat them plain, roll them in shredded coconut or almond flour for a nutty edge, or even dust them with some powdered sugar.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

23. Sweet Potato Brownies

This is possibly my favourite Delicious Ella recipe – sweet potato brownies! Who knew you could have your cake (okay, brownies) and quite literally eat it, too? These are the perfect sweet treat to have on hand for your picnic as the base of them is so healthy – medjool dates and sweet potato.

And unlike those chocolate brownies you often buy in shops that are packed full of sickly sweet chocolate, the sweetness is these is down to natural foods, so if you’re giving these to kiddies there won’t be that mad sugar high after eating them.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

24. Vegan Twix Bars

Twix bars were always my favourite chocolate bar to snack on. The crispy biscuit layer, the caramel encased in delicious chocolate…so good!

So I was thrilled to discover we can all still enjoy our favourite chocolate bars, just in a much healthier way! Not only are these gluten free, they’re also free of refined sugar, meaning all of that great sweetness in these bars comes from natural sources such as  cacao powder and agave syrup. These are the perfect sweet snacks for your picnic.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

25. Fruit Salad with a Matcha & Ginger Vinaigrette

A picnic isn’t really a picnic without a faithful fruit salad. It’s just tradition! So why not really spice up yours this summer with a matcha and ginger vinaigrette? Just a word of caution though – matcha really is a pungent flavour, so stick to the measurements as you don’t want it to overbear this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

26. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Every single thing about this recipe gets a huge YES! from me. Strawberries are such a quintessentially British fruit to eat at a picnic over a bottle of champers, but why not add a little twist to your strawbs this year with a chocolate chip cheesecake stuffing?  Perfect if you like your cheesecake with more fruit than fat.

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

27. Oatmeal Cookies

Picnics need cookies! But please, but not those palm-oil-and-sugar laden, store bought ones that are the cause of so much obesity in this country. Instead, make your own healthy oatmeal cookies like these – totally gluten and refined-sugar free, but tasty as all heck!

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

28. Homemade Orange & Mango Juice

Sure, water is great and good for us, but sometimes we just want something a little bit more exciting. And what’s more refreshing than a freshly squeezed cup of OJ? Well, orange and mango juice, in my opinion. The combination just works, and I always feel so refreshed after a glass. Make this juice the night before or the morning of and store it in either a large mason jar or a lock tight pitcher.

Get the recipe here.

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29. Lilac Cordial

How intriguing does this recipe sound? Lilac cordial! I’d never even heard of it until finding this recipe, but it sounds so delicious for a picnic, I just had to add it. In addition to lilac flowers, there’s a little hint of lemon and sugar for sweetness. Make a huge Mason jar of this and surprise your guests at a picnic with a unique beverage they won’t be expecting.

Get the recipe here.

lilac cordial recipe

30. Vodka Firefighters

Ok, it’s time to admit that a picnic requires some booze. Even the cleanest eating of us out there wouldn’t mind a cocktail every now and then! And this one has Aloe Vera juice, along with basil, strawberries and other fruits, so it makes it seem ok to drink in the daytime (of course, you can make a ‘virgin’ version of this, too!).

Get the recipe here.

Perfect Vegan Picnic Recipes

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Zuzu
    Aug 18, 2017 at 3:50 am

    I love all the ideas here. I like to use a spray bottle of water or sometimes I just have tap water in an old water bottle (separate from my drinking water) to wash my hands. I am not so sure about storing sandwiches in newspaper though. The newspapers I get leave smudges of ink on my hands. Looking forward to a fun picnic with good food!

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    Mariya Naz
    May 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    All are awesome ideas! Looking so delicious, I learn many recipes from here. Thanks for sharing this valuable knowledge.

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