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59 Vegetarian Recipes That Are Perfect for Picnics

Packing a picnic is kind of like packing a lunch. Sure, you could make a meal out of baby carrots and potato chips, but that’s no fun. For some of us, eating outdoors is a rare treat (bonus if it’s on a blanket atop a picturesque grassy knoll), so why not make it even more special by packing a basket packed with summery treats? We’ve rounded up 59 of our favorite vegan and vegetarian recipes that are perfect for picnics: portable, best served cold or at room temperature, and easy to make ahead. Happy picnicking!

Veggie Salads

Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette
Spring Berry Salad with Lemon Verbena Vinaigrette
Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Rainbow Salad in a Jar with Avocado Hummus 
Summer Watercress and Quinoa Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette [Hello Natural]
Broccoli Salad with Honey-Toasted Walnuts [The Roasted Root]
Tomato, Cucumber and Onion Salad [Karen’s Kitchen Salad]
Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh [Hello Natural]
Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Parmesan [PureWow]
Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad [The Food Charlatan]
Loaded Greek Salad [Sweet Love + Ginger]
Artichoke Antipasto Salad with Basil Vinaigrette [Kalyn’s Kitchen]
Cauliflower Couscous with Green Beans and Goat Cheese [Hello Natural]
Raw Baby Kale Salad with Oranges, Blueberries and Pomegranates [Hello Natural]

Beans + Legumes

Mango Black Bean Salad
Mango Black Bean Salad
Bourbon Mango Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Stout Baked Beans
Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad
Herbed French Lentil Salad
Layered 7-Bean Salad in a Jar [The View from Great Island]
Za’atar and Mint Butter Bean Salad [An Edible Mosaic]

Potato Salads

Mediterranean Potato Salad
Mediterranean Potato Salad 
Vegan Potato Salad [Namely Marly]
Mustard Potato Salad with Watercress [PureWow]
Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad [Little Leopard Book]
Vegan Rainbow Potato Salad [I Love Vegan]
Romanesco and Purple Potato Salad [Red Nails, Green Veggies]
Herb-Mustard Vegan Potato Salad [Home Sweet Jones]


Fennel and Cabbage Coleslaw
Fennel and Cabbage Slaw
Jicama + Carrot Slaw with Honey-Lime Dressing [Cookin’ Canuck]
Green Bean Slaw with Cabbage, Cherries, and Lemonade Dressing [An Edible Mosaic]
Carrot-Fennel Slaw [Hola Jalapeño]
Mexican Slaw with Black Beans [Aggie’s Kitchen]
Coleslaw with Toasted Walnuts and Tahini Vinaigrette [My Gut Feeling]
Apple Cider Vinegar Coleslaw [Dani California Cooks]
Creamy Vegan Coleslaw [Plant-Based Pulse]
Creamy Rainbow Asian Slaw [She Likes Food]

Sandwiches + Wraps

Vegan Caprese Sandwiches with Garlic Cashew Cheese Ingredients
Vegan Caprese Sandwiches with Garlic Cashew Cheese 
Basil White Bean Sandwiches
Roasted Red Pepper and Mozzarella Sandwiches with Arugula Pesto
Detox Lettuce Wraps with Sunflower Seed Spread [Hello Natural]
Lemony Hummus Sandwiches [PureWow]
Kale, Avocado and Hummus Wrap [Hello Natural]

Pasta & Grain Salads

Summer Orzo Salad
Summer Orzo Salad
Pasta with Cilantro-Jalapeno Pesto, Fresh Corn and Tomatoes
Quinoa Salad with Strawberries, Almonds and Mint [PureWow]
Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemony Avocado Sesame Dressing [spabettie]
Japanese Noodle Salad [Noshing with the Nolands]
Spring Quinoa Salad [Eating Bird Food]
Asparagus Pasta Salad with Peanut Dressing [The Lemon Bowl]


Summer Fruit Salad with Matcha Ginger Vinaigrette
Summer Fruit Salad with Matcha Ginger Vinaigrette
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
Chocolate Pomegranate Granola Bites 
Green Apple Fruit Leather
Cantaloupe Salad with Maple and Cinnamon [The Kitchen Is My Playground]
Citrus-Pomegranate Salad [Hello Natural]
Red, White and Blue Quinoa Salad [Well Plated]
Vegan Ambrosia Fruit Salad [Veganosity]
Vegan Apricot Cherry Energy Bars [Hello Natural]
No-Bake Raspberry Lemon Cookie Cups [Spoonful of Flavor]

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  • Reply
    May 19, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Just what I’ve been looking for! We have a picnic planned for this weekend 🙂 I especially love the fennel and cabbage slaw, the flavor combination sounds amazing!

  • Reply
    Linda @ Veganosity
    May 20, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    What a fabulous collection! Thank you for including our vegan ambrosia fruit salad Dana!

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    Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    May 21, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I love picnics in the warmer months and this round up is perfect – full of delicious inspiration! Thank you so much for including me!

  • Reply
    June 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Great collection of recipes; thanks for including mine.`

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