Salads and Greens
My Top 20 Vegan Picnic Ideas
This Vegan Soba Noodle Salad is loaded with healthy vegetables and a ton of flavor with the nut-free tahini dressing. It's a perfect salad to prep for a summer vegan picnic.
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the temperature is rising! I love the spring and summer. Give me all that vitamin D after a long winter. One of the best things to do to really soak in that nicer weather is to enjoy a meal (or all meals) outside. I love BBQ season, I love picnics, and that’s why I wanted to compile a list of my go-to vegan picnic ideas for you to take into your summer activities.
This classic, fast, and fresh dip is the perfect snack for any picnic. Bring veggies, crackers, or nacho chips to enjoy it with. I love prepping this for a vegan picnic.
Whip up some tofu or marinated feta to add to a salad, bowl, or sandwich. A great, vegan picnic idea.
Jennifer Aniston Salad with Orzo
A great salad for any vegan picnic that you can whip up for a BBQ, potluck, or picnic this summer. Great as a side or the main course.
Do you love tzatziki as much as me? This is a deconstructed version aka eat it in salad form and will be a hit at any picnic, even if it’s not a vegan picnic.
Rice Paper Rolls with Peanut Sauce
These vegan rice paper rolls with peanut sauce are inspired by Vietnamese cuisine and culture. These rice paper rolls are fresh, delicious, and a great snack, appetizer, or picnic.
Combining kale, orzo, and my love for Mediterranean flavors in this delicious, creamy salad that’s perfect for a pot luck or vegan picnic.
Let me introduce you to the ultimate Greek lentil salad that is so tasty, so easy, and so flavorful. This recipe is a great recipe to whip up for your next picnic or even for weekly meal prep.
Blood Orange Salad with Red Onion & Mint
Looking for a unique salad to bring to a summer picnic? This is it! Combining the citrus with red onion and mint make it to die for.
Another great dip to serve up with veggies, crackers, or chips. An easy idea for a picnic!
Mason jar salads are so easy and a super fun vegan picnic idea. Make different ones so each attendee can pick their fav.
An easy, healthier alternative to grocery store granola bars that everyone of all ages will love.
These snackable quinoa bites are perfect for a picnic as you can make them up, and put them in a container for easy outdoor snacking.
A fresh, easy salad to whip up, put in a container, and bring to a potluck, BBQ, or meal prep for lunches all summer.
What’s a picnic without a little dessert? This carrot cake banana bread travels well and is easy enough to make that you can whip it up before heading out to meet your friends in the park.
Pack these up in a cooler so they don’t melt, but these are a great snack that’ll impress all your friends in the park.
Yummy, salty pretzel bites that can be dipped in just about anything, but my fav is mustard!
A unique recipe to make up and bring to a picnic that is easy, and impressive.
Walnut Meatballs with Tzatziki
These meatballs are great served warm but are also awesome cold so they make for a good snack to make to bring along to the park with you.
Who doesn’t love deviled eggs in the summertime? There’s something so nostalgic about them. This vegan spin on these will be a great go-to for your vegan picnic ideas.
Finally, I’ve shared below one of my personal favs for a picnic, a vegan soba noodle salad made with garlic, ginger, miso and tahini dressing. It’s so flavorful and a great addition to any picnic:
Vegan Soba Noodle Salad (Garlic, Ginger, Miso + Tahini Dressing)
For the dressing:
- 3 tbsp. tahini paste
- juice of half a lime juice
- 2 tbsp. cold water
- 2 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp. white miso paste
- 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sesame oil use spicy sesame oil for added heat if desired
- 2- inch knob of ginger grated
- 2 cloves of garlic grated
For the salad:
- 130 grams uncooked soba noodles
- 1 head of broccoli cut into florets
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 3 clove of garlic pressed
- 1 cup of assorted mushrooms rough chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper sliced
- 4 pieces of baby bok choy halved
- 2 medium-sized carrots peeled into ribbons
- green onion fine chop
- fresh cilantro rough chop
- First, let's prepare the dressing. To a large jar add all the ingredients apart from the water and use a hand blender to combine. * Once smooth, slowly begin to add in the cold water and blend till perfectly incorporated. Taste for sweetness, tanginess and salt. Add more maple syrup, vinegar and soy sauce as needed.
- Now, bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles as instructed. Just before the soba noodles have cooked, add in the broccoli florets and cook for 4 minutes, just till soft and tender. Strain noodles and broccoli, and rinse with cold water. To prevent the noodles from sticking together, add them back to the pot and add around 3 tbsp. of water to the noodles. Gently stir and set aside.
- Heat a large frying pan for 30 seconds on low-medium heat before adding sesame oil and garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir often to avoid burning. To the pan add your mushrooms, pepper, boy choy and carrots. Sautee for 6-7 minutes with the lid on. You want the mushrooms to reduce in size by at least half. Speed up this process by adding 1-2 tbsp. of water to the pan, increase heat to medium-high and cook with the lid on. Check veggies for tenderness. This is entirely up to you, so cook with you see fit!
- Transfer the noodle and broccoli to the vegetable mixture and toss till well combined.
- You can now remove the vegetables and noodles from the heat.
- Begin pouring in your desired amount of dressing and tossing gently with tongs or two forks.
- Enjoy with fresh green onions and cilantro!
THANK YOU for this summer recipe guide book! I will definitely be making all of these! The ones I’ve tried are extremely delicious, and im excited to try the rest.
so excited for you!! thank you!
So light, fresh and easy to take on the go! Yumm!
you’ve got that right 🙂
Made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. That dressing is INSANE. So so tasty, I’ll share it with everyone I know!
Thank you so much for the love, Marta!!!!
I have no words. This dressing is really good. It as really easy too! Thank you Maria!
Thank you so much, Lucy!!
This Soda Noodle Salad is amazing Maria! Thank you so much. I will be making this dressing all the time now.
Thank you Nicole!!!!
Yum going to save this for meal prepping!
You’re really going to love this recipe, Lauren!