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Easy Vegetarian Picnic Salad Recipe


5 minutes


15 minutes



It’s picnic season baby! Since a lot is cancelled for the summer of 2020, we are going to be spending a lot more time getting creative on how we’re enjoying the sunny, warmer weather. Cue picnics! Picnics are a great way to get outdoors, enjoy your local green spaces and parks, or even your backyard, and it can be fun for the whole family. This Vegetarian Picnic Salad recipe can be a great easy dish to contribute to any picnic this summer.  

Ingredients for Vegetarian Picnic Salad scattered across countertop in bowls.

Why you’ll love this Vegetarian Picnic Salad: 

  • It is really easy to pull together & only takes 20 minutes to make 
  • It is healthy and the whole family will love it 
  • It is loaded with fresh ingredients and veggies/fruit
  • The Honey Lime Blueberry Cilantro dressing screams summer

Honey dipper dipped in honey that is in a small white bowl.

BeeMaid honey sitting on countertop surrounded by ingredients to make a healthy salad.

What are the benefits of honey? 

For this recipe, I used BeeMaid’s Liquid Honey. Honey is extremely versatile and can be used in any baking or cooking recipes to add sweetness. It is also a great substitute for refined sugar and a much healthier alternative. Honey is rich in antioxidants that your body loves. Plus, it’s a natural alternative to processed sugars. BeeMaid honey, in particular, is one of my favourites because it is made with love by Canadian beekeepers. BeeMaid is owned by a cooperative of over 300 beekeepers across Western Canada, which makes me feel really good about where this honey is coming from and what I’m putting into my body (and recipes). 

Side view of a big bowl of Vegetarian Picnic Salad.

How to make this Vegetarian Picnic Salad? 

This recipe is simple, and will last in your fridge too! In fact, if you want to build more flavours, leave it in your fridge for a day or so to give it time to marinade with all the flavours. 

All you do to make this Vegetarian Picnic Salad is add everything but the feta to a large bowl and combine. You’ll save the feta to add on top with the dressing when you are ready to serve. 

For the dressing, add all your ingredients in a large jar (for easy storage) and use a hand blender to blend it all together until it’s well combined. It should only take about 30 seconds!

Tip: Sprinkle some of the leftover toppings on top to really make this salad look next level beautiful!

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Easy Vegetarian Picnic Salad Recipe

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Appetizers + Sides, Budget Friendly, 30 Minute Meals, Salads and Greens
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy Vegetarian Picnic Salad recipe is healthy, can be whipped up in only 20-minutes, and it’s perfect for your next picnic or pot luck.



For the Salad:

3 cups baby kale

2 1/2 cups grilled corn

2 cups chickpeas

2 cups quinoa or mixed grains or brown rice or wild rice

1 cup blueberries

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup crumbly vegan feta

a handful of fresh dill or cilantro

For the Honey Lime Cilantro Blueberry Dressing:

Juice of 2 limes or 1/4 cup lime juice

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/4 cup blueberries

2 tbsp Bee Maid Honey

handful fresh cilantro

12 tsp of sea salt

1/21 tsp fresh cracked pepper


For the Salad, It’s super simple, add everything but the crumbly feta to a large bowl and combine!

For the dressing, add all your ingredients to a large jar and using a hand blender blend till well combined.  It should take around 30 seconds!

Before serving, top with crumbly feta and desired amount of dressing!

NOTE: you can also top with leftover toppings the end if you’re looking to really make that salad pop and be as beautiful as possible!


Salad will last up to 1 week in a tight-sealed container in the fridge.

The flavours will continue to build as time goes on.  The longer, the better!

If you don’t have chickpeas, substitute for any favourite legume (lentils, white beans etc).

The dressing will last up to 1 week in a tightly sealed jar or container in the fridge.



Yum this looks like the perfect summer meal prep recipe!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much, Lauren!!!


This recipe is so easy and soooo good! I used regular feta and it turned out perfectly.

Maria Koutsogiannis

That’s awesome, thanks for the love and support, Cindy!

Trevor McCanne

This salad is amazing. We doubled the recipe to have for lunches throughout the week!

Maria Koutsogiannis

What a great idea!!!


Perfect for a summer bbq!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks, Elisa! I love this recipe!

Alexia Bilikas

Original and fresh! When I saw this new recipe, didn’t hesitate one second to make it. Maria’s salads never miss!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Alexia!!!


Wow, the blueberries are an incredible addition to this salad and something I’ve never thought of adding to a salad before! I also added cucumber and that was a really nice touch. Thanks so much for this incredible summertime recipe! Even if it’s pouring rain outside the flavors of this salad will bring summer to your home ❤️

Maria Koutsogiannis

You’re so welcome! So glad you loved this recipe as much as we did!


This salad was absolutely magnificent. I made my adaption of this @akitchentochere. It was phenomenal. Highly recommend making! Plus Maria is one of my favorite people to follow!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks so much for the love, Chere!


Delicious perfect for summer! Super bright and vibrant dressing.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Miranda!!!!

Jenni Thoele

This was ahhhhhhmazing!!! Even my husband loved it and he usually isn’t a fan of fruit in his salad! It was perfect! I loved everything about it!! Thank you for sharing! Your recipes are incredible 🙏🥰

Maria Koutsogiannis

yay, this makes me so happy!

Meghan Crull

Such a great recipe! Well balanced and easy to whip together. I forgot to include the feta and it was still delicious. I made this for a big family dinner and my husband liked it so much he requested I make it again for lunch the next day! That’s when you know it’s a keeper 😂

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much Meghan!!!!!!

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