Now that Spring has officially sprung, you can whip out the picnic baskets and get cooking! These delicious vegan picnic and potluck ideas are the perfect meals to cook in batch and take to your family/friend get-togethers!
Vegan Picnic & Potluck Recipes
Satisfying but light enough for a summer picnic, this vegan egg mayo salad uses just six ingredients. It’s also versatile and can be used on pasta, rice, or potatoes.
Quick and easy, these buffalo chickpea wraps are just slightly spicy. They also deliver a fantastic crunch, and the roasted chickpeas are an excellent snack.
Full of summer colors and flavors, this vegan chicken salad is both crunchy and creamy, thanks to vegan mayo and fresh celery. Grapes add a pop of delightful sweetness.
Eating vegan shouldn’t mean missing out on a picnic classic like a club sandwich, and with this version, which uses vegan bacon and plant-based cheese, you don’t have to.
For incredible flavor, a vegan smashed chickpea sandwich with fresh lemon and dill can’t be beat. The smashed chickpeas also work well as a salad.
The jackfruit used in this coronation chicken sandwich is packed with flavor, but the recipe requires only six ingredients, so it’s a snap to whip up for a picnic.
There’s something elegant about a Japanese egg salad sandwich, or tamago sando, and this vegan option tastes as delightful as it looks.
Jazz up a quick wrap with organic red quinoa and a few dashes of buffalo sauce. The quinoa also works as a salad if you want to skip the wrap.
Lunch wraps are simple, and the options are endless. With this recipe, you can add more of your favorite vegetables or swap out vegetables for whatever’s in season.
Salads & Sides
Bright, refreshing, and absolutely bursting with flavor, this vegan couscous salad is a perfect picnic main course, but it’s also a great side dish.
Nothing says summer better than fresh, sweet corn. This creamy corn salad makes an amazing side, but it’s rich and satisfying enough to be the main lunch option.
Quick and easy to put together, this avocado cucumber tomato salad uses the freshest ingredients for bursts of summertime flavor.
Traditional crack pasta salads use bacon, cheese, and ranch dressing, but this vegan version, made with plant milk, miso, and yeast, is just as creamy and even more delicious.
A cold salad is ideal for a picnic on a hot summer day. For a burst of spicy flavor, try this cold Asian noodle salad made with peanut sauce and fresh veggies.
15. Three Bean Salad
Beans are hearty, filling, and versatile, and you can flavor them in almost any way imaginable. Lemon and basil jazz up this three bean salad, making it a surefire favorite for any picnic.
Colorful, juicy tomatoes almost embody the look and taste of summer. This heirloom salad is beautiful on the plate, and a tart, savory dressing makes it taste as good as it looks.
Versatile yet quick to make, this Mexican street corn orzo pasta salad uses fresh vegetables, a mix of irresistible spices, and optional vegan feta cheese. You can serve it cold or warm.
18. Nicoise Salad
Made with potatoes, beans, and other fresh vegetables, this salad is so scrumptious and filling that it can easily star as the main course of your picnic.
If you’re looking for the perfect picnic side, a vegan ranch pasta salad might be the winner. Made with fresh vegetables and the familiar flavors and spices of ranch dressing, this salad is definitely a crowd-pleaser.
20. Deviled Potatoes
Non-vegans are familiar with deviled eggs, but the vegan version, deviled potatoes, can give those eggs a run for their money. Rich, packed with flavor, and super satisfying, these potatoes look gorgeous and make an amazing side.
21. Green Bean Salad
Crisp and flavored with fresh green herbs, Mediterranean vegan green bean salad is the perfect option for anyone looking for something a bit more exciting than lettuce-based salads.
Flavored with plenty of roasted garlic, this surprisingly light and refreshing dish uses vegan feta and herbs to bring out the potatoes’ savory goodness.
Making pizza doesn’t have to be complicated, and using organic crescent rolls as the pizza dough makes this dish incredibly quick and even tastier than usual. Add your favorite toppings to make the pizza your own.
Deceptively simple, this vegan flatbread looks pretty enough that it can be used as a fancy dinner appetizer, but it’s also portable enough for a picnic.
Bright and bursting with bold flavors, this dish uses tarragon, parsley, chives, basil, dill, and cilantro to pep up the dressing. You can add or substitute your favorite herbs or swap out veggies to suit your tastes.
Quiche is a classic picnic dish, and you can make a vegan version using tofu that’s even better than the original egg-based recipe. Mushrooms and nutritional yeast help to boost this dish’s umami flavors.
27. Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is a good way to make pretty much everyone happy. Traditional Caesar dressing uses milk, cheese, and anchovies, but the vegan version, made with miso and garlic, is tangy and creamy, and you can use it for dipping or as a sandwich spread, too.
28. Vegan Egg Cups
Follow an exact recipe or make these vegan egg cups your own by adding your favorite summer ingredients.
Rosewater dressing might make you raise your eyebrows, but just wait until you’ve tried it. With a light touch, it’s heavenly on fresh fruit and makes the perfect healthy dessert for a picnic.
Rich yet fluffy, this vegan chocolate banana bread is light enough for a picnic but will still satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
Picnics are often best when you can spend more time enjoying a gorgeous day outside and less time in the kitchen. No-bake cookie dough bites are quick but super tasty, and they only require five ingredients.
Fresh fruit is a must for any spring or summer picnic, and this strawberry banana icebox cake showcases ripe strawberries perfectly.
Oatmeal makes these blueberry muffins hearty and keeps them moist. The muffins are also much healthier than your average blueberry treat, but they still taste divine.
34. Strawberry Pie
It looks complex (and fancy,) but this vegan strawberry pie, which uses cornstarch instead of gelatin, comes together quickly and offers a refreshing, light summer berry flavor.
Brownies are a picnic favorite, and adding peanut butter only makes them more decadent. This recipe uses chocolate chips or chunks to up the fudge factor and keep the brownies moist.
36. Lemon Tart
Tart, sweet, and tasting like summer in a pie shell, this lemon tart utilizes vegan butter to create a tangy, smooth lemon curd filling.
Zucchini bread might sound a little strange to those who haven’t tried it, but it’s decadent and tastes fresh and sweet at the same time. The zucchini makes the bread moist, while the chocolate in this recipe adds another layer of depth.
Kind of like a fruit crumble in a convenient bar form, these strawberry oatmeal bars are a true treat, but they’re also quite healthy.
Perfect for a lunch dessert or a morning picnic, lemon poppy seed muffins use lemon juice and zest, plus a lemon glaze, to up the zing factor.
This blueberry banana oat bread is a healthier dessert option, but it doesn’t taste like it. Sweet, plump blueberries add a pop of freshness, while the bananas keep the bread moist.
With a cake-like texture, this sweet bread works well as a snack, but it’s also the ideal light summer dessert.
Donut holes might seem complicated, but they’re simple enough that you’ll find yourself making them over and over. Apple cider vinegar adds tang, and you can change up the glaze with different flavors.
Rollups look festive and bright, and they’re a great option when you want to offer an array of foods at your picnic. These rollups use sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, but you can add almost any ingredients you like.
Onigiri, or Japanese rice balls, are eye-catching but deceptively simple to make. You can fill them with a range of foods, so they’re versatile, and because they’re easy to hold, they’re perfect for picnics.
Watermelon is already amazing by itself, but dusting it with tajin seasoning takes it to a whole new level. Adding a lime yogurt dip? Out of this world!
No one ever says no to mac and cheese, and these mac and cheese bites, made in a muffin tin, are super portable.
47. Sausage Rolls
Flaky vegan puff pastry, mushrooms, onions, and cashews pump up the umami flavor of these sausage rolls. You can dip them in your choice of sauce or eat them plain.
48. Crack Dip
Crack dip, made with vegan mayo, cheese, and bacon, is incredibly versatile. You can use it as a dip or mix it into pasta or potatoes for a quick salad.
49. Pizza Pinwheels
Perfectly bite-sized, these vegan pinwheels are filled with mushrooms, peppers, and olives, but you can use any filling you like or have available.
Strawberries and mint embody summer, so what better way to celebrate them than by combining them in a lemonade?
51. Peach Iced Tea
Naturally sweetened, this iced tea uses fresh peach slices and looks like summer in a glass.
You can make this hydrating agua fresca with just watermelon and lime, but using herbs, such as mint, basil, or rosemary, brings more depth to the drink.
Rich yet light, matcha lattes are fresh and decadent at the same time. This vegan option uses nut milk for creaminess and maple syrup as a sweetener.
Zingy ginger blends with sweet, juicy peaches to give this lemonade an invigorating flavor boost.
55. Blueberry Soda
The dark purple color of this drink looks stunning, and the bubbly, fruity flavor is fantastic on a scorching July afternoon.
More vegan Summer recipes:
- vegan zucchini recipes
- vegan BBQ recipes
- vegan Summer recipes
- vegan pasta salad recipes
- vegan 4th of July recipes
What are your favorite vegan recipes for picnics and potlucks?
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- 4 cup watermelon cubed
- 4 peaches sliced
- 2 cup strawberries quartered
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp rosewater
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- fresh mint leaves optional
- Put all the chopped fruits in a big bowl and mix well.
- Make the rosewater dressing by mixing all the ingredients, then add to the salad.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 1-2 days.
- Enjoy as a light Summer dessert, breakfast or side dish. You can take this salad with you to a picnic, cookout, potluck, the beach or even a roadtrip.