Ten Fabulous Vegan Picnics

Shake out your blanket, pack your sunscreen and get outdoors with these fun al fresco themed menus

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ccording to the CDC, fully vaccinated people in the U.S. can safely gather outdoors in small groups with other fully vaccinated people. As spring settles in and summer is around the corner — after well more than a year of isolation and one lost summer — I can’t think of a better time to plan a picnic. And since Covid times have been so drab and depressing, what would be a better palate cleanser than a themed picnic with friends and family? Nothing. Nothing would be better.

It’s time to gather your accouterments — for example, a blanket, cruelty-free sunblock and insect repellent, a sporty implement or two, reusable plates, cups and cutlery, cloth napkins, a well-packed cooler and your most adorable, Yogi Bear-approved pic-a-nic basket — and bring your best vegan game to the great outdoors. From chic to fun, elegant to unpretentious, I’ve thought of some themes and curated some recipe ideas that should inspire creativity and lots of fun.

The Italian-style Picnic

Olive Tapenade (Loving it Vegan)
Panzanella Salad (Hell Yeah it’s Vegan)
Orzo Salad (My Darling Vegan)
Muffuletta Sandwiches (Hot for Food)
Italian Rainbow Cookies (VegNews)
Extras: Crusty bread,
pesto, Italian sodas

The BBQ-Style Picnic

Classic Coleslaw (Nora Cooks)
Easy Potato Salad (It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken)
Perfect Corn Muffins (Connoisseurus Veg)
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches (Vegan Street)
Slab Pie with Salted Caramel Pecan Drizzle (Holy Cow Vegan)
Extras: BBQ potato chips, vegan baked beans,

The Mexican-Style Picnic

Black Bean and Corn Salad (Love and Good Stuff)
Street Tacos/Elotes (The Edgy Veg)
Mexican Rice (Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen)
Mushroom and Spinach Tortas (Serious Eats)
Tres Leches Cake (Dora’s Table)
Extras: Guacamole, chips and salsa, Horchata

The Middle Eastern-Style Picnic

Baba Ganoush (Inspired Taste)
Couscous Salad with Tahini Dressing (Loving it Vegan)
Easy Tabbouleh Salad (Live Eat Learn)
Shawarma with Tzatziki and Seitan (Vegan Heaven)
Best-Ever Baklava (Mouthwatering Vegan)
Extras: Hummus, pita chips, Egyptian Mint Limeade

The Hawaiian-style Picnic

Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki (Happy Herbivore)
Hawaiian Poi (Karma-Free Cooking)
Tofu Poke Bowl (Simple Veganista)
Tofu Spam Musubi (La Fuji Mama)
Chocolate Haupia Pie (My Quiet Kitchen)
Extras: Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, taro chips, Mango Lemonade

The English Afternoon Tea-Style Picnic

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches (Martha Stewart)
Watercress Sandwiches (Vegalicious)
Egg Mayo Sandwiches (We Are So Vegan)
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Sandwiches (Plant-Based Mag)
Currant Scones with Blackberry Jam Drizzle (Vegan in the Freezer)
Extras: Lemon Curd, Earl Grey Cookies, sun tea

The Spanish Tapas-Style Picnic

Patatas Bravas (Use vegan mayo) (Orchard Street Kitchen)
Mushroom Empanadas (Vegan in the Freezer)
Garlic Tofu Banderillas with Olives and Roasted Peppers (Spain on a Fork)
Fried Goat Cheese Balls (Full of Plants)
Lemon Flan (Vegan Richa)
Extras: Aioli, gazpacho, sangria

The 1970s-Style Picnic

Pigs in a Blanket (Vegan Nook)
Smoked Paprika and Cheddar Cheese Ball (Heart of a Baker)
Spinach Artichoke Dip (Yup It’s Vegan)
Chinese Chicken Salad (Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen)
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (Delicious Every Day)
Extras: Assorted crackers, Savory Chex Mix, vintage sodas

The Vegans of the 1990s-Style Picnic

Best Hummus (Cookie and Kate)
Vegetable Kabobs (Damn Delicious)
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
(Love and Lemons)
Moosewood’s Classic Tofu Burgers (Moosewood Cooks)
Dark Chocolate Tofu Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Pretzel Crust (Ambitious Kitchen)
Extras: Swedish Fish, potato chips, homemade soy milk

The Rainbow Pride-Style Picnic

Grilled Rainbow Pizza (Use vegan cheese shreds or omit) (Last Ingredient)
Rainbow Ranch Dip (Use vegan cream cheese and mayo) (Macheesmo)
Rainbow Peanut Noodles (Sub. agave for the honey) (Gimme Some Oven)
Rainbow Crostini (Treese, Love, Happiness)
Rainbow Fruit Skewers (BBC Good Food)
Extras: Come on, already. Whatever makes you happy.

Credit: VeganStreet.com

Marla Rose is co-founding partner of VeganStreet.com and VeganStreetMedia.com. Please follow on Medium to get updates when each new article is posted and find us on Instagram.

Marla Rose is a Chicago-area writer and co-founder of VeganStreet.com and VeganStreetMedia.com.

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