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10 Easy Vegan Picnic Recipes

by Stephanie Johnstone

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It’s National Picnic Month, and with summer temperatures rising there’s no better time to grab a blanket, grab some loved ones, and lay-out a show-stopping spread. We’ve put together our quickest, easiest and most picnic-friendly vegan recipes to enjoy at your local park, in your garden… or your living room floor if it rains.

1. Smoky Tortilla Chips

PREP TIME: 10mins | COOK TIME: 15mins | MAKES: 25-30 chips 

These Dorito-like chips are crispy, smokey and extremely delicious. Oh and they're made with chickpea flour, so they're naturally gluten-free and high in protein. So maybe you won't even miss the powdered cheese you’re used to in Doritos?

Tortilla chips

2. Melon, Cucumber and Avocado Salad

PREP TIME: 5mins | COOK TIME: 0mins | SERVES: 2

We're pretty sure they were talking about this salad when they came up with the saying "cool as a cucumber". This melon, cucumber, avocado salad with a tangy mint dressing and roasted pistachios is fresh and delicious.

melon, cucumber, avocado salad

3. Savoury Peach Salad

PREP TIME: 5mins | COOK TIME: 0mins | SERVES: 2

This peach, sugar snap pea and dill salad is fresh, sweet, salty and crunchy and ticks all our boxes. If this is your first time using stone fruit in savoury salads, you're in for a sweet ride. Our favourite way to eat it? Straight out of the bowl under the sun. 

savoury peach salad

4. Vegan Nicoise Salad

PREP TIME: 20mins | COOK TIME: 25mins | SERVES: 4

This filling vegan Nicoise-ish salad is the satisfying summer dish that we make on repeat. Although slightly untraditional – subbing eggs with avocado and adding crisp veg for crunch – it packs the same punch of flavour and texture as the classic.

vegan nicoise salad

5. Summer Bruschette

PREP TIME: 10mins | COOK TIME: 5mins | MAKES: 4 Slices

It’s always nice to let your pals take part in the food making. Why not carry some toasted bread, vegan cream cheese and the dressed greens from this recipe in separate containers, then get everyone to build their own bruschette at the picnic. Easy.

summer vegan bruschette

6. Vegan Spanakopita

PREP TIME: 20mins | COOK TIME: 25mins | MAKES: 15

Inspired by a classic Greek Spanakopita but with a vegan twist, let us introduce you to these crispy, flaky, hand-sized bites of deliciousness. Filled with spinach, garlic, leeks and vegan feta cheese, these make for great finger food.

vegan spinach greek spanakopita

7. Vegan Bao Buns

PREP TIME: 30mins (+rising) | COOK TIME: 25mins | SERVES: 4

Are these vegan bao buns the ultimate comfort food? We think so. Filled with glazed sticky tofu, crisp veg and crunchy peanuts these soft and fluffy bao buns are fresh, hearty and umami-packed all at the same time. Once again, carry your filling and bao buns separately to the picnic and let everyone get involved in building their own.

8. Vegan Hot Dogs

PREP TIME: 30mins (+ resting) | COOK TIME: 35mins | MAKES: 6

These vegan hot dogs have the bite, elasticity and chewiness of a regular hot dog, but with A LOT more flavour. We’re pretty sure they're what your summer is missing.

vegan hotdogs

9. Vegan Brownie Cookies

PREP TIME: 15mins | COOK TIME: 10mins | MAKES: 18

Fudgy like a brownie, crisp and chewy like a chocolate chip cookie. We'd like to introduce you to the power couple that is the brownie cookie. They're deeply chocolatey, rich, fudgy and best of all, can be made in under 30 minutes.

vegan brownie cookie

10. Strawberry Traybake

PREP TIME: 15mins | COOK TIME: 35mins | SERVES: 12-14

This fresh, sweet and bright vegan traybake is our go-to summer snacking cake. It comes together in under an hour and can host whatever summer fruit you have on hand – peaches, berries, cherries, you name it.

vegan strawberry traybake

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