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Our Favourite Healthy Picnic Recipes

by Fabian Jackson

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If there’s one thing that we love to do when the sun comes out, it’s put a message on the group chat that simply says – picnic? Whether it’s at the beach, in a city park or just someone’s back garden, we’ve got the recipes for you. 

Too often an impromptu picnic results in running to a small supermarket and buying what we can see – usually crisps, olives and a punnet of unripe strawberries. Not that we’ve got anything against these items, but we know that with a little planning (and very little effort) the spread could include these vibrant and healthy offerings.  

a beach picnic

Healthy vegan picnic recipes

Veg-loaded tarts

Get a load of these seasonal tarts – they’re all guaranteed crowd-pleasers. 

Tomato galette 

tomato galette

It packs layers of flavour thanks to a combination of mustard and caramelised shallots, and it owes its brightness to sweet roasted tomatoes all neatly baked inside a crisp pastry case.

Spring greens tart

spring greens tart

Have you ever seen something so green and tasty? This tart comes together in no time and it will quickly become one of your favourites this summer. 

Asparagus galette 

asparagus galette

What says ‘decadent picnic’ better than an asparagus galette? 

Impressive salads 

We recommend a large Tupperware, picnic plates and cutlery for these – but trust us when we say it’s worth the extra admin.

Grilled corn and avocado salad

grilled. salad

This is summer on a plate and true to the season, it’s minimal effort and maximum enjoyment.

Grilled marinated tofu salad

tomatoes and tofu

Don’t expect to see lettuce leaves in this salad, but do expect big flavour, texture and friends asking for the recipe.

Vegan Nicoise salad

salad

A vegan Nicoise salad might sound like an oxymoron to some, but to us, its combination of sharp tastes and comforting textures makes this offering more than worthy of a place on the list.

Healthy picnic snacks

Because hours of sitting in the sun require copious amounts of snack (and water – don’t forget to stay hydrated!)

‘Cheesy’ popcorn

popcorn

This recipe for vegan cheesy popcorn was born out of wanting to replicate the store-bought stuff, and our Food Editor, Val knocked this one out of the park. 

Smoky tortilla chips

tortilla chips

Tortilla chips from scratch might initially sound like a lot of work, but once you’ve tried this recipe there’ll be no going back.

Picnic dips

Some dipping options for your new favourite tortilla chips.

Sun-dried tomato dip

tomato dip

This creamy, smoky and rich vegan sun-dried tomato dip is yoghurt, mayo and tofu free! It instead has a cashew base, and we can’t get enough.

Avocado hummus

hummuds and veg

Because being a millennial is a (delicious) way of life.

Vegan Tzatziki

tzatziki

There’s no food processor required for this zingy dip.

Something sweet

And to end things on a sweeter note.

Spelt blueberry muffins 

muffin

These just-sweet-enough, fluffy and juicy vegan blueberry muffins make the perfect picnic dessert.

Apricot flapjacks 

flapjack

Everyone loves a flapjack!

Let us know which of these healthy offerings you take to your next picnic!

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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