17 Vegan Picnic Ideas Even Carnivores Will Love

When the weather is warm, there’s only one place we want to be: outside, in shorts, eating macaroni salad. Grab your wicker basket and pack it with herbed potatoes, guacamole and veggie wraps—they’re vegan, easy to transport and even meat lovers will devour them. Here, 17 vegan picnic recipes that are total crowd-pleasers.

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Vegan Avocado Caesar Salad

Picnic pro tip: Pack this crunchy, creamy salad in individually portioned containers for easy consumption.

Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

Chips and salsa? One of our favorite picnic staples. And we’re loving Coterie member Monique Volz’s mango twist.

Simple Vegan Spring Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

You can never go wrong with a hearty pasta salad at a picnic. Try this vegan recipe from Coterie member Gena Hamshaw.

Vegan Southwest Pasta Salad

A Southwest-inspired dressing offers a welcome kick to whole-wheat pasta salad with black beans, corn and peppers.

Beet Hummus

Leave the packaged hummus at home and whip up a batch of beet hummus instead. Why, you ask? First off, flavor. Secondly, Instagram.

Fruit Salad With Maple Dressing

Throw together all your favorite seasonal fruit, from honeydew melon to blackberries, then drizzle in apple cider vinegar.

Raw Zucchini Wrap And Kale Pesto

Vegan finger sandwiches, coming right up. (You might want to make a second batch—they'll be gone in seconds.)

Vegan Whole-wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Q: How do you make a vegan dessert easily transportable? A: Make it in muffin form.

Cucumber Avocado Salad

We like Maria Lichty’s style. Every salad should include chopped mint.

Roasted Poblano Corn Guacamole

Pull this zesty guac out of your bag and you’ll become the MVP of Saturday afternoon.

Grilled Vegetables With Chimichurri Sauce

Bring the chimichurri sauce in a separate mason jar to pour over the grilled veggies just before serving. (Thanks for elevating our afternoon, Coterie member Heidi Larsen.)

Old-fashioned Vegan Banana Cake With Creamy Cashew Frosting

We call this lighter, fluffier version of banana bread a “snacking cake,” so you can feel great about munching on it all damn day.

Artichoke Hummus Recipe With Spring Crudites

Looking for a dip for your favorite summer veggies? Meet artichoke hummus.

Fresh Herb Potato Salad

Mayo need not apply. We’ve got just enough creaminess from the olive oil and Dijon mustard dressing.

Tart Cherry Pie Bars With Oatmeal Crumble

Everything you love about pie (the crispy crust! The gooey filling!) in a portable, easy-to-make package.

Chickpea Salad

This 15-minute, protein-packed salad by Katie Workman should never be demoted to side-dish status. Serve it as a vegan-friendly main and watch it disappear.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Soup probably doesn’t come to mind when you think of a picnic, but you can pack this vegan gazpacho in mason jars or a thermos for easy sips.

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Stephanie Cain

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