Find the best vegan picnic and potluck ideas from mini fruit tarts to pizza rolls, wraps, summer salads and loaded dips in this hand-selected collection! The recipes are easy to make and truly crowd-pleasing.
Friendly warm breezes, late sunsets, sunshine-filled days and lazy moods — it’s the perfect time to gather with your friends and family and share some awesome vegan food!
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No matter if you’ve been invited to a garden party and are looking for vegan picnic ideas or want to host your own vegan potluck (don’t be shy!), these 30+ hand-selected plant-based recipes are sure to please any crowd.
Don’t worry, most of them are undetectably vegan and loved by vegetarians or even meat-eaters!
Have fun with the following pasta salads, vegan sandwiches, baked goods, snack boards and refreshing add-ons for your next potluck.
Every good vegan picnic needs a creamy potato salad! This potluck-friendly recipe is best made the day before the event so that the fresh herbs and cashew mayo flavors can really soak in to make the salad super delicious. Light, crunchy and oh-so-satisfying!
These colorful collard wraps are perfectly portable and surprisingly filling thanks to the cooked millet and protein-packed chickpeas. They also feature roasted veggies alongside some fresh veggies and a fruity dipping sauce to make your vegan potluck even more fun!
Isn’t this Mediterranean snack board just one of the best vegan picnic ideas ever? Offering a lovely selection of tasty finger foods from pita bread with roasted red pepper hummus, cherry tomatoes, crackers and cucumber to pickled red onions, dried apricots and briny artichokes, this beautiful board truly offers something for everyone.
Outdoor eating is so much more fun when you make this gluten-free quinoa pasta salad loaded with Mediterranean flavors and lots of veggies! From olives and onion to bell pepper, cucumber, tomatoes and onion, this vegan pasta salad is the perfect picnic idea — especially when served with our easy vegan Greek yogurt tahini sauce!
Make use of the beautiful summer produce by baking raspberry-filled vegan oat bars! With a delicious oat crumble topping and easy homemade berry chia jam, these plant-based treats are loved by young and old alike. Plus, they are completely refined sugar-free and gluten-free!
If you want to make more vegan potluck recipes ahead of time, then add this black bean bell pepper salad to your list! It keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days while still offering some great crunch and a kick of fajita seasoning.
Roasted cauliflower seasoned with Greek spices served with creamy dairy-free tzatziki and fresh crisp veggies wrapped in warm flatbread — could it get any better? These vegan gyros are easy, delicious and a true hit at any gathering.
How to make pizza a great portable vegan picnic idea? Just make pizza rolls! This recipe calls for whole wheat flour and a whole bunch of veggies which are pureed into the tomato filling, making them undetectable. Flavorful, savory and crowd-pleasing finger food!
Pack these pre-made chocolate black bean brownies straight from the fridge and serve them chilled during your next vegan potluck! Incredibly chocolatey, gluten-free and filled with crunchy hazelnuts, this portable treat is easy to make in 30 minutes.
These vegan quesadillas are thin, crispy and loaded with delicious toppings! The filling can be made in two minutes and then you just need to add it to a folded tortilla before grilling or pan-frying it. The quesadillas are great vehicles for lots of toppings, too — think salsa, guacamole or vegan sour cream!
You cannot go wrong with an easy and colorful summer fruit salad for your next potluck or picnic! Create a flavorful and beautiful array of delicious fruits and berries and top your salad with poppy seeds, lime juice and maple syrup. Chill for a few hours before serving!
This loaded dip features all the delicious Mexican flavors you can think of in one single bite! There’s creamy guacamole, crunchy lettuce, bell peppers, savory black beans, homemade vegan nacho cheese (oh, yeah!), spicy onions and salsa — all ready to be scooped by a bowl of corn tortilla chips.
Sandwiches are the perfect picnic food, right? This creamy refreshing and delicious vegan chicken salad sandwich is quick and easy, crowd-pleasing and perfect for potlucks. Vegan shredded chicken made from canned jackfruit and crunchy celery get smothered in vegan mayo, topped with sliced almonds and fresh herbs before being served between two slices of bread.
This plant-based version of eggy Spanish omelette is made with chickpea flour, nutritional yeast and tofu and somewhat resembles frittata. It tastes great at room temperature or even colder, so this recipe is great to prepare in advance and bring to a potluck where it can be squared as a delicious side!
Perfect for brunch or to serve at a picnic, this delicious vegan quiche can be made in advance and enjoyed warm or cold! It’s creamy, filling and made with an egg-free silken tofu filling as well as leeks and asparagus.
These super cute mini fruit tarts are made with simple ingredients in just 30 minutes! With a lemon-infused vanilla custard and a gluten-free homemade crust, they are super healthy and customizable when it comes to the colorful topping. Prepare ahead of time and serve cold!
These vegan zucchini muffins are soft, fluffy and kid-approved snacks! Ready in 30 minutes, they can be made gluten- or sugar-free and perfectly hide the zucchini underneath lots of ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
Bringing some homemade baked falafel to any gathering is always a good idea! Portable, flavorful and super versatile, you can serve them in wraps, pita bread, on a salad or make beautiful bowls with spicy coriander sauce, pickled onions, hummus and tabbouleh.
These vegan taco cups are filled with Mexican spiced rice, black beans, peppers and avocado. This delicious combination makes for a true vegan potluck hit thanks to their layers of color, flavor and texture. Perfectly bite-sized, too!
If you’re in a hurry and need a quick portable treat, make coconut almond bliss balls! Soft, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they are totally crowd-pleasing and made with just a handful of healthy pantry staples.
The healthiest vegan muffins you could ever make! Requiring only basic staple ingredients, these meal prep-friendly little treats are great for young and old alike. Use any berries you have on hand for this summer picnic idea!
This nutritious salad is made with gluten-free quinoa, flavorful mango, bell pepper and protein-packed edamame. Topped with flaked coconut, roasted almond and basil, nothing could say “summer” more than this recipe!
This delicious vegan Mason Jar dessert is fun, easy and so gooey! A layer of sweet juicy peaches gets topped with homemade cobbler and then baked to golden perfection. Serve with some dairy-free ice cream if you like!
Great for any type of gathering, these southwest roll-ups are wonderful appetizers or lunch additions that are perfect not just for kids! Full of black beans, spinach, peppers, onion, cilantro and a dairy-free ranch dressing, this is one of our favorite vegan potluck ideas.
This easy fresh strawberry salsa recipe is loaded with juicy strawberries, cucumber and lime juice. It's a great addition to your summer table or vegan potluck! Feel free to add some diced avocado and fresh mint to it and serve with tacos, chips or bread.
These colorful vegan summer rolls consist of fresh veggies and tofu wrapped in rice paper. They are dipped in flavorful peanut sauce and a fun picnic idea to share with others! Completely gluten-free, healthy and refreshing.
This flavorful quinoa salad has rich and warm flavors of cumin, turmeric and paprika and features ingredients such as zucchini, parsley, chickpeas and green onions. All tossed in a spiced olive oil dressing, it’s easy to make, high in protein and customizable to your preferences.
What would summer be without some juicy watermelon? This refreshing salad combines the bright red fruit with cucumber, mint, onion and a 3-ingredient dressing. Enjoy alongside some bread and other picnic ideas!
This refreshing and flavorful vegan ceviche is a delicious but fishless version of a traditional Peruvian dish. It makes a great appetizer or meal, especially for a potluck or gathering that everyone will love! Served with tortilla chips or in lettuce cups.
Ready in just 20 minutes, this couscous salad is the perfect easy summer lunch or side dish for a picnic! Light and fresh but still hearty thanks to the couscous, it is made with a simply tangy vinaigrette and features lots of herbs.
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Find the best vegan picnic and potluck ideas from mini fruit tarts to pizza rolls, wraps, summer salads and loaded dips in this hand-selected collection! The recipes are easy to make and truly crowd-pleasing, just like this easy rainbow quinoa salad with an easy 3-ingredient dressing.
Rainbow Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa, dry (170 g)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup baby spinach (1 oz, 30 g)
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 avocado, diced
2 cups chickpeas, cooked & drained (330 g)
½ cup corn kernels (80 g)
½ cup almonds, slivered (55 g)
3 tbsp raisins
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
Dash of pepper
Cook quinoa according to the package instructions until all of the water is absorbed.
In the meantime, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.
Wash, chop and prepare all of the other salad ingredients and place them in the bowl on top of your dressing.
Once the quinoa is cooked, fluff it with a fork and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Put the cooked quinoa in the large bowl with the rest of your ingredients and mix everything with a large spoon.
Enjoy immediately or cover your bowl and place it in the fridge to enjoy later.
This vegan quinoa salad keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days at least. It cannot be frozen.
Feel free to use any pre-cooked grains in place of the quinoa for a quicker rainbow salad!
Most of the ingredients can be swapped; other delicious add-ins include cucumber, tomato, sundried tomato, olive, mango, edamame, pumpkin seeds and black beans.
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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.