30+ Delicious Vegan Picnic & Potluck Ideas

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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.

Summer’s finally here which means plenty of opportunities for some outside eating! From vegan BBQs and refreshing summer salads, we simply love this time of year.

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, these hand-selected plant-based recipes are sure to please any crowd.

Have fun with the following pasta salads, vegan sandwiches, baked goods, snack boards and refreshing add-ons for your next potluck.

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Delicious Vegan Picnic & Potluck Ideas

Creamy Vegan Potato Salad
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!
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Rainbow Collard Green Wraps
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!
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Vegan Snack Board
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.
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Mediterranean Quinoa Pasta Salad
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!
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Raspberry Jam Oat Bars
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!
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Black Bean Bell Pepper Salad
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.
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Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Gyros
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.
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Healthy Vegan Pizza Rolls
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!
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Fudgy Blackout Brownies
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.
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Easy Vegan Quesadillas
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!
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Fruit Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing
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!
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Vegan 7 Layer Taco Dip
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.
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Vegan Chicken Salad Sandwich
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.
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Spanish Tortilla Omelette
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!
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Vegan Asparagus Quiche
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.
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Mini Vegan Fruit Tarts
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!
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Vegan Zucchini Muffins
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.
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Summer Vegetable Picnic Pies
These vegan hand pies are made with flaky puff pastry, summer vegetables, chickpeas, hummus and fresh herbs. Perfect for a picnic or portable lunch, they are crowd-pleasing and undetectably vegan.
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Colorful Falafel Bowl
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.
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Taco Cups with Black Beans & Avocado
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!
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Easy Homemade Lemonade
How about some old-fashioned lemonade during your summer gathering? It is sweet, tart and refreshing and can be served with lemon slices, mint leaves and a splash of your favorite sparkling water.
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Coconut Almond Bliss Balls
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.
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Vegan Blueberry Muffins
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!
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Mango Edamame Quinoa Salad
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!
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Peach Cobbler in a Jar
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!
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Vegan Southwest Roll-Ups
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.
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Refreshing Strawberry Salsa
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.
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Rice Paper Summer Rolls
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.
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Zucchini Chickpea Salad
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.
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Watermelon Cucumber Salad
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!
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Easy Vegan Ceviche
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.
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Israeli Couscous Salad
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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30+ Vegan Picnic & Potluck Ideas (Easy & Crowd-Pleasing)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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.
Serves 4

Ingredients

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

Dressing

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Dash of pepper

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Find 30+ more vegan picnic and potluck ideas in the article above!
Course: Summer
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
30+ Vegan Picnic & Potluck Ideas (Easy & Crowd-Pleasing)
Amount per Serving
Calories
392
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Sodium
 
21
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
51
g
17
%
Fiber
 
14
g
58
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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