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Vegetarian Dip Recipes With Homemade Breadsticks

Vegan picnic ideas

Published: March 9, 2021 at 4:05 pm

Make the most of summer with our easy plant-based recipes, including colourful summer rolls, homemade falafel, cupcakes and delicious hummus dips

Looking for vegan picnic recipes? Want to enjoy a meat-free feast in the outdoors? Try our ideas below then check out our vegetarian picnic ideas and picnic ideas.


If you want to make the most out of seeing friends and family in a park or a garden, make some of our portable treats and pack up a picnic box. For easy vegan sandwich ideas, try our vegan blt sandwich, or our vegan burritos. Looking for something sweet? There are plenty of traybakes, vegan cupcakes and plant-based cookies to try. Complete your picnic with a refreshing cocktail – we have non-alcoholic pre-bottled picnic cocktails and iced mint and apple tea for a summery cooler.

Savoury vegan picnic ideas

Vegan blt sandwich

For a real crowd-pleaser, look no further than our impressive MBLT vegan sandwich. A super easy alternative to the British BLT, this recipe swaps bacon for shiitake mushroom.

Vegan Sandwich Recipe with Mushroom Bacon

Vegan maki rolls

Inspired by sushi street food company Happy Maki, our Thai-style sweet potato wraps are a fresh, healthy and veg-packed addition to your vegan picnic.

Sweet Potato And Coconut Vegan Maki Recipe

Vegan pizza

Everyone loves pizza, so why not try this vegan recipe with paprika mushrooms for a fool proof option at your picnic? Cut into slices and pack up for a portable treat.

Vegan Pizza Recipe For Vegan Pizza Dough

Spiralized summer rolls

Vietnamese-style vegan rolls are a great savoury snack for a posh picnic. They’re super-healthy too, replacing noodles for spiralized veg.

Summer Rolls Recipe With Courgetti

Burritos with black beans, sweetcorn and quinoa

Our vibrant meat-free burrito, rammed with tomatoes, black beans, lime, coriander, avocado and red chilli, is a brilliant and filling option for your vegan picnic.

Vegan Burrito with Black Beans Recipe

Syrian falafel

A savoury vegan staple, try this spiced falafel recipe from Imad’s Syrian Kitchen as part of your vegan picnic feast. Serve with a fresh salad and lemony tahini sauce.

Homemade falafel on a blue plate

Coronation tofu salad

Our easy coronation salad recipe with smoked tofu, fragrant madras curry powder and sweet mango chutney is a classic picnic vegan swap. It’s also a brilliant sandwich filling option.

Coronation Chicken Recipe with Tofu

Tray-roast squash, sweet potato and grain salad

Super delicious, healthy and quick to make, our vegan roasted squash and grain salad is the perfect accompaniment at any picnic. To save time, cook a batch the night before.

Tray Roast Squash& Grain Salad

Green goddess and red devil dips with homemade breadsticks and veg

If you’re after something a little different, these totally vegan green goddess and red devil dips are a great addition to your next picnic.

Vegetarian Dip Recipes With Homemade Breadsticks

Roasted tomato orzo

Roasted vine tomatoes, orzo and a zesty herby salsa combine to make this stand-out pasta dish to serve as a salad at a picnic.

Easy Orzo Pasta Recipe with Roasted Tomatoes and Herb Salsa

Fattoush with crisp spiced chickpeas

Fattoush, a Levantine salad made from toasted pitta, mixed greens and veg, makes a vibrant, summery addition to your picnic. Here, we mix chickpeas with radishes, tomatoes, sumac with a pomegranate molasses dressing.

Fattoush with crisp spiced chickpeas

Beetroot hummus

This earthy vegan beetroot hummus is ready in just 10 minutes, perfect for a last-minute picnic dip to pair with flatbreads.

Vegan Beetroot Hummus Recipe

Smoked aubergine, pepper and walnut salad with pomegranate

Simple yet packed with flavour, try Sabrina Ghayour’s Middle Eastern-inspired aubergine salad with walnuts and crunchy pomegranates. Serve with flatbreads for a picnic feast.

Smoked Aubergine Salad Recipe with Pomegranates

Sweet vegan picnic ideas

Vegan lemon sheet cake

A vegan spin on a classic lemon cake, have a go at Richard Makin’s dairy-free sheet cake for a much lighter, zesty bake. Find more easy vegan baking recipes here.

A frosted sheet cake with one slice taken out of it

Double chocolate chip vegan cookies

Who could say no to gooey double chocolate chip cookies? They are both dairy-free and egg-free, though non-vegan friends won’t notice the difference.

Vegan Cookie Recipe

Vegan chocolate cupcakes

Dairy-free chocolate cupcakes, topped with swirls of rich chocolate frosting, marks a delicious way to round off your vegan picnic.

Chocolate cupcakes on a cake stand

Picnic drink ideas

Iced mint and apple tea

Here’s a refreshing, easy summer cocktail of apple (and brandy) infused iced tea, perfect for sipping at your meat-free picnic.

Iced Tea Recipe with Mint

Homemade lemonade

Nothing beats a cold glass of sweet-sour lemonade on a balmy summer afternoon, so why not make your own for your meat-free feast?

Easy lemonade

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