15 Vegan Picnic Ideas

Enjoy the ultimate alfresco feast with these vegan picnic ideas

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It’s finally that time of year when we can pack our picnic baskets, head outside and enjoy the outdoors (for as long as the British weather permits).

Whether you’re planning a fun family outing or need inspiration for a last-minute vegan picnic, we have plenty of plant-based food ideas for your portable feast.

From meatless sandwiches to dairy-free desserts, there’s something to suit everyone in our guide.

Vegan Picnic Sandwiches

1. Coronation Chickpea

No picnic is complete without a show-stopping sandwich, right? This recipe by Plant-Based Magazine ticks all the boxes: delicious, creamy, filling and easy to throw together.

It’s ideal if you’re not a fan of meat alternatives but still want a wow-worthy main for your picnic.

Vegan Coronation Chickpea Sandwich
Image Credit: Plant Based Magazine

2. Chickpea Tuna

Enjoying a picnic with kids or fussy eaters? These chickpea tuna sandwiches by Ethics and Antics are sure to go down a treat.

Complete with a creamy filling, this classic sandwich will become a family favourite in no time.

Chickpea tuna sandwich
Image Credit: Ethics and Antics

3. Cheatin’ Chicken

Sometimes, the best vegan picnic foods are the ones you improvise!

The beauty of this vegan chicken sandwich is you can use any sliced meat alternative and mayo of your choice and chuck it together in minutes. Why not throw some cheese on there too?

Vegan  cheatin' chicken sandwich

4. Falafel and Hummus Sandwich

When you want to make the most of the British sunshine, sometimes you have to act fast!

This falafel and hummus sandwich is a quick fix for your last-minute picnic.

Hummus & Falafel Sandwich
Image Credit: Clea Grady

Vegan Picnic Salads

5. Smoky Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

Looking for the ultimate alternative to a classic Caesar salad? This amazing creation by The Vegan Larder proves that vegan salads are far from boring.

It’s smoky, garlicky and creamy, meaning it’s slightly addictive (we’ll let you decide if that’s a bad thing or not).

Smoky vegan caesar salad with chickpea croutons
Image Credit: The Vegan Larder

6. Potato Salad

Need a simple dish that’s packed with plant-powered flavour? Potato salad is one of the most versatile vegan picnic foods.

This recipe by Meat Free Monday is super simple to make and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, making it perfect if you’re dining with non-vegans.

Vegan Potato Salad
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7. Quinoa Mexicana Salad

This easy salad recipe by Figs and Fennel is packed with plant-based nutrients, making it one of our favourite vegan picnic food ideas.

It’s also cool and light, so it’s ideal for warm summer days.

Figs and Fennel Quinoa Vegan Mexican Salad
Image Credit: Figs and Fennel

8. Sensational Chorizo Salad

If you’re looking for a filling and flavourful recipe, try this amazing salad by Garden Gourmet.

This flavour-packed vegan chorizo salad uses baby potatoes and avocado to give you a warm yet refreshing dish.

Sensational Chorizo Salad with Baby Potatoes and Avocado
Image Credit: Garden Gourmet

Vegan Finger Foods

9. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

No picnic is complete without a delicious dip! This red pepper hummus by Trinity’s Kitchen is ideal for enjoying with other foods in your picnic and adds a touch of sweetness to fruit and veg.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Image Credit: Trinity’s Kitchen

10. Vegan Sausage Roll

There’s no picnic classic quite like the sausage roll, and thankfully, there are tons of vegan options to try. If you don’t fancy a supermarket sausage roll, try this recipe by Quorn.

Complete with flaky pastry and moreish filling, it’s the ultimate alfresco snack.

Quorn Vegan Sausage Roll
Image Credit: Quorn

11. Vegan Cheese Scones

Need something savoury for your outdoor feast? These cheese scones by Applewood are must-haves for your plant-based picnic.

The melt-in-your-mouth texture and smoky flavour make these a guaranteed hit and they’re ready in just 25 minutes!

Applewood vegan cheese scones
Image Credit: Applewood

12. Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Nothing says ‘vegan picnic’ like rice paper rolls!

These lovely and light summer rolls by Tammy Fry Kelly make delicious finger foods. Packed with vegan prawns and plenty of herbs, it’s a tasty addition to any picnic.

Vegan vietnamese rice paper rolls
Image Credit: Tammy Fry Kelly

Vegan Picnic Desserts

13. Chocolate, Orange and Walnut Cookies

Cookies are go-to comfort foods for a picnic because they won’t melt or spoil.

These chocolate, orange and walnut cookies by OGGS are irresistibly soft and crunchy and will go down well with kids and adults alike.

Chocolate, Orange and Walnut Cookies
Imagine Credit: OGGS

14. Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll? If you have time to prepare ahead of your vegan picnic, these sweet treats are worth the effort.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
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15. Very Berry Muffins

These berrylicious muffins are so delicious and easy to make. You can add any berries you fancy or whatever is in season to make this yummy snack for your vegan picnic.

Vegan berry muffins
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