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Nothing says summer like eating outdoors. Basking on a blanket in the midday sun beats sitting inside any day.
And with International Picnic Day approaching this weekend, now’s the perfect time to pack a basket and pop a squat in a picturesque park. That’s the stuff summer memories are made of.
The main attraction at any picnic, of course, is the food, so we’ve pulled together five awesome recipes for your laidback summertime soiree. Think of this as the ultimate vegan picnic menu, perfect for any eater:
Thought vegans had to abandon these iconic party treats? Think again. Genius culinarian Lagusta’s (founder of vegan chocolate shop Lagusta’s Luscious and vegan eatery Commissary!) BFF Maresa dreamed up this amazing vegan recipe that re-creates deviled eggs down to the last detail. Bring ’em along on your picnic adventure and EVERYONE will be impressed.
CFC (Cruelty-Free Chicken) Drumsticks
You can have all the flavor of fried chicken without the buckets of cruelty involved. Vegan chef extraordinaire Zacchary Bird created a bird-friendly, KFC-style fried “chicken” using jackfruit, cauliflower, and flavorful spices. It’s so good, it almost broke the internet.
Thick and Creamy Coleslaw
Coleslaw is a traditional picnic addition, and this version by cookbook author Kathy Patalsky has everything you’re after in a good slaw: cabbage, carrots, and a delicious, creamy dressing. Her version uses tahini, apple cider vinegar, silken tofu, spices, tamari, agave and a few other ingredients to make a crunchy, flavorful lunchtime snack.
Fresh Herb Potato Salad
If you’re going for the full summer mealtime experience, potato salad is a must. Thug Kitchen’s take on the tradition skips mayonnaise and uses Dijon mustard, Yukon potatoes, and fresh dill and chives, instead. It’s fresh, it’s healthy, and tastes even better when eaten outdoors. Maybe you should make extra.
Creamy Cherry Pie Fruit Dip with Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
Heavy, rich, or overly sweet desserts can be a no-no when the weather is sizzling. But fresh fruit and cherry pie dip? YES PLEASE. This the perfect breezy food finale to a summer smorgasborg. Oh She Glows uses cashews, almond milk, cherries, vanilla, and coconut syrup to make a smooth, creamy dip for watermelon, kiwi, cantaloupe — and any other fruit you’re into.
For more summer mealtime inspiration, check out TryVeg.com!
Photo: Lagusta’s Luscious