5 Best (Vegan) Picnic Recipes

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Baby, I've got you covered this holiday weekend! Here's a Fourth of July Roundup for your holiday picnics and parties planned for the holiday weekend. If you're looking for something healthier than what you typically receive at the average barbeque then you're at the right spot. These dishes are simple to make and can make a party complete if you're hosting or, if you're headed to a party, choose any one of the meals below. But plan to double or triple the recipe as they'll move faster than your traditional party foods. (See my experiment with the vegan chili here.)

1. Chickpea Salad

Not only is this plant-based protein powered dish bursting with flavor but it only takes minutes to prepare! It's also very versatile. You can add the chickpea salad to a green salad, make it as a sandwich and add sprouts, wrap it in tortilla or mix it into some healthy whole grains like brown rice or wheat berries to make a complete meal.

2. Spiced Paprika Black Bean Burgers

These are easy, tasty and nutritious! You'll never buy a frozen veggie patty again. Your non-vegan guests just may opt for the plant-based version of their favorite burger after trying this one.

3. Probiotic Rich Cucumber Salad

This salad or meal-topper is packed with heart and brain healing anthocyanins from the cabbage, hydrating water from the cucumbers and gut-healing probiotics from the kraut. Warn your guests—it's addictive and they just might leave happier (happy gut equals happy mind!).

4. Quick and Easy Spicy Vegan Chili

This vegan chili will WOW your guests and may even convert non-vegans into vegans. I made this for a holiday party and our guests loved it. What's more, it's incredibly simple to make.

5. Sweet and Spicy Smashed Chickpea Quesadilla

This quesadilla is bursting with sweetness from the onions and savory from the spiced chickpeas. It was inspired by one of my favorite cookbooks, Power Plates (highly recommend). It's easy to make and perfect as a snack or as a fun appetizer for your party guests.

Be safe and enjoy your holiday!

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