Whether you’re looking to host a social-distanced event or want to indulge in a romantic meal while taking in the scenery, picnics can be the perfect way to enjoy the change in seasons. Of course, the foundation of any picnic is food that is easy to prepare and serve on the go. To help you plan the perfect outing, explore these six great vegan picnic ideas!
Vegan Charcuterie Board
For many people, the thought of charcuterie boards conjures images of fancy French cheeses and expensive meats. However, there are many ways to create a charcuterie board full of healthy and delicious vegan foods.
Few things represent a picnic the way that fresh, in-season produce does. Combined with its aesthetic presentation and easy preparation, a vegan charcuterie board is a perfect addition—or centerpiece—for any picnic.
The benefit of packing a charcuterie board for your picnic is that your options are limitless. From fresh fruits and vegetables to hummus and more, you can design your board the way you and your picnic partners like best.
If you are looking for a more traditional design, you can achieve that with vegan alternatives too. Vegan cheese, tofu slices, and meat substitutes can help create that Instagram-ready charcuterie board you’re looking for.
Sandwiches are a picnic classic for a reason. They’re easy to make and pack—and virtually everyone enjoys a sandwich with their favorite toppings. There’s plenty of room for creativity too, which is another reason we love them!
While you can stick to easy sandwiches like peanut butter and jelly, you can also create gourmet vegan subs made complete by a side—or topping –of hummus. The options are limitless, allowing you to cater to the needs and dietary preferences of a large group without the hassle or expense.
P.S. Willow offers a wide variety of vegan sandwiches, from tuna melts to cherrywood smoked pastrami. Order online delivery or pickup!
Fruit and Cream
Strawberries and cream are a classic picnic staple that can be made vegan by using coconut cream. Coconut cream is thick and slightly sweet with a faint taste of coconut, making it the perfect alternative to enjoy with your strawberries.
Strawberries aren’t the only fruit you can enjoy with cream, either. Peaches are another great option, especially during their growing season in the summer. This light but delicious treat pairs well with most vegan white sweet wines too—so feel free to indulge!
Roasted vegetables are so easy to make! Plus, they’re nutritious and delicious. It’s really a win-win. Some go-to favorites include roasted carrots, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, and tomatoes. You can eat your roasted veggies on their own, or bring along your favorite dips for an extra special treat!
A vegan staple, hummus is the perfect dish for nearly every occasion—picnics included.
Hummus is customizable, best served chilled, and easy to make in larger amounts, making it a great vegan picnic idea. It can also act as an additional side—especially for your vegan charcuterie board—pairing well with vegan crackers, carrots, celery, or other vegetables.
You can even add hummus to your sandwiches. However, in order to prevent the bread from becoming soggy, you may want to pack it separately and apply it at your destination.
Take Your Favorite Vegan Cuisine on the Go!
Whether you’re running low on time or simply want a hassle-free picnic with your favorite vegan cuisine, consider taking an order to go from your favorite vegan restaurant! With Willow’s online ordering and pick-up options, creating the perfect vegan picnic is quick and easy!
Willow is a cozy vegan bistro offering an innovative twist on classic American food. We elevate traditional bistro comfort dishes with high quality plant-based ingredients and upscale presentation. You can order online and pick up your picnic staples at our location in Chelsea, NYC or have them delivered to your home beforehand. We look forward to serving you a delicious meal on the go!