Picnic Pleasures

Sweet Potato Salad with Pecans

Sweet potato salad with pecans

This simple sweet potato salad, developed by Ginny Messina, is a great choice when you want something a little different for a picnic or potluck. It’s also a wonderful addition to fall and winter holiday meals. From Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet,* copyright © Carol J. Adams, Patti Breitman, Virginia Messina, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Photos by Rachael Braun.



Chickpea and Quinoa Salad in Sweet Pepper Boats

Quinoa and chickpea--stuffed peppers

These appealing pepper “boats” are filling enough to serve as a main dish for any festive meal. Perfectly portable, too, they make a wonderful picnic entree or a change of pace from sandwiches for a hearty lunch. Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission. more→


Pinto Beans With Watercress

Watercress in bowl

This simple salad pairs pinto beans with super-nutritious watercress. It boosts the protein and Vitamin C content of simple meals, and is a great choice for the lunch box as well as outdoor meals and picnics. more→


Chickpea Sandwich Spread

This easy preparation is especially tasty when spread on hearty whole-grain rye bread, but it’s great spread on wedges of fresh pita bread, too. This has long been one of my favorite sandwich spreads to take on picnics. Or ditch the bread and just serve a scoop on a nice green salad (this goes especially well with arugula or massaged kale). more→


Corn Relish Salad

Here’s a pretty salad that’s especially good made with fresh corn. more→


Herbed Potato Salad

A summer classic, this tasty potato salad is a welcome addition to picnics and barbecues. more→