Picnic Pleasures

Vegan Picnic Treats for Spring

Quinoa and chickpea-stuffed bell peppers

Is there anything more quintessentially spring than a picnic? As the weather is warming up and the days are longer, now is the perfect time to head outside with a basket packed with vegan treats! And to help you get inspired with ideas of what to bring, here’s a roundup of great vegan recipes to explore:  more→

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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.

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Chickpea and Quinoa Salad in Sweet Pepper Boats

Quinoa and chickpea-stuffed bell peppers

These appealing bell 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. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Herbed Potato Salad

Herbed potato salad with green peas

A summer classic, this tasty potato salad features plenty of fresh herbs, and is dressed in a vinaigrette. It’s welcome at picnics and barbecues, or really, any warm-weather meal. Served with your favorite plant protein (a simple tofu, tempeh, or bean dish) and fresh organic corn, you’ve got an easy dinner for any night of the week. Leftovers make great lunch fare for school or work. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

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Corn Relish Salad

Corn relish

Here’s a relish-style corn salad that’s especially good made with fresh corn. It’s embellished with colorful red bell pepper, carrot, green pimiento olives, and herbs. It’s an especially nice side dish with veggie burgers and wraps. more→

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Pinto Beans With Watercress

Watercress

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

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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→

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