Al fresco fare: Best foods to take on a vegan picnic



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Dining al fresco is a rite of summer, but packing a scrumptious, healthy picnic that holds up to heat can be daunting. Check out these delicious vegan picks for a picnic that will be good to your body and your taste buds.



In a pickle

Pickled vegetables are the perfect picnic food, but beware: Lots of pickled veggies on the shelves contain gross preservatives. Rick’s Picks, however, are all-natural and packed by hand. Try the People’s Pickle, a classic New York garlic dill variety, or the smoky Windy City Wasabeans. Feeling adventurous? Make your own! Dr. Weil’s recipe is easy to follow and offers helpful hints. 



Fresh mouth

Thug Kitchen serves up meatless recipes with a healthy dose of attitude (and foul language, so it may not be suitable for work). The bright, flavorful fresh herb potato salad, dressed with oil and vinegar, gets its appealing crunch from shredded carrots. Try the brilliant peanut tempeh summer rolls as the protein-packed centerpiece to your feast.



High-class hydration

Fill an insulated pitcher with an elegant beverage, such as lavender lemonade, or try a refreshing herbal mint tea. The ladies at A Beautiful Mess have a fantastic tutorial for how to cold-brew tea for the perfect glass.



Sweet eats

These delicious vegan lemon cookies from Food.com are super easy to make, but if you want to steer clear of the oven — and in this heat, we don’t blame you — good ole Newman’s Own Newman O’s are vegan! Dried fruit is another fuss-free dessert option. Trader Joe’s Lightly Sweetened Dried Coconut Strips and Dried Blueberries are perfectly portable and perfectly delicious. 



Dining for one

Looking for a quick, easy picnic for one or trying to feed picky kids? Go Picnic are healthy meals for one that do not require refrigeration, and they have lots of options for vegans, such as classic peanut butter, hummus with multi-seed crackers, and edamame kale dip and plantain chips. Each meal comes with a sweet treat, such as gluten free chocolate chip cookies and raw chocolate coconut bars. 

Happy eating!