The Vegan Picnic Guide

The Vegan Picnic Guide

. 4 min read

Do you need ideas for a vegan picnic?

Whether you’ve recently turned vegan, are trying to eat a more plant-based diet, or just need some picnic inspiration, our vegan picnic ideas could be just what you need.

All our vegan picnic ideas are simple to prepare and incredibly tasty. They include vegan sandwiches, grain salads, savoury snacks and sweet treats.

Vegan picnic sandwiches

Sandwiches are the quintessential picnic finger food. They’re versatile, easy to eat, need no cutlery, and are super tasty when you use the right fillings.

Crispy marinated tofu

Tofu is made of condensed soya milk, which is formed into blocks. That probably doesn’t sound very tasty, but the beauty of tofu is that it soaks up flavour like a sponge.

To make it taste amazing, you need to marinate it — ideally overnight. You can make your own marinade or use one of our ready-made pastes.

Harissa is a spicy red paste that originated in Tunisia. It’s made with red chillies, garlic and spices.

Chermoula paste is found in north African and Moroccan cuisine. It’s a punchy paste made with fresh herbs, garlic, peppery spices and zesty lemon.

To make your marinated tofu crispy, you’ll need to oil a pan and set it to a high heat. Add your tofu and the remaining marinade, then fry it for about a minute each side. This will make the tofu crispy on the outside and help to seal in the flavour.

Once fried, you should oven bake the tofu for 10-12 minutes. Allow it to cool fully, then add a layer to your vegan sandwiches and top with your choice of fresh salad vegetables. We like a mix of shredded carrot and cabbage, which add crunch and sweetness.

Sliced vegetables with pesto

These vegan picnic sandwiches combine the crunch of fresh healthy vegetables with delicious herby pesto for a taste of Italy.

Choose from delicious vegan green pesto, which has all the traditional ingredients except the cheese. Or the equally tasty vegan red pesto, which includes sun-dried tomatoes and parsley.

For this sandwich, we recommend using a French stick, sliced into sections then halved lengthways.

Start by layering shredded lettuce, carrots, onion and tomato slices on the bottom half of the bread, then spread on your pesto. If you don’t want the pesto seeping into the bread, add a layer of thinly sliced courgette before the top goes on. Buon appetito!

Peanut butter and jelly

Create a taste of America with these vegan picnic sandwiches. The filling is a sweet combination of moreish nut butter and fruity jam.

You can choose from smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Or try a different nut with smooth almond butter instead.

Then add your choice of strawberry or raspberry jam. Scrumptious!

Vegan grain salads

A seasonal grain salad is easy to make, travels well and is ideal for a picnic. We sell two different kinds of grain: couscous and quinoa.

Couscous salad

Our Tree of Life Wholemeal Couscous is made with fine-grain wheat.

To prepare your salad, mix two parts vegan stock to one part couscous in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes, then drain it and let it cool.

When the couscous has cooled fully, you can add your salad vegetables. We like a mixture of spring onions, red pepper and cucumber. To make it extra tasty, stir in some vegan pesto and top with a sprinkling of pine nuts.

Pearl couscous salad

Our Artisan Pearl Couscous is made from 100% durum wheat. The larger grains give the couscous a rice-like texture.

The couscous takes just 12 minutes to prepare. Once cooked and cooled, you can add your choice of salad vegetables.

We like sweet tomatoes with diced cucumber, fresh basil and parsley. We make a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, vegan honey* and Dijon mustard, then sprinkle in some golden raisins and walnuts to make it extra special.

*A little agave syrup makes a delicious, bee-free alternative to honey.

Vegan picnic snacks

Our picnic snacks are the ultimate vegan finger food and work perfectly to supplement your home-made sandwiches and grain salads.

Choose from vegan savoury snacks and add some sweet treats for afters.

Vegan savoury snacks

If you like a savoury snack, you’ll love our Properchips lentil chips, which are available in ready-salted and barbecue flavours.

Or our Propercorn Lightly Sea-salted popcorn, which is also good for a movie afternoon if your picnic is hampered by rain.

Vegan sweet snacks

Round off your picnic with some vegan sweet snacks.

Like our Propercorn Sweet and Salty popcorn.

Or our Nakd Fruit and Nut Bars, which are available in salted caramel or cocoa and orange flavours.

If you’d prefer to make your own sweet treats, we sell a range of home-baking products, including vegan-friendly brands.

Vegan drinks

To accompany your vegan picnic food, you’ll need some vegan drinks.

Our non-alcoholic range includes fruit squash, coconut water and not-from-concentrate cloudy apple juice.

If you’d prefer something alcoholic, our hard seltzers are available in a range of fruit flavours. Or buy a tropical variety pack, containing 12 cans of the mango, pineapple and passion fruit drinks.

Why shop with Bother?

Bother takes care of all your long-life store-cupboard basics, so you can shop locally for your fresh foods.

When you shop at your local greengrocer or farmshop, you get a fresher and tastier selection than the supermarket can provide. The carrots are sweeter, the tomatoes are tangier and the lettuce has more crunch.

To see how Bother can help you shop better, take a look at our full product selection.