We love celebrating this time of year with friends, food and outdoor gatherings. But with the summer reaching peak temperatures, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven and let's be honest, sometimes even your grill.
That's why summer picnics are so awesome. No fancy menus or slaving over the BBQ. Just the perfect excuse to hang with friends in a warm breeze with simple, delicious food.
We put together some essential tips and a yummy menu for your next picnic that is vegan-friendly, easy to throw together but most importantly, doesn't require any cooking or major clean-up.
The No-Cook, Low-Mess Menu
- Layered Nacho Dip with Garlic Chili Lime Chips
- Mango Veggie Spring Rolls with Almond Butter Dip
- Fruit Kabobs
- Watermelon Agua Fresca
Tips for Throwing A Simple Summer Picnic
Choose grab-and-go finger-friendly recipes.
Leave the plates and utensils at home and save the dishwashing for another day. We wanted to bring salad but didn't want to deal with extra plates. So we went with Mango Veggie Spring Rolls (which is pretty much the same as salad but rolled up in rice paper wraps). This also means not having to worry about lugging back a pile of dirty dishes.
Think beyond the picnic basket.
They're cute but don't have to be the only solution. Depending on your picnic location, mode of transportation and how long you plan to be out, feel free to explore more practical options. You can use a cooler, reusable shopping bags or bins, duffle bags with ice packs or even the kids wagon.
Keep it clean.
Don't forget to bring napkins and hand sanitizer (especially if you're going finger-friendly!). You can also bring disposable hand wipes or throw a few wet hand towels in a plastic ziplock bag.
Bring single-serving bottles or jars to drink from.
This saves you from bringing cups that are prone to tipping over or luring bugs and other fun little pieces of nature. You can also add frozen fruit and ice to help keep your drinks cool.
Where is your favourite place to picnic? What are your favourite picnic foods? Will you be picnicking for the long weekend?