Spring Picnic Salad Recipes range from sweet to savory, hot to cold, and everything in between! Throw out your veggie-only salad stereotypes and find something exciting for every palate. The optimal picnic recipes are made ahead, easy to prepare, and, most importantly, light enough so you enjoy the sunshine without feeling sluggish. If you’re anything like me, you will fall in love with a few of these finds! Let’s dive right in
Fun in the Sun Picnic Salad Tips
One of my favorite things to do when the days grow long and warm is to enjoy a meal outside. Getting fresh air, soaking up some rays, and indulging in great food and drink is my ideal dinner time experience.
When you first think of salads, you may think of a veggie-filled bowl consisting of a lot of lettuce. The salads listed here are anything but! Grains, fruit, legumes, these salads are certainly thinking out of the box.
When it comes to prepping dishes for the outdoors, you have to consider the temperature, the time it will be unrefrigerated, etc. With salads, it’s best to say “no” to lettuce and cut it out completely. Fragile vegetables such as lettuce will wilt or get soggy if prepared ahead.
Stick with hearty bases that will not soil with time or room temperature conditions – rice, chickpeas, or fruit, to name a few.
If using any dairy or meat, keep your dish on ice as much as you possible can with ice packs or cooler bags while en route. This will preserve the food and keep it fresh as long as possible.
A super simple and easy recipe for Vegan Broccoli Salad! This classic Southern side dish is a must for all your cookouts, potlucks, and picnics! Just 8 ingredients, this healthier vegetarian broccoli salad is gluten-free, allergy-free, no-cook, and can be whipped up in 10 minutes!
An essential to any summer bbq or cookout! The Classic American Potato Salad, now as a gluten-free, vegan, and top allergy-free recipe! Super easy to whip up and serve to your guests. You'll be turning everyone into a potato salad fan!
This Vegan Mexican Street Corn Salad is everything you love about grilled Mexican street corn without the mess! Fresh, grilled corn on the cob (elotes), sliced off the cob (esquites), and paired with a cool, creamy, and tangy gluten-free, allergy-free mayo-based sauce with cilantro, lime, and a dash of spice! An easy summer side dish recipe!
A delicious summer Panzanella salad with charred peaches and tangy feta cheese. Sweet, savoury, crunchy and smooth all in one! Take it to a picnic in a ziplock bag and add the dressing at the last minute to soak into the bread
Celebrate summer and the warmer months to come with this tasty Chicken and Grilled Peach Salad with crunchy pecans, fresh blueberries and a delicious homemade honey mustard dressing that pulls it together for a perfect bite every time.
Easy 5-ingredient Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad recipe. This simple pasta salad takes just minutes to make and is packed with flavor.
Spring Picnic Salad essentials
Making Spring Picnic Salad Recipes
Do you have any picnicking plans in your future? Grab a blanket and whip up a few of these delectable salads for a guaranteed memorable time. Are there any recipes here that get you excited or have your mouth watering? Start with those and uncover some dishes that will turn into keepers!