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The Perfect Picnic Salads

The Perfect Picnic Salads

The perfect picnic salads

We believe the perfect picnic salads actually contains very little lettuce. When planning a picnic menu, you want to pack foods that are robust and can safely sit around on a warm summer day. Lettuce is prone to wilting, so it is not the best candidate for a picnic salad. If you are truly in need of a green salad, we suggest using a sturdy green like in this  Strawberry Kale Salad. 

Building a picnic salad requires a hearty base, fresh flavors, and if possible a delightful hidden surprise like pairing watermelon with balsamic or asparagus and potatoes. 

Tips for the perfect picnic

Before we get to the perfect salad, you need to prepare for your picnic. We asked our community for their best picnic tips. 

Make something delicious that everyone will love, and make a dish that is okay at “room” temperature.

– Kristina Sloggett, SpaBettie

Put a plastic container 3/4 full of water into the freezer the night before a picnic to make a big block of ice. It keeps food cool in a cooler for a long time!

– Cathy Brak, Cathy’s Gluten Free

Bring multiple plastic bags! One to put away all the garbage. One to contain all the dirty dishes/cutlery. Wet wipes or even a wet dishcloth in a container are super helpful. An elastic band to hold your hair because it will inevitably get windy.

– Candy Wong, @DessertByCandy

My favorite picnic tip is to tuck an activity in my basket, just in case we want to be outside longer or there’s a lull. Dominos or cards are great for adults, bubbles or a nature scavenger hunt if we have kids. And wine! Always bring wine.

– K.C. Cornwell, GF Foodie

My biggest tip is to bring tick spray as ticks have been out in full force.

– Sandi Gaertner, Fearless Dining 

Picnic Salads Featuring Potatoes

Vegan Potato Salad Recipe

Vegan Potato Salad Recipe (Top 14 free)

One of our favorite ways to bring extra color to a picnic plate. 

Lemon Piccata Potato Salad  (Vegan, contains cashews)

Lemon Piccata Potato Salad  (Vegan, contains cashews)

A bright version of the classic picnic favorite. 

Sweet potato picnic salad

Sweet Potato Salad with Chili-Lime Dressing (Top 9 free & Gluten-free)

This salad is even better served at room temperature!

Picnic Salads Featuring Pasta

Macaroni pasta salad

Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad (Contains Mayo – check out our vegan mayos to find the right one for you)

This easy deli-style Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad makes a delicious picnic side. 

Antipasto salad

Antipasto Salad (Free from all nuts, soy, seeds, seafood, egg)

Loaded with grilled vegetables, cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans.

Spinach orzo pasta salad

Spinach Orzo Pasta Salad (Free from all nuts, soy, sesame, Vegan)

Full of fresh herbs this pasta salad tastes better the longer it has time to marinate.

See Also
A gluten free side dish round-up

Avocado BLT Picnic Salad

Avocado BLT Pasta Salad (Top 8 free & Vegan)

Everything you love in a BLT with pasta! Crunchy with bits of bacon, and delightful. 

Picnic Salads Featuring Fruit

Avocado fruit salad

Avocado, Cucumber, And Grapefruit Salad With Dill (Top 8 free, Vegan)

Full of different textures this salad is a treat as a dessert or paired with something savory. 

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad (Top 8 free, Vegan)

A perfect fruit salad that surprises the taste buds with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. 

Strawberry Kale Salad (Top 8 free, Vegan)

No missing out on something green with this refreshing and zingy kale salad. 


A few things for your perfect picnic


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