A Summer's Worth of Picnic Recipes

Ok, I'm being a jerk too.  If Satine can be one, the more the merrier.  

While she's still out being a jerk, I'm starting to ramp up some busy time too.   But, instead of sherking my responsabilities, I'm going to give you a whole summer's worth of recipe's & links all at once, compliments of a guest blooger, our friends at Veggie Table!    The links ar all live and you can even subscribe to their list.  You kow they'll love that!


vegetarian Vegetarian Summer Dishes

When it's hot out, you probably don't want to eat something hot, let alone stand over the stove cooking it for an hour. Here are some recipes for "hot weather foods" that require a minimum of cooking and allow maximum enjoyment of the warm weather.

If you've never tasted this garlicky mayonnaise, you're in for a real treat.

Arugula Salad
Arugula isn't to everyone's taste, as it has a slightly spicy, peppery flavor. For those who can't get enough of it, this salad with toasted pine nuts will hit the spot.

Asparagus Salad
Asparagus, olives, mint, bell pepper, and onion - a nice mix for a summer salad.

Avocado Hemp Dressing
Avocado blended with garlic and hemp oil makes an unusual and delicious salad dressing.

Avocado Soup
Chilled soups are wonderful in the summertime, and they tend to be incredibly easy to prepare. This creamy avocado soup is no exception.

Avocado Tomato Salad
This is one of the simplest salads ever, and absolutely delicious.

Baba Ganouj - Roasted Eggplant Dip
A classic Middle Eastern dip made of roasted eggplant. Delicious!

Banana Pineapple Sorbet
A cool recipe with tropical flavor.

Banana Treat
Simple, delicious, and very refreshing: frozen banana puréed into something that's quite like ice cream, without the dairy and calories.

Berry Sauce
Take advantage of seasonal fruit and make this lovely sweet-tart sauce.

Berry Shake
A small serving of this fresh berry shake is delightful after a filling lunch.

This tomato-mozzarella-basil dish is my favorite starter; even though I make it myself regularly, I always order it when I eat out.

Carrot Vichyssoise
Rich, cold, and a lovely shade of orange, carrot vichyssoise swirled with a balsamic reduction will impress your friends and delight your tastebuds - only you will know how simple it is to prepare.

This dairy-based, traditional Jewish soup is light and refreshing.

Chèvre (Goat Cheese) Salad
The contrast between the cool lettuce and the warm goat cheese and toast makes this a real treat in the summer.

Chocolate Mousse
This has got to be one of the easiest and most delicious desserts that exists. Many chocolate mousse recipes call for gelatin; not this one!

Cole Slaw
Cole slaw, a perfect summer picnic salad, is traditionally made with mayonnaise. This cole slaw recipe includes several dressing variations.

Cucumber Salad
Simple and refreshing, cucumber salad is the epitome of summer. Different herbs can make it seem like a completely different salad, so don't be scared to experiment.

Cucumber Soup
This chilled soup is delicious on a hot summer day.

Fresh Pea Soup
Use up the last of summer's fresh peas for this simple soup.

Fresh Tomato Sauce
This summery sauce is delicious with pasta or anything else that needs a bit of fresh tomato flavor.

Fried Green Tomatoes
If you have unripe tomatoes available, make good use of them with this easy recipe for fried green tomatoes.

Fruit Salad
There's nothing like a bowl of fresh, sweet fruit salad in the summer. No one really needs a recipe for fruit salad, but here are some ideas to get you started.

This cold, raw soup is full of flavor.

Green Goddess Dressing
Invented in the 1920's in honor of William Archer's eponymous play, green goddess dressing is brightly colored and delicious.

Is it a dip or a condiment? That depends - are you eating it as a snack with tortilla chips or on top of a sandwich or burrito? Either way, guacamole is delicious, nutritious, and - unfortunately - quite fattening.

Herb Dip
OK, so it's very fattening, but it's also very tasty. It's ok to treat yourself once in a while!

Herb Salad - Sabzi
If you grow your own herbs, this healthy salad is a great way to enjoy them... or show them off.

Hummus - Chick Pea Dip
An Eastern Mediterranean dip, very common in Greece and Lebanon as well as a number of other countries. A heavenly blend of chick peas, garlic...

Iced Tea
It's very easy to make your own iced tea, and your flavor options are unlimited - you can use black tea, green tea, herbal tea - whatever you like!

Independence Fruit Salad
As an American, red, white, and blue make me think of independence day and patriotism, so that's what I'm calling this multi-colored fruit salad. The colors work for England and France too!

Israeli Za'atar Salad
Fresh vegetables tossed with sesame and sumac make a unique salad.

Italian Sandwich
Red, white, and green always make me think of Italy, and mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil are a classic combination.

The ultimate summertime drink - fresh, sweet-tart lemonade.

Lemon Mousse
Light and tangy; perfect after a heavy, rich, or spicy meal.

Lettuce Soup
It sounds a little weird to make soup out of salad ingredients, but this beautiful cold soup is light and refreshing.

Limeade is a nice change of pace for a summertime drink.

Mayonnaise, Egg
There's just nothing like fresh, homemade mayonnaise.

Mayonnaise, Tofu
Vegans have nothing to fear with this tofu mayonnaise.

Minty Lemonade
This tangy lemonade is so refreshing, you'll want to drink it all summer.

Moroccan Tomato Salad
A spicy tomato salad from Morocco that goes well with just about anything from the Middle East and North Africa.

Olive Dip - Tapenade
A typical Mediterranean dip, made mostly of olives and olive oil. Traditional recipes include anchovies, but there is absolutely no need for them here.

Orange Salad
Both versions of this easy-to-prepare salad are wonderfully refreshing in the summertime.

Orange Sorbet
Light, refreshing, and 100% vegan. Can be made with lemons or berries too.

Peach Salsa
A blend of sweet, sour, and spicy makes this peach salsa an unusual and delicious summertime condiment.

Picnic Menu
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love picnics. There's something about sitting outside when it's nice and warm, sipping a cool drink, and nibbling away at simple but tasty food. Here are some recipes and ideas to help pack the perfect vegetarian picnics.

Plum Sorbet
Sweet, tart, and very "plummy," this plum sorbet is made without an ice cream machine.

Potato Salad
This sort of "everything but the kitchen sink" potato salad is perfect for a picnic or buffet.

Potato Zucchini Soup
An easy, incredibly flavorful soup that tastes best just barely warm.

Provençal Tomatoes
These stuffed tomatoes from southern France are delicious served with soup, pasta, or rice dishes.

Roasted Corn Soup
A great way to enjoy corn - this roasted corn soup is rich and spicy.

This traditional Spanish drink goes well with spicy foods, is delicious in summer, and works well as a party punch bowl.

Summer is a perfect time for you to make your own slushies - you know, those icy drinks that make you feel like you're drinking flavored snow.

Cool and refreshing, smoothies are a delicious and nutritious way to quench your thirst and even satisfy a minor hunger.

Sour Cherry Cobbler
If you are lucky enough to find fresh sour cherries, make this cherry cobbler immediately. It's sweet and tart and downright amazing.

Sparkling Juice
When you feel like having something a little more special than plain old juice, try this sparkling juice recipe.

Strawberry Mousse
Light, creamy strawberry mousse is a perfect summer dessert.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Not too sweet, not too tart, strawberry rhubarb pie is one of the best summer desserts.

Strawberry Sorbet
When it's hot out, a cool strawberry sorbet really hits the spot.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pâté
Looking for an elegant and tasty appetizer? Look no further - this is a real treat for even the most discriminating palates. Also try "red, white, and green" pâté.

Sun-Dried Tomato Salad
This tangy dish is easy to prepare and is especially delicious in the summertime.

Tomato Cheese Tart
An extremely simple dish that is always a hit. Everyone who eats it raves about the crust.

Tomato Garlic Sauce
A rich, garlic-heavy sauce that goes especially well with pasta, eggplant, and goat cheese.

Tomato Soup
This ultra simple soup can be eaten hot or cold and is the perfect way to enjoy summer tomatoes. Don't let the cooking time scare you - this tomato soup practically cooks itself.

Tortellini Salad
A very simple yet surprisingly tasty salad, perfect as a first course or on a picnic.

Tzatziki - Cucumber Dip/Sauce
A quick, simple, and very refreshing dip or sandwich topping.

A simple combination of potatoes, onions, and milk that make a deliciously creamy, chilled soup.

Watermelon Blackberry Soup
Think fruit in soup is bizarre? Don't let your prejudice get in the way - this cool soup is delicious on a hot summer day.

White Bean Salad
This is a simple and delicious recipe, perfect for a summer picnic.

Yogurt Feta Dressing
A very simple and creamy dressing for elaborate salads or vegetables.

Zucchini Soup
A simple soup that can be served hot or cold.


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