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To celebrate the upcoming holiday weekend, we’ll be spending lots of time outdoors with our son and want to have a fun picnic for the Fourth of July. (We have to celebrate early in the day, since he won’t be up for the fireworks that night!)

summer picnic recipes

The following dairy-free recipes would make an excellent option to bring to a picnic or potluck, and they are all vegan or can easily be made vegan by swapping honey for another sweetener.

I hope you’ll enjoy them all summer long!

1. Quinoa Pasta Salad

quinoa pasta salad

This “pasta” salad is my go-to recipe for entertaining a crowd. It can be made ahead of time and actually tastes better the next day!

2. Paleo Berry Crisp

berry crisp with blueberries and ice cream on topThis recipe features low-sugar berries with just a touch of maple syrup added for a naturally-sweetened treat. I love it topped with scoop of dairy-free ice cream, but it’s also delicious on its own when served warm or cold.

3. Peachy Kale Salad

peachy kale salad

This recipe features a peachy vinaigrette that will have everyone eating their greens!

4. Creamy Vegan Potato Salad

creamy vegan potato salad

This potato salad gets its creamy texture from heart-healthy avocado!

5. Peaches & Cream Ice Pops

peaches and cream ice pops

These dairy-free popsicles require just 4 ingredients and are a refreshing way to enjoy a hot summer day.

6. Vegan Mac n’ Cheese

vegan mac' n cheese

This dairy-free dish is always a good idea. Everyone loves it!

7. Creamy Coleslaw (Dairy-free)

creamy coleslaw

This classic picnic dish tastes similar to my family’s favorite Southern-style coleslaw, without any mayonnaise or refined sugar.

8. Pineapple Whip

pineapple whip

Calling for just 3 ingredients, this dairy-free pineapple sorbet is a healthy and refreshing alternative to the popular Dole Whip!

9. Chickpea & Avocado “Egg” Salad

chickpea and avocado egg salad

This salad surprisingly tastes SO much like traditional egg salad, but it’s loaded with more fiber to leave you feeling satisfied the rest of the afternoon. Serve it on a sandwich, over a leafy green salad, or in lettuce cups!

10. Healthy Fudgsicles

fudgsiclesIn lieu of dairy, these pudding pops get their creamy texture from heart-healthy avocados, but they still feature a rich chocolate flavor similar to that of a traditional Fudgsicle!

Wishing you all a very happy Fourth of July and summer ahead!

Megan Gilmore leaning on her white countertop.

Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this roundup and giving me a few reminders of a few recipes I can make without dairy! Not sure if it’s an actual allergy or just food sensitivity but any time I eat dairy, I cough. I can digest it, it just makes me cough for hours and hours afterward. If I avoid it, no cough! So I’m always on the hunt to satisfy craving for mac n cheese and something like your pineapple whip that I can eat. I found I ended up gaining 10 pounds because I was sucking on cough drops and eating candy to help sooth my throat from the coughing. bleh. When I eliminated dairy and tweaked my diet, the coughing stopped dead in its tracks.