3 Perfect Picnic Recipes (Win An Earth’s Choice Prize!)

August 27, 2020

When we think of summer satiation our minds auto-go to al-fresco dining—there’s no better way to enjoy a meal outdoors than with a pretty, plant-based picnic. Our pals at Earth’s Choice organic foods agree, and have teamed up with registered dietitian Shannon Smith to curate a basketful of veg-friendly recipes that are beach, park or backyard perfect, using ingredients from Earth’s Choice’s range of super natural, healthy and delicious foods (beans, coconut products, coffee, citrus juices, nut butters, sea salt, seafood, tomatoes and more) sourced with the utmost care to meet or exceed the highest global food safety initiatives. Translation: stock up on Earth’s Choice staples, whip these portable dishes up and your next summer picnic is guaranteed to be filled with treats that are trusted, traceable and most importantly, tasty. —Vita Daily

Spicy Cucumber Salad

1 medium field cucumber
2 each fresh red thai chilies, seeded and diced
1/4 cup red onion
3 tbsp Earth’s Choice Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tbsp Earth’s Choice Lime Juice
2 tsp cumin
1/4 cup feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice cucumber in half lengthwise, then in half lengthwise again. Then slice into 1/2-cm triangles. Put aside in a large bowl or container with an airtight lid. Cut into onion to score 1-cm lengths, then slice red onion paper thin, ideally with a mandolin. Add sliced red onions to cucumbers. Remove seeds from chilies, and discard seeds. Like a little more spice? Include a few seeds. Dice chili flesh, and put into a small bowl. Add to small bowl with chilies: extra virgin olive oil, lime juice and cumin to make dressing. Pour over cucumbers and red onions, and mix until everything is coated. Top with feta cheese, and finish with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

BBQ Carrots with Lime and Cumin

1 bunch carrots (about 5-6 carrots)
1 tbsp Earth’s Choice Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Earth’s Choice Lime Juice
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat barbecue to medium heat, about 400°F/200°C. Wash whole carrots, and trim down the stem. Put into a 2-inch-deep roasting dish, set aside. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and cumin, lime juice. Pour over carrots; brush with pastry brush to cover carrots on all sides. Grill carrots on the barbeque for 3-4 minutes each side to get nice grill marks; for total grilling time of about 12-14 minutes. (Taking a portable grill with you? Simply dress the carrots, pack them in a reusable container and grill on picnic-site!)

Smokin’ Burgers with Turmeric Mayo

1 Very Good Butchers Smokin Burger patty
1/8 cup veggie stock for burger basting (or 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp lime juice)
1-2 tbsp turmeric mayonnaise (see below)
3 slices organic aged cheddar cheese
1/4 cup arugula
1 whole-grain bun

Turmeric Mayonnaise (yields enough for 4 burgers, plus some for carrot dipping)

1/3 cup mayonnaise (made with olive oil or avocado oil)
1 tbsp Earth’s Choice Turmeric Paste with black pepper
1 tbsp Earth’s Choice Lime Juice

Heat barbeque to medium-hot, about 400°F/200°C. In a small mixing bowl make your turmeric mayonnaise: stir together mayonnaise, turmeric paste and lime juice. Set aside. With a pastry brush, brush both sides of the burger patty with veggie stock to keep it moist while grilling. Grill burger patty 3 minutes on the first side. Flip your burger, baste the top with veggie stock grill 2 more minutes; with 1 minute left top with cheese. Grill for 1-2 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted. Dress your bun with: turmeric mayonnaise, arugula or other dark leafy greens. Dish up with Spicy Cucumber Salad and BBQ Carrots and enjoy!


Win! A $100 Earth’s Choice Prize Pack!

One lucky Canadian winner will receive a $100 Earth’s Choice prize pack full of products for the perfect summer picnic! To enter, follow @earths_choice and @vitadaily.ca on Instagram and complete the giveaway instructions on our corresponding contest post. Contest opens August 28th, 2020, and closes September 18th, 2020. Rules and regulations here. Good luck!


  1. Cheryl Germain

    August 28th, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Spanakopita is my favourite veg-friendly dish. @cfgermain

  2. l p

    August 28th, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    mushroom quiche is a real favourite and is great picnic fare. thanks @leepcat5

  3. kcf

    August 28th, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    chickpea toasts

  4. Amber olak

    August 28th, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Veggie pizza!

    Instagram handle – amber_olak

  5. An Hunter

    August 29th, 2020 at 1:47 am

    I love a hearty veggie chilli 😋

  6. Monique L.S.

    August 29th, 2020 at 3:13 am

    I like Eggplant Parmesan. IG @minty_mo2020

  7. Sarah Milicevic Shaw

    August 29th, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Aloo Gobi (potato’s and cauliflower in a curry gravy) is my favourite veggie meal. Pure comfort food. @cakebakingmama

  8. Tina

    August 29th, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Stir fry

  9. Brandi

    August 29th, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    I love roasted Brussels sprouts and parmasean 🥰 mmm

  10. Tabby72

    August 30th, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    I love a good veggie burger. @tabby_1972

  11. Leila

    August 30th, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    I like making a roasted root vegetable salad especially when it’s warm over green leafy lettuces. @xmasbb1225

  12. Heather Schell

    August 30th, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    OMG I WANT TO CONE TO YOUR PICNIC! I’ll bring my green goddess hummus, since it’s for an outdoor setting. I’m talking a silky, bright, lemony, garlicky, super-duper delicious Green Goddess hummus made with tarragon, parsley and chives. Served with crispy pita chips, chick pea fries and crudités. You‘lol LOVE it!!!

  13. Heather Schell

    August 30th, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    *OOPSIE* “come” I wanna COME to your picnic… not “CONE” to your picnic 🤦🏼‍♀️


    August 30th, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    We like stuffed Zucchini. on ig @lillianmb23

  15. Monique L.S.

    September 1st, 2020 at 12:06 am

    I like eggplant lasagna. IG @minty_mo2020

  16. bonnie

    September 1st, 2020 at 4:40 pm


  17. klp

    September 1st, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    We love veggie sandwiches on focaccia. @klp5ca

  18. Tracy

    September 2nd, 2020 at 3:01 am

    I love vegetables! Vegetable fried rice is a year round favourite. At the moment toasted tomato cucumber sandwiches are amazing.

  19. Pam

    September 3rd, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I love eggplant parmesan. pamalot28 on instagram

  20. J Cabral

    September 4th, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    eggplant parmesan. pamalot28

  21. Gerald Johnson

    September 4th, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Sept 4th, 2020 at 12:24 pm

  22. Brenda Stark

    September 4th, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    all the recipes look yummy. Can’t wait to try them

  23. Rosanne Robinson

    September 4th, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I love vegetable lasagna & spinach salad.

  24. Rosanne Robinson

    September 4th, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    ooooops forgot to add that my Instagram handle is @hillview37

  25. Donna Doyle

    September 4th, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I want to come to your picnic. Sounds delicious.
    \i make a great vegi pizza on the BBQ.

  26. Louise Claveau

    September 4th, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Veggie pizza

  27. Amberleah

    September 4th, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Grilled zucchini and brown rice!

  28. MaryM

    September 4th, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Greek Salad for me. Thanks @maryandcedar

  29. Chelsea McPhee

    September 4th, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    My favorite veg-friendly dish is DEFINITELY eggplant parm!! Soooo delicious.. OR eggplant lasagna is also BOMB!!!

  30. Chelsea McPhee

    September 4th, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    My instagram handle is @idkimchel 🙂

    My favorite veg-friendly dish is DEFINITELY eggplant parm!! Soooo delicious.. OR eggplant lasagna is also BOMB!!!

  31. Ali K

    September 4th, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Love anything with hummus. :p @alikazerani1041

  32. Miali C.

    September 4th, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Vegie Pizza

  33. Elaine Beierbach

    September 4th, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Eggplant humus with naan

  34. Vickey Brake

    September 4th, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    love this

  35. Julie

    September 4th, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    I love green beans or Brussel sprouts grilled in olive oil with pieces of slivered almonds!!

  36. Mary Danieli

    September 4th, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Zucchini fritters with homemade tzatziki.


    September 4th, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    I love all burgers

  38. Jonathan Foster

    September 5th, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Baked Parmesan Zucchini

  39. Deborah Foster

    September 5th, 2020 at 1:02 am

    Honey garlic chicken wings

  40. Deborah Foster

    September 5th, 2020 at 1:04 am

    Garlic sauteed spinach

  41. Carol

    September 5th, 2020 at 1:48 am

    honey garlic chicken wings

  42. Alana LeSueur

    September 5th, 2020 at 2:09 am

    Greak lemon roasted potato wedges. @Diamondchick60

  43. Alana LeSueur

    September 5th, 2020 at 2:10 am

    ‘That should have read ‘ Greek’ lemon roasted potato wedges. @Diamondchick60

  44. ANNA NGO

    September 5th, 2020 at 2:58 am

    Vegy crispy noodles

  45. Lisa G

    September 5th, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Honey garlic chicken wings

  46. Verica

    September 5th, 2020 at 3:50 am

    My favorite is falafel wrap.

  47. Robyn Bellefleur

    September 5th, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Falafel with Tabbouleh salad.

  48. jason kinnin

    September 5th, 2020 at 4:19 am

    eggplant hummus

  49. Maria

    September 5th, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    spinach and garlic sauteed

  50. Suzie b

    September 5th, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    I like black bean veggie burgers

    @sbabij – IG

  51. Gerald Johnson

    September 5th, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Love a great stir-fry

  52. Karen

    September 5th, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    veggie burgers

  53. Adam

    September 5th, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Lentil soup! With a bit of liquid smoke for depth of flavour. @win_kim_win

  54. Shirley Walters

    September 6th, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Potato Salad

  55. Lynne M

    September 6th, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    I love veggie burgers!

  56. Megs

    September 6th, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    Love some summer potato salad! @meg_250

  57. ANNA NGO

    September 6th, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Vegy Crispy noodle !

  58. Denise M

    September 6th, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I love eating vegetarian lasagna (@dremccrea)

  59. Debbie Watson

    September 7th, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I love my veggies. I put asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms on skewers and season with salt and pepper and lemon and grill them on the bbq. Served with rice and I’m in heaven. I follow @mommakoala1

  60. Allison Best

    September 7th, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Vegetarian tacos!

  61. Deanna King

    September 8th, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Vegetarian tacos

  62. Diana

    September 12th, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Zucchini boats

  63. Sarah

    September 13th, 2020 at 1:05 am

    I enjoy Buddha bowls because I can fill them up with all sorts of Veggies and grains. @momma.of.b

  64. Sandra J Lebeau

    September 16th, 2020 at 12:11 am

    Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite

  65. Bettina

    September 17th, 2020 at 5:20 am

    Greek salad is my favourite!

  66. Micheline

    September 17th, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Love coleslaw!

  67. Nicole C

    September 17th, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I love veggie burgers on the BBQ they are so delicious with my favourite toppings. 9nickyc

  68. Gayle B

    September 18th, 2020 at 3:31 am

    I love zucchini pasta or lasagna, so good and such healthy ingredients,

  69. Eniko Gaspar

    September 18th, 2020 at 4:29 am

    i love tabouli salad with couscous

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