It’s picnicking season again! The weather this weekend was absolutely beautiful so we decided to meet some friends at a local park for a gluten and dairy-free picnic.
At first, I was pretty worried about what to take for a gluten picnic but after a bit of experimenting I found eating al fresco and a picnic without gluten/dairy is a lot easier than you think!
Here’s what we munched on if you’re looking for gluten and dairy-free picnic ideas to whip up and pop in the hamper. You can also scroll further down for 10 amazing gluten and dairy-free picnic recipes below too should you want to put a lit more effort into your planning…
5 super easy gluten and dairy-free picnic ideas
1. Quinoa Salad: Quinoa is a great substitute for couscous and therefore you can pretty much use it as a base for any salad. In this case, I cooked it in Bouillon powder and then added roast pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and a dressing of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Quinoa is one of the few non-meat complete protein sources so it’s also very good for you!
2. Lettuce wraps: A great idea for a gluten-free wrap (rather than purchase the expensive, processed kind). Simply tear up some iceberg lettuce and add your feeling. I simply added chicken and some mango chutney but you can add anything: tofu, veggies, meat etc. It gives a really lovely crunch and is a lighter dish for the summer months.
3.Potato salad. Potato salad is a nice indulgent dish that gives a dose of carbs while still being gluten and dairy-free dressing. I simply steamed my potatoes used herbs and lemon juice rather than a rich mayo dressing. In this case, I had some leftover gluten-free sausages so I chucked them in! The result was really delicious- so I think a potato and sausage combo maybe the future of my salad dishes!
4. Boiled eggs. My friend brought these along. I didn’t tuck in myself but they’re a great protein hit.
5. Raw veggies and dip. The classic picnic snack! I bought along two types of dip, a cashew’ cream cheese’ (I’ve already blogged about this here; it’s divine!) and mango chutney. My friends bought an assortment of raw carrots, cucumber and tomato. I would say proceed with caution when consuming a lot of raw veggies if you have IBD. They can be a little tough to digest.
5 gluten and dairy-free picnic quick buys
– Crisps. Tyrells do some great gluten-free vegan crisps that are basically just potato (or even better veggies) and oil. Although they’re not super healthy, they’re a great treat once in a while.
-Gluten-free beer: Jubel is one of my favourites. It’s a really nice fruity gluten-free beer if you prefer your beer slightly sweeter (it comes in peach, grapefruit and elderflower flavor). What’s great is it also can be ordered on Amazon for last-minute picnic trips!
–Gluten free granola. If you can tolerate oats, gluten free granola is great to graze on and an alternative for a pudding.
– Dried fruit. Stuff dates with almond butter, snack on some dried mango or crunch on some apple chips.
-Nakd bar bites. Another sweet item (I’ve definitely got a sweet tooth) but still way better than a bag of malteasers!
And, finally, should you want to make a little more effort, here’s 10 gluten and dairy free picnic recipes for you to make!