Episode 29: Simply Seasonal Summertime Picnic

Recipe: Tuna-less Salad + Chicken-less Salad

What says Independence Day more than a summer time picnic with friends and family?  🇱🇷

As you head to the pool, beach or park this summer –  don’t forget to pack a meal! It keeps everyone happier and satisfied all day long. 😁

Wondering what to pack 🤔?

No worries, we’ve got you covered!

The typical go-to picnic (sandwiches 🥪, chips 🍿 and drinks 🥤) is a perfect picnic…

BUT, it can vary drastically from toxic and sugary to nutritious and delicious. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 

Learn how to pack the perfect picnic!

Join Cara + Megan in Episode 29 of Simply Seasonal:

  • What a Simply Seasonal picnic looks like
  • The perfect snacks to pack for summer
  • How to pick out a healthy chip
  • Our favorite refreshing summer drinks
  • Two plant based salads for your sandwiches that will last all day in the sun

Balance, heal, thrive,
Cara + Megan

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Tuna-less + Chicken-less Salad

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Simple Tip: “Always cook with Seasonal foods to balance, heal, and thrive!” xoxo Cara + Megan
This recipe can be done with 2 different bases: The almond + sunflower version will resemble more a tuna salad. The chickpea (or garbanzo bean) version will resemble more of a chicken salad.


  • 2 cups chickpeas or 1 cup raw almonds + 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked overnight then drained
  • 2 Tbl apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 pickles, diced (fermented if possible)
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 handful fresh dill, chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil, as needed


  1. Place either chickpeas or almonds + sunflower seeds in food processor.* Process until desired consistency. The nuts and seeds we like to go more finely chopped. The chickpeas can be as chunky as you would like.
  2. Transfer to mixing bowl and combine all other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper as preferred. Add olive oil if needing more moisture.
  3. Enjoy on a sandwich, with seed crackers or in a lettuce wrap!
  4. *If you do not have a food processor, you may use the chickpea version and mask well using a fork. But, the food processor gives a nicer consistency.

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Megan + Cara

Balance, heal, thrive,
Cara + Megan

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