Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Picnic Menu

Join the Crazy Sexy Picnic Palooza!


Hi Sweet Friends,

There’s a warm, earthy smell in the air. The jazzy birds are singing. Summer is nearly here, which means it’s time for my favorite activity of all — picnics! I heart picnics so much that I’ve been known to blanket crash a few in my day. If you haven’t caught the fever, now is the time. Saunter outside, sit your winter tush on a quilt and nosh in the fresh air. Lunch actually tastes better when it’s marinated in sunshine rays.

When’s the last time you dined under the sun, moon or stars? If it’s been too long, let’s change that. Picnics break up the day, reboot your brain and fill you up with a hefty dose of spirit-filling nature. Add some good company to the mix and you’re golden. The holidays and celebrations over the coming months give us gobs of opportunities to expand our cooking skills and healthy repertoires. With that in mind, I’ve created some sassy incentives for all you rusty picnickers.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come. These recipes are purrrfect for Memorial Day weekend. I’ve got you covered from snacks to sandwiches to dessert. So kick off your shoes and dig in!

Curried Cashews

Crazy Sexy Kitchen

Makes 3 Cups

  • 3 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for a few hours to soften
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon maple sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Olive oil or spray oil (to grease pan, if using oven)

1. Strain soaked cashews. In a bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.

2. Raw version: Set dehydrator at 110°F. Spread an even layer of the nut mixture on dehydrator trays, leaving room for air circulation. Dehydrate for 6 to 7 hours. Remove trays from dehydrator. Baked version: Preheat oven to 275°F. Spray or brush sheet pan with a thin coat of olive oil and spread nut mixture evenly. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the nuts do not burn. Continue to roast for 10 more minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven.

Thai Me Up Green Smoothie

By Christy Whitney

Makes 16 oz.

  • 8 ounces orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 cup tropical fruit, fresh or frozen (mango, pineapple, etc.)
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 1/8 bunch spearmint
  • 1/8 bunch basil
  • Any other herbs or greens you like
  • Dash of cayenne pepper or red chili flakes (optional)

1. Prep and wash all produce.

2. Blend and add up to 6 ounces of fresh water to reach desired consistency. Serve.

Salad with Romaine, Fennel & Clementines

By Yonni Wattenmaker

Serves 4


  • 2 clementines, cut in half
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard


  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces, discarding stems
  • All sections of 1 clementine
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped

1. For the dressing: In a small glass mixing bowl squeeze all of the juice out of both clementines and half of one lime. Be careful to remove any seeds that may fall in. (You can slice the remaining lime into wedges for seltzer or Pellegrino.) Add the salt, olive oil and honey mustard. Whisk until well combined. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to help the flavors blend.

2. In a large salad bowl, toss the salad ingredients. Add dressing, toss again and serve.

Chickpea Salad Sandwich

By Paul Jarvis (author of Eat Awesome)

Serves 6-8

  • 4 cups of cooked and smashed chickpeas
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of finely diced onion
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of diced celery
  • 1/2 – 1 cup of diced red pepper
  • Generous amounts of paprika (to taste)
  • Dash of mustard seed powder or mustard
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Dash of salt (you could also use black salt/kala namak (found in Indian stores), since the sulphur content makes it smell/taste egg-ish)
  • 4 – 6 dollops of the cashew cream (see below) or vegan mayo.
  • Bread of your choice

1. Make cashew cream (unless you are using vegan mayo). See recipe below.

2. Blend all ingredients except cashew cream in a food processor until everything is in small pieces.

3. Put mixture in a bowl and mix in cashew cream.

4. Spread a generous scoop of chickpea salad on bread and add any toppings you’d like!

Cashew Cream 
  • 2 cups cashews
  • 1 – 2 lemons
  • Water, as needed
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 – 2 spoonfuls nutritional yeast (optional)

1. Soak 2 cups of cashews for an hour, then drain and rinse.

2. Put cashews in a blender with the juice of 1 to 2 lemons, fill with water until it reaches the top of the cashews, salt to taste, and a couple spoonfuls of nutritional yeast (optional).

3. Blend until mixture is creamy and smooth.

Raw Cheesecake with Cacao Crust

By Gena Hamshaw,

Serves 12

For the crust:

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 1/4 cups pitted, packed dates
  • Dash of salt

For the filling:

  • 2 1/2 cups cashews, soaked 2 hours or more
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup agave syrup/maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or 1 vanilla bean, scraped)
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/3 cup water (more if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

1. To make crust, place almonds and cacao nibs in a food processor and process until very crumbly. Add dates and salt, and process until mixture is holding together well.

2. Press crust into a regular sized pie or tart shell, and store in fridge while you make the filling.

3. Blend all filling ingredients together in a high speed blender until absolutely smooth and creamy. Add more water than the 1/3 cup if necessary to achieve a thick, yet blendable texture.

4. Pour filling into pie shell, and transfer to a freezer for 30 minutes to set. Transfer to fridge, and cover with a layer of saran wrap. Decorate with berries if desired.

Bonus Recipe: Crazy Sexy Ginger-Berry Limeade

By Kris Carr

Serves 2

  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 16 ounces seltzer
  • ½ cup frozen berries (or fresh)

Cheese cloth or nut milk bag

1. Peel and grate ginger. Place grated ginger in cheese cloth or nut milk bag. Squeeze the ginger juice into each glass until ginger feels dry.

2. Cut lime in half. Squeeze half of lime juice into each glass and add berries. Pour one serving of seltzer into each glass.

Now, it’s your turn. What are your go-to picnic recipes?

Peace & bare feet,

Kris Carr

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48 responses to Join the Crazy Sexy Picnic Palooza!
  1. Catt said on May 20, 2013

    This is actually the most exciting thing for spring-summer!!! <3 sprummer 😀
    Love you Kris!! <3 <3 <3

  2. taking my shoes off as I am typing…summer ahhhh BRING IT ON! ooh thanks for the no brainer Memorial Day menu too :)

  3. I see a picnic in Central Park in my future! xo

  4. Love picnics! Cannot wait to try the chickpea salad sandwiches. Great inspiration to get outside and play!
    Thanks Kris!

    • Love the sounds of all of these recipes. I just had a vegan potluck dinner (outside) Saturday I should have taken pictures – I will do it again!!! I am actually making a chick pea salad this morning similar to this one! Great idea…

  5. I think I love you, Kris Carr. I think I love you and your whole crazy sexy team. There…I said it. :)

  6. Love Love LOVE Picnic Palooza 😉 and love love LOVE taking pictures… match made in heaven!! xox

  7. Looks fantastic. Will be trying some of this recipes today and this week. Chris you rock! This is an amazing idea. Bring onore plant based recipes.

  8. I love this!! I love the recipes and I love all that you do!

  9. What a great idea Kris! You are so much fun and so creative an generous in sharing health-ful living. I will be getting family and friends together in each bringing one of you recipes and then take some snaps and hopefully win the basket, thanks Kris for helping me on my journey. XO

  10. Crazy Sexy Picnic-Palooza is a FANTASTIC idea! Nothing better than sitting on the grass on a lazy afternoon to rejuvenate the body & the soul.

  11. I’m sooo so so so IN!!!! I’ve never been so excited for anything!!!!!!! Picnics are my absolute favorite activity on the planet! Love you so much Kris! I can’t wait to meet you at the writers workshop in June! Just signed up! Have a rockin day! xxoo, Katie

  12. y said on May 20, 2013

    I LOVE a little picnic! This is one of my fave salads. So versatile, so easy.
    1 bunch of kale
    2 large apples, chopped
    handful dried cranberries
    nuts of your choice: walnuts, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds
    grainy mustard
    orange juice

    Rinse each leaf of kale and cut off the the thick end of the stems. Chop the kale and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the apples, dried cranberries and nuts.

    In a small bowl make the dressing by mixing equal parts agave and grainy mustard. Then thin the dressing adding a little orange juice. Make enough to coat all of the kale. Add to the bowl of kale, apples, dried cranberries and nuts and toss until well coated

  13. Dena said on May 20, 2013

    What a wonderful idea…I’m really looking forward to this!!!!! Kris…can you tell me what kind of bread you use/make and what bread is used in the picture for the chickpea salad sandwich? Thank you so much. :)

  14. Thank you, Kris! For the recipes, for the inspiration, and for (I hope) the picnic basket! Sounds so cool and awesome.

  15. Kris – I will take photos of our picnics as we set out in Bambi (our Airstream) this week to go bird watching in Eastern Oregon. What a great way to get us involved in eating in the great outdoors. Taking my Breville juicer with us!

  16. It’s still snowing here (Colorado) but hopefully it’ll warm up soon so I can eat outside – it’s my favorite!!

  17. My Husband just had Colon surgery and a picnic would be just what the doctor ordered. We live in nevada and the weather is great for some fun in the sun. We have to go slow for recovery and a healthy lunch in the sun would be perfect.

  18. LUV this!!! My lifepartner and I absolutely adore the warm weather for this very reason. Picnics, mason jars, and kits this time of year are stellar! Will most definitely participate and hope to be a basket of fun winner!
    Thanks for the palooza and recipes ~ XOXO

  19. Jenn said on May 20, 2013

    Sorry if this has been asked already, but is this a US only contest? I hope not!! :) xo

  20. I am just about to start the juicing cleanse from Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead – I think this picnic menu sounds like it will be a wonderful reward for myself once I’m further along! Thank you so much for all you do, you are appreciated more than you even know.

  21. Bec said on May 20, 2013

    All sounds amazing… spare a thought for those of us in the southern hemisphere – winter is nearly here…… how about a few winter picnic ideas to keep us warm :-)

  22. Sounds great…! I can’t wait.

  23. Dawn said on May 20, 2013

    Hi Kris!

    I just went on a “bikenic” yesterday with some very good friends. We rode our bikes over to a beautiful park and sat under a tree by the water. It was wonderful! Great friends, great sunshine, great food! I took my leftover Black Bean and Roasted Sweet Potato Burgers from your book (awesome BTW), avocado and watermelon. My friends brought a yummy salad, nacho chips, salsa, hummus and a gluten free flatbread. What a feast! We plan to do it again, so I will be sure to get some pics and send them in!

    Happy Picnicking aka Bikenicking :-)


  24. Love the cheesecake with cacao recipe, absolutely brilliant. I will have to make a “big family reunion” for it, or cut the dose in half. Now that I think of it, that might be smarter choice given the yelling and post-party cleanup that I don’t look forward to.
    Thanks for sharing these :)

  25. Lori said on May 21, 2013

    I am allergic to peanuts. Being in the same family (legume) chickpeas bother me to a degree so I avoid them. I’ve been told that since I am allergic to peanuts to stay away from tree nuts. Because the plant based diet uses nuts so much, I’m finding it a bit difficult to envision my totally plant-based diet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Can I replace seeds for nuts?

  26. Hi Kris – I picked up your book at Whole Foods and just inhaled all your amazing words. I am very excited to take this journey and hopefully make the change for good. I have quit smoking, stopped drinking diet pepsi (would drink up to 5 a day), stopped eating sugar (my absolute vice), and started on the straight and narrow – raw vegan. I have been doing it for a week and a half now and feel amazing. Your book resonated with me. You know how something can just call you? Well – that’s how this has been. Before I would go weeks without eating one vegetable. So hard to comprehend now that I’m drinking buckets of green juice.
    Just wanted to say thank you so much – you’ve made a huge difference in my life.

  27. Love the cheescake! Easy easy and so good my 8 year old keeps asking for more. Thank you!

  28. I’m so excited! What’s awesome is that I just found a recipe for vegan sloppy joes! I was gonna tweak it a little for my own personal taste and make it for the upcoming summer holidays 😀

  29. I love summer picnics!! This is such a spectacular idea. I finished your book Crazy Sexy Diet and am on Day 5 of my cleanse and I’m loving it! Just picked up your cookbook too and feeling very inspired. I also have 2 BBQ’s this weekend and already have my strategies for eating/drinking worked out.
    Thank you!!!!

  30. Cate said on May 25, 2013

    Me and my best friend are road trippin across the country this summer to move from WA to MO — we are totally doing a night time picnic in Montana under the stars! Pictures will TOTALLY be submitted!

  31. Cool!

  32. My daughter’s graduation party is going to be a BBQ held outside, though in my Mother’s big backyard not a park. I’ll be pretty much the only vegan but I think I can sneak quite a few recipes in that no one will question. I can’t wait for the outdoor dining to come! One of the many benefits of Norther California is that we can almost do it all year, but summer is best!

  33. Let’s get this picnic party started!!!

  34. Ana said on May 30, 2013

    I don’t think I’ve ever done a picnic right. I’ve tried a few times and then been discouraged by my lack of preparation. I’m really excited to do this! Those recipes look amazing!

  35. There’s nothing better than eating a nutritious meal outside the way Mother Nature intended!