Happy 4th of July! While this weekend is all about celebrating our nation’s independence, we can’t help but get a little bit excited about eating BBQ food. On a vegan meal plan, there are so many delicious things to eat this time of year, like fresh corn, tomatoes, basil and peaches. We’re drooling just thinking about all of the yummy, seasonal goodies to come.
As you’re likely thinking about what to prepare for your 4th of July BBQ, we decided to offer up some of our favorite options. From appetizers and sides to main courses and desserts, our roundup of the best vegan 4th of July recipes has you covered.
Grilled Corn with “Citrus” Butter
Author: Well Vegan
No 4th of July BBQ is complete without corn on the cob. For this recipe, we skip the butter in favor of Earth Balance mixed with orange, lemon and lime zest. The flavor is delightfully refreshing on a hot day and really encompasses all the citrusy flavors you associate with summer.
Sundried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
Author: Minimalist Baker
Behold: The ultimate crowd-pleasing, summer appetizer popular with vegans and meat-eaters alike. These Sundried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels only take about 15 minutes to come together, so they’re perfect for last minute BBQ invites. They also use seasonal ingredients like tomato, basil and spinach, which we love.
French Potato Salad
Author: Well Vegan
Potato salad is one of those BBQ staples many people miss when they go vegan. Luckily, there’s not a drop of mayo in this tasty dish, making it totally appropriate for a plant-based diet. Our recipe boasts lots of fresh herbs and a light, yet tangy dairy-free dressing that really allows all the flavors to shine through.
Smoky BBQ Carrot Dogs with Creamy Chickpea Salad
Author: Vegan Sandra
Carrots are better than hotdogs for so many reasons. For one, they come from the earth and not from a factory. They’re also juicy and perfect when boiled, marinated and finally grilled to perfection. This recipe features a creamy chickpea salad to spoon on top, providing loads of interesting flavor and texture!
BBQ Tofu Sandwiches
Author: Yup, it’s Vegan!
Just because you follow a vegan meal plan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a saucy, savory sandwich at your 4th of July party! These BBQ Tofu Sandwiches pair wonderfully with a quick slaw of finely shredded green cabbage seasoned with rice vinegar, mustard, black pepper, and cilantro.
Fresh Peach Tart with Walnut Crust
Author: Amy Chaplin
We saved the best for last! This Fresh Peach Tart is the perfect treat to end a summer meal. It’s straightforward and effortlessly scrumptious with a toasted walnut crust encasing a succulent, fruity filling. Is your mouth watering yet? This one is sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike!
What are your favorite vegan 4th of July recipes to make each summer?