Vegan cuisine and the backyard cookout are not thing we usually mention in the same sentence. With more people embracing the completely meat and dairy free lifestyle, however, it becomes important to plan a few vegan-friendly dishes for your 4th of July celebration.
Here are 4 of the easiest, most cookout-appropriate vegan dishes we could find. All are big on flavor, and low on time spent in a hot kitchen. You might be surprised to find your steak-loving friends asking you for the recipe!
No backyard BBQ is complete without a burger. Veggie burger recipes are a dime a dozen, yet most are dry and flavorless. This recipe was created (and devoured) by someone who typically loves a juicy, dripping hamburger, so that’s saying something. Just mix black beans, quinoa, and a few veggies and seasonings into this patty mix, and all your guests will be begging for a second helping.
>>Up Next: Creamy Dill Potato Salad
Nice cold salads are a staple of any summer meal. Traditional macaroni and potato salads won’t work for your vegan guests, because even though they’re meat-free, they contain copious amounts of mayonnaise. Try this incredibly easy vegan variation on potato salad instead, and you’ll have a healthy alternative your guests will be talking about for weeks!
>>Up Next: Vegan Spare Ribs
No, that’s not a typo. There is actually a way to make delicious, melty, messy spare ribs without harming a single pig or cow. While this is still an easy recipe, it will require a special trip to the store for seitan, a surprisingly delicious beef substitute made from wheat gluten flour. You can usually find pre-made seitan in health food stores or near tofu in larger supermarkets.
>>Up Next: Strawberry Sorbet
Since most of us will be suffering through scorching temperatures, it’s absolutely essential to have a cold, refreshing treat for dessert. Ice cream, and most baked goods will be off limits for your vegan guests, so why not whip up this quick strawberry sorbet instead? It’s seasonal, creamy, and best of all, won’t require you to turn on the oven!
Do have a favorite vegan recipe that’s perfect for summer? Share it in a comment!
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