7 Delicious Vegan Recipes to Serve at Your Memorial Day Picnic

Planning on having a Memorial Day picnic or BBQ this year? Don’t worry—these days, there are endless recipes for delicious vegan mains, sides, snacks and desserts to serve and enjoy while you gather to honor those of the nation’s military who have made sacrifices in the service of their country.

Whether you’re trying to err on the healthier side by loading your plate up with veggies or are in the mood to indulge with a sweet, creamy dessert, there’s a vegan Memorial Day recipe here for you to enjoy.

Here are seven seriously mouthwatering vegan recipes to whip up for your Memorial Day picnic.

veggie skewers from minimalist baker

1. Kebabs

Colorful Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce by Minimalist Baker are the perfect plant-based side to serve at your Memorial Day BBQ. They only take thirty minutes to prepare, and while they’ll definitely be the healthiest option on your recipe list, they certainly don’t skimp on flavor.

tofu egg salad sandwich from The Edgy Veg

2. Egg Salad Sandwich

Healthy, flavorful and extremely easy to make, this Tofu “Egg” Salad Sandwich recipe by The Edgy Veg mimics the texture and taste of a traditional egg salad perfectly. Even better, it travels well, and is delightful with a hint of fresh herbs and crunchy, refreshing celery.

vegan hot dogs from Namely Marley

3. Hot Dog

There’s no shortage of different vegan hot dog brands on the market these days. Check out the Beyond Sausage Brat, Lightlife Smart Dogs, Field Roast Frankfurters and Tofurky Jumbo Hot Dogs if you don’t know where to get started, which means that the world is your plant-based oyster when it comes to grilling this Memorial Day. Namely Marly has created four different Vegan Hot Dog Topping Recipes to help inspire you.

vegan elote from Eat Figs Not Pigs

4. Elote

This Vegan Elote recipe by Eat Figs Not Pigs is an easy winner. It’s super quick, extremely flavorful, and easy to eat on the go. After you grill your corn, simply slather it with a bit of vegan butter and then dress it with delicious, vegan lemon crema (made out of lemons, vegan mayo, and vegan sour cream) to enjoy.

vegan smores icebox cake from Making it Milk Free

5. Icebox Cake

This Vegan S’mores Icebox Cake by Making it Milk Free is everything you could possibly want in a summertime dessert. The vegan pudding layer is sweet and creamy; the CocoWhip adds an element of lightness; the cocoa adds a depth of flavor; and the entire thing is just beautiful to look at. Your guests are going to be seriously impressed.

vegan potato salad from The Pretty Bee

6. Potato Salad

There’s nothing better than a refreshing, creamy potato salad on a hot summer’s day. This recipe for Vegan Potato Salad by The Pretty Bee hits all the right textures and flavors.

vegan English trifle from Hot for Food

7. Trifle

Who says plant-based eaters can’t enjoy the creamy, decadent, and layered delight that is a trifle? This recipe for Vegan English Trifles With Custard by Lauren Toyota over at Hot For Food uses delicious, creamy vegan vanilla custard, vanilla cake, raspberry jam, berries and vegan whipped cream!

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Alice L
Alice L21 hours ago


Sarah A
Sarah A6 days ago

thanks for posting

Daniel N
Daniel N9 days ago

thank you

Clare O'Beara
Clare O10 days ago

lots of vitamins and minerals

Clare O'Beara
Clare O10 days ago

looks good and tasty

Clare O'Beara
Clare O10 days ago

Should put the potato salad before the layer cake

Clare O'Beara
Clare O10 days ago


heather g
heather g10 days ago

The vegan dishes are fine but then we are again hit with further details of how animals are struggling because of climate change. So many people don't give that a 2nd thought and that is distressing.

hELEN hEARFIELD11 days ago


Alice S
Barbara S11 days ago

thank you