Choosing a healthier and compassionate lifestyle shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying a holiday that celebrates independence, togetherness and sharing food. So we prepared the ultimate guide on what to bring to the table for all the Vegans out there – and we bet it would entice the carnivores out there too – because knowing no animals were harmed makes it so much more delicious!
Jennifer Aniston’s Spring Salad
Serve up a side of Jennifer Aniston’s fresh Spring salad for a dish that’s high in fiber, iron, and vitamin C. Hydrating cucumbers and refreshing tomatoes go well with any BBQ fare.
Cucumber, Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Salad
Crafted with simple ingredients, this satisfying Summer salad is not only low in calories, but is also a great way to combine the flavors of cucumbers, tomatoes, and cilantro.
Avocado and Lime Black Bean Salad
This delicious avocado and lime black bean salad is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, minus all the meat!
Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad
If you’re bored of a basic green salad, here’s a hearty variation that includes cooked quinoa for added protein and fiber.
Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
This quinoa tabbouleh salad is so good – you may actually do a double scoop onto your plate. The recipe is very spicy and oniony, great for those who want a spicy side dish.
Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds
If you’re a fan of the edamame that’s served alongside your sushi, you’ll want this recipe ASAP. The dish only requires four ingredients for an easy and healthy side.
Chipotle Lime Fries
Make a large batch and serve them to your guests and we guarantee they’ll be gone in minutes (The fries. Not the guests.)
Because they just make everything magical. And there are finer things in life than Mayonnaise – it doesn’t take a vegan to tell you that mayo is gross and has no place at a BBQ anyway.
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus
There’s nothing to not love about this sun-dried tomato hummus. All vegan and all natural, the healthy side dish will impress everyone’s taste buds.
Spicy Black Bean Hummus
A spicy black bean hummus dip will give you that added fiber to your diet. Black beans are also high in iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B1.
If you’re a fan of guacamole, but don’t like that it’s high in fat, then you’re going to go crazy for edamole. The green appearance comes from edamame, which are high in protein, low in fat and calories, and have a sweet and fresh flavor that is perfect for warm-weather parties.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Chili-Walnut Layered Dip
This sun-dried tomato and chili-walnut layered dip combines lemon citrus with sun-dried tomato and a hint of chili. Great to serve with veggies, pita bread, or rice crackers!
Grilled halloumi vegetable kebabs
Simply because spices and seasoning is a better way to bring out the flavor of summer produce than slathering it in animal fat.
Sriracha Tofu Kebabs
Tofu is great for making kebabs, because the tofu can be flavored easily and sriracha is such a strong, spicy taste that it’s perfect for giving tofu a new lease of life this summer. You could serve these up with a salad, or even a spicy rice dish.
Homemade Vegan Sausages
Gross and Basic: Hot Dogs. Try this vegan alternative. If the time and effort are holding you back, just form the mixture into patties and make burgers, rather than sausages. Same great taste, but burgers are easier (and faster) to form and to handle on the grill.
Black Bean Burgers
These black bean burgers have a complex, satisfying flavor and robustly meaty texture that even devout carnivores will love. Repeat after us: you don’t need meat to make an amazing burger. (If anyone is concerned you’re not getting enough protein, your burger is actually a healthier protein source.)
‘Bacon’-Wrapped Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
Vegan Pigs in a Blanket is a staple potluck recipe because it requires almost zero time to make and it’s always a huge hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike (especially considering all the gross things found in hot dogs!). Make this classic, invincible finger food even better—by adding vegan cheese and cruelty-free bacon!
Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower ‘Wings’
Stovetop Cherry Grunt
Don’t be fooled by the name! A cherry grunt is really a stovetop cobbler, made with juicy fruit and the moistest biscuit topping you’ll ever taste, all without ever having to fire up the oven. A grunt by any other name would taste as sweet.
Coconut Milk Fudgsicles
Because in the summer, some don’t like it hot, we included a cold dessert here, too. They may look like the classic ice-cream truck favorite, but these ones are 100% vegan friendly, using coconut milk as the base.
No BBQ is complete without refreshing drinks that double as palette changers. Here are some brilliantly boozy cocktails http://eluxemagazine.com/magazine/vegan-cocktail-recipes-for-summer/ (and a list of their health benefits – you’re welcome!)