10 Delicious Vegan Recipes You Need for Your Summer BBQ

When you imagine barbeques, you probably don't immediately think "vegan friendly."

Consider all of the typical BBQ dishes: hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, ribs, deviled eggs, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, pasta salad and ice cream. Almost every dish includes meat, egg or dairy!

Vegans are often forced to stick to the vegetable platter and watermelon cubes, which isn't very fun. So if you want to have a BBQ that vegans will love this summer, make sure you and your friends bring a few plant-based dishes. Everyone can eat vegan food and they'll be surprised when they like these recipes better than their grandma's famous potato salad (we won't tell her). Here are 10 delicious recipes to bring to your summer BBQ.

1.Southern Vegan Potato Salad

You can't have a classic summer barbeque without potato salad. If you're a fan, you need to try this easy and flavorful vegan potato salad that everyone will love.

The Simple Veganista: old fashioned vegan potato salad

(via The Simle Veganista)


2. Vegan Burger

You've never had a veggie burger like this one! This savory burger mimics beef burgers using mushrooms for a meaty texture and smoked paprika and sriracha for the savory flavor.

Love and Lemons: veggie burger

(via Love and Lemons)


3. Fruit Salad

This refreshing and colorful fruit salad will be the centerpiece of every summer spread. The recipe calls for fresh fruit, basil, lemon juice, maple syrup, and a little balsamic vinegar, which you can serve as a side or save for dessert with a dollop of coconut cream.

Cookie and Kate: fruit salad

(via Cookie and Kate)


4. Vegan Caesar Salad

This plant-based crowd-pleasing vegan Caesar salad is so good that you'll never go back to the original version. This satisfying and delicious recipe uses kale for romaine, roasted chickpeas for croutons, nuts for parmesan, and vegan dressing in place of the original.

Oh She Glows: vegan caesar salad

(via Oh She Glows)


5. Brownies

The secret is out—vegan brownies taste just as good as regular brownies, so try these plant-based ones. They have a fudgey and chewy texture and will be gone in five minutes at any party.

Rainbow Plant Life: brownies

(via Rainbow Plant Life)


6. Coleslaw

Veganism will never have to separate barbecues and coleslaw thanks to this plant-based alternative. It's an easy vegan coleslaw with all the creaminess of the original, yet none of the mayo.

Cupful of Kale: easy vegan coleslaw

(via Cupful of Kale)


7. Grilled BBQ Tofu and Vegetable Kebabs

These grilled BBQ tofu and vegetable kebabs are the perfect alternatives for vegans who don't love veggie burgers. After being coated in a sweet-smoky BBQ marinade, they're ready to grill.

Vanilla and Bean: grilled vegetable and tofu kebab

(via Vanilla and Bean)


8. Sweet Jalapeño Cornbread

This fluffy cornbread is so good that you won't even realize it's vegan and gluten-free! The addition of jalapeño adds a sweet and spicy dynamic that takes the cornbread to the next level.


(via Plant Based RD)


9. Mac and Cheese

You don't have to give up your favorite comfort meal when you go plant-based. This delicious vegan mac and cheese is made with cashews and nutritional yeast, and you can always add vegan shredded cheese to make it extra creamy.

Healthier Steps: vegan mac and cheese
(via Healthier Steps)


10. Mango Coconut Popsicles

Here's a sweet treat that will cool everyone down on hot summer days. These mango coconut popsicles are refreshing and made with only three ingredients.

Beaming Baker: mago coconut cream popsicles

(via Beaming Baker)


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