Vegan 4th of July Recipes
This BBQ tofu burger is easy to make and perfect for the grill. With crispy fried onions, lettuce, tomato and a zippy garlic mayo, this vegan burger offers up so many of the flavors of a traditional summertime cookout no one will miss the meat.
1. Vegan McRib
Remember the excitement of the McRib becoming available? Get that great taste anytime you want in a healthier vegan version. Use your favorite soy meat product and preferred barbecue sauce to enjoy this easy, nostalgic sandwich. You’ll never crave McDonald’s again!
Salads and summertime go together naturally, so enjoy this Israeli salad when the temperatures soar. Quick-cooking couscous won’t heat up your kitchen, and the fresh flavors of cucumber, basil, tomatoes and olives make a light meal or side dish that’s delicious served hot or cold.
Forget plain-Jane lemonade. Strawberries and mint ramp this up from a boring beverage to something fantastically fruity. This lemonade is sweet, tart and refreshing to help you and your guests cool off on those hot summer days.
This parfait is totally raw and perfect as dessert or a treat anytime. You can swap out ingredients for different flavors, like different berries or nuts, or opt for low-fat vegan yogurt instead of whipped coconut cream to keep it on the lighter side.
An easy five-ingredient granola made with oats, pecans and rich almond butter adds a sweet crunch to this simple parfait. Blueberries, raspberries (or your berries of choice) and whipped coconut cream make this vegan treat perfect for breakfast, a dessert or a snack.
If you think orange juice is best at breakfast, try this orange and mint lemonade and discover how delicious it is any time of day. One lemon and three oranges will give you a glass of citrus goodness I know you’re going to love.
With a can of corn from your pantry and some vegan mayo and sour cream, you can whip up this salad in about ten minutes. It’s creamy and comforting but with a light feel that makes it perfect for a summertime side dish.
You can make a delicious Mojito with little more than lime, mint and rum, but why not take it up a notch? Cream of coconut transforms this Cuban cocktail from a standard adult beverage into a surprising tropical delight.
What would summer be without veggies? Cucumber, grape tomatoes and pantry staples like artichoke hearts and olives shine in this lightly dressed salad that’s topped with pine nuts and crumbled tofu “feta.” And it all comes together in the time it takes to boil pasta!
Flag cakes with white icing, strawberries and blueberries are well-loved 4th of July fare. This vegan version with whipped coconut cream frosting is sure to please anyone, vegan or not, who wants a sweet and patriotic holiday dessert.
If you thought you’d have to give up cheesecake as a vegan, think again! This creamy berry dessert doesn’t even require purchased vegan cream cheese that can sometimes be hard to find. Blended cashews make a rich filling sure to satisfy your cheesecake cravings.
Cooked, mashed peaches combine with tea and mint to make a fruity and delicious pitcher of goodness perfect for sipping on a summer afternoon. Three peaches and about thirty minutes will take your tea from ordinary to a special treat.
If cooking Thai food seems too fussy for a summertime meal, try these skewers of marinated and lightly fried tofu and veggies. They’re the perfect finger-food for a party made even more fancy and delicious with a spicy peanut dipping sauce.
Every picnic should have a macaroni salad, and this recipe is the classic variety made vegan. Gluten-free pasta and soy-free vegan mayo make it the rare dish free of the most common food allergens so everyone can enjoy it at your next summer party.
Vegan amaretto, a medium watermelon and a blender are all you need to make this fresh fruit beverage. Your guests will love the taste and the presentation when you use half of the watermelon rind as an attractive bowl for serving.
Popsicles are made for eating outside. You don’t even need a blender to wow the crowd with these frozen treats. Blueberries, coconut cream and a hand mixer will give you creamy popsicles I think are better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.
18. Carrot Dogs
Want the traditional feel of a cookout staple like hot dogs but without the meat? Serve cooked whole carrots in hot dog buns, and dress them up with popular dog toppers like sauerkraut, relish, slaw or good old ketchup and mustard.
If you’re craving fresh greens but in a grilling mood, this Caesar salad is a great choice. Grilled romaine lettuce and avocado are topped with a creamy hemp seed dressing to create the perfect cross between grilled food and a fresh salad.
Sangria is delicious anytime, but this frozen version with its red, white and blue layers of raspberries, white wine and gin is great for a July 4th cookout, Memorial Day or any day you want an icy adult beverage bursting with flavor.
These brownies are made with pantry staples and your favorite vegan butter. Baking them in a muffin tin makes bite-sized desserts perfect for parties, and the whipped coconut cream and berry topping turns them into a pretty and decadent treat.
Avocado isn’t just for dips and toast anymore. It becomes a delicious main course when you grill and stuff it with crispy chickpeas, cucumber and tomato. A tahini drizzle finishes off this smoky dish that I think will become one of your summertime grilling favorites.
What’s more delicious than Mexican street corn? Vegan Mexican street corn! Grilled sweet corn on the cob gets coated with dairy-free sour cream and vegan parmesan so you can enjoy this popular street-fair food without losing a kernel of flavor.
Take advantage of the sweetness of in-season fruit with this colorful variation on the Mojito at your next summer celebration. Fresh cherries ratchet up the taste alongside rum, lime and mint while lending this adult drink an eye-catching shade of red.
I love s’mores year-round, and fresh in-season berries are a real summertime treat, so why not combine them into one great dessert? Graham crackers, vegan marshmallows and dark dairy-free chocolate combined with berries make this dessert extra special for a holiday or anytime.
If there’s a better day for a red, white and blue salsa than the 4th of July, I don’t know when it is. This blueberry, strawberry and jicama salsa will look fantastic on your holiday table and will taste as fresh and bright as summer itself.
27. Pink Drink
This pretty pink mocktail starts with a hibiscus tea bag, then adds in coconut milk, sweetener, orange juice and fresh strawberries. I’d swap out the honey for maple syrup to keep it vegan. You can enjoy this impressive-looking drink without even dragging out the blender!
If you’ve never tasted elderflower cordial, this recipe’s lemon and elderflower curd filling is your excuse to order a bottle! Whether you make individual tartlets or one larger tart, the berries on top make a pretty pastry that will taste as good as it looks.
This simple recipe of black tea with pureed mango, lemon and mint is the kind of drink that showcases summer fruit at its peak of flavor. Best of all, it’s easy, inexpensive and tastier than anything you’ll ever get at a drive-thru.
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29 Tasty Vegan 4th of July Recipes and Menu Ideas
These delish Vegan 4th of July Recipes and Menu Ideas will be an amazing addition to your Summer garden party this year. BBQ, side dish, coktails..etc.