Five Vegan Recipes for Your July 4th Barbecue

July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s almost July 4th! You know what that means – fireworks, friends, and… not much vegan food! Here’s some quick tips on how to enjoy the holiday cruelty-free.

First off, get prepared. DO NOT plan on attending a July 4th celebration without bringing a vegan dish – whether or not you were asked to bring something. I can almost guarantee that aside from the fruit bowl and chips and salsa, there won’t be much to eat. I’m not saying this to discourage. I’m saying it as reality. There are so many wonderful vegan BBQ foods that could fill a whole table – but if your attending a party at an omnivore’s house, you’re unlikely to see any of these goodies. Plus, this is a great chance to show all those partygoers how delicious vegan food can be. So take advantage, and enjoy!

Here are some of my favorite vegan recipes that would make a great addition to any July 4th BBQ.

vegan bean salad, white bean salad, asparagus

Cannellini Bean Salad – you can make this with fresh or canned beans. Any white, light bean will work. Chickpeas would also be good here. Just throw together beans, onion, red pepper, and asparagus (or green beans) and toss with a vinaigrette and you’ve got a hearty, filling salad.

tomatoes and chickpeas with zucchini noodles

Garlicky Zucchini Noodles with Chickpeas and Tomatoes – This is one of my earliest vegan creations and remains one of my favorites. Absolutely perfect for a hot day and travels well as the longer it marinates, the better.

Vegan pigs in a blanket

“Pigs” in a blanket –  The 4th just screams hot dogs. But you don’t need to harm any little piglets for you to enjoy this classic. Pickup the hot dogs from Lightlife Smart Dogs at the grocery – bonus: my Publix carries these so no special trip to Whole Foods required. Wrap in Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (yes they are vegan!) and bake until golden brown. Even my meat eating sister loves these.

colleen patrick-goudreau

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s Tantalizing Thai Slaw from The Vegan Table – I brought this to our July 4th party last year and couldn’t get enough of this crunchy, peanuty salad. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.

vegan, vegetarian, dairy free

Hearty Vegan Chili – Every BBQ needs a good pot of chili and this vegan version loaded with peppers and topped with tobacco leaves nothing to be desired.

None of the above catching your eye? Check out these vegan July 4th BBQ options:

Happy 4th ya’ll!

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