When I think of the Fourth of July, my mind goes straight to summer bliss. Soaking in the sun, enjoying a festive cocktail, and gathering with friends and family for a classic backyard barbecue is my idea of the perfect vacation. If you’re planning your weekend menu and craving more plants on your plate, these vegetarian 4th of July recipes are for you.
It’s no secret that the Fourth of July is all about the grill, but that doesn’t mean it should be all about hot dogs, hamburgers, or steaks. Alternatively, your list can include vegetarian favorites that even the most ardent meat-lover will enjoy. So, whether you’re planning a menu for dietary restrictions, looking to include more vegetables in your diet, or simply looking for vegan sides to supplement meats, these 15 4th of July vegan recipes are a great place to start. Put a few of these in your back pocket and try something new this year – you and your guests might be surprised how much you like it.
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4th of July vegetarian appetizer
Spring crudité with green goddess dressing
Why we love it: Put in your favorite summer veggies (and fruits if you like!) and you’ll have a winning Fourth of July appetizer that can satiate any hungry guest. Sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelon, you know the drill.
Main ingredient: This green sauce can double as a topping for salads, spread for sandwiches, or a saucy superhero in your fridge. Use it freely.
Get the recipe for Spring Crudité with Green Goddess Sauce.
White bean and radicchio salad
Why we love it: I love good white beans, and they are definitely celebrated in this simple salad. All it takes is a little vegetable stock, chives, lemon juice, and olive oil before you’re on your way to the easiest start of summer or the side that sets the tone for your Fourth of July festivities.
Main ingredient: Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano is the perfect companion to this beloved bitter radicchio. Salty, nutty, salty…mm.
Get this white bean and radicchio salad recipe.
Simple citrus salad
Why we love it: I’ve said this many times, but this salad is about as refreshing as it gets. What do you get when you combine delicious citrus with salty marcona almonds and sharp peeled onions? Pure bliss. Although it may be funky, this salad makes an excellent start to any summer gathering. It’s the same feeling of chomping at a frozen orange slice after a pew-football game. It looks perfect to me.
Main ingredient: A drizzle of white wine vinegar – though not invited – is a real game-changer.
Get this simple citrus salad recipe.
Watermelon and Tomato Caprese Salad
Why we love it: This simple salad combines four of summer’s most beloved ingredients: watermelon, tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil. Make the most of the season by making a big bowl of this delicious caprese. Of course, those mozzarella balls shouldn’t be overlooked. They bring the perfect amount of creamy creaminess that literally complements everything in the salad.
Main ingredient: Lemon juice (and peel, if you’re patient) keeps things nice and fluffy.
Get the recipe for Watermelon and Tomato Caprese Salad.
Classic hummus with spiced hummus
Why we love it: One of the most classic appetizers, hummus is the perfect 4th of July appetizer. It’s so easy to serve with pita bread, crackers or fresh veggies, it’s guaranteed to pair well with any snacking guests. In this recipe, chickpeas are upgraded with spiced chickpeas. A little texture goes a long way here, which is what sets this simple recipe apart from basic hummus. I’m about it.
Main ingredient: If you have any leftover spiced chickpeas (or if you have the bandwidth to make more), they make a great addition to salads, wraps, and even sandwiches.
Get the classic hummus recipe with spiced chickpeas.
4th of July vegetarian
Sweet Potato Falafel Veggie Burger
Why we love it: Let me tell you, these veggie burgers are probably tastier than any you’ve had before. Gone are the days of lifeless vegan subs centered on black beans and here is the new wave of meatless extravaganza. This pie combines the traditional flavors of falafel and delicious sweet potatoes to create something truly magical. Prepare to be amazed.
Main ingredient: Hummus + sweet potato = ample protein.
Get the Sweet Potato Falafel Veggie Burger recipe.
Baked sweet potato mashed with chimichurri
Why we love it: Roasted sweet potatoes are a mainstay at any Fourth of July gathering, and here’s why. It is full of nutrients and satiety And the Satisfactory and grilled. grilled! What’s more Fourth of July than barbecue? I can hardly think of three things. Toss these smashed nuts on the grill and enjoy the sweet aroma of summer.
Main ingredient: I highly recommend doubling up on this chimichurri recipe to use on sandwiches, grilled meats, or wraps throughout the week. Get the most out of your cooking.
Get the recipe for Mashed Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chimichurri.
paneer tikka kebab
Why we love it: Kebabs are inherently built for summer barbecues. But this does not mean that they should be stacked with meat. These vegan alternatives bring all kinds of flavor and texture to the party that are just as delicious as they are satisfying. Paneer is soaked in yogurt and plenty of spices overnight to increase its flavor along with paprika and onions – delicious!
Main ingredient: Ginger and garlic join the power of spices to complete all that flavor.
Get the recipe for Paneer Tikka Kebab.
Black bean taco with mango and radish sauce
Why we love it: Packing tons of protein and heart, these black bean tacos are a real winner. The other winner? That chutney mango and horseradish. If you’re worried about time or simply want to split your workload, I highly suggest making salsa the night before your meeting. Even better, the flavors blend for longer, resulting in more flavor. It is a win.
Main ingredient: If you choose to make an extra sauce, top it up with chips for an easy appetizer you already have. Bonus!
Get the recipe for Black Bean Tacos with Mango and Radish Salsa.
Spinach and ricotta pizza with garlic olive oil
Why we love it: Spinach and ricotta is a classic combination when it comes to homemade pizza. But here’s where things get more interesting: The garlic olive oil is really to die for. With this recipe, if you have the grill at four, toss the pizza directly onto the grates and cook until the crust is golden and those cheeses melt. It’s definitely a double whammy.
Main ingredient: Seriously, make extra garlic olive oil for dipping bread (I love these pancakes), salad dressings, or whatever you think could use a garlic kick.
Get the recipe for Spinach and Ricotta Pizza with Garlic Olive Oil.
4th of July sides are vegan
summer pasta salad
Why we love it: Charred vegetables are the stars of this summer. And oh, they shine bright. It’s no secret that grilling your produce can extract all of its delicious flavor, but it’s really proven in this pasta salad. These charred edges on eggplant, broccolini, summer squash, and zucchini are something to watch. Not to mention, you get protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fiber all in one harmonious meal. Tip: It’s best at room temperature.
Main ingredient: A simple lemon vinaigrette lets all those beautiful produce shine.
Get the summer pasta salad recipe.
Texas Mac and Cheese from the selected dish
Why we love it: If you’re looking for an elevated macaroni and cheese recipe, look no further! Sour cream and a can of green pepper distinguish this recipe from any other. Sour cream brings in flavor while green peppers receive just the right amount of heat. Your guests will thank you later, and may assign you to bring a Mac from now on.
Main ingredient: Breadcrumbs, macaroni and cheese are truly a match made in heaven. Say goodbye to lifeless noodles and hello to your new time.
Get the recipe for Texas-Style Mac and Cheese.
Easy vegan baked beans from a fork in the kitchen
Why we love it: Baked beans aren’t the prettiest (or healthiest), nor are they the world’s most popular. But I’m a firm believer that no backyard barbecue is complete without them. You simply can’t celebrate American Independence Day without a pot of baked beans.
Main ingredient: It’s not an ingredient, but one of my favorite things about baked beans is that they can hang out in a slow cooker while you’re starting your pot. It might seem counterintuitive to enjoy such a warm side during peak summer weather, but I stand by the declaration that baked beans are a barbecue necessity. I don’t set the rules.
Get the easy vegan baked beans recipe.
Corn and avocado salad
Why we love it: Corn salad is another classic Fourth of July recipe that belongs on every festive dish. This simple variation with avocado and fresh herbs is perfect for any warm-weather gathering, and can even be customized to your liking. If you’re starting out on grilling, you can opt for grilling corn instead of boiling, which will add to the charred and smoky flavor in your delicious salad.
Main ingredient: Fresh dill and chives really seal the deal here on freshness.
Get the recipe for Corn and Avocado Salad.
Crispy potatoes with salt and vinegar
Why we love it: Do you think that crispy fries are a luxury only for the restaurant? Think again. Scrub Camel potatoes with salt and vinegar in a cast iron skillet well enough to make you think they are fried in a pan of oil. But they are not! Just a little wink wink.
Main ingredient: To all of the apple cider vinegar gurus, this recipe is for you. We’re talking immune boosters, nutrient absorption, blood sugar regulation, and more all in a quilted potato package. I’ll take two please.
Get the recipe for Crispy Potatoes with Salt and Vinegar.