While summer barbeque season tends to draw an influx in meat-centric dishes, today we're spotlighting our favorite grill-ready vegan and vegetarian picks. Featuring fresh summer fruits and vegetables galore, these tried and true recipes promise to appease even the most die-hard of carnivores in your tribe. From mastering the perfect grilled cheese to colorful salads, these remixed summertime classics are as healthy as they are delicious.
To make things extra convenient, we've also flagged the simple substitutions that take each dish from vegetarian to its full-on vegan or gluten-free alternative. Even if you're not totally sold on forgoing meat at the grill, these artful dishes still make for the perfect side lineup. In our humble opinion, sides are the real stars of any BBQ anyway. Are we right? We're sad to see summer go, but a proper feast makes for a killer excuse for a block party. Here's just the menu we had in mind…
Both peaches and heirloom tomatoes are at their peak during summer months. Head to your local farmer's market to scoop up some fresh-off-the-vine produce. This easy, high-protein quinoa salad pairs balsamic vinegar and mustard garnish for the perfect combo of savory and sweet.
No BBQ roundup would be complete without a street corn moment. Camille Style's spicy take adds sriracha, lime, mayonnaise, and chili pepper to kick the dish into high gear. To make the dish vegan, simply swap traditional mayo for veganaise.
You had us at vegan pesto. The delightful combination of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, basil, cilantro, and chives makes this cool summer salad a picnic-ready, colorful feast for the eyes. Top with our favorite fat-burning food, avocado, for added flavor and rich texture. In case you missed it—here's how to pick the perfect ripe avocado.
We love an elevated classic. Mastering your grilled cheese game is a must for any serious sandwich aficionado. Fresh summer jams and preserves make for the perfect unexpected twist to the family-favorite dish. Upgraded comfort food makes for ideal passed apps or late-night party bites.
While we're daydreaming of our summer vacation bucket list destinations, exotic, well-traveled cuisine is enough to temporarily satisfy our palette. Full of fresh summer veggies and healthy, gluten-free buckwheat soba noodles, these easy-to-put-together bowls add a splash of international flare to grill night.
This crispy, crunchy cauliflower recipe calls for charring the vegetable for a rich caramelized flavor. The simple recipe involves homemade miso dressing followed by a quick rotation on a charcoal grill. Flavorful and unique, it adds a sophisticated twist to the traditional side.
An easy, healthy summer favorite, this gluten-free, vegan key lime pie mousse requires zero baking. No-cook recipes are our favorite way to beat the summer heat. Skip the slaving over a hot stove move in favor of too easy editions.
Have a favorite vegan or vegetarian recipe? Shout it out in the comments and shop our favorite veggie cookbooks below.
This plant-based nutrition cookbook is rife with 150 nutrient-dense, whole food recipes—all vegan and allergen-free. It's a must-read for anyone looking to eliminate gluten, soy, refined sugar, or dairy from their daily diet (short or long term).
Gwyneth Paltrow quipped this cookbook might be her "favorite thing ever." With 100 plus recipes from snacks to homemade salsas, the wildly tasty assortment of nutritious, inventive recipes in both witty and accessible. It will make a health-nut believer out of anyone.
Maria Elia's vegetable-centric recipes highlight ingredients by seasonality, making them all the more nutritious. If you're a farmer's market regular, this one is for you.
Author Erin Gleeson uprooted from New York City to relocate to a tiny cabin in a California forest. The local produce served as inspiration for this beautifully drawn cookbook The Forest Feast (based on her popular blog.) The majority of the book's 100 vegetarian recipes call for only three or four ingredients and minimal prep time. It's the perfect starter kit, but even experts will enjoy her inventive dishes.