It’s Memorial Day on Monday and in addition to paying our respects to the people who have served our country, many of us will take the opportunity during the national holiday to spend time with our families. Oftentimes those family gatherings include food. And if you’re vegan or having someone with a vegan diet coming to your dinner, you may be looking for some great Vegan Memorial Day Recipes. These delicious vegan recipes should help!
I reached out to some of my favorite food blogging friends to provide you with some of the best vegan picnic recipes around. You can serve these picnic-style or backyard BBQ-style or around the kitchen dinner table style. Whatever works best for you!
Snacks and Appetizers
Every great gathering begins with delicious snacks and appetizers and Memorial Day is no exception. These vegan snack recipes are sure to please.
I love these Homemade Vegan Doritos with 3 Flavors by Fork and Beans. Maybe it takes me back to my nacho cheese Dorito days, which I haven’t had in quite a while now. The idea of making my own Doritos…and making them healthier…is perfection!
Avocados are in season so why not celebrate with this delicious Fresh Guacamole recipe. It’s a crowd-pleaser and so easy to make. In fact, we’ll oftentimes make a double batch when we’re having folks over…with the hope that maybe they’ll be some leftovers for us!
You can never go wrong with Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip, regardless of the time of year! This dip is creamy and smooth, and oh-so-delicious! It’s also relatively easy to make and something I love to make ahead of time. Then simply heat and serve with tortilla chips or crackers.
This Black Bean Dip not only tastes amazing, it’s so easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you reach a desired consistency. I love to make this dip ahead of time and pour it into a serving dish and then cover and refrigerate until we get the party started! Serve it with tortilla chips, chopped veggies, or crackers.
Best Picnic Salad Recipes
Hey, it’s salad season! Personally, this is my favorite time of year because I’m quite the salad fan. I can eat them almost every day of the week. And these vegan picnic salad recipes will be sure to please.
Oh, I love these Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette by The View From Great Island. Aren’t they so adorable? I could totally see make these up ahead of time and drizzling that vinaigrette immediately before serving…or having it on the side for folks to drizzle themselves. So colorful!
I love a good potato salad and this Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad by Two Peas and Their Pod is such an interesting adaptation! I love the idea of grilling the sweet potatoes to use in a potato salad. Perfection!
This colorful Blueberry Corn Salad by A Healthy Life For Me looks so healthy and delicious. I’m sure it would be a crowd-pleaser!
Whatever salad you serve, be sure to have lots of this Vegan Ranch Dressing on hand! I love pouring it over salads, baked potatoes, or even dipping veggies in it.
You can’t have a picnic without some pasta salad! This Perfect Picnic Pasta Salad with Lemon Avocado Sesame Dressing by Spa Bettie looks delicious.
I love this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Curry Almond Butter Vinaigrette by Food Faith Fitness. There’s also cauliflower in this potato salad recipe and that’s a cruciferous which means it will add lots of healthy to your day.
Best Side Dishes and Condiments
Sometimes I like to just camp out by the side dishes. That’s usually where all the vegetables are! The trick is having side dishes that are vegan. I live in the midwest so interestingly enough, people find ways to put meat and dairy in just about everything, including vegetables. But these recipes are all meat and dairy-free.
I could put this Corn Salsa on everything! I love it so much. And now that the farmer’s markets are starting to sell fresh corn on the cob again, you can make this corn salsa today.
This Best Easy Fried Rice by Petite Allergy Treats may be a unique side dish for a picnic, but I bet it will be a crowd favorite. Make the rice ahead of time to keep preparation easy on the day of your event.
This Easy Pasta Salad can be a meal or a delicious side dish for your family BBQ. It’s got an Italian flair to it, but you could easily add some dill seasoning to give a more summer flavor.
Vegan BBQ Main Dish
We get it. There are lots of vegan side dishes, salads, and appetizers. But what about vegan BBQ main dish recipes? What will you and/or your vegan friends eat when it comes time to sit down to dinner? You’ll be inspired by some of our favorite skewers, veggie burgers, veggie hot dogs and more.
This vegan BBQ Jackfruit recipe is a crowd favorite. Believe me, we know! Because we took this recipe to the Royal’s Stadium and asked tailgaters what they thought. The overwhelming consensus was they loved it. Watch our Vegan Plant-based BBQ Taste Test video to see for yourself.
Make sure you have the special sauce on hand to make these Vegan Reuben Brats! Once you’ve grilled the vegan brats, and with that special sauce and some sauerkraut, you’re good to go to share a delicious show stopper of a main meal.
This tasty Lentil Burger Recipe holds up well to grilling. I recommend pre-cooking the burgers first. I bake them for about 15 minutes in our convection toaster oven before submitting them to the grill. That way you get a nice charbroiled effect and smoky flavor. Besides, firing up the grill is a lot of fun!
If you’re looking for a delicious but also EASY main meal for your vegan BBQ, this Vegan Brat Kabobs recipe should be high on your list. Half the fun is making the kabobs themselves. I like to precut the ingredients and allow folks to make their own skewers. Participative cooking is the way to go!
This spicy Chorizo Burger has “grill me” written all over it! If you like a little spice in your day, the hit you get from the chorizo in these burgers will be perfect! Serve with fresh tomatoes and we love using some smoky hummus (see recipe above) as a condiment.
Also, be sure to make these Vegan Hot Dogs with four different toppings.
Summer Vegan Desserts
Let’s be honest, dessert is the part we all look forward to. Make sure to save the best for last with some pretty amazing vegan desserts. We’ve got more than a few to get your ideas brewing.
My mom makes her famous Texas sheet cake every year for our summertime family dinners. And she really knocks it outa the park! It was a challenge to do justice with a vegan version, but I think I nailed it with these Vegan Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe.
Look at this Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake by Chocolate Moosey! All that chocolate looks heavenly!
This raw Red White and Blueberry Cheesecake is so easy to make ahead. I keep mine in the freezer and then pull it out and add the fresh berries on top immediately before serving it. You’ll be happy to have a nice, healthy, and decedent dessert to share!
It’s nice to have some simple treats for your dessert table. These 5 Ingredient No-Bake Fig Newton Bites by The Lemon Bowl makes a perfect (and healthy) sweet treat!
Of course, what’s a family gathering without a little Vegan Banana Cream Pie? We get lots of compliments about this recipe. If you like smooth, creamy desserts, you’ll go bananas for this pie. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!
Speaking of pies, this healthy fruit pie recipe is made with a whole wheat sugar cookie-type crust. You’ll be surprised at how easy this pie is to make. I suggest adding a dollop of vegan ice cream for a la mode slices!
‘Tis the season for Vegan Key Lime Pie, no? We definitely love the tartness of this key lime pie, mixed with a delicate sweetness and a creamy filling. Every bite is perfection!
Of course, your family BBQ is not the same without some beverages. We’re sharing some of our favorite summertime beverages to make your day extra special!
I can’t tell you how much I love this Green Tea Hibiscus Punch. I served it at Adee’s graduation party, and just about any chance I get! Because hibiscus is so incredibly flavorful and HEALTHY!
This summertime Peach Sangria is perfection in a glass. I love serving this in a large glass picture so people can fill their glasses. I like leaving a bowl of fresh fruit on the side so everyone can add a little fresh fruit to their glasses as well.
Speaking of hibiscus, this hibiscus margarita is a favorite cocktail! I like it because it’s not overly sweet like a lot of margaritas. I can hardly stand to drink overly sweet drinks. We let the flavor of lime and hibiscus shine through with just mild sweetness in the drink itself. I hope you’ll agree that this is a perfect summertime beverage!
That finishes up our Vegan Memorial Day Recipes. We wish you a wonderful summer season. Enjoy!