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Vegan Foods That Celebrate Summer

Summer celebrations often include platters of grilled meats, tiered cakes, ice cream treats, bowls of chips and dips, and heaping helpings of potato salad. While these seasonal classics are delightful, they’re not a longed-for sight if you’re vegan.

Whether you’re vegan and want to bring your own meal to the next backyard bash or you’re hosting and hoping to set out a more welcoming table, we can help! From grilled kebobs to veggie burgers, here are delicious vegan options for your next gathering that will please every palate — vegan or not.

 

Time-Savers

Sometimes you have time to cook and other times you don’t. Luckily, we’ve got shortcuts and easy recipes so you can get to the party faster. 

Shop for ready-to-grill premade vegetable kabobs and check out our selection of party-ready vegan sides and salads.

Marinate & grill. Grilling is a fantastic way to infuse flavor using marinades and smoky fires. Pick up 365 Everyday Value® Organic Tofu Extra Firm and get grilling; this how-to video makes it easy.

Pizza party! Pair Non-GMO Project verified Engine 2® Plant-Strong Stone Baked 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Crusts with Engine 2® Plant-Strong Red Bell Pepper Marinara Pasta Sauce or Classic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce. Add your favorite toppings and voilà!

Burger time. Beyond Meat Beast Burgers or Engine 2® Plant-Strong Plant Burgers (choose from Tuscan Kale White Bean, Curried Lentil, Poblano Black Bean, or Thai Basil Edamame) grilled and served on an Engine 2® Plant-Strong Organic Sprouted Ancient Grains Burger Buns is the answer to your burger cravings.

Spread the word. Made with expeller-pressed canola oil, 365 Everyday Value® Organic Vegan Mayo does it all from sandwiches, burgers, salad dressings and dipping sauces. Plus, there is no cholesterol.

Get Cooking!

Have a hankering for homemade vegan mains, sides, sauces, dressings, dips and desserts? Here are a few of our favorite warm-weather vegan recipes.

Grilled Tomato and Romaine Salad

Garden Veggie Burger

Spicy Grilled Vegan Pizzas with Summer Squash and Pine Nuts

Lemony Potato Salad

Summer Baked Beans

Three-Bean Salad with Quinoa

Lemony Cabbage-Avocado Slaw

Chocolate-Raspberry Cupcakes

Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Check out our potluck and picnic vegan recipes for more inspiration. One hot tip: Get grilling with stone fruit such as apricots, peaches, nectarines and plums. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 then add to green or grain salads or enjoy as a dessert:

1. Cut in half and remove pit

2. Grill on medium heat cut-side down, flip once

3. Remove from grill after 5 minutes, or when fruit is softened and just charred

Tofu tacos? Eggplant sandwiches? Zucchini noodle salad? What are your go-to vegan options for summer gatherings?

Editor's Note: Oops! Earlier this collection included a recipe for a black bean burger that had an egg in it. Definitely not vegan! We took it out and replaced it with a vegan veggie burger and a great grilled pizza.