Today I’m sharing a collection of 36 delicious vegan Labor Day recipes that are perfect for all of your summertime entertaining needs. Better yet, this collection includes vegan cookout recipes from every party food “group”, from appetizers and salads to grill-friendly foods and of course, dessert.
Ever found yourself in search of vegan summer recipes when invited to a summertime potluck or a BBQ party? Or planned an all-vegan cookout at your place and searched for vegan barbecue recipes with the goal of impressing both vegan and omnivore friends?
Ever since we moved to Whidbey Island five years ago, my family has been attending monthly vegan potlucks hosted in summer by our friend Jill at the beautiful Someday Vegan Bed and Breakfast.
You’d think that by now I’d have a list of go-to recipes to make whenever the potluck day comes around – yet I still find myself scratching my head about what to make almost every time 🙂
That’s why putting together this list of vegan summer recipes is going to be helpful not just for you, but for me too 🙂
I love the fact that a lot of these recipes don’t require firing up the good ol’ oven or even the stove top. Who wants to do that anyway on a hot summer day?
If you make any of these recipes for an upcoming barbecue party or a potluck, please let me know! Come back here to leave a comment, or give me a shout-out on Instagram at @vegan_runner_eats.
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Just a note: some of the recipes below are from my blog, while others are not. Also, not all of the blogs that provided these recipes are fully vegan, but all of the below recipes are vegan.
Flavorful veggie-based finger foods and fun dips are always a great addition to summertime potlucks and cookouts. These delicious vegan summer appetizer recipes are here to impress both vegans and omnivores.
Buffalo-style Grilled Corn on the Cob with Vegan Blue Cheese
A well-known summertime cookout classic, corn on the cob is a must-try when it's in season. For this recipe, fresh corn on the cob is grilled, drizzled with buffalo sauce, and then topped with homemade vegan blue cheese sauce.
Vegan Queso Stuffed Mini Peppers
A fun and delicious way to use colorful mini bell peppers is to stuff them with delicious vegan nacho cheese! This creamy, slightly spicy nacho cheese is made with cauliflower rice, raw cashews and salsa, and makes a generous amount to please a crowd.
The Creamiest Instant Pot Hummus
This classic summertime dip is deliciously creamy, and can be made from unsoaked dried chickpeas using an Instant Pot! Okay, you'll need a few other traditional ingredients to finish it up, but you get the picture.
Muhammara — Roasted Red Pepper Dip
A deliciously rich dip or sandwich spread, muhammara is a traditional Middle Eastern appetizer made with roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and pomegranate molasses. Serve it with warm flatbread, veggies, or chips.
Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes (Gluten Free)
These vegan ricotta-stuffed tomatoes make a yummy and festive appetizer that can be served raw or baked. The mild tofu and cashew-based ricotta is accentuated by the bright and tangy flavors of ripe tomatoes.
Salads make a popular summertime vegan party recipe staple. With so many recipes out there, I split them into two groups for this recipe collection:
Veggie-based salads (starchy components aren't the main ingredients); and starch-based salads (think pasta, potato, grain salads, etc.).
Below are the veggie-based vegan salads that make flavorful and refreshing vegan side dishes at vegan barbecue parties, or can be served on their own as a healthy plant-based snack at vegan picnics.
Carrot and Coriander Side Salad
This easy side salad is bursting with flavors of grated fresh carrots, shallots, coriander (a.k.a. cilantro), and a simple lime juice-based dressing. Top with some sesame seeds for added calcium.
Creamy Chipotle Coleslaw
This easy vegan chipotle coleslaw makes a great topping for sandwiches and tacos, or can be served as a delicious and spicy side for your favorite barbecue staples.
Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Mint
This refreshing watermelon and cucumber salad makes a perfect side dish for summer entertaining. It can be made sweet by following the recipe directions, or savory with the addition of crumbled vegan feta cheese, fresh greens, and balsamic vinegar.
Vegan Coleslaw (Low-Carb + Sugar-Free + Low-Fat)
This low-fat, low-carb vegan coleslaw is made with a simple dressing made with silken tofu, and packs a serious nutritional punch thanks to using green and purple cabbage.
Sweet and Sour Carrot Salad
The simple sweet and sour dressing takes the flavors of this roasted carrot salad to new heights. Roasted pine nuts complement the dish without overpowering the taste.
Vegan Asian Slaw Salad Recipe with Homemade Peanut Dressing
This delicious Asian slaw salad makes a fresh vegetable accompaniment of any Asian-style meals, vegan barbecues, etc. The brightly flavored peanut dressing can also be used as a dip for other foods.
Healthy Vegan Waldorf Salad
Delicious and festive, this vegan Waldorf salad combines crispy apples, sweet grapes, and crunchy walnuts with a creamy cashew-apple cider vinegar dressing. Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves for rustic presentation.
Nectarine Panzanella Salad with Homemade Garlic Basil Croutons
A summery twist on the classic panzanella salad, this fresh panzanella is made with nectarines, homemade croutons, and quick pickled red onions. Easy to prepare and a truly family-friendly salad!
Vegan Kale Salad with Gluten-free Croutons
This nutrient-rich vegan Caesar salad combines kale, a tahini-based vegan caesar dressing, protein-rich chickpeas, tofu and pepitas, capers and nutritional yeast, and is topped off with gluten-free croutons. A simple, crowd-pleasing recipe that can be prepared in 15 minutes.
Pasta, Potato or Grain-based Salads
Vegan summertime salads are a perfect cookout-friendly vegan dish to introduce skeptical omnivores to flavorful vegan foods. Thankfully, a lot of pasta and grain salads are vegan by default.
These vegan grain, potato, and pasta salad recipes will please your guests with their healthy ingredients and bright flavors.
Kid Friendly Pasta Salad
This healthy kid-friendly vegan pasta salad is packed with veggies that can be steamed or left fresh depending on your kids' preferences. Using fun pasta shapes and a simple dressing makes it even more appealing to the little ones.
Oil-free Southwest Pasta Salad
A yummy Southwestern take on the traditional pasta salad. Make it a day ahead to let the flavors blend, and wow your picnic or potluck guests with delicious Tex-Mex flavors.
Veggie-Loaded Balsamic Pasta Salad (Hot or Cold)
This this delicious yet simple vegan pasta can be served cold as a pasta salad, or hot as a dinner entree. The original version calls for using vegan Italian sausage by Field Roast, but you can keep things gluten-free by omitting the sausage and using gluten-free pasta.
Easy Vegan Potato Salad
This simple vegan potato salad is as easy as it gets! Mix cooked potatoes with a few springtime vegetables, and dress them up with a simple mayo-based dressing. Even the omnivore guests of your potluck or summer party won't be able to tell that this salad is vegan!
Mediterranean Farro Salad Recipe With Champagne Vinaigrette
Make some room on your plate for this delicious Mediterranean grain salad made with farro - a true nutrition superstar loaded with plant protein, fiber, and nutrients. Artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes add even more yum, while the champagne vinegar-based dressing takes the flavors to the next level.
This surprisingly quick tabbouleh comes together in about 15 minutes, and uses quinoa in place of the traditionally used bulgur wheat to add nutrition and keep things gluten-free. Make it ahead of time to let the flavors blend.
Vegan Orzo Pasta Salad
Any pasta salad made with orzo pasta is bound to be elegant yet fun. In this vegan orzo pasta salad, orzo is mixed with a variety of fresh or lightly cooked veggies, and tossed with a simple lemon-Dijon dressing.
A few grill or skillet-friendly plant-based side dishes make a welcome addition to any barbecue party, vegan or not. You can never go wrong with potatoes and beans, right? 🙂
Smokey Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
These flavorful sweet potato fries are cooked on a grill, and call for only four ingredients. Serve them as a side to juicy plant-based burgers for a full summertime cookout experience.
Vegan Warm Potato Salad Recipe with Spinach and Chickpeas
Summer heat calls for lighter potato salads that are made without mayo. Enter this mayo-free vegan potato salad that can be served hot or cold. Spinach, chickpeas and finely chopped bell peppers add nutrition, while fresh rosemary and basil bring out fantastic flavors.
Grilled Green Beans with Cumin and Smoked Paprika
Another delightful grilled veggie side dish for your vegan cookout or potluck! Crunchy green beans are tossed in a simple mixture of oil, herbs and spices, then grilled over open fire until gorgeous charred marks appear.
Easy Barbecue Baked Beans
No summertime cookout can go on without a generous side of baked beans. These easy barbecue baked beans are rich, smoky, ant totally vegan! To cut a few corners, these beans are meant to be simmered on stovetop for 10-15 minutes, not baked in the oven for hours. Who wants to turn on the oven on a hot summer day anyway?
Grill-friendly foods are always the star of any barbecue party. From burgers and hot dogs to delicious glazed tofu and fantastic veggie kabobs, plant-based barbecue recipes are hot right now 🙂
Sesame Ginger Grilled Tofu
Grilled tofu makes a delicious alternative to vegan burgers at a summer cookout party. This recipe takes the flavors to the next level with a zesty ginger glaze that creates nice caramelization during grilling. No outdoor grill - no problem! Use a stovetop grilling pan to make this recipe.
Divine Grillable Vegan Burger
This flavorful and healthy vegan burger has a hearty texture perfect for cooking on the grill or pan-frying. Baste it with a bit of barbecue sauce to reach a divine, fresh of the grill flavor.
Gluten-free BBQ Chickpea Walnut Burgers
These delicious and healthy plant-based BBQ burgers are hearty, filling, and can be made on a grill or stovetop. The combination of chickpeas, walnuts and BBQ sauce packs a nice flavor punch.
Vegan Hot Dogs with Currywurst Ketchup Sauce
Move over, mustard and relish! German-inspired homemade vegan Currywurst Ketchup sauce makes a fine stand-in for those classic hot dog condiments. Store-bought vegan hot dogs are an easy, quick, and surprisingly flavorful option for an all-vegan grill-out.
Lentil Carrot Hot Dogs
If you're not a fan of store-bought hot dogs, making your own is always an option. These veggie hot dogs are made with lentils, carrots, onions, and a combination of savory spices that give them that classic hot dog aroma and taste. Serve with your favorite condiments for a delicious experience.
Ginger Garlic Teriyaki Mushroom Skewers
Mushrooms make a flavorful stand-in for meat in these delicious grilled mushroom skewers. Crimini mushrooms are marinated in a ginger and garlic-spiked teriyaki sauce, then grilled to perfection until gorgeous grill marks appear.
Grilled Eggplant Tahini Satay Kebabs (Gluten-free)
A fun twist on the traditional satay recipes: eggplant cubes are marinated in a tahini-based sauce, then grilled to perfection and topped with more sauce before serving. The recipe includes instructions for cooking these both on the grill or stovetop.
Veggie Kabobs with Plum BBQ Sauce
The flavorful homemade plum BBQ sauce is the star of this veggie kabob recipe. Vegetables of your choice are grilled with a generous amount of the plum BBQ sauce until beautifully charred, then served with more sauce on the side.
Few things make a more refreshing summer treat than delicious vegan ice cream and fruit popsicles. These scrumptious vegan dessert recipes make a great finish to any memorable summertime party.
Prefer fruit to ice cream? Serve it alongside a delicious and healthy chocolate dip, and watch it go fast!
Maple Bacon Ice Cream with Bourbon and Walnuts
A decadent vegan take on the fancy bacon ice cream trend: this vegan maple bacon ice cream is a perfect combination of sweet and salty. Bourbon adds a beautiful depth of flavor, and gives you an excuse not to give any of this ice cream to your kids 🙂
Vegan Mango Coconut Ice Cream
This refreshing vegan ice cream bursts with flavors of fresh mango and coconuts, making it a perfect treat on hot summer days. Bonus: it's surprisingly easy to make, and doesn't require churning!
Easy 3-Ingredient Watermelon Popsicles
These beautiful watermelon popsicles are delicious, refreshing, and easy to make in a blender from only 3 simple ingredients! A yummy treat perfect for for kids or adults at summer parties or any day.
Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip
A delicious treat to satisfy your chocolate cravings without weighing you down: this healthy chocolate dip is made with creamy avocados and coconut milk, and comes together in about 10 minutes. Dip your favorite fruit, or just eat by the spoonful - I won't tell 🙂
No matter who’s attending your vegan barbecue party, or what kind of summertime cookout you’re heading to, these delicious vegan summer recipes will help you make just what you and your guests are craving.
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