Did you know that May is Barbecue Month? Spring has arrived, and with it, so have your favorite vegan and vegetarian barbecue recipes. This guide will help you serve up a delicious barbecue meal that's perfect for vegan or vegetarian guests.
The key to a vegan or vegetarian barbecue is in the flavor! Grilled proteins and vegetables are perfectly accompanied by a whole assortment of different salads and sides. And as for desserts, simple, fruit-based choices are the ideal way to end the meal.
Vegetarian and Vegan Mains
Coming up with a main dish for a vegetarian barbecue isn't as difficult as you might think. There are many different ways that you can add flavor to the table without using meat. Our grilled eggplant is topped with tomatoes and goat cheese for a flavorful and impressive main. And this easy barbecue tofu will satisfy any cravings for tangy barbecue sauce.
A filling salad is another way to make sure that vegetarians find something to enjoy at any barbecue. Our grilled squash and orzo salad is flavored with pine nuts and mint. And our grilled halloumi salad, accompanied by fennel, fresh peas and carrots, adds a great deal of international flavors to the table.
Vegetarian and Vegan Sides and Salads
It just wouldn't be barbecue without the proper sides! Our vegetarian cornbread is gluten-free to boot, with a delicious tangy flavor thanks to the addition of buttermilk. Baked beans are yet another classic side, and this version is safe for both vegetarians and vegans to enjoy.
For a pasta salad with a good amount of heat that's perfectly meatless, this vegan pasta salad is perfect. Creaminess comes from coconut milk and Veganaise, while chipotle peppers lend the spice.
Potato salad is a great choice as well; this vegan potato salad uses avocado instead for another technique that adds creaminess and flavor to your meal all while avoiding dairy.
Vegetarian and Vegan Desserts
Don't turn off the grill when you're done with dinner! Dessert can easily be made on the grill as well.
Grilled fruit is a quick, easy way to pull together a sweet end to the meal, with pineapple, peach, apple, or a delicious blend on skewers. And as strawberries come into season, consider these fantastic strawberry skewers with basil, balsamic and honey.
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