Make it a holiday to remember with these vegan 4th of July recipes.
Hot dogs, potato salad, ice cream cake- this plant-based list covers all the bases!
Best Vegan 4th of July Recipes
The best part about Independence Day is the food. From backyard barbecues to sweet treats, food makes the day complete.
But figuring out vegan alternatives can sometimes be tricky. This is especially true on a holiday centered on grilled meat.
Luckily, there are a ton of mouthwatering meat-free options. They are all animal product-free, too!
From savory nibbles to sweet bites, these vegan 4th of July recipes will rock your holiday!
1. Vegan Burger
Throwing an epic 4th of July backyard bash? Toss these burger patties on the grill.
They are a meaty mix of walnuts, chickpeas, vital wheat gluten, and couscous.
Soy sauce, tomato paste, and spices give them a ton of flavor. So does a basting of barbecue sauce.
The texture is incredible, and liquid smoke is a big plus. Even your meat-eating buddies will enjoy these protein-filled patties.
Is there any food more American than hot dogs? These favorites are a 4th of July must.
The trouble is they are full of processed meat. But not these vegan dogs!
They are a healthier, 100% plant-based alternative.
You start with seitan dough and season it with heaping spices and flavorings. It even has an optional umami marinade. (Do it!)
Every bite is so flavorsome that no one will miss the mystery meat.
Egg-free and dairy-free creamy potato salads sound impossible. And yet, it exists!
Vegan mayo is the solution. It turns this Southern classic into a dish everyone can eat.
The combination of spuds, crisp celery, zesty pickles, and creamy dressing is spot-on. No one will even guess there isn’t even an ounce of dairy.
Macaroni salad is a timeless classic fit for a crowd. With slight modifications, you can make it vegan.
Not only that, but it is just as delectable and easy.
A mix of veggies and a luscious creamy dressing meld with the pasta. Each forkful is super comforting and satisfying.
Customize it with your favorite add-ins and watch it disappear!
If you want a dish that checks all the boxes, go with this pasta salad.
It is fast, fuss-free, budget-friendly, and vegan-friendly! Not to mention it’s also easy to double if you have a big party.
The assortment of veggies and herbs makes it very refreshing. The white balsamic adds a complementary tangy sweetness.
It transports well for a beachside holiday. Yet, it is universal enough to pair with barbecue.
Are you looking to go beyond the cob? Turn your corn into this summertime dish.
This salad is a twist on a Mexican street food favorite.
The corn gets tossed with vegan mayo, jalapenos, lime, cilantro, and chili powder. Tajin adds a big punch of flavor, and extra veggies make it pop.
It’s a party in a bowl!
Meatless ribs? Yes, it can be done!
Curiosity alone is reason enough to make them. If you need another reason, use this one. These ribs are delicious.
Jackfruit and seitan give them a meaty texture. Combine them with BBQ sauce, spices, and liquid smoke. It literally tastes like barbecue.
Slap them on the grill for added char. And get ready for your guests to come flocking with their plates.
Nothing draws a crowd quite like this buffalo chicken dip. It has the most tantalizing flavor that even beckons meat lovers.
Creamy, spicy, cheesy, and savory, everyone will love it.
But what about the chicken? The substituted ingredient is none other than artichoke hearts.
They taste mild in the dip and have a sort of meaty quality.
No Fourth of July shindig is complete without a patriotic dessert. And I have just the thing!
This vegan flag cake is perfect. It’s light, tender, and the ideal amount of sweet.
The red, white, and blue theme is very fitting. And this cake is also a brilliant use of summer fruits.
Plus, you make it all in one bowl. So clean-up is a breeze.
Go the extra mile and make homemade potato chips from scratch.
These baked chips are so fresh and have the best crunch. You will impress everyone with these homemade chips.
They are a quick fix for a little nibble. I especially love them with a vegan dip, like spinach dip or French onion.
11. Vegan Brownies
Brownies are super hard to pass up. The same is true when they’re vegan.
These may be plant-based, but they are so gooey, chocolatey, and fudgy. Honestly, they are impossible to resist.
The best part is the melty chunks of chocolate chips. Don’t worry, they’re vegan.
So go on, help yourself to another square. Or better yet, top one with dairy-free nice cream!
12. Vegan Tuna Salad
Packing a picnic for your 4th of July activities? Bring this tuna salad along.
Chickpeas and hearts of palm give it a fishlike texture. Nori is vital for a salty and umami flavor. Add in a few other classic ingredients.
It tastes like tuna salad.
Spread it on a sandwich or turn it into a lettuce wrap. It also doubles as a dip for crackers and veggie sticks.
Deviled eggs are a classic American appetizer. So they are already a crowd-pleasing favorite for the holiday.
For a version everyone can eat, make it vegan-friendly. This is a genius idea that will leave your guests awestruck.
The “egg whites” come from agar agar. And the yolk is firm tofu and seasonings.
It looks and tastes as close to deviled eggs as it gets. Using plant-based ingredients, of course.
Baked beans do not need meat to be the best. All you need is this vegan recipe.
The bourbon caramelized onions and homemade sauce are on point. It’s the right balance of tangy, umami, sweet, and smoky.
Of course, there are the white beans that are the shining star.
Pair it with vegan ribs and potato salad for a winning meal.
Stuffed mushrooms look elegant and taste great. The poppable size makes them the perfect little bite for a first course.
Each mushroom cap is overflowing with a cheesy filling. A splash of red wine helps enhance all the flavors.
They are herby, nutty, and a little buttery. Also, these are gluten-free, so more people can enjoy them.
These beer-battered onion rings are an enticing holiday snack.
It does not matter if you are strictly vegan or a meat eater. It is impossible to eat just one.
From the crunchy texture to the sweet flavor, they’re super addicting. Pair these golden delights with a spicy dairy-free mayo dip.
Don’t want to use beer in the batter? Swap it for sparkling water to achieve the same airy texture.
Add a burst of color to your spread with this vegan chopped salad. This salad is a feast for the eyes and taste buds alike.
Full of crunchy veggies, tangy pepperoncini, and chickpeas- every bite celebrates plant-based ingredients.
The zippy dressing ties everything together.
Best part? You can make this salad in just 15 minutes. Not only is it easy, but it’s also inexpensive too.
Kids and adults will both swoon over this decadent dessert.
It features thick layers of fluffy chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, and vanilla frosting. Hiding inside is a double layer of chocolate frosting.
It’s a showstopper! You won’t be able to believe that it is 100 percent dairy-free.
It would not be a proper 4th of July without the watermelon. After all, it’s the quintessential summer fruit!
But this is my favorite way to dress watermelon for the holiday. It’s a refreshing mix of watermelon, cucumber, and mint.
The four-ingredient lemon and maple syrup is a delightful touch. It highlights the fruit without drowning out the flavor.
When in doubt, throw together a mixed grill platter. It combines the best vegan summer foods into one dish.
The dish includes various grilled vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and bell peppers. There are also plant-based burger patties.
Add it all to a bed of crisp lettuce with vegan ranch dressing. Then grab a fork and help yourself!
Need a make-ahead, hassle-free dessert? Try these yogurt parfaits.
They’re a light and healthy nibble to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are layers of vegan Greek yogurt, crunchy granola, and fresh berries.
A hint of maple syrup and vanilla extract enhances the yogurt. Together, all the layers create the perfect bite.
Here is a star-spangled fruit salad that will steal the show!
It’s a dazzling mix of red, white, and blue summer fruits. Melon, berries, cherries, it has all the best types.
The shredded coconut flakes are a bonus. They add a sweet tropical twist. And fun texture.
23. Vegan Kebabs
Kebabs are the best finger foods for a cookout. They’re easy to prepare, customizable, and simple to make vegan.
These come with a medley of veggies and tofu infused with an umami marinade. Then grill them to perfection, creating a beautiful smoky char.
It’s a simple vegan idea you can incorporate into your spread.
Your friends will devour these buffalo wings!
Crafted with seitan and jackfruit, these are remarkably meaty. And they’re dripping with spicy buffalo sauce.
Grab some napkins. You will need them.
Vegan or not, everyone will love these nachos.
They come fully-loaded with the works. There is a whole mess of salsa, black beans, jalapenos, nacho cheese, and more.
Yes, it even comes with vegan beef crumbles! For a spicy kick, add hot sauce and dig in.
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