8 Delicious Meatless Memorial Day Recipes
With the weather warming up, many families like to take their Memorial Day festivities outside and enjoy a cookout. Since cookout food often leans heavily on meat, it might be hard to prepare your standard dishes if you can’t find your go-to products.
Whether you’re trying to limit your meat intake, you can’t find the meat you want, or you’re a vegetarian or vegan, you can still put together an amazing cookout to celebrate Memorial Day. These eight recipes can help you enjoy a Memorial Day feast!
A big salad is a perfect appetizer or side! We picked this salad because its bright red, white, and blue colors look so festive on a patriotic holiday. This salad could also easily be made vegan by omitting the cheese or replacing it with a vegan alternative.
Potato salad is a staple at so many cookouts, but everyone has a different opinion on what sort of potato salad is best. We chose this one for several reasons. First of all, it’s entirely vegan, but it contains the same flavor profiles common in mustard-based potato salads. What really sets it apart from most potato salad recipes is that onions and garlic are fried with additional seasonings before being added to the dish. Not only does this clever technique pack in the flavor, but it also means you won’t bite into any sharp, crunchy onions.
Caprese salad typically consists of basil, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. We chose this recipe because it packs those same vibrant flavors onto a convenient skewer. If you want to make the recipe a little simpler, you might use packaged pesto and skip the basil leaves. Vegans could also use extra firm tofu in place of mozzarella.
If you love grilling, vegetable kabobs can work wonders. You might enjoy them as an entrée or a side dish. This recipe makes the list because it is so simple, but it looks so fancy.
We picked this recipe because it has all the flavors barbecue lovers usually look for: sweet, smoky, spicy, and tangy. While it contains tofu, even those who usually hate the bean curd probably won’t notice because it takes on the sauce’s rich flavor.
A hot dog with all the fixings can be a delightful cookout classic. But with so many toppings, do you even really notice the meat? We selected this recipe because it looks so much like a real hot dog that you might not notice the difference once you load on your toppings. If you know you’ll miss the smoky flavor common in meat hot dogs, you might also add a little liquid smoke to the recipe.
If Memorial Day just isn’t Memorial Day without cooking up a burger on the grill, we picked this recipe for you. Many veggie burger recipes crumble easily, making it challenging to grill them. This recipe holds together better, so it shouldn’t be too hard to cook. Bonus: it has lots of healthy ingredients, but your kids don’t need to know that.
You probably don’t need our help finding a meat-free dessert recipe, but we wanted to make sure we had all your courses covered. That’s why we chose this recipe. As long as you use vegan milk, butter, and sugar, these cookie cups are vegan. Plus, they look so cute lined up on a tray and the colors are fitting for the holiday!
What are you planning on serving this Memorial Day? Share your ideas in the comments section below!