35 Plant-Based Recipes for a Delicious 4th of July
Happy 4th of July!
Here’s to getting out in the sunshine amongst friends, family, and neighbors. These healthy but delicious recipes will help you celebrate this summer holiday. Below you’ll find hearty burgers and filling main dishes, fresh and fruity dishes made with lighter ingredients, festive sides that will complement any main dish, refreshing beverages, and, of course, delicious and delectable desserts.
Burgers and Main Dishes
Whether grilling out or cooking in, these vegan burgers and sides will make your holiday delicious.
These vegan hot dogs have a better flavor than packaged frankfurters and a lot less fat and calories. Soy-free, low in sodium, and free of added sugar.
This recipe to make your own DIY Impossible Burger 2.0 at home has no weird ingredients and takes just a few minutes to put together in the food processor. You can make your own tasty, delicious Impossible Burger yourself.
This vegan fried chicken isn’t fried and it’s not chicken. It’s a lot like the southern style version, though. It even reminds me of Kentucky Fried Chicken (what I can remember of it, anyway). Whatever. It’s delicious. It’s also nearly fat-free, totally vegan and plant-based, and is actually good for you.
Who the heck, thought of making a CARROT, taste just like a HOT DOG?
These Banzo Burgers are the perfect, sturdy, firm, not mushy vegan plant-based chickpea burger. They stick together, are lighter than most bean-based burgers, and so versatile. They can be used in any burger, wrap, sandwich, bowl, etc.
The Best Vegan burger Recipe Ever you say!? OH Yah it’s a Winner! These Ultimate Beefy Vegan Burgers are the best ever and made with a lot of love, Yup- definitely a labour of love. I have been trying to make a juicy, won’t fall apart, delicious, grillable veggie burger recipe for ages now! and…
This BBQ Tofu burger will make all of your vegan barbecue dreams come true! It is so delicious and filling, and packed with sweet and tangy BBQ flavor. No grill needed! It’s also gluten-free and loaded with healthy protein.
Fresh and Fruity Recipes for a Cool 4th
Try any or all of these deliciously fruity recipes for a healthy, tasty, cool holiday.
Refreshing Watermelon Salad is perfect for summer entertaining! You can make this side dish salad recipe sweet or savory. It’s naturally vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free.
A beautiful mix of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are drizzled with easy-to-make vanilla syrup to create this stunning and delicious Triple Berry Fruit Salad with Vanilla Simple Syrup. It’s perfect for your 4th of July, breakfast, brunch, or any special occasion table.
Festive Side Dishes
These flavorful sides will complement any of your main dishes and some are a meal on their own.
Southern style potato salad was an old favorite and it’s been ages since I had some. I just hadn’t gotten around to veganizing it. Which is unfortunate because this is SO easy. We made this for both a cookout and going away party and it was fantastic. Just like the southern style potato salad I remember from when I was a kid. Creamy, starchy, mustardy. Delish.
Move over coleslaw! Cruciferous Crunch Salad is destined to become everyone’s favorite cookout side dish!
Easy Barbecue Baked Beans cooked in a delicious homemade BBQ sauce that’s rich, savory, tangy, sweet, and smoky. Vegan, low-fat, delicious, and ready in less than 30-minutes!
This Vegan Tomato and Feta Pasta Salad is the perfect dish to take to summertime potlucks, and it’s a great side dish for cookouts and picnics, too! This recipe uses fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and vegan feta cheese, and it’s super easy to make. It’s dairy-free with a gluten-free option.
This tomato cucumber salad is a refreshing side dish that is loaded with flavor and complements almost any main dish. The best fresh salads are easy with just a few key ingredients and this recipe is no exception.
This Quinoa Cranberry Salad is full of fresh, feel good flavours that everyone will love! With nutrient rich spinach, sweet dried cranberries and a zippy lemon dressing, it is able to stand alone as a protein packed, healthy meal, or can be served as a side. It’s easy to make ahead of time and is naturally gluten free.
Grilled shishito peppers and corn is an appetizer in vouge !! This easy and healthy recipe is brimming with sweet and spicy flavors. A beautiful appetizer or snack to wow the crowd.
This easy plant based Pearl Couscous Salad is made with sweet cranberries, zucchini, tomato, parsley and pine nuts. It’s tossed with a lemony turmeric dressing and makes for one easy side to dinner or light lunch.
This quick and easy Southwest Pasta Salad couldn’t be simpler. It tastes even better the next day, so it’s a great make-ahead for picnics and parties.
This Ratatouille recipe comes together quickly for a fresh weeknight dinner. It’s a light & fresh dish that’s gluten free, vegan, and paleo. Plus, it freezes well – so go ahead and make a double batch!
With its sweet smoky flavor, a good bbq sauce can transform a bland recipe into an culinary masterpiece. This Healthy BBQ Sauce Recipe can do just that!
This chickpea salad + lemon dressing pairs pan roasted spiced chickpeas with cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, and doused in easy lemon olive oil dressing. Perfect for the warm weather! Serve as sides, salad, or stuffed in your favorite flatbread to make delicious sandwiches.
Don’t let watermelon season pass you by! Treat yourself to this refreshingly tasty Frozen Watermelon Margarita.
Lightened Up Pina Coladas – this light and fresh vegan cocktail is a new take on summer’s favorite – tart and fruity! Light enough to have seconds – CHEERS!
A refreshing, homemade boozy mint strawberry lemonade with pops of flavor, and the fun addition of gin!
This Fresh Watermelon Cucumber Mint Juice is absolutely refreshing. You’d be surprised at just how easy it is to make, using all natural and organic ingredients, in just under 30 minutes. It’s certainly the best drink of the summer.
This Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie Recipe is a refreshing taste of summer! With just 3 essential ingredients, it is super healthy, delicious and soooooo easy to make.
It’s summer and I have this amazing Instant Pot iced tea recipe for your respite. It’s sweet, has a strong tropical flavor (yay, pineapple) and tastes really good. And, guess what! It takes just 3 minutes to make this summer-special drink in an instant pot.
Yummy Plant-Based Dairy-Free Desserts
Quick and easy to make, these fun firecracker popsicles will be a sure hit this summer!
This sorbet recipe doesn’t need you to make a sugar syrup, and you also make this frozen cherry sorbet recipe without ice cream maker. So simple.
Watermelon lime slush protein parfait is just like a watermelon ice cream full of superfoods including buckwheat groats, chia seeds and vitamin-C-rich baobab powder. This little cup makes a perfect frosty yet energizing breakfast or snack. Kid-friendly too. I mean, just look at it! And none of the sugars or chemicals typically found in colorful commercial slushes.
No need to heat up your kitchen with the oven this summer, make this Grilled Blackberry Cobbler. A fluffy biscuit topping, fresh berries, and super delicious; plus, vegan!
Vegan brownies for two (small batch) made with just almond butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Crazy, right? Crazy good!
This is a basic recipe to make a delicious vegan chia pudding. 5 minute prep time, perfect for meal-prep!