Cookout Menu Ideas for Your Independence Day Party!

Looking forward to the loudest and the most important celebration of the year? Independence Day will get you outdoors next Tuesday, with your grill sizzling with juicy steaks and burgers. Well, that, of course, will be non-vegan associations, and what if some of the friends you are going to invite or even you yourself are a vegan? We are here to dispel all doubts! Your cookout menu can incorporate both plant-based and traditional barbecue dishes! Use our tips and recipes to enjoy a great red, white and blue cookout at your 4th of July BBQ party!  

Appetizers

Salsa de palmito is a great vegan appetizer idea, while spicy grilled shrimp is a wonderful non-vegan appetizer

Salsa de Palmito

This vegan summer salad makes a perfect refreshing side dish for barbecued goods. Toss hearts of palm with fleshy tomatoes, sliced onions and chives, add savor with a basic dressing made of olive oil, lime juice, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and enjoy! Besides, hearts of palm are not a frequent cooking ingredient, so if you have never tried them, this Salsa de Palmito recipe is a good idea to start with!

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

I doubt there is an easier recipe than these Spicy Grilled Shrimp: just mix, toss to coat, and grill! Plus, they are simply awesome! Very spicy, very addictive, definitely recommended for your 4th of July BBQ party!

Salads

Which would you choose: vegan potato salad with pesto or awesome pasta salad for meat eaters?

Potato Salad with Pesto

Potato salad is an essential part of every backyard party menu. This Potato Salad with Pesto recipe is not only delicious, but very nourishing as well, as there are protein-rich chickpeas and green beans among the ingredients. Fresh herb pesto dressing, in its turn, is rich in healthy fats, so this salad will surely keep you filled long enough to wait for your Carrot Dogs to grill!  

Awesome Pasta Salad

Again, no special effort required. The biggest trouble you'll get into is boiling the fusilli until al dente. But tossed in Italian dressing, this salad tastes anything but simple!  Provolone cheese, spicy pepperoni, and salami cubes join crunchy bell peppers and salty olives to make a truly Awesome Pasta Salad!

BBQ

If you can't eat BBQ Pork for Sandwiches, cook Vegan Carrot Dogs - they are just as good!

Vegan Carrot Dogs

Hot dogs undoubtedly are everyone’s childhood fave. But when one turns to eating plant-based foods only, it may turn out to be tricky to recreate the smoky flavor you used to enjoy. The secret of the Vegan Carrot Dogs recipe lies in marinating boiled carrots in a special sauce, then frying them until crispy and voila – you get a wonderful vegan-friendly meal! And if you make the carrot invisible under a heap of your favorite toppings, no one will ever be able to tell that it is a carrot they are eating!

BBQ Pork for Sandwiches

This recipe is totally foolproof, so if you are not an experienced grill chef, it may be your best choice. And if you have enough experience… well, pulled pork is still a great Independence Day idea! But the trick is that you don’t even need to fire up your grill to cook perfect BBQ Pork for Sandwiches!

Dessert

Get the recipe for vegan cherry pie or non-vegan homemade ice pops with strawberries, basil, and cream

Cherry Pie with Chambord Liqueur

The best cherry on top of your Independence Day BBQ party will be a whole-food based cherry pie decorated for the occasion. Its flavor is rich due to the addition of Chambord liqueur. Besides, making the crust for this Cherry Pie with Chambord Liqueur recipe is easy as pie!

Strawberry Basil Popsicles

July 4 will undoubtedly be a warm, if not a hot day, so a cool popsicle on your BBQ party menu will definitely be a hit. Blend fresh strawberries with spicy basil leaves and freeze them together to get a heavenly treat. It will, of course, be best if you get all the ingredients for this Strawberry Basil Popsicle recipe, except the coconut yogurt, from a real farmer’s market, where every fruit, berry, veggie and herb is literally filled with summer!

 

Invite everyone you want to share a festive meal with to your Independence Day cookout party – the treats you are going to cook will surely suit every taste and diet!



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