Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Make this Memorial Day

Summer is officially here: Hello, flip-flops, warm evenings, and cookouts! One of the tricks to staying plant strong at traditionally meat-centered events such as backyard barbecues is to make dishes that taste so delicious everyone forgets to wonder where the meat is. Enjoy these tasty recipes this Memorial Day and into the summer.

Potato Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette
Vegan Potato SaladA cookout isn’t a cookout without a potato salad, and this one is popping with vibrant spring produce. Fresh dill is the perfect flavor partner for horseradish and you can brighten the salad up even more by choosing potatoes in a variety of colors. Full recipe here.

Dairy-Free Spinach and Artichoke DipVegan Spinach and Artichoke DipThis dairy-free spinach and artichoke dip has a delightfully creamy yet light taste and texture. Serve with crudités or baked chips. Full recipe here.

Sneaky Chickpea BurgersChickpea Burger PattiesThere are loads of great veggie burger recipes using all manner of combinations of beans, rice, and veggies. In this recipe, carrot and bell pepper lend sweetness, chickpeas add body, and dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, nutritional yeast, and tomato paste keep them moist and full of flavor. Full recipe here.

Smashed Chickpea Avocado DipChickpea Avocado DipThis dip is so simple and easy to make. Jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice lend a fresh and spicy flavor, and tomatoes add a sweet pop of red. Serve with toasted pita bread or corn tortillas. Full recipe here.

Spinach, Pineapple, and Strawberry Salad
Amazing Vegan Salad for Memorial Day
In this stunning strawberry-centric salad, fresh strawberries and grilled pineapple supply sweetness, while edamame and almonds add plenty of crunch. An easy strawberry-and-poppyseed dressing ties it all together. Full recipe here.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Vegan Burgers
Portobello mushrooms make a great vegan burger; they’re easy to prepare and they take on the flavor of whatever marinade you choose. And while you’ve got the grill fired up, throw on some bell peppers, onions, zucchini, corn, and any other veggies you fancy. Full recipe here.

Raspberry Truffle Brownies
Vegan BrowniesThese dense, fudgy vegan brownies look great on the plate and have loads of melt-in-your-mouth raspberry yumminess. There is simply no way anyone will guess these are dairy-free and oil-free, so don’t go telling them! Full recipe here.

Peanut Butter Caramel Apples
Add a fun touch to the day with a batch of caramel apples. Peanut butter and brown rice syrup coat these festive treats in a lightly sweet, caramel-like shell that hardens as it chills for a snack you can really sink your teeth into. Full recipe here.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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