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

By Lisa Esile, MS,

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Summer celebration season is officially here, and what better way to kick off the festivities than outside in the sun, sharing delicious whole-food, plant-based dishes with loved ones. In this tasty collection of vegan Memorial Day recipes you’ll find hunger-busting appetizers, primo plant-based burgers, sensational side dishes, and delectable desserts. Enjoy these yummy vegan recipes this Memorial Day and all through the summer season.

For more seasonal entertaining ideas, check out our collections of favorite vegan pasta salads, vegan summer grill recipes, and potato salad recipes

Dreena Burton’s Easy 3-Bean Salad in a grey ceramic bowl

Dreena Burton’s Easy 3-Bean Salad

This hearty bean salad from Dreena Burton is perfect for sharing with friends and family—it's also good to munch on throughout the week! Hearty chickpeas, kidney beans, and black beans pair with lighter ingredients such as crisp apple, crunchy celery, and sweet bell pepper. A tangy vinaigrette soaks into the beans and veggies, making the medley taste even better the next day. A commenter shares, "Delicious! Bean salad was one of my favorite salads until I found out how much sugar is in traditional bean salads. I never thought I'd find a 3-bean salad I like without sugar!"
Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza on orange plates with metal knives and forks

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Pizza is always a winning option, and this contemporary plant-strong pie combines tender spiced cauliflower florets and a parsley-infused white bean spread with an aromatic whole wheat crust. A zesty tahini sauce featuring lemon juice and cumin powder adds an earthy-fresh flavor that perfectly complements the spicy cauliflower. As one reader notes, “This is seriously delicious.”
Four slices of Rhubarb and Pear Tart on a large rectangle cream plate, placed with space between each slice

Rhubarb and Pear Tart

This colorful fruit tart travels well and looks stunning on the plate. Chunks of sweet pear soften rhubarb's tartness; fresh ginger adds a pop of heat, and maple syrup rounds out the flavors. The oat crust is gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats), and a little almond butter and a few almonds add extra richness. Serve as is or with Vanilla Nice Cream or Aquafaba Whipped Cream.
Vegan Mixed Grill Platter on a wooden tray with a small bowl of ranch dressing on the righthand side of the platter

Vegan Mixed Grill Platter

For a breadless burger night, skip the bun and serve smoky grilled veggie patties and grilled vegetables over a bed of romaine lettuce and red quinoa with a drizzle of ranch dressing to tie it all together. This recipe uses plant-based burger patties from Mama Sezz, but our Five-Ingredient Veggie Burger, or any other whole-food, plant-based burger, would work well. Pro tip: For an easy grill-night meal, batch-cook veggie patties ahead of time and stash them in the freezer.
Incredible Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake on a silver metal cake platter

Incredible Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake

Orange sweet potatoes star in this luscious chocolate cake, adding natural sweetness and a moist texture. The batter is made with spelt flour (or a gluten-free flour mix) and gets extra chocolate flavor from cocoa and vegan chocolate chips. Serve as is, or top with frosting, fresh berries, edible flowers, or a dusting of powdered sugar—or all of the above. Shares a reviewer, "Made the cake as cupcakes. It doesn't need frosting. Very good."
vegan potato salad

Potato Salad with Horseradish Vinaigrette

A cookout isn’t a cookout without a potato salad, and this one is popping with vibrant spring produce sure to brighten up your Memorial Day spread. Fresh dill is the perfect flavor partner for horseradish.
Two-Way Vegetable Platter with Herbed Hummus in a tan ceramic dish with yellow cloth napkins next to two blue water glasses

Raw & Roasted Vegetable Platter with Herbed Hummus

Get the party started with this big beautiful vegetable platter. With a mix of sweet and tender roasted veggies, fresh and crisp raw veggies, and herb-infused hummus to dip, guests will munch their way through this in no time. We suggest using baby carrots, asparagus, radish, and sugar snap peas, but feel free to get creative and make this your own.
Lavender and Lemon Tart on a white and pink ceramic plate with a bowl of lemons in the lefthand corner

Lavender and Lemon Tart

With floral lavender notes and a golden lemon filling, this scrumptious tart screams summer. An earthy oat, almond, and poppy seed crust uses mashed banana to sweeten and hold it together. Turmeric gives a yellow hue to the lemon and lavender filling, which also features plant milk for a creamy base and agar powder, a vegan substitute for gelatin, ensuring every bite has an appealing jelly-like consistency.
Strawberry-Mint Salad with Easy Maple-Dijon Dressing in a light blue ceramic bowl with a woman's hand holding the right side of the bowl

Strawberry-Mint Salad with Easy Maple-Dijon Dressing

Looking for a party-worthy salad that looks amazing but is manageable to make? We've got you covered with this stand-out salad, which pairs crunchy jicama (or cucumber) with the tangy lilt of fresh strawberries. Sharp red onion and fresh cool mint add depth to the salad, and a drizzle of lime-infused Dijon mustard dressing, which features spicy red pepper flakes and sweet maple syrup, takes it over the top.
Grilled Asparagus and RainbowCarrots with Gremolata on an orange plastic serving tray

Grilled Asparagus and Rainbow Carrots with Gremolata

It's grill time! And what better way to add vibrant veggie goodness to your barbecue than with grilled herb-infused colorful baby carrots and asparagus. Top the veggies with a quick-and-easy gremolata featuring lemon zest, pine nuts, fresh parsley, and garlic. The flavors are incredible! Feel free to use other veggies and whatever fresh herbs you fancy.
Key Lime Oat Bites on green glass plates

Key Lime Oat Bites

These itty-bitty key-lime bites are a perfect party treat to pass around. Caramel-like dates, juicy raisins, and creamy sunflower butter add a chewy richness to earthy toasted oats, while Key lime zest and juice add bright flavor. A fan writes, "The taste is amazing … and the mouthfeel is nice … light and airy with the flavors."
Hearty Vegan Lentil Nachos

Loaded Lentil Nachos

Keep rumbling tummies at bay with a crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be gobbled up in a flash. Hearty lentils and black beans are mixed with fresh pico de gallo salsa to create a nacho base that’s made even more heavenly with a dairy-free cheese sauce.
dairy-free spinach and artichoke dip

Dairy-Free Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This dairy-free spinach and artichoke dip has a delightfully creamy yet light taste and texture. Serve with crudités or baked chips.
Air-Fried Green Tomatoes on a white plate with dipping sauce

Air-Fried Green Tomatoes

Transform summer’s best produce into a tantalizing snack with this easy air-fryer recipe. Nibble on these crispy air-fried tomatoes before the main course is served. A creamy dill ranch dipping sauce is the perfect complement.
lentil-walnut vegan pate served with crackers and garnished with herbs

Lentil-Walnut Pâté

This crowd-pleasing pâté features the earthy flavors of lentil, walnut, and oregano. Serve with whole grain crackers, mini toasts, and/or crudités.
Zucchini Fritters with a dollop of vegan sour cream and chives on a white plate

Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini is great stuffed or grilled, but think outside the box for a Memorial Day recipe that will impress everyone at your BBQ. Transform the abundant summer squash into savory fritters packed with fresh flavors that can be enjoyed on their own or dipped in a vegan sour cream.
Carrot Dogs

Carrot Dogs

You've got to try this fun, flavorful recipe. A smoky marinade infuses cooked whole carrots with tons of flavor.
The Best Broccoli Slaw in a black bowl with metal serving spoons

The Best Broccoli Slaw

This simple Memorial Day recipe is tasty, quick, and reduces food waste! Broccoli stalks (which are often thrown in the trash) form the base of this crunchy slaw, which also features crisp carrots and a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Dig in!
Melon and White Bean Salad

Melon and White Bean Salad

While it may seem like an unusual pairing at first glance, this recipe will soon turn into one of your favorite warm weather dishes. Sweet cantaloupe cradles hearty white beans that are soaked in a tangy shallot-mint vinaigrette. Enjoy as a side dish for your Memorial Day celebration.
Teriyaki Burger with carrot pickle

Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers

Transport yourself to burger heaven with these hearty patties, soy-glazed grilled pineapple, and tangy veggie pickle. Serve on a lettuce leaf; no bun required!
jackfruit barbecue sandwiches

Jackfruit Barbecue Sandwiches with Broccoli Slaw

Celebrate the warmer weather with an outdoor dinner party featuring these crave-worthy barbecue jackfruit sandwiches. The smoky sauce pairs perfectly with the crunchy broccoli slaw so that each bite is packed full of delicious flavors and textures.
Individual grilled pesto pizzas on a white cloth with a pizza cutter tool

Individual Grilled Pesto Pizzas

Let guests at your Memorial Day bash choose their own adventure with these versatile pesto pizzas. The homemade dough gets deliciously crisp on the grill and the topping options are endless: Simply add your favorite veggies, and enjoy!
Two vegan five-ingredient veggie burgers with homemade patties and vegan cheese and slices of onion and tomato, shown from the side, in wrappers

Five-Ingredient Veggie Burger

Savory, simple, and so good for you, this easy recipe might just be your new go-to veggie burger.

Grilled Squash and Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs

The sweet, slightly smoky flavor of grilled veggies is a perennial summer delight. To infuse grilled veggies with herbal aromas, simply place water-drenched herbs directly on the hot coals when grilling.
Sunshine Gazpacho topepd with apple slices and mint in blue bowls on a peach colored tabletop

Sunshine Gazpacho

This no-cook recipe is ideal for using up the extra veggies in your fridge. Heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, apples, and chile peppers are blended into a creamy soup and brightened with mint, lemon juice, and Tabasco. Serve chilled or at room temperature for a refreshing appetizer.

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Dip

Jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice lend a fresh and spicy flavor, and tomatoes add a sweet pop of red in this easy dip. Serve with toasted pita bread or corn tortillas.
Vegan Egg Salad - Diced potatoes, celery, and other veggies and herbs shown tossed together for a vegan egg salad, in a green bowl on a concrete table

Almost Egg Salad

In this vegan take on egg salad, tofu and potato are seasoned with nutritional yeast, mustard powder, and paprika to give it a delicious eggy flavor.
Grilled Mushroom Burger with Tarragon Crema with a side of french fries

Grilled Mushroom Burgers with Tarragon Crema

Sink your teeth into a scrumptious portobello burger stacked with juicy tomato, fresh spinach, and a creamy tarragon sauce that will leave you licking your fingers. It’s the perfect recipe to serve alongside baked french fries or potato salad at a Memorial Day potluck!
Barbecue Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with onion and cucumbers on a white countertop

Barbecue Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Smoky Jackfruit

Classic barbecue flavors get a plant-based twist in this delightful recipe, which combines meaty jackfruit, earthy sweet potatoes, and tangy pickled onions. Saucy lentils add heft, while a topping of refreshing cucumber slices brings a cooling element to this dish—perfect for warm summer nights.

Spinach, Pineapple, and Strawberry Salad

In this stunning strawberry-centric salad, fresh strawberries and grilled pineapple supply sweetness, while edamame and almonds add plenty of crunch.

Grilled Marinated Portobello Mushrooms

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.
White Bean and Pesto Burgers

Grilled Chickpea and Pesto Burger with Garlic Aioli

Basil-kale pesto is mixed into these hearty patties for a boost of bright flavor while the creamy cashew-garlic aioli is so good you’ll want to put it on everything! Pro tip: To make the burgers gluten free, be sure to use gluten free oats in the patties and serve them on gluten-free whole grain buns—or wrap them in large lettuce leaves instead.
sweet potato fries recipe

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

All you need are sweet potatoes and a few spices to make this popular, classic recipe from Chef Del Sroufe.
Fresh Pineapple and Barley Salad being tossed with a fork and spoon while sitting on a wood tabletop

Fresh Pineapple and Barley Salad

Balance out a heavy main course with this refreshing but filling pineapple salad. Tender butter lettuce creates a delectable base for chewy barley, juicy blood oranges, and crunchy bell pepper. A creamy cashew dressing tops it all off for the perfect summertime salad.
This vegan potato salad recipe is truly a dish you can enjoy on its own or paired with a light soup or wrap. Get ready to try the best potato salad ever!

Potato Salad with Avocado and Dill

New season potatoes get the royal treatment in this vegan potato salad; avocado adds creaminess, celery lends a satisfying crunch, and fresh dill rounds out the flavors.
spring frisee salad wordpress

Spring Frisée Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette

Bursting with juicy strawberries, tender wheat berries, fresh herbs, and frisée salad greens, this delicious salad is easy to make and a great special occasion dish.
watermelon kiwi ice pops

Watermelon-Kiwi Ice Pops

Cool down the party with these absolutely delicious vegan fruit popsicles. With no added sugar and just two ingredients—watermelon and kiwi—they're simple to make and affordable, too. You could also make straight watermelon or kiwi pops, or use other fruits such as grapes, pineapple, plums, berries, and bananas. Making fruit popsicles is a delicious way to use up ripe in-season fruit.
vegan brownies

Raspberry Truffle Brownies

These 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!
Grilled Peaches and Peach Nice Cream

Grilled Peaches with Basil-Peach Nice Cream

All the best flavors of summer are captured in this delightful dessert. Grilling peaches takes their juicy sweetness to new heights, while a refreshing basil-banana nice cream balances out the warm fruit. Drizzled with maple syrup and sprinkled with crunchy pecans, what’s not to love about this tasty treat?
no-bake mango tart recipe with raspberries

Mango-Lime Tart

In this stunning no-bake dessert, a date-sweetened oat base is the perfect pairing for the creamy cashew-mango filling. Top with your choice of fresh berries, chopped cashews, fresh mango slices, and/or fresh mint.
Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes

Vegan Strawberry Cupcakes

These pretty pink cupcakes will make a great final course in your Memorial Day feast. Luscious strawberry icing tops a fluffy vanilla cake that gets a light nutty boost from almond butter. Garnish with fresh strawberry slices for a dessert that really hits the spot.
Vegan chocolate avocado pudding in white ramekins sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and orange slices

Jeweled Avocado-Chocolate Pudding

You’d never guess that avocado forms the base of this decadent chocolate treat! Perfectly creamy, naturally sweetened, and topped with fresh fruit, this yummy pudding deserves to be a Memorial Day recipe that you serve for years to come.

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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. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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