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 you’ll find hunger-busting appetizers, primo plant-based burgers, sensational side dishes, and delectable desserts. Enjoy these yummy dishes this Memorial Day and all through the summer season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Invite summer citrus into your Memorial Day recipe roundup with this heavenly key lime pie. The salty-sweet crust features creamy almond butter that perfectly contrasts with the zesty filling. Decorate with lime slices for a restaurant-worthy presentation.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.