It’s one thing to eat a vegan diet and quite another thing to eat a diet that’s both vegan and gluten-free. Whether plant-based eating is new to you or you’re a master label reader, it’s important and empowering to know that pretty much any dish can be veganized. See A Guide to Veganizing Any Dish and How to Veganize Your Favorite Familiar Dishes for all the tips and tricks. There’s no reason to give up your favorite foods and that goes double for people who are vegan and gluten-free. Just as there are substitutions for animal products, any dish can be made gluten-free with a few simple swap-outs. Check out How to Make Any Dish Gluten-Free, 10 Gluten-Free Cooking Tips and The Ultimate Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Substitution Guide.
Now that it’s summer, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Eating out when you’re both vegan and gluten-free, however, can be a challenge. No worries. We can lend a hand with these 10 summer favorite recipes made gluten-free and vegan.
1. Herb Tofu Caesar Salad With Spicy Pepitas
Caesar salad is a summer favorite. This Herb Tofu Caesar Salad has romaine lettuce topped with tasty tofu, spicy pepitas and a creamy avocado Caesar dressing. The homemade croutons are gluten-free for a crunchy garnish.
2. Portobello Mushroom BLT Sandwich
BLTs are classic sandwiches. This BLT Sandwich is both vegan and gluten-free. Portobello mushrooms satisfy your bacon cravings in a delicious way. Serve it on gluten-free bread for the perfect summer lunch.
3. Super Simple Collard Burritos
When avoiding gluten, it may seem difficult to make certain dishes like wraps and burritos. Thankfully, you don’t have to settle or give up your favorite foods. These Super Simple Collard Burritos filled with rice and black beans are a delicious way to enjoy an old favorite.
4. Banana Split
This is a recreation of a classic summer recipe, but much healthier. This Banana Split is vegan, gluten-free and contains no dairy or refined sugars, but it is super tasty, decadent, and totally delicious.
5. Pasta Primavera With Creamy Alfredo Sauce
If you think being vegan and gluten-free means no more pasta in creamy sauces, think again. This Pasta Primavera uses spiralized zucchini and carrots and is topped with a homemade cashew-based Alfredo sauce. It’s everything a good plate of pasta needs to be: satisfying, creamy and jam-packed with flavor!
6. Spicy Cauliflower Chickpea Burger
Burgers are a summer classic. These gluten-free, vegan Spicy Cauliflower Chickpea Burgers are smothered with Buffalo sauce, filled with veggies and piled with amazing toppings. Open wide because these burgers are huge!
7. Mushroom and Leek Flatbread Pizza
Yes, pizza can be vegan, gluten-free and amazing. Case in point, this Mushroom and Leek Flatbread Pizza. It’s easy and quick to make because it’s yeast-free. The cashew-based sauce is creamy and delicious.
8. Vegan Buffalo BBQ Chicken
Summer is all about BBQ and those spicy, smoky flavors. This Vegan Buffalo BBQ Chicken combines two favorite sauces – Buffalo and BBQ – into one fantastic, knock-your-socks-off sauce. Slather it all over your favorite vegan chicken substitute for a decadent summer favorite.
9. Strawberry Cheesecake
This Strawberry Cheesecake is indulgent, dense, rich and delicious. Everything a cheesecake should be … free of dairy, eggs, refined sugars and gluten, it is a dessert that everyone can enjoy.
10. Egg-Free Cookie Dough (It’s Okay to Lick the Bowl!)
If it’s too hot to turn the oven on, that’s ok because you can eat this Egg-Free Cookie Dough raw! You know the best part of making cookies is munching the cookie dough itself. Now you can satisfy your sweet tooth with this vegan and gluten-free cookie dough dip that’s sweet, creamy and made from chickpeas!
It only takes a few substitutions and a little creativity to recreate your favorite summer dishes into vegan and gluten-free meals. There’s no sacrifice, only amazing food to enjoy all summer long.
Lead Image Photo: Spicy Cauliflower Chickpea Burger