It pains us to say it, but summer is almost over. How can that be? Didn’t it just start? Summer always seems to fly by and before you know it, the pumpkins are showing their carved-out faces. Well, before we say goodbye to summer, let’s make sure we have a Labor Day celebration filled with fun and yummy food.
Labor Day was created as a dedication to the contributions American workers have made to the well-being of this country, both social and economic. Today we tend to mark the holiday by acknowledging the end of summer and our last weekend to enjoy summer barbecues, cookouts, and get-togethers. No matter what kind of Labor Day bash you’re planning — a pool party, a barbecue, or just small dinner with friends and family – we have the recipes to make your holiday mouthwatering and delicious.
Everyone loves appetizers. Be the Life of the Party With These 20 Vegan Appetizers. Take a look at these 15 Vegan Cookout Recipes for Labor Day, Fire Up the Grill With These 15 Savory and Saucy Vegan BBQ Dishes, and Get Out The Grill! 10 Meatless Main Dishes to Celebrate Labor Day. Need new ideas for side dishes? Check out these Scrumptious, Shareable Vegan Sides for Labor Day. Of course, desserts are always on the menu. If it’s still too hot to turn on the oven, don’t worry. We have 10 Fresh and Delicious No-Bake Pies, 10 No-Bake Raw Vegan Cakes and Desserts for Your Labor Day Bash That Require No Cooking! Last year, we gave you 50 Delicious Vegan Recipes For Your Last Summer Weekend and now, here are 25 more incredible recipes to help make saying goodbye to summer a little easier.
1. Barbecue ‘Ribs’
These Barbecue “Ribs” are a work of genius. A combination of textured vegetable protein and vital wheat gluten, they nail the flavor and texture perfectly. They’re meaty, savory, and absolutely amazing when coated in the homemade barbecue sauce. One bite and they’ll become one of your barbecue essentials.
2. Cola BBQ Sloppy Joes
These Cola BBQ Sloppy Joes have the flavor of a barbecue pulled jackfruit sandwich and the texture of sloppy joes. Firm tofu is marinated in a combination of spicy barbecue sauce and cola, giving it spicy, smoky flavors and a hint of sweetness. These are perfect when served on a bun with cool, crunchy vegan slaw.
3. Watermelon Salad With Fried Tofu and Basil Lime Dressing
Say hello to the most flavorful summer salad ever. This Watermelon Salad With Fried Tofu and Basil Lime Dressing stands out from all other watermelon salads — and the secret is warm ingredients. Adding one or two warm ingredients to a cold dish is a great way to mix things up and add dimension to your summer salad. This salad has a base of fresh greens, tangy Kalamata olives and red onions, crunchy sprouts, and juicy watermelon. Then, you add the fried tofu and padrón peppers and toss everything in a refreshing basil-lime dressing.
4. Garlicky Barbecue Mushroom Kebabs
These Garlicky Barbecue Mushroom Kebabs make a great addition to any barbecue. Ready in no time, these skewered mushrooms are a delicious side to any veggie burger or other grilled vegetables. It’s easy to make a big batch of these and take them along to a potluck to be used as a side, or make a big batch and serve the leftovers cold throughout the week in sandwiches, salads, or antipasti plates.
5. Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie
Lemon meringue pie gets a makeover in this Pink Lemonade Meringue Pie! The meringue topping is made from aquafaba, or the liquid from a can of chickpeas. It whips up into the fluffiest and delicious meringue ever. With it flaky crust, silky, lemony filling, and marshmallow-y meringue topping, this pie is perfect for any summer get-together.
6. Carrot and Chickpea Burgers
These Carrot and Chickpea Burgers are super easy to make. Carrots, chickpeas, fresh herbs, and a dash of liquid smoke … can’t go wrong with that! The liquid smoke brings that smoky barbecue flavor without the need for a grill and pumpkin seeds add a little bit of nuttiness and crunch. Serve these crispy burgers with any garnish of your choice, or forego the garnish and eat it in a salad.
7. Honeydew Banana Ice Cream
This Honeydew Banana Ice Cream has everything a delicious ice cream needs. Sweet creamy, and refreshing, it’s made from just fruit. Plus, it doesn’t require an ice cream machine, just a food processor. It’s the perfect cold treat to start your day or to indulge in with chocolate sauce after a long day.
8. Mexican White Sweet Potato Salad With Avocado Dressing
This Mexican White Sweet Potato Salad With Avocado Dressing is a nutritious take on summer’s favorite picnic side. Just imagine yourself someone that you think is really cool sitting under a shady tree, basking in the warmth around you. Now, add a potato salad that has bites of tender sweet potato that burst with spicy cumin, smoky, charred corn, crunchy red peppers, and then mishmash all together with spicy avocado dressing. Is that not just the tastiest and most happy life picture that your brain could be thinking about right now?! Delish!
9. Dill Pickle French Fries
These Dill Pickle French Fries are salty, tangy and bursting with dill flavor just like dill pickle chips! Apple cider vinegar gives these fries a tangy flavor and they are seasoned with fresh dill, garlic powder and mustard powder.
10. Sweet Potato and Cabbage Dogs
Believe it or not, sweet potatoes combined with cabbage and spices give a wonderful texture and flavor to the best veggie dogs you’ll ever make. A crispy outer layer and a softness inside served on a toasted bun with ketchup, mustard, and sliced vegetables or relish, like a classic hot dog. The best part is that these homemade Sweet Potato and Cabbage Dogs are the easy to make and they taste awesome.
11. BBQ Portobello Pretzel Sliders
Juicy, grilled Portobello mushrooms on toasted pretzel slider buns with avocado, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes is the magic that is these BBQ Portobello Pretzel Sliders. Let’s not forget melty vegan cheese, either. They’re light, flavorful, and slightly spicy — all at the same time. Can’t take the heat? Just leave out the spicy red pepper flakes.
12. Watermelon Sashimi
This unique and colorful appetizer of Watermelon Sashimi is as fun to make as it is yummy. Drizzled with a bit of agave and little black sesame seeds, these are fancy enough for your next dinner party, fun enough to bring to a barbecue, and freezable for an ice cold treat or the afternoon snack. A vibrant and refreshing twist on sushi.
13. Philly Tofu Cheesesteak With Portobello Mushrooms
Who says you have to go to Philadelphia to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak? This Philly Tofu Cheesesteak With Portobello Mushrooms is a vegan version of the popular Northeast fast food is amazing. Tofu is seared in liquid smoke and vegan Worcestershire sauce until savory and then stuffed into a sub roll with sautéed bell peppers, onions, and Portobello mushrooms. Then, it’s topped with melty vegan cheese, wrapped in foil, and baked until piping hot and delicious.
14. Zucchini Ribbon and Caramelized Hearts of Palm Salad
This Zucchini Ribbon and Caramelized Hearts of Palm Salad is a salad like no other. It has a base of zucchini ribbons topped with sweet corn, blackberries, herbs, and avocado with caramelized slices of hearts of palm mixed in. The vibrant, lemony, and herby dressing would steal the show if it weren’t for the slightly sweet, crisp hearts of palm. The balance of basil, salty, sweet, and sour in this salad is near perfection.
15. Grilled Seitan Asada
This Grilled Seitan Asada is a real crowd-pleaser at a grill and it’s so easy to make. These seitan steaks are marinated in a spicy sauce overnight, to give it as much time as possible to absorb all the flavors. The next day, all you need to do is throw it on the grill and cook until it chars just slightly. Serve it in tacos, burrito bowls, or with barbecue sides like corn on the cob, beans, and coleslaw.
16. Mint Grilled Sweet Potato and Tahini Cauliflower Rice Wraps
These Mint Grilled Sweet Potato and Tahini Cauliflower Rice Wraps are packed with addictive bites of tender grilled sweet potatoes, fresh cucumber noodles, and an amazing combo of smoky grilled cauliflower rice, a walloping three herbs, and a punch of zesty lemon, tangy tahini, and sweet maple syrup. This ridiculously good mish-mash of flavors will make your taste buds tingle all the way down to your tippy toes: cool, crisp mint, lemony-y cilantro, and fresh parsley. Can’t you already feel yourself inducing lunch envy on your coworkers?
17. 7-Layer Dip
Become the most-loved person at a party with this Seven-Layer Dip! Made with refried black beans, tangy guacamole, salsa, non-dairy sour cream, vegan cheese shreds, and an assortment of toppings, this dip is guaranteed to get devoured. Simple, but seriously delicious. Have lots of tortilla chips, veggies, and even spoons ready for dipping.
18. Crispy Seitan Burgers
Crispy, tender, and juicy, these Seitan Burgers are the ultimate crowd-pleasing burger for a barbecue. They’re made from seitan and beans, so they’re big on protein and all the seasoning gives it that “meaty” taste. Serve these with all the fixings of a traditional burger — lettuce, sliced tomato and onion, ketchup, and a sesame seed bun for the fast food experience without having to take a trip to the drive-thru.
19. Strawberry Margarita Popsicles
What could be better than combining the delicious flavor of strawberry margaritas with the fun of eating a popsicle? Absolutely nothing! These Strawberry Margarita Popsicles are icy, fruity, and not too sweet (though you can add more agave if you like a sweeter version). Yum!
20. Tempeh Kebab Rolls
This recipe for Tempeh Kebab Rolls transforms bland, flavorless tempeh into something wonderful. Tempeh is coated in spices and then cooked on the stovetop in white wine until soft, tender, and flavorful. They’re topped with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. The skewers are entirely optional, but they help the overall presentation in this easy meal that’s perfect for summer.
21. Raw Mango Lime Cheesecake With Fruit Topping
This Mango Lime Cheesecake With Fruit Topping is perfect for the summer, highlighting all the best flavors. Besides being super flavorful and seriously gorgeous, it’s also easy to make and requires no baking at all. Best of all, you can choose the toppings based on whatever fruit you have available, so try mixing it up with berries and other tropical fruit like kiwi or more mango.
22. Roasted Beet Kebabs
These crispy Roasted Beet Kebabs are made from roasted beets, black beans, cashews, parsley, coconut, and spices. The smoky, char-grilled aroma and melt-in-mouth texture paired with a creamy and vibrant beet dip will easily get you hooked. This is the kind of a dish that you would absolutely love to serve when you have friends over dinner. It just has that “wow” factor.
23. Thyme Grilled Mushrooms
There’s nothing quite like Grilled Mushrooms as a meaty entrée for your summer barbecue. This recipe comes with three different components: meaty grilled mushrooms, a simple salsa, and a fennel slaw. Serve them together on a bun like a burger, or combine them with greens and other vegetables for an awesome summer salad.
24. Peach Pie With Lattice Crust
Peach season is a wonderful time. The fuzzy fruit is ripe, juicy, plump, and ready to lend all of its deliciousness to a warm, flaky pie. This Peach Pie with Lattice Crust has a lovely lattice crust so that you can see all of the sticky-sweet peach flavor that awaits you. Bake this one up, you won’t regret it!
25. Grilled Barbecue Tempeh Sliders With Kale Slaw
It’s not summer without something grilled! The perfect addition to any backyard barbecue or a quick dinner for a night in, these Grilled Barbecue Tempeh Sliders with Kale Slaw are flavorful and easy to make. Grilled, barbecue sauce-covered tempeh is served on a toasty bun with a delicious kale, red cabbage, and carrot slaw. Serve with all the fixings for a perfect barbecue dinner, like corn on the cob, baked beans, or a side of fries.
It’s never easy to say goodbye to summer but these incredible recipes for your Labor Day cookout will take your mind off it for a while. Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Lead image source: Grilled Seitan Asada