Memorial Day, which is observed every year on the last Monday in May, has been celebrated since the American Civil War to honor all the men and women who died in military service. Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer vacation and grilling season. It’s time to dust off the grill, get out the lawn chairs and picnic tables, and throw awesome outdoor parties, potlucks and barbecues. There will be plenty of time for salads all summer long, so let’s celebrate the holiday with delicious, decadent plant-based comfort foods that will knock everyone’s socks off.
Here are 15 delicious comfort food ideas for your Memorial Day Weekend celebration. To see each recipe, just click on the photo!
1. Black Bean Apple Burgers With Caramelized Onion Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Shiitake Bacon
Nothing says comfort food more than a burger with the works! These Black Bean Apple Burgers with sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and smoky shitake bacon have everything you could want in a burger. Check out Tricks for Making Veggie Burgers That Won’t Fall Apart.
2. Balsamic BBQ Seitan and Tempeh Ribs
These Balsamic BBQ Ribs are indulgent, delicious and will satisfy your BBQ cravings. Make them with seitan or keep them gluten-free by using tempeh.
3. The Vegan Gutbuster Sandwich – Homemade Vegan Italian Sausage on Baguette
Try this Vegan Gutbuster – a vegan version of an Italian classic – sausage with peppers and onions. These bean sausages are also loaded with tomatoes, mushrooms and vegan mozzarella for a gut-busting sandwich. For grilling tips, see How to Make Vegan Sausages That Will Hold Up On the Grill.
4. Best Ever “Steak” Sandwich on the Planet
Steak sandwiches may be comfort food but this Best Ever Vegan Steak Sandwich topped with caramelized onions is the ultimate comfort food. Make it on the grill for even extra flavor.
5. Vegan BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw
Barbecue sandwiches and coleslaw go together like summer and cookouts. You can have it all with this amazing BBQ Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Sweet Miso Coleslaw which is a sandwich and side dish in one.
6. Spelt Pizza With Roasted Veggies
Pizza is everyone’s favorite food and it will really top the chart when it’s topped with sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables like this Spelt Pizza with Roasted Veggies. Make both the pizza crust and the veggies on the grill. See How to Grill Tasty Veggies Indoors and Outdoors for all the tips and tricks.
7. Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce
Food on a stick is always fun and perfect for outdoor summer cookouts. These Grilled Seitan Kebabs with Creole Coconut Sauce are sweet and spicy with a decadent, creamy sauce. Swap seitan for tofu for a gluten-free version like these Tofu Vegetable Kebabs with Peanut Sauce. Not sure about how to cook kebabs? 5 Tips for Amazing Summer Skewered Food has all the help you’ll need.
8. Cashew Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl
We can’t talk about comfort food without including mac and cheese. This Cashew Mac and Cheese Bread Bowl recipe is made with cashews and served in individual bread bowls for the ultimate experience. What’s better than a bowl you can eat?
9. Portobello Mushroom Steaks
Fire up the grill to cook thick, juicy steaks – Portobello Mushroom Steaks, that is. These are made with onions, balsamic vinegar, herbs and spices for maximum flavor.
10. Grilled Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw
Grilled tofu? Check. Buffalo sauce? Check. Creamy and crunchy apple slaw? Check. This Buffalo Tofu Po’ Boy with Apple Slaw is the trifecta of sandwiches!
11. Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad
Whoever said salads aren’t indulgent apparently never had this Creamy Avocado Pasta Salad made with avocados and coconut milk. They don’t know what they’re missing!
12. Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Veganized
Potato salad is a summer cookout classic. Here tradition gets a twist when the mayo is swapped out with a creamy dairy-free cashew dressing to make Ina Garten’s Potato Salad Veganized.
13. Grilled Avocado with Roasted Tomatoes
Anyone can grill corn on the cob. Step out of the box and make Grilled Avocado with Roasted Tomatoes, corn and spicy jalapenos instead. Definitely a show-stopper!
14. Strawberry Shortcakes with a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping
The best desserts are the ones that are mini-sized but big on flavor like these adorable Strawberry Shortcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream. For an added flavor burst, throw the cakes on the grill just long enough to get some grill marks on them.
15. Creamy Coconut Mango Pops (With a Boozy Version)
All that grilling is bound to make people hot. Cool off with these refreshing, super-decadent and dairy-free Creamy Coconut Mango Popsicles that are coated with both a chocolate shell and coconut!
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