Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still plenty of time for summer parties. Grill some vegan hot dogs and veggie burgers or change it up with some stuffed peppers! Whatever you choose to make, you’re going to need some vegan summer side dishes! I mean, what is a barbecue without potato salad and corn on the cob? Without side dishes, something about your plate just seems wrong. But, there’s no need to stress! From a classic side salad to sweet potato fries, we’ve got you covered.
Choose one of these 15 vegan summer side dishes from our Food Monster App and your next party, potluck, or barbecue will be a hit!
1. Summer Roasted Beet Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette
Beets contain betalains which provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support to the body, as well as assist in detoxification. Sunflower seeds are a source of protein, and contain phytochemicals, which are thought to help protect against heart disease, cancer, and high cholesterol. This Summer Roasted Beet Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette by Wendy Irene is a dish you can feel good about eating!
2. Indian Golden Mashed Potatoes With Curried Gravy
With potatoes, a blend of Indian spices, and peas as a garnish, these Indian Golden Mashed Potatoes With Curried Gravy by Melanie Sorrentino are kind of like a deconstructed samosa. Red potatoes are mashed with onion, cumin, mustard seeds, coriander, and turmeric. Then, they’re topped with a curry-inspired gravy made from tomatoes, coconut milk, and even more spices. Serve this as a side to steamed vegetables and soft flatbread, like naan.
3. Grilled Corn Salad With Jalapeno and Avocado
What’s fab about this Grilled Corn Salad With Jalapeno and Avocado by Gabrielle St. Claire is, well, everything! It’s quick, easy, affordable, packed with veggies, flavor, has texture, has heat, a little sweet, a lil smoky, is perf for any season, you can switch up the sauce base and use dairy free yogurt or sour cream, or omit altogether, it’s great for entertaining, amazing as a side dish or garnish on sandwiches or tacos, and is just an all around crowd pleaser!!
4. Grilled Vegetables With Balsamic and Basil
5. Cornbread Muffins
Source: Cornbread Muffins
Whole-food, plant-based cornbread muffins made with whole grains and no oil or added sugar. A perfect match for chili, soup and stew. You’ve got to try these Cornbread Muffins by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD!
6. Roasted Artichokes With Lemon Aioli
7. Pesto White Bean Bruschetta
Source: Pesto White Bean Bruschetta
Pesto and bruschetta collide in this dish to make the perfect appetizer or snack! This recipe for Pesto White Bean Bruschetta by What the Health, Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn with Eunice Wong is simple, quick to make, and sure to satisfy your cravings!
8. Spicy Sweetcorn and Onion Fritters
These vegan Spicy Sweetcorn and Onion Fritters by Holly Jade are the perfect lunch! Typically, fritters are a batter deep-fried with bread crumbs, but this recipe gives you all the flavors without the deep-frying! The center of each fritter has an onion ring that is not only delicious, but it also keeps the vegan fritters together while they cook. Sweetcorn, coriander, and onion are mixed together for the batter and chili flakes give these vegan corn fritters a little kick. Dairy-free yogurt sauce balances it all out for the perfect vegan fritter.
9. Pesto Pasta Salad
Source: Pesto Pasta Salad
This Pesto Pasta Salad by Natalie Martin MS, RD and Lexie Staten MS, RD is easy to make and oil-free! Typical pesto is mostly oil, which adds TONS of processed and unnecessary fat. With a few tweaks, you’ve got more bang (aka nutrients) for your buck.
10. Sweet and Tangy Baked Beans
Source: Sweet and Tangy Baked Beans
11. Caesar Salad
Source: Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is not something you’d normally see as a plant-based option, but the dressing on this vegan Caesar Salad by Vegan Punks tastes like the real deal. It is made with a cashew base, along with nutritional yeast, lemon and mustard, then capers to get that tangy and salty flavour of anchovies.
12. Spinach and Tofu Ricotta Puff Pastries
13. Watermelon Salsa
Source: Watermelon Salsa
Like any other no-cook salsa, all this recipe for Watermelon Salsa by Pavani Nandula requires is mixing of the ingredients. So the more fresher and sweeter the melon, the more tasty this salsa is going to be.
14. Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Caper Aioli
Sweet potato fries are such great snack or side, but if you are trying to eat healthier, try baking them instead. The tricky part is getting them crispy, as sweet potatoes are naturally softer than other types of potatoes, and take a few extra steps to get the result you’re looking for. Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Lemon Caper Aioli by Rachel Carr makes a delicious and addictive treat!
15. Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Source: Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
Buffalo cauliflower is the beloved vegan take on classic Buffalo wings. However, getting that perfect crunchy crispy texture can be a bit of a challenge. This recipe for Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings by Gabrielle St. Claire yields the perfect texture of batter and the saucy Buffalo flavor.
If you loved these, make sure to check out 15 Plant-Powered Side Dishes to Bring to Your Memorial Day Cookout, 10 Flavor-Packed Summer Sides, and 5 BBQ Side Dishes for Your Pre-Summer Cookout!
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