30+ plant-based picnic and grilling recipes

Illustrations of plant-based recipes for picnics and grilling

It’s almost summer, friends, and well: picnic and grilling season! welcome all For barbecue gatherings and delicious summer meals, we’ve rounded up our favorites Vegan Grilling Recipes and sauces, plus some sharable sides, salads and desserts! Scroll through to discover crowd-pleasing recipes to fill your picnic tables with plant-based abundance. Let’s grill it!

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My go-to guacamole recipe uses tortilla chips to add a bite

My go-to is guacamole

Incredibly creamy, flavorful guacamole is ready in just 1 bowl, 10 minutes and with 8 ingredients! The perfect dip for a Mexican night!

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Dip a bowl of vintage spoonfuls of white pepper and top with Serrano pepper

Charred Serrano White Bean Dip

Smoky charred serrano peppers combine with white beans, garlic, and savory roasted shallots for an oh-so-creamy, flavorful, and versatile dip. Only 8 ingredients and 30 minutes needed!

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Bowl of white bean hummus surrounded by fresh vegetables and pita bread

Lemon and Herb White Bean Dip

A zesty, herby, lemony dip made with white beans! A protein- and fiber-rich dip or snack made with just 7 healthy ingredients in 10 minutes. Perfect for spring (or anytime!).

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Dip tortilla chips into a bowl of roasted salsa verde

Grilled Salsa Verde (30 minutes!)

Lively roasted salsa verde with tomatillos, jalapeños and lots of lime. A simple oven roasting technique creates a smoky depth of flavor. Only 7 ingredients and 30 minutes needed!

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Ceramic dish filled with a batch of our easy red salsa recipe

Easy Red Salsa

10-Minute Red Salsa with smoky, flame-roasted tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, and fresh lime juice! Flavorful, fresh, and perfect for Mexican night!

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Rest skewers on plate of jicama slaw

Crunchy Jicama Slaw (1 bowl!)

Crunchy jicama slaw with carrots, cabbage and red onion tossed in a zesty lime-balsamic vinaigrette! Fresh, full of flavor, and incredibly versatile (great for tacos, bowls, salads, and more!) Only 9 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes are needed!

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Big bowls of our delicious vegan cole slaw

Easy Vegan Coleslaw

A vegetarian take on the classic coleslaw salad made with 10 simple ingredients! Easy, crunchy, fresh, tangy, and the perfect side for barbecue, sandwiches, and more!

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Samari Salad

Overhead shot of a bowl of Mediterranean orzo pasta salad

Mediterranean-Inspired Orzo Pasta Salad

Fresh, colorful Mediterranean-inspired Orzo Pasta Salad! Plant-based, gluten-free optional, and perfect for BBQs, picnics and beyond. Only 30 minutes needed!

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Top down shot of a bowl of creamy cucumber salad

Creamy Vegan Cucumber Salad (German-Inspired)

Creamy, German-inspired cucumber salad with fresh dill and tangy coconut yogurt. A fresh, plant-based side to BBQs and beyond. Only 15 minutes, 10 ingredients and 1 bowl needed!

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Toss a potato into a bowl of our Roasted Potato Salad recipe

Easy Roasted Potato Salad with Garlic Dill Dressing

A delicious spin on the classic potato salad with shrimp, roasted gold and sweet potatoes in a garlicky, herb dressing. Perfect for BBQs, picnics, and all year round! Only 7 ingredients are required.

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Overhead shot of a wooden serving bowl filled with a strawberry spinach salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Candied Hazelnuts

Delicious and eye-catching strawberry spinach salad with candied hazelnuts and dairy-free feta! Perfect for pairing with creamy pastas, soups or your favorite protein. Only 30 minutes needed!

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Plate of creamy vegan broccoli salad made with coconut bacon and a cashew butter dressing

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad (Mayo-Free!)

Take on an easy, plant-based classic broccoli salad with coconut bacon, sunflower seeds, and a simple cashew dressing! Only 10 simple ingredients and 20 minutes are needed!

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Lime, cilantro and peanuts in a bowl of our sesame noodle salad recipe

Creamy Sesame Noodle Salad (30 minutes!)

Creamy and satisfying sesame noodle salad that’s perfect for a picnic or BBQ! A great side dish to serve with tempeh, tofu or chicken skewers. Only 30 minutes needed!

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Wooden Bowl Filled Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Mint Watermelon Cucumber Salad (Vegan)

Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Salad with Red Onion, Mint Leaves and Jalapeno! A fresh plant-based side for summer and beyond! Only 10 ingredients and 20 minutes are required.

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Vegan macaroni salad in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Vegan Macaroni Salad

30-Minute Vegan Pasta Salad Loaded with colorful vegetables and tossed in a dairy-free, unmistakably tofu-based dressing. Perfect for summer shindigs, cookouts and picnics.

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Pile the serving plate high with snap pea salad

Snap Pea Salad with Zesty Lemon Vinaigrette

A bright, tangy and delicious snap pea salad with pistachios and basil! The perfect side for pasta and other mains. Only 10 ingredients and 15 minutes are needed!

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Glass bowl filled with our vegan gluten-free Penne pasta salad recipe

Penne Pasta Salad (30 minutes!)

Healthy and delicious classic pasta salad made with creamy pesto dressing and roasted tomatoes. Made with only 9 ingredients in 30 minutes! The perfect quick + easy side dish.

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Sauces and marinades

Close up shot of vegan gluten-free BBQ sauce in a spoon on top of a jar

15-Minute Vegan BBQ Sauce (GF)

Perfectly sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that’s made in 1 pot in 15 minutes! The perfect vegetarian and gluten-free sauce for BBQs, picnics and beyond!

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Spoons and jars of easy homemade teriyaki sauce

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (Gluten-Free)

Salty, sweet, tangy homemade teriyaki sauce that’s super versatile and happens to be gluten-free and naturally sweetened! Only 6 ingredients and 20 minutes are needed!

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Grill-ready dishes

Baking sheet with grilled corn with vegan sriracha aioli

Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli

Perfect grilled corn with delicious, spicy sriracha aioli. Perfect summer side dish or snack. 10 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free.

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Close-up shot of grilled tofu skewers brushed with teriyaki marinade

Grilled Teriyaki Tofu Skewers

Smoky, delicious, sweet fried teriyaki tofu skewers! Protein-packed and perfect for pairing with noodles or stir-fries. Only 9 ingredients are needed!

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Platter of grilled veggie skewers with a small dish of chimichurri sauce

Veggie Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce

Colorful, 30-minute veggie skewers grilled to perfection and served with chimichurri sauce! The perfect plant-based side or main for a summer BBQ.

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Smoky grilled eggplant slices on a cutting board

Smoky Grilled Eggplant

20-Minute Grilled Eggplant seasoned with smoky spices, infused with coconut aminos for extra flavor, and grilled to perfection. The perfect flavorful side!

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Wooden platter filled with vegan jerk eggplant slices over white rice

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant (30 minutes!)

Spicy Jamaican Spicy Fried Eggplant! Ready in 30 minutes, incredibly flavorful, and the perfect plant-based side dish!

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A platter of grilled romaine salad with lemon herbed beans and a drizzle of vegan Caesar dressing.

Roasted Romaine Caesar Salad with Herbed White Beans

Grilled romaine salad with a smoky, charred flavor, topped with lemon-herb white beans and a quick Caesar dressing! Ready in 30 minutes and tastes great!

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Trays filled with easy grillable veggie burgers on buns

Easy Grillable Veggie Burgers

Easy, grillable veggie burgers with just 10 ingredients (give or take away a condiment)! Flavorful, hearty, and perfect for summer grilling. Hearty enough to please meat eaters and vegans alike!

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Plate with two portobello sticks topped with avocado chimichurri

Portobello Sticks with Avocado Chimichurri

Grilled, marinated portobello steak with a spicy avocado chimichurri sauce! An incredibly hearty and flavorful 30-minute plant-based meal!

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Close up shot of a vegan tempeh and hummus sandwich with fresh vegetables

Chipotle Hummus Sandwich with Smoky Tempeh Bacon

A quick and easy sandwich with spicy chipotle hummus, smoky tempeh bacon and fresh veggies. Plant-based, fiber- and protein-packed, and only requires 7 ingredients and 15 minutes!

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Close-up shot of vegan chocolate chip cookies topped with flaky salt

Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 bowl!)

Perfect Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies in 1 Bowl! Salty-sweet, buttery, slightly crispy edges, soft center, and chocolate chips. Only 9 ingredients and simple method required!

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Tray stacked tall with homemade vegan 7-layer bar

Vegan 7 Layer Bars

A decadent vegan 7-layer bar with an almond-oat crust, date caramel, coconut butter and flakes, chocolate chips and peanut butter! Easy to make, gluten-free, and super delicious!

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Top down shot of six vegan vanilla cupcakes topped with frosting

Easy Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

Perfectly fluffy vanilla cupcakes that happen to be vegan, gluten-free and naturally sweet. Only 1 bowl and 10 ingredients needed!

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Stack three Easy Vegan Brownies on a wooden cutting board

4-Ingredient Easy Vegan Brownies

Incredibly rich, vegan, easy brownies made with just 4 ingredients and 1 bowl! Naturally sweet, grain- and gluten-free, and so satisfying!

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A close-up shot of a cowgirl cookie on a baking sheet

1-bowl Cowgirl Cookies (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Chewy, nutty and perfectly sweet “Cowgirl” cookies with walnuts, shredded coconut and chocolate chips! Decisively gluten-free and vegan, only 1 bowl and 20 minutes needed!

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Gluten Free Berry Cobbler Bowls and Pans

Easy Gluten-Free Berry Cobbler (Vegan)

Perfect vegan fruit cobbler topped with ripe, juicy summer fruit and flaky gluten-free biscuits. Baked to bubbly golden perfection! Only 10 simple ingredients are required.

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No-Bake Cheesecake Cups topped with fresh blueberries

No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake Cups (5 Minutes!)

5 minute, no-bake vegan cheesecake cups layered like a parfait with fresh fruit and granola. A naturally sweet, gluten-free snack or dessert. Only 7 ingredients are needed!

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Two bowls and a baking pan of grain-free berry crisps served with vegan ice cream

Grain-free berry crisp

Vegan Berry Crisp with 3 types of berries. It’s sweetened with a naturally crunchy, grain-free topping! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free summer dessert!

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Fork into a bowl of gluten-free peach cobbler with vegan vanilla ice cream

Easy Gluten-Free Peach Cobbler (Vegan)

Easy vegan and gluten-free peach cobbler with a tart-sweet peach filling and flaky, golden brown biscuits. Only 10 simple ingredients are required.

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