Labor Day weekend is almost here. It’s the unofficial end to summer, as well as the unofficial beginning of comfort food season. (Hello, vegan mac and cheese!) Kids in my area start school next week and many people will be headed back to work after vacations and shortened summer hours. A good deal of Americans mark the holiday with trips to the beach, picnics, and backyard cookouts. I plan on spending lots of time outside grilling vegetables and enjoying icy cold drinks.
I know that vegans can sometimes have a difficult time at barbecues, as they tend to be very meat-laden. I like to host my own veggie-cues, so I don’t have to worry about what’s been cooked on the grill along with my food, and I can control what ingredients are go into the dishes. If I’m going to someone else’s house for a cookout, I’ll take a few sides, such as vegan potato salad and quinoa salad, so I know that there will be something I can eat.
These are some of my favorite vegan recipes for cookouts. Many of them are grilled mains, while others are side dishes. I’ve even thrown in a few cold drinks for good measure.
The Ultimate Vegan Labor Day Weekend Menu
Not sure what to do with all of that zucchini and summer squash in your garden? Grill it up and serve it with my Easy Romesco Sauce!
Brightly flavored lemon-rosemary marinade is the star of this Grilled Tofu Sandwich.
Grilled Tofu and Pineapple Kebabs are always fun at cookout parties. There’s something magical that happens when pineapple meets the grill.
This Grilled Ratatouille Sandwich is the ultimate way to enjoy summer’s vegetable harvest.
Topped with onions and peppers, this Grilled Eggplant Sandwich has become a summertime favorite in my house.
If you prefer wraps to sandwiches, try these tasty Grilled Eggplant Wraps with Spicy Tahini Slaw, which were inspired by one of my favorite pre-made meals from Trader Joe’s.
Grilled Asparagus is so simple is almost silly NOT to make it!
This vegan Grilled Wedge Salad is the perfect light meal for warm evenings, and it makes a great appetizer, too.
Peaches taste amazing when barbecued, and hearty tempeh holds up well on the grill. They pair together well in this Grilled Tempeh Salad with Peaches and Pistachios.
Black Bean Mango Salad only takes a few minutes to make, and it’s the perfect side dish.
Potato salad is another must-have for cookouts, and this Vegan German Potato Salad is always a hit.
Springtime Quinoa Salad can be a meal all on its own, but it’s also a great side dish.
Chill out this weekend with an ice cold glass of refreshing Strawberry Lemon Sangria.
If you prefer non-alcoholic drink, pour yourself a glass of chilled Lavender Lemonade.
What’s on your menu this Labor Day weekend?