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How To Throw a Great Vegan-Friendly BBQ

Vegan-Friendly BBQ

Summer is just around the corner, and with the warmer weather comes barbecue season. Even though it can seem daunting to prepare a menu while considering various dietary requirements, it's still possible to create delicious dishes that everyone will enjoy. Stop fretting over the details and let us help you throw the perfect vegan-friendly barbecue, from drinks to dessert.

Prepare for All Parties

barbecue clean grill

Planning a vegan-friendly barbecue takes a little extra care and caution. Animal-based products are everywhere, even in places you might not expect. Before your guests arrive, take time to clean your grill and preheat it for at least 30 minutes to kill off any bacteria. Make sure that you have two sets of tongs and stock up on aluminum foil so that you can cook the animal protein and vegan proteins separately.

Provide Alternatives

Vegan Mayonnaise

There are many delicious substitutions you can make that will delight your friends and family. From adding coconut milk in vegan macaroni and cheese to replacing butter with coconut oil in desserts, it's easy to make your summer barbecue a hit with all your guests. Make sure that if you're serving up condiments you consider vegan mayonnaise, and that any chocolatey desserts are made with dairy-free chocolate chips.

Choose Appies for Everyone

pumpkin seed salsa

Start your barbecue off on the right foot with mouthwatering appetizers that everyone can enjoy. Chips and dip are always a hit, and most recipes are vegan-friendly already. For a little extra boost of nutrition, make this chlorella guacamole and serve it with baked tortilla chips. Give your appetizers a peppy zing with this pumpkin seed salsa, which is also a perfect spread for burgers.

Substitute Meaty Mains

Vegan-Friendly BBQ meat

Burgers, steaks, and hot dogs are often the star of the show during a barbecue. You don't have to stray too far from tradition to include some incredible vegan-friendly dishes with your main courses. Try preparing these farro veggie burgers (with vegan mayo and a flaxseed egg) ahead of time so that they're ready for grilling when your guests arrive. If you're looking for something a little more filling, give these healthy quinoa fritters a whirl.

Elevate Your Side Dishes

vegan side dishes

Just because side dishes are considered an accompaniment doesn't mean you should pay any less attention to them. There are many options for winning vegan side dishes that your meat-eating guests will also enjoy. This kale and quinoa salad adds a protein-packed dish to your barbecue, just make sure to forego the egg for vegan guests. If kale isn't your thing but you still want a light and fresh side dish with quinoa, this quinoa tabbouleh salad might be just the ticket.

End on a Sweet Note

no bake lemon cheesecake

Finish your barbecue with a sweet (and healthy) treat by serving some decadent, dairy-free desserts. You can prepare a couple of options for those who love deeper, richer desserts such as these chocolate goji berry bars prepared with dairy-free chocolate chips. For those who prefer to end their meal on a slightly lighter, fruitier note, try a no bake lemon cheesecake. This matcha green tea latte makes for a light and creamy option for guests who'd prefer a drink to complete their meals.

Many people don't realize neither how simple it is to incorporate vegan-friendly foods into their diets nor how many foods we eat are already vegan-friendly. Throwing a delicious vegan-friendly barbecue is easy if you properly prepare, provide the necessary substitutions, and keep everyone's preferences in mind when planning your menu.

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