Get ready for Memorial Day with these vegan recipes | image/Not Quite Nigella

Memorial Day is May 27. This national U.S. holiday is celebrated to honor the brave Americans who gave their lives while serving in the military. Flags are waved and local parades are held all over the nation to commemorate these everyday heroes and to uphold the spirit of patriotism. Memorial Day also unofficially marks the beginning of summer, and in typical American fashion, people dust off their picnic baskets and fire up their grills for some good ole American eats. We’ve gussied up the standard picnic and grilling fare with these stellar vegan options for a perfect Memorial Day picnic and grilling party.

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes


1. Potato Salad

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
No Memorial Day is complete without potato salad | image/Sweet Simple Vegan

The humble potato salad completes any summer barbecue. Its presence is non-negotiable, and at a picnic potluck, there’s usually more than one variety of this iconic American dish. Make your potato salad stand out by using multi-colored potatoes and adding diced cornichon pickles to the mix. The dressing is a simple mixture of vegan mayo, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and spices. Not only will yours look prettier than all the others, it will also have guests scooping up seconds and thirds!

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2. Tofu Egg Salad

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
Tofu replaces eggs in this classic dish | image/From My Bowl

Egg salad is one of those things that you either love or you hate. However, it’s hard not to love this tofu version by Caitlin Shoemaker of From My Bowl. If you have all the seasonings on hand, these dish can be whipped up in five minutes. It’s made with a homemade vegan mayo consisting of raw cashews blended with nutritional yeast, spices, and kala namak aka black salt — which gives it its eggy flavor. Pack a bunch in your basket and hurry out to enjoy a long day at the park.

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3. Grillable Vegan Burgers

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
These meaty vegan burgers hold up on the grill | image/The Minimalist Baker

The vegan Beyond Burger is a stellar option for barbecues, but for those who want to impress their friends by making a veggie burger from scratch, this is your go-to recipe.  A combination of brown rice, mashed black beans, and chopped walnuts gives these patties a meaty texture that won’t fall apart on the grill. These burgers will earn you the title of Grill Master, no questions asked.

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4. Carrot Hot Dogs

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
These vegan ‘not dogs’ are made from carrots | image/Not Quite Nigella

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Again, there are plenty of quality vegan hot dogs on the market, but for a whole food and homemade option, try out the carrot dog. It may raise a few eyebrows at first, but once people take a bite out of these juicy marinated veggies (courtesy of liquid smoke and smoked paprika) topped with all the fixings, you might just become their short-order cook for the entire party.

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5. Vegan Fried Chicken

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
Crispy, tender, and full of flavor | image/Sweet Potato Soul

Break out that red and white checkered picnic blanket and lounge under a shady tree while nibbling on some crispy vegan fried chicken. This finger-lickin’ good recipe uses cauliflower for a healthier spin.

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6. Elote

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
These elotes are dairy-free | image/Eat Figs Not Pigs

Gussy up the traditional grilled corn by making elote (Mexican grilled corn). Get a good char on your corn, then add a dusting of vegan parmesan, a drizzle of dairy-free crema, and a squirt of fresh lemon or lime juice for a sweet yet savory handheld barbecue snack.

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7. Virgin Sangria

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
This simple sangria is alcohol-free | image/Wallflower Kitchen

This non-alcoholic sangria is perfect for a Memorial Day block party where kids are around, but you could also add some vegan red wine to make it a bit more festive. Or, just stick with the blend of cranberry, orange, and grape juice with bubbly seltzer. Make a large pitcher of this and your guests will guzzle it by the eco-friendly cup-ful.

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8. Vegan Ice Box Cake

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
A vegan ice cream cake is perfect for Memorial Day Weekend | image/Eat Pastry

This dairy-free icebox cake is super easy to throw together – no baking required. Grab two pints of your favorite vegan ice cream, store-bought cookie dough, and a package of vegan chocolate cookies and you’re good to go. Try pairing NadaMoo! vanilla with the cookie dough fudge flavor the ultimate cookie dough dessert, because nothing screams ‘Merica like eating raw chocolate chip cookie dough.

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9. Vegan Strawberry Trifle

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes for Memorial Day
This dairy-free trifle is the ultimate summer dessert | image/Full of Plants

Make packable mini mason jar parfaits for the perfect picnic snack, or bring a stunning trifle bowl of this sweet treat to your neighbor’s grilling party. No matter how you serve it, this fresh summer dessert layered with coconut whip, vanilla sponge cake, and strawberries is guaranteed to delight.

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