11 Vegan Labor Day Recipes to Have Everyone Buzzing About Plant-Based Food

vegan labor day recipes

Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894 thanks to President Grover Cleveland. What was originally intended as a day to honor the labor movement, has quickly turned into a highly anticipated three-day weekend for Americans of all working classes. The long weekend is marked with cookouts, barbecue, beach trips, and grilling poolside. Whether you’re throwing a party or an attendee, you can make sure there are plenty of plant-based options. From onion dip to ribs, these 11 Labor Day recipes will keep you full all weekend long.

11 Vegan Labor Day Recipes Perfect for the Whole Family

1. Potato Cauliflower Chickpea Salad with Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Dressing

potato cauliflower chickpea salad

The American definition of a salad can be loose. Tuna salad, chicken salad, potato salad…essentially, mix a few ingredients up with a dressing and it’s a beloved salad. No matter what you call it, this recipe is outstanding. Make a big batch and watch it disappear at your Labor Day gathering.

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2. Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

grilled corn zucchini salad sun dried tomato vinaigrette

Ask the grill master to move the meat aside so you can get to work on these veggies. Grilling brings out the flavors of corn and zucchini, in addition to adding a crave-worthy smoky char. Corn season is coming to a close, so make this dish while you still can.

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3. Vegan BBQ Seitan Ribs

Juicy, tender, meaty, vegan ribs. This classic summer dish made from seitan, a high-protein plant-based meat that tastes like the real thing. Make sure you have plenty of wet wipes on hand. You’re going to need them.

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4. Vegan Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Vegan Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

These vegan bacon-wrapped hot dogs are a tasty, healthier way to chow down on all-American franks. All the flavor and texture, with none of the cholesterol. You’re welcome.

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5. Portobello & Peach Burger

Portobello & Peach Burger

Savor the last peaches of the summer season with this unique twist on the classic burger where meaty mushrooms meet the sweet, tender grilled stone fruit.

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6. Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers

These hearty vegan chickpea patties offer the same satisfaction as a burger, with a unique twist thanks to Indian-inspired spices. Win.

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7. Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Collard Wrap Tacos with Citrus Slaw

Labor Day or not, any day is a good day for tacos. Swap the tortilla for collard greens for a healthy, colorful twist.

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8. BBQ Chickpea Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch

This is the creative and healthier spin on an all-American classic, the chicken salad. High-protein chickpeas tossed in a tangy, savory barbecue sauce hit the spot without the need for meat. Have a heavy hand with that avocado ranch, it takes the dish to a whole new level.

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9. Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches

Pulled Jackfruit BBQ Sandwiches

BBQ and pulled meat go hand-in-hand. You’ll be positively floored at how jackfruit mimics the stringy texture of pulled pork, chicken, or duck with such mastery. When paired with a generous coating of BBQ sizzle and drizzle, you’ll take a trip down memory lane to former family Labor Day barbecues. This is the dish where everyone will be eager to nab seconds.

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10. Caramelized Onion Dip

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No pool party is complete without chips and dip. One-up the store-bought, dairy-laden variety with this exceptional caramelized onion dip. You’ll never go back to the plastic tub again.

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11. Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings

Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings]

Cauliflower can do it all! Ditch the drumsticks for these sticky sweet and spicy cauliflower bites. Let’s face it, wings are really about the sauce, and this recipe is on point.

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