The best vegan BBQ side dishes
This list of vegan BBQ side dishes is essential for the summer. Vegan cookouts are all about the side dishes. These are the side dishes that eat like a main meal. They are the kind of summery dishes that wow your guests and make them forget about the meat! When you get invited to a summer cookout, don't bring mayonnaise laden Americana like old-fashioned potato salad or pasta salad. Instead choose one of my bright, colorful and bold flavored side dish recipes.
VEGETABLE SALAD WITH DIJONAISE
This vegetable salad with dijonaise recipe is perfect for a summer BBQ! This healthier and more flavorful riff on the American classic potato salad has a combo of roasted white sweet potatoes, cauliflower and grilled summer squashes. You will love the fresh dill and tangy drizzle of dijonaise. Bring this to your Memorial Day or Fourth of July cookout to be the star of the vegan bbq side dishes.
This vegan pasta salad has it all. Crispy chickpeas, grilled eggplant, garden veggies, and light, flavorful vegan dressing make this salad perfect for a summer side dish. This one is great for picnics, cookouts or a quick meal any time of day. The texture of this pasta salad is amazing with delicate orzo pasta, crunchy cucumbers and hardy kale plus tangy olives and cherry tomatoes. Each bite is bursting with different flavors. This is the king of vegan BBQ side dishes.
EASY GRILLED VEGETABLE MARINADE
This marinade makes veggies taste delicious. With only 5 super flavorful ingredients, it will make any vegetable pop! It is perfect for summer BBQs because it makes a gorgeous side dish of grilled vegetables to compliment any spread. This will surely be the king of the vegan bbq side dishes!
BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY AND FETA SALAD
This vegan Balsamic Strawberry and Feta Salad checks all the flavor boxes. It is sweet, tangy, umami, salty and zippy. If you think balsamic strawberries sound weird, you are in for a sweet surprise! The tangy balsamic vinegar makes the strawberry's sweetness pop. The salty feta cheese adds a nice umami layer that compliments the tartness of the lemon and the fresh pop of mint. Thinly sliced red onion gives just the right amount of spiciness to really round out the fantastic flavor profile. This one is the perfect side dish for any vegan bbq.
MEDITERRANEAN FARRO SALAD
This Mediterranean Farro Salad is one of my most popular recipes because it has garden fresh produce, grilled vegetables and tangy olives. It tastes like eating al fresco in a vineyard in Italy or by the sea in Greece. The simple lemony dressing ties it all together without overpowering any of the fresh components. It eats like a meal but makes a wonderful vegan bbq side dish.
Other Recipes for Summer
Here are some other light fare recipes that are wonderful for summer. They are also great as vegan bbq side dishes. These are filling without being heavy and served chilled so they don't heat up the kitchen!