Celebrate Independence Day with these six animal-free recipes that let all animals be free.
Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
Buffalo wings are a cookout favorite, and there are plenty of vegan alternatives to try if you think cruelty just won’t fly. Take these cauliflower buffalo bites byOne Green Planet. The cruciferous veggie is breaded, baked, and topped with a delightfully spicy sauce. With its fiery hue, it’s the perfect addition to any red-white-and-blue menu.
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Minimalist Baker’s healthy version of this popular classic includes quinoa, salsa, avocado, black beans, corn, and lots of other flavorful, Southwestern-style ingredients. Be sure to use red bell peppers if you want to stay on holiday theme!
Patriotic Vegan Potato Salad
Potato salad is pretty all-American, but a lot of recipes use not-so-nice ingredients like bacon and egg-infused mayo. Luckily, Go Dairy Free’s version is packed with flavor from olives, Dijon mustard, capers, and other veg-friendly goodies. And the colorful potatoes are red, gold, and purple. WIth this beauty on the buffet table, no one will miss their old-school salads.
“Chicken” Salad Sandwiches
This is the perfect lunchtime treat for fooling any omnivores in your midst. By using meaty strips made by Gardein or Beyond Meat, no one will know it’s not real chicken. Add celery, vegan mayo, onion, bell pepper, and a few other things, and it’s chicken salad just like your grandma made — with compassion at the top of the ingredients list!
Fourth of July Flag Cake
Every legit Fourth of July party needs a flag, so why not atop a tasty cake? This mouthwatering, berry-based recipe by cookbook author Kathy Patalsky uses a vanilla-lemon pound cake as the base. Then, it’s topped with coconut whipped frosting and fresh raspberries and blueberries as stars and stripes.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Pie
Nothing says Americana like strawberry rhubarb. A leafy veggie and a tender fruit mashed together into a tangy, sweet summertime pie. The Post Punk Kitchen version of this classic pie is a crumble, so it’s even more delicious than the original. Bake this one for family and friends, and watch their jaws drop when you tell ‘em it’s vegan!
Need more ideas for your vegan Fourth of July? TryVeg.com is full of recipes. Happy 4th!
Photo courtesy of Kathy Patalsky