Get Ready for a Very Vegan July 4th with the 2015 Recipe Roundup!

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Plant-based dishes for patriotic parties

fireworks by edgar0587Every day is a holiday when you eat plant-based, but July 4th gives you an excuse to eat more burgers, potato or macaroni salads, flag-themed desserts and huge hunks of watermelon than you would any other time of year. Just like Memorial Day, it’s a day to fire up the grill, run around outside and, if state laws permit (like they do in New York now, yey!), light a few sparklers for a day full of fun.

Build your menu with these great plant-based dishes and watch your Independence Day guests go back for seconds. And possibly thirds.

For the main course:

Super plant-based sides:

Finish off sweet:

  • This Raw Triple Berry Crisp from Oh She Glows has every major seasonal berry you could want, all mixed up in a nutty oat “crumble.” Choosing Raw offers an even simpler berry treat topped with raw cashew whipped cream.
  • Wow the gluten-free crowd with some stunning red velvet cupcakes topped with vegan cream cheese frosting and your favorite fresh berries, courtesy of Heather Christo. (Be sure to choose a natural food coloring or make your own for a chemical-free dessert.)
  • Finally, if you have some serious time to spend in the kitchen, May I Have That Recipe offers step-by-step instructions for a multi-layered Vegan Red White and Blue Fruit Tart that’s so pretty you might want to take a moment to admire it before your guests dig in.
  • And, of course, a big, juicy watermelon is always a hit with the kids. Just sayin’.

So there you have it–all you need to plan your plant-based menu for the 4th of July. Remember to raise a flag and toast all of those who fight for freedom, and take a moment during the fireworks to remember those who have passed in service to our country.

Happy 4th!

flag by linder5860 july 4th


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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