Memorial Day is upon us, summer is almost here. We honor the fallen, but we also gather with family and friends to share some love and laughter … and of course, good food. Here are some delicious, totally plant-based sides to bring to your summer cookout. This list is full of wonderful plates. Many items strive to showcase seasonal produce, and you’ll find a mix of both light and hearty dishes

If you love the traditional cookout sides like potato and pasta salad, just scroll down to see a few carby gems. Are bright, fresh, or emerald-hued salads more your thing? Yeah, we got that too. Chips and dip? Obviously.


Best of all, you’ll find some wonderful grill-friendly veggie recipes. That’s right, veggies absolutely have a place on the grill. These dishes from the Food Monster App are so tasty, everyone will be clamoring for a bite — so be sure to make plenty to share!

 1. Spicy Mango Salsa With Plantain Tostonestostones-with-spicy-mango-salsa-1200x750

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This Spicy Mango Salsa With Plantain Tostones by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is a great BBQ side! Diced juicy mangoes are tossed with chopped bell pepper, red onion, and fiery slices of jalapeño, which mingle with cool cubes of cucumber and creamy avocado. Topped with freshly-squeezed lime juice and handfuls of fragrant cilantro, this simple, sweet, and spicy blend is the perfect topping for the hot and crunchy plantain bites known as tostones.

2. Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad

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This Roasted Corn and Tomato Salad by Alena Grahn is chock full of fresh and in-season ingredients like radishes, celery, tomatoes, and of course, corn. A bit of small habanero is added to the corn for an extra zing to this salad. Drizzle it with tarragon dressing for a truly unique combination of flavors.

3. Grilled Eggplant With Roasted Red Pepper Saucegrilled-eggplant-stack-1200x750

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Kick-off your summer cookout with this deliciously tasty and easy-to-make Grilled Eggplant stack by Taryn Fitz-Gerald! Sliced eggplant is seasoned with paprika and then grilled until it begins to crisp. It’s layered with a savory roasted red pepper sauce and served with simple sides of corn and sliced avocado.

4. Grilled Avocados With Roasted TomatoesGrilled-Avocado-with-Roasted-Tomatoes-1061x800

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These Grilled Avocados With Roasted Tomatoes by Carri Pattison make a great barbecue side dish or a quick, light meal. This easy-to-make recipe is plant-based and raw vegan. If you aren’t into grilling, simply roast the avocados along with the tomatoes.

5. ‘Parmesan’ Roasted Potato Saladroasted-potato-salad-1200x750

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Roasted potato salads generally make a great side dish for all sorts of meals. Veggie burgers, hot dogs, and patties all are nicely rounded out by a side of flavorful potato salad. This Parmesan Roasted Potato Salad by Stephanie McKinnie brings the idea to the next level by adding some delicious Brazil nut Parmesan cheese.

6. Coconut Creamed Corn23012254889_8508562064_k-1200x750

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Make the best of fresh summer corn with this Coconut Creamed Corn by Jasmine Briones. Onion and garlic are sautéed and then combined with sweet corn kernels and caramelized. Creamy coconut milk, a sprinkle of coconut sugar, fresh herbs add an amazing depth of flavor that might just upstage all the other dishes on the table. Feel free to use fresh corn instead of the frozen corn suggested in the recipe.

7. Orange Dijon Beans With Crispy Shallotsorange-dijon-green-beans-with-crispy-shallots-5-1200x750

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This elegant Orange Dijon Beans With Crispy Shallots by Lisa Lotts is the perfect complement to any dinner. Green beans are dressed up with fresh herbs and a citrusy glaze made from orange juice, whole grain mustard, and a hint of agave syrup. It also includes beautiful pearled onions and some crispy shallots.

8. Oil-Free Pesto Cauliflower Potatoeseasy-pesto-cauliflower-and-potatoes-1200x750

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These Oil-Free Pesto Cauliflower Potatoes by Hailey Gallerani are the perfect quick and easy side. All you have to do is cut up your potatoes and cauliflower, put them in the oven for 45 minutes, and throw all of your basil pesto ingredients in a blender and you are done. It doesn’t get much more simple than that for such a delicious meal.

9. Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage, and Kelp Noodle SaladSweet-Potato-red-cabbage-kelp-noodle-bowl

Source: Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage, and Kelp Noodle Salad

This Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage, and Kelp Noodle Salad by Annaliisa Kapp is fresh, delicious, and invigorating! You can serve it warm or cold, as a main or side dish. It offers protein, probiotics, and antioxidants.

10. Garlicky Mushroom Kebabsgarlicky-barbecue-mushroom-kebabs-b-1200x750

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These Garlicky Mushroom Kebabs by Gloria Sucic make a great addition to any barbecue. Ready in no time, these skewered mushrooms are a delicious side to any veggie burger or other grilled vegetables.

11. Veggie and Mushroom Mini Bitesmushroom-bites-1

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These Veggie and Mushroom Mini Bites by Nadia Petrova combine broccoli, cauliflower, aubergines, carrots, garlic, red peppers, and baby spinach. A feast for all the senses with the added portobello mushrooms, cashews, ginger, and powdered nutmeg.

12. Carrot Coconut SaladRachael-Campbell-Carrot-Coconut

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This Carrot Coconut Salad by Rachael Campbell is a fantastic 5-minute dish full of summery, coconutty flavor and crisp carrots with greens. It has lots of flavor and is so easy to prepare. YUMMO!

13. Thai Barbecue Cauliflowerthai-bbq-cauliflower-1-1200x750

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You’ve gotta get some of this Thai Barbecue Cauliflower by Zsu Dever! Cauliflower is tossed with curry powder, Sriracha, garlic, and coconut milk to contrast the heat and then baked (or air-fried) until tender and toasted. Serve these with a cooling and creamy dip and plenty of carrots and celery sticks!

14. Spicy Cucumber Avocado Onion SaladCucumber-Salad

Source: Spicy Cucumber Avocado Onion Salad

Salads, boring? Not this one! You can eat Kibby Miller‘s epic Spicy Cucumber Avocado Onion Salad by itself or serve it over some fresh, baby greens. It’s very hydrating, cooling, and filling.

15. Grilled Sweet Potato Boatsgrilled-sweet-potato-boats-with-black-bean-mango-salsa-1200x750

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Looking for an easy meal to enjoy with company? Try Susan Edelman‘s Grilled Sweet Potato Boats! No flipping necessary. No poking. No nothing. Just stand around and enjoy your company. Serve this as a side dish or as a light main dish over a bed of kale.

Need more ideas? Check out our vegan Memorial Day recipes page.

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