15 Easy Vegan Recipes for the 4th of July

Here are 15 Easy Vegan Recipes for your 4th of July celebrations!

From side salads to grilled mains to desserts, there’s something for everyone! These recipes are fun and flavor-packed yet easy and will please the whole family, vegan or not!

While Independence Day cookouts are often associated with meat-heavy barbecues, there’s an abundance of delicious and fun plant-based food that’s perfect for the festivities. Whether you’re vegan, are cooking for a plant-based guest, or just enjoy incredible vegan food, you’ll love these easy yet tasty recipes.

Each recipe includes a serving suggestion or tip to make the most out of your celebrations :)

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15 Easy Vegan Recipes for the 4th of July

1. Mango Avocado Salsa

Made with juicy mangos and creamy avocado, this Mango Avocado Salsa is sweet yet tangy, refreshing yet a little spicy, and perfect for summer grilling season and barbecues.

Serving suggestion: Pair with lightly salted tortilla chips for the most irresistible appetizer! Or, add black beans, corn, and quinoa for a refreshing yet satisfying salad.

mango and avocado salsa in a bowl with tortilla chips and limes.

2. Citrus Chipotle Grilled Tofu

Tofu gets quick-marinated in an herby, citrus marinade reminiscent of Mojo sauce but with smoky notes, then grilled to perfection. The tofu doesn’t stick and it turns out perfectly chewy and crispy!

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Note: Citrus Chipotle Grilled Tofu is the first recipe card in the linked post “a complete guide to vegan grilling.”

Tip: Layer these grilled tofu slabs into sandwich rolls, spread on some vegan mayo, and add your favorite sandwich fixings.

citrus-cilantro grilled tofu slabs on a white plate.

3. Strawberries and Cream Sheet Cake

Made with fresh strawberries and a 2-ingredient coconut whipped cream, this Vegan Strawberries and Cream Sheet Cake is light yet indulgent and so flavorful. Made in a sheet pan so it’s an easy, fuss-free dessert that’ll please the whole family!

Tip: To make this cake even easier, use a store-bought vegan whipped topping (I love So Delicious CocoWhip). For a festive red-white-and blue look, decorate the whipped topping with strawberries and blueberries.

sliced strawberries and cream sheet cake.

4. Herbed Vegan Potato Salad

Just as creamy as classic potato salad but so much better for you and more flavorful! This mayo-free vegan potato salad features perfectly tender potatoes coated in a creamy, tangy dressing that’s packed with fun flavors and takes just 30 minutes. Perfect side dish for BBQs, potlucks, and picnics. 

Tip: The nice thing about making a non-mayo-based potato salad is that you can serve it warm (if you wish). I love serving it warm after making it – it feels a little more grown up and elegant. Dressing while the potatoes are still warm helps them absorb more of the dressing and the flavors. But it’s also tasty chilled and can be made a day or two ahead of time.

herbed vegan potato salad in a large blue bowl.

5. Healthy Blackberry Basil Lemonade

This refreshing Blackberry Basil Lemonade is so unique you’ll never want to make classic lemonade again. Made with just 5 ingredients, it’s easy to make, refined sugar-free, and guaranteed to cool you down during the summer.

Serving suggestion: For an adult lemonade, add a shot of gin to each serving! Or, for a kid-friendly treat, pour this lemonade into popsicle molds and serve lemonade popsicles.

Three glasses of blackberry lemonade on a pink table.

The BEST cookie dough bars you will ever try! Made with just six ingredients, these cookie dough bars are an easy no-bake dessert that will please any crowd. Plus, they’re vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and have no added oil so they’re a healthy, allergen-friendly, feel-good treat.

Tip: Make these ahead of time and store them in the freezer. For smaller bites that are easier to share, make this in a square 8×8 baking pan instead of a loaf pan.

chocolate chip cookie dough bars arranged in a line on parchment paper.

7. Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Tacos

An Instant Pot recipe that lets you enjoy spicy tacos without turning on the stove during the summer. While an aromatic Jamaican Jerk seasoning gets mixed with jackfruit in the Instant Pot, prepare an easy mango salsa to help cool down all the spices.

Serving suggestion: set up a “taco bar” or “lettuce wrap bar” and let everyone build their own tacos or lettuce wraps. Topping suggestions: the mango salsa in the blog post, your favorite store-bought salsas and hot sauces, vegan sour cream, guacamole, and pickled onions or jalapeños.

Eight jamaican jackfruit tacos on a white platter.

8. Vegan Pasta Salad

This vegan pasta salad is guaranteed to impress at all your summer BBQs and picnics! Pasta is coated in a creamy and dreamy roasted red pepper sauce and topped with a herby bread crumb topping for extra fresh flavor for an exquisite, grown-up pasta salad.

Serving suggestions: Leafy greens go well in this pasta salad (think arugula or baby spinach), but grilled or charred corn kernels, zucchini ribbons (use a wide vegetable peeler to get ribbons), chopped Persian cucumbers, or even steamed or roasted broccoli would all be wonderful additions.

vegan roasted red pepper pasta salad in a speckled white bowl, garnished with basil.

9. BBQ Tempeh

This vegan BBQ tempeh is the BEST way to enjoy tempeh. The tempeh gets pan-fried until golden and crispy and then coated in a sweet but tangy and smoky BBQ sauce. And takes just 20 minutes!

Tip: This pairs extremely well with the herbed potato salad you just scrolled past! It’s also great in a sandwich, as featured below (great with a quick slaw made from shredded red cabbage and carrots, mixed with lime juice and vegan mayo).

bbq glazed tempeh sandwich on parchment paper.

10. Grilled Corn Salad

With just 10 ingredients and less than 30 minutes, this Grilled Corn Salad is a foolproof side dish or light lunch for summer. Despite being so easy, it’s packed with flavor, a little heat, and is guaranteed to impress. Perfect for summer barbecues and picnics!

Tip: You can serve this corn salad as a side dish, or even as a salsa that you serve with tortilla chips!

grilled corn salad with cherry tomatoes and avocado on serving platter.

11. Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich

This Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich is made with chickpeas and hearts of palm, seasoned with dulse flakes for a taste of the ocean, and finished with classic American ingredients like sweet pickle relish. It’s the new “I can’t believe it’s not tuna!”

Serving suggestion: Scoop the tuna salad onto large sliced baguettes, then slice into mini sandwiches. Or, serve the salad on its own with lettuce leaves so guests can make their own lettuce wraps. Or, you can scoop the tuna salad into a serving bowl and pair with crudites and/or crackers.

Two Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwiches stacked on a wooden cutting board.

12. Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilling romaine lettuce introduces a smoky char that makes lettuce feel robust and hearty. It gets paired with an easy, creamy cashew dressing for a side dish that’s guaranteed to impress all summer long.

Note: It’s the second recipe card in the linked blog post.

Tip: Think of the grilled romaine as a blank canvas. Add some shaved grilled corn or grilled tomatoes, or that citrus-grilled tofu you scrolled past earlier.

grilled romaine salad with creamy cashew dressing and pickled cabbage on a white serving tray.

13. Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad

This Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad is an easy, healthy, and light side dish that takes cucumbers from bland to addictive. Slightly sweet and spicy, garlicky, and fresh, it’s surprisingly addictive yet very healthy (vegan, Paleo, and refined sugar-free).  

Tip: If you can find Persian cucumbers or Japanese cucumbers (usually at farmers markets in the summer), they will take this salad over the top.

Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad in a green bowl.

14. Grilled Tofu Skewers

Fire up the grill this summer and make these simple but delicious grilled tofu skewers! With these tips, you’ll have perfectly grilled tofu: chewy, charred, and crispy! Take them over the top by serving them with one of five different flavorful sauce options.

Grilled Tofu Skewers on a plate, covered in creamy white sauce, pesto, and with cilantro on white plate.

15. Cinnamon-Sugar Grilled Pineapple

All you need are four ingredients to make this grilled summer pineapple. It’s buttery, spiced, and delightfully sweet!

Note: This recipe can be found in the final (fifth) recipe card in the linked post.

Tip: To make this dessert more indulgent, serve it alongside vegan vanilla ice cream, a few fresh mint leaves, and dust with cinnamon!

grilled pineapple spears on lavendar plate

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5 comments on 15 Easy Vegan Recipes for the 4th of July

  1. Susan

    Love these! I’ve been trying to be a health nut for years, but I so do love baked goods and this is now my go-to when I need a little something. I often omit the chocolate and keep them in the freezer already sliced, so I can just grab one when I want a little something. I like it better than ol fashion cookies now!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      That’s so great to hear, Susan! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating alongside your review? Star ratings are big help to readers who are thinking of making the recipe. Thanks!

  2. Joenel

    Hi Nisha… Love your recipes me and my wife have made a ton of them and they all are awesome. We are super excited about your next cook book and we thought about a great feature that maybe you could include. It would be really nice if in the cook book you had a qr code that opened up the Amazon app when you scan it with your phone and then it would populate your Amazon cart with the ingredients from the recipe. Since Amazon is connected to whole foods it would be pretty seamless and you could just uncheck the things you already have/ want to omit before placing the order anyway just a random thought we had you might already be working on a super cool way to manage recipe list. Thank you for all the great recipes

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thank you for your comment, Joenoel! I’ll relay this message to Nisha :)

  3. Shelley S.

    5 stars
    I love this roundup! And I tried that galette last year – so many yummy flavors!

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