Just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on grilling food and all the deliciousness that come with summer barbecues – we’ve got the vegan recipes for you. And if your loved ones aren't vegan, not to worry. They'll love these new twists on classic barbecue food staples, too.
Cauliflower wings: Three ways
Start your vegan BBQ menu with cauliflower wings smothered in either honey barbecue, ginger scallion and classic buffalo sauce.
With the correct cooking process, cauliflower wings are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Cauliflower itself has a very mild flavor, so it takes on the flavors that surround it. Whichever sauce you decide, the healthfulness of this humble veggie makes these wings a totally binge-able snack for parties or just a regular night in.
Making cauliflower wings involves quite a few steps, but the recipe is pretty straightforward. Bonus: it includes instructions for a homemade vegan ranch, too. Get it all here.
Jackfruit 'pulled pork' sliders with coleslaw
If you haven’t tried jackfruit yet, it’s time to start experimenting with the plant-based meat alternative. The texture of jackfruit is the perfect substitute for a vegan rendition on barbecue pulled pork. And the nice thing about working with green jackfruit is that it is more or less flavorless, so it takes on the flavors of whatever seasonings you use.
After packing in the smoky, sweet, and tangy barbecue flavors of barbecue sauce, you won’t know the difference between these jackfruit sliders and their non-vegan counterpart. Get the recipe here.
Beer-battered fried pickles
Sure, french fries are generally vegan, but the same old fried potato and (plant-based) burger combo can get old. So, sorry, French fries: you're on the summer proverbial-bench. Beer-battered fried pickles, you're in.
With a little crunch and a spicy cajun remoulade sauce on the side, beer-battered fried pickles are sure to become a summer staple for your family whether vegan or not, but they're addictive. You've been warned. Get the recipe here.
Grilled peach toast with almond ricotta & balsamic drizzle
This isn't on your typical barbecue menu but heck, this isn't a typical list of barbecue-appropriate foods. Grilling fruit, like peaches, is an amazing way to bring out the juiciness and sweetness of under-ripe fruit. Not to mention, a little char gives it almost a savory feel.
Grilled peach toast with almond ricotta & balsamic drizzle requires more ingredients than you'd think, but the process is easy once you've gathered your supplies. The dish would make a great brunch item or appetizer before dinner. Get the recipe here.
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This article originally appeared on Grateful: Vegan recipes perfect for summer parties