Vegan BBQ Side Dishes: A Fresh Take on Summer Fare

As summer draws to a close, we have one more opportunity to revel in the joy of outdoor gatherings before scarves and pumpkin spice lattes take center stage. That’s right, Labor Day is just around the corner, marking the last slice of summer fun before the responsibilities of school and work beckon once again.

If you’re planning a barbecue to celebrate this occasion, don’t forget to include some mouthwatering vegan sides to complement your plant-based meat. Trust us, your guests will be coming back for seconds, and possibly even thirds!

Elevate Your Barbecue Game

A barbecue isn’t complete without a variety of sides, but who says they have to come from animals? From pulled pork to ribs and kebabs, there are plant-based options that rival their meaty counterparts in taste and juiciness. Imagine sinking your teeth into a succulent Beyond Meat Cookout Classic burger or savoring the flavors of a kelp or cauliflower burger fresh off the grill. And let’s not forget about vegan hot dogs and sausages that were made to be barbecued!

15 Unforgettable Vegan Barbecue Sides and Salads

Now, let’s talk about those tantalizing sides that will steal the spotlight at your barbecue. Prepare to be spoiled for choice! From creamy macaroni and cheese, to southern-style buttermilk biscuits perfect for pairing with vegan ribs, salads, burgers, and sausages, the options are both delicious and easy to make.

For a truly unforgettable barbecue experience, why not try grilled king oyster mushroom skewers that are so juicy and meaty, you might even forget about the burgers and sausages? Or indulge in an Indian cabbage slaw that adds a spicy kick and tangy element to your plate.

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If you’re looking for something cool and refreshing, how about a spiced cauliflower dish served with beans, slaw, and a creamy vegan ranch? Even your meat-loving friends won’t be able to resist this flavorful combination. And if you’re pressed for time, a shaved asparagus coleslaw can be whipped up in a jiffy, providing a crisp and crunchy addition to your meal.

Take your taste buds on a journey with a Mexican-inspired corn salad bursting with lime, herbs, and a hint of spice. Or delight in air-fried buffalo tofu poppers that mimic the texture and flavor of chicken, sans the animal products. Don’t forget to serve them with lashings of vegan ranch or sour cream!

For those who appreciate the southern classics, a cornbread loaf is a must-have. Baked to perfection, it’s a beloved barbecue staple in Tennessee. And why not add some extra nutrition to your feast with a chili-lime cauliflower bowl, packed with couscous and collard greens?

Before the main event, treat your guests to white bean bruschettas, a creamy appetizer that pairs perfectly with country bread, crackers, or breadsticks. And don’t forget the vegetable skewers infused with garlic and rosemary—a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to prepare and bursting with flavor.

Now, it’s time to get adventurous with a tantalizing combination of grilled cauliflower and mango on skewers. The heat of the grill enhances the flavors, and slightly underripe mangoes add a delightful tanginess to the dish.

No barbecue is complete without a side of barbecue baked beans. Tangy, flavorful, and a beloved staple of Southern barbecues, you can even add some crumbled multigrain tempeh for an extra meaty element.

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And finally, for a Greek twist, indulge in a potato feta salad. Loaded with potatoes, vegan cubes of feta or tofu, and accompanied by a generous serving of creamy cucumber dressing, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

With these vegan barbecue side dishes, your Labor Day gathering is sure to be a hit. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and savor the last moments of summer with a plant-based feast to remember.


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