Vegan Cookout Food – What to Bring Roundup!

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No matter what stage of vegan life you are in, it will happen: you’re going to a cookout. What are you going to do when you are the vegan at the cookout? What do you eat? That’s when you think: “what vegan cookout food can I bring so I can eat, and make a contribution to the meal?

A lot of people (correctly) imagine the grill, and the table, heaped with bits of cooked animals, stacks of cheesy things, and all sorts of other dishes they simply will not (and cannot) eat. But, big get-togethers – like cookouts and family parties – are an excellent opportunity to share delicious vegan cookout food with people who have the all too common perception of vegan food being carrots and tasteless tofu, and to introduce them to the wonderful variety. The choice then, is be rude and stay home, or be the vegan at the cookout with the awesome food that everyone wants to try! This post is to help you do the latter, and be the hero!

Summertime Means Cookouts

Here in North America, the cookout is a staple of Summer entertaining, and it officially starts with the Memorial Day weekend. That’s what got us started thinking about this. So, we reached out to a bunch of our awesome vegan blogger friends and asked them for their favorite vegan cookout food. Well, you are in for a treat because they really came through with some outstanding vegan dishes that even a newbie in the kitchen can put together and wow friends and family. Of course, we have a few in here, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

WHAT TO BRING ROUNDUP Saves the Day!

We have compiled a fantastic list of options for you. There is something here no matter if you are rushing about last minute or all the way to hosting the whole thing at your place. We have organized the list into 4 categories:

  1. Salad & Dips
  2. Sides
  3. Main Dish, Burgers, & Grill
  4. Desserts

OK! Enough of that – let’s get started!

VEGAN COOKOUT FOOD ROUNDUP

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SALADS & DIPS

VEGAN FAMILY RECIPES: Summer Pasta Salad
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FRIED DANDELIONS: Balsamic Bean Salad
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CADRY’S KITCHEN: Peach & Black Bean Salsa
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THE VEGAN 8: Smoky Jalapeรฑo Black Bean Dip
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HEALTHIER STEPS: Garlic Tofu Salad with Lime Dressing 
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GLUE & GLITTER: Vegan Dilly Pesto Potato Salad
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VEGGIES DON’T BITE: 7 Layer Taco Dip 
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VEGGIES DON’T BITE: Italian Orzo Salad
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FULL OF BEANS: Can’t Stop Eating This Bean Dip
Vegan Cookout Food: Bean dip on a cucumber chip

VEGGIE INSPIRED JOURNEY: Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Tahini
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SIDES

TRINITY’S CONSCIOUS KITCHEN: Raw Sunflower Seed Pate
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ELEPHANTASTIC VEGAN: Mediterranean Couscous with Olives, Artichokes, & Dried Tomatoes
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FULL OF BEANS: Fat-Free Vegan Baked Beans 
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FULL OF BEANS: Best Ever Cornbread
Vegan Cookout Food: The Best Cornbread Ever

  

MAIN DISH, BURGERS, & GRILL

HEDI HEARTS: Clean Eating Falafel Burger
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CADRY’S KITCHEN: Curried Tofu Salad – Quick & Easy Lunch
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VEGANOSITY: Red Wine Portobello Burger

VEGANOSITY: Pulled BBQ Carrots

GO DAIRY FREE: Famous Black Bean Chipotle Burger
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XANDER FRIENDLY FOODS: Veggie Carrot Hot Dogs
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MY PLANT BASED FAMILY: Secret Ingredient Vegan BBQ Sandwich
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FULL OF BEANS: Killer Vegan Chili!
Vegan Cookout food: Killer Vegan Chili!

 

 

DESSERTS (everyone’s fav!)

FRIED DANDELIONS: Coconut Almond Tart
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A VIRTUAL VEGAN: Raspberry Walnut Squares
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GO DAIRY FREE: Frosted Strawberry Shortbread Bars
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FEASTING ON FRUIT: Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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UNCONVENTIONAL BAKER: Caramelized Peanut & Chocolate Pie
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Have fun sharing all this amazing food with friends, family, and skeptics!

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Full of Beans

Husband and wife, father and mother, working adults โ€“ Greg and Georgia formed Full of Beans to share encouragement, inspiration, and tips to get you started on, and maintain, a plant-based vegan diet (even if you think you don't have the time/money/skills/energy). See the About page for more.

This Post Has 17 Comments
    1. Skeptics have officially run out of the ability to claim that vegan food is “limited”, or “tasteless”, or “boring”. But we knew that already! ๐Ÿ˜„ It was fun putting it together – thanks for your pie, Audrey, it’s exceptional!

    1. It would be an epic event, for sure!! Thanks for the comment, your contribution, and the share! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  1. It sure would be fun to get all of us together for a feast! Thanks for sharing my recipe and putting this all together. What a great collection! Can’t wait to share this with friends.

    1. Wouldn’t it be fun? Its an awesome list – glad that you like it and thanks for your contribution. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. WOW! I think the vegans at this cookout might have to fight the non-vegans off. So many delicious options. Thank you for including my pulled carrots and Portobello burger recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sharing everywhere!

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