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I hope you all have had wonderful summers so far — can you believe it’s almost JULY?! In the spirit of Independence Day cookouts and weekend picnics, I bring you this round-up of colorfully enticing summer recipes!
Grilled Pineapple Black Bean & Jicama Salad from Lively Table
My mouth is watering at this recipe! Crunchy, refreshing jicama plus super sweet grilled pineapple, protein-rich beans and zippy lime and cilantro. So simple, so perfect. This just may be your new summer go-to dish.
Grilled Tofu Spring Rolls from A Cozy Kitchen
I have a serious love for fresh spring rolls and could eat them every day. These grilled tofu rolls are perfect for a summer picnic because they’re refreshing, contain protein + veggies, and they carry well.
BBQ Seitan Skewers from Vegan Yack Attack
Jackie lets us in on a little secret—if you want seitan that looks like steak, use black beans in the dough! Making seitan is really quite simple; if you haven’t tried it out yet, you totally should.
Smoky Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Apple Slaw from Dishing Out Health
These patties are held together with flaxseed and quinoa and are hearty enough not to fall apart when grilling. Plus, the citrus-y slaw with fresh cilantro is ultra refreshing.
Homemade Hamburger Buns from Snacking in Sneakers
If you’re an overachiever and want to make everything from scratch, try this recipe to make hamburger buns in under an hour!
Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli from Minimalist Baker
I’ve been drooling over this recipe for days. It just looks and sounds so darn delicious. I mean, look:
Best Dang Vegan BBQ Baked Beans from Brand New Vegan
Who said slow cookers are only for the winter? Sure, making baked beans from scratch is an all-day process but the flavor is oh-so-worth-it!
Fingerling Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Vinaigrette from The Clever Carrot
This recipe is super simple but that’s why I love it. I’m not into creamy salads and this one is so perfect, dressed in sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil — just what the taste buds ordered.
Getting a little parched from all that delicious food? Wash it down with a fruity beverage! Add some rum if you’re into that or keep it virgin and enjoy the refreshment of mango, mint and lime on a hot summer day.
Red, White and Blue Vegan Watermelon Cake from Abbey’s Kitchen
OK, how genius (and cute) is this cake?! Juicy watermelon “cake” covered in coconut yogurt “frosting” and decorated with antioxidant-rich berries plus some shredded coconut and almonds for a little crunch. Have your cake and eat it too!
Vegan Nectarine Upside-Down Cake from Yup It’s Vegan
And because I’ve been eating so many perfectly ripe nectarines lately, I had to include this recipe. Made with spelt flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar and warming spices, this cake is sure to satisfy your summery sweet tooth.
What’s on your holiday weekend menu? Have any favorite picnic eats you care to share?
Jamie @ Dishing Out Health says
Delicious round-up, Taylor! Thanks for including my chickpea burgers! Can’t wait to try some of these others Xo
Kaleigh @ Lively Table says
These all look so delicious! Thanks for including my salad recipe! 🙂
Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers says
Great roundup!! Thanks for including my hamburger buns. Also, that grilled corn looks AMAZING. I can’t wait to make that.