If there’s one thing Americans love, it’s food-based holidays. With the Fourth of July coming up, a lot of people will be breaking out their grills this weekend to celebrate. Although vegans don’t eat the traditional Independence Day fair, that doesn’t mean that we can’t take part in the fun! Here are a few ideas to celebrate red, white, and blue while still getting your greens!
Whether you’re holding your own barbecue or going to someone else’s celebration, make sure you have some portabello mushrooms for grilling. Veggie burgers are a great option, but we’ve all heard the cracks when we break out a soy-based burger at social events. A portabello mushroom cup, marinated in a balsamic vinegar mix is way more likely to entice others to try one as well. If you’re feeling really ambitious, throw some eggplant onto the grill as well and make yourself a gourmet burger (just replace the mayo with vegan mayo, and you’re good to go). With such a good looking and yummy burger, you definitely won’t feel left out while everyone else chows down on their patties. Just make sure you bring more than one mushroom cap because other guests may lust after your vegan deliciousness and ask you to make them one too!
Besides burgers, a staple of any party, but especially outdoor barbecues, are chips and dips. This is a super easy dish to make vegan because everyone loves vegan dips, whether they know it or not. Ranch and sour cream dips won’t stand a chance against homemade hummus, black bean dip, salsa, or guacamole. Whether these dips are accompanied by pita chips, tortilla chips, or fresh veggies, you’ll definitely want to eat your fair share. You’ll probably have to fight the other guests for bowl time, but sharing is caring, right?
Of course, you’re going to need something to wash down those chips and dips, and what would Fourth of July be without beer? Well, it wouldn’t be American for one thing. Luckily, the quintessential American beer (read: water), Bud Light, is vegan, as well as Bud Light Lime-A-Rita. Check out this full list of vegan beers before you stock up your cooler or bring a case to a friend’s party. Remember, nothing says “I love America” like a bunch of drunken people slurring “I luh ‘Merica.”
Finish off your Fourth of July feast with the holiday’s traditional dessert, strawberry shortcake. Luckily for us vegans, there are a ton of vegan recipes to make this all-American dish. This is by no means a healthy vegan dessert, but it’s America’s birthday and we’ll eat if we want to! If you’re gluten-free or have gluten-free friends, here’s a great recipe for you as well!
If you do want to have a healthy holiday, there are some tasty and patriotic alternatives to the strawberry shortcake. Raw desserts are becoming huge in America right now, so some tripple berry raw cheesecake is sure to hit the spot with both herbivores and omnivores. Of course, if you want to go raw the easy way (and why wouldn’t you?), you can always make an American Flag fruit salad for dessert! All you need are fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and some shish kabob sticks to make this super easy and super yummy dessert!
These are just a few of my Fourth of July ideas, but I want to know what you guys are gonna munch on this Thursday! Comment below with your favorite Independence Day dishes and have a safe and happy holiday!