Memorial Day is coming up, and like any red-blooded American I enjoy celebrating with a good barbecue. But as a vegetarian, traditional burgers and dogs are out (but I still love the smell of them grilling! Don’t hate me fellow vegetarians and vegans!). While soy substitutes can be tasty, I crave variety. The ideas and recipes below are guaranteed to add some bang to your barbecue, keeping it tasty and meat-free! Even die-hard carnivores will love these options!
Packet Roasted Balsamic Green Beans and Peppers
Packet roasting vegetables is incredibly easy, and a good way to keep your veggies meat-free even if they’re cooking next to steak. This recipe, via Delish, offers up some veggies that you don’t normally see at a barbecue. The balsamic, maple syrup, and mustard combine to make a great glaze, and the pine nuts give it a nice crunch.
Grilled Portabello Mushrooms
Portabello mushrooms are the kings of the mushroom world and one of my favorite things to grill. I’m craving them as I write this! These big meaty mushrooms are great in dishes, but stand alone just fine. When using the recipe here, be sure to try Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette which makes a main dish that meat-eaters look at with envy.
Black Bean Salad
So easy, delicious, and filling! This black bean salad requires no cooking, makes a beautiful addition to your evening barbecue, and gets a nice kick from the jalapeno and cilantro.
Vegetarian Grilled Zucchini Croque Mademoiselle
If your mouth didn’t water when you saw the picture of this amazing dish above, you have more self-control than I do. Made with thick crusty bread, grilled zucchini, and plenty of cheese, this Serious Eats recipe will make your day!
Besides these recipes, I’ve had great success with mozzarella and tomato salads with fresh basil (my mouth is watering now!), vegetarian chili, and roasted vegetable kabobs. What are your favorite vegetarian recipes for a barbecue?