Memorial Day is May 28. This national U.S. holiday is celebrated to honor the brave men and women who gave their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Flags are waved and local parades are held all over the nation to commemorate these everyday heroes and to uphold the spirit of patriotism. Memorial Day also unofficially marks the beginning of summer, and in typical American fashion, people dust off their picnic baskets and fire up their grills for some good ole American eats. We’ve gussied up the standard picnic and grilling fare with these stellar vegan options for a perfect Memorial Day picnic and grilling party.

9 Vegan Grilling and Picnic Recipes

1. Potato Salad

Potato Salad

No grilling party or picnic is complete without the humble potato salad. Its presence is non-negotiable, and at a picnic potluck, there’s usually more than one variety of this iconic American dish. Make your potato salad stand out by using multi-colored potatoes and adding diced cornichon pickles to the mix. Not only will yours look prettier than all the others, it will also have guests scooping up seconds and thirds!

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2. Tofu Egg Salad Sandwiches

Tofu Egg Salad

Egg salad is one of those things that you either love or you hate. However, it’s hard not to love this tofu version by Vegan Richa. If you have all the seasonings on hand, these sandwiches can be whipped up in five minutes. Pack a bunch in your basket and hurry out to enjoy a long day at the park.

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3. Burgers

Grill burgers

The Beyond Burger is a stellar option for barbecues, but for those who want to impress their friends by making a veggie burger from scratch, this is your go-to recipe. Unlike many homemade veggie burgers that tend to fall apart, these stand up to the grill. These burgers will earn you the title of Grill Master, no questions asked.

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4. Carrot Hot Dogs

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Again, there are plenty of quality vegan hot dogs on the market, but for a whole food and homemade option, try out the carrot dog. It may raise a few eyebrows at first, but once people take a bite out of these juicy marinated veggies topped with all the fixings, you might just become their short-order cook for the entire party.

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5. Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

Break out that red and white checkered picnic blanket and lounge under a shady tree while nibbling on some crispy vegan fried chicken. Sneak a few pieces into the pile of animal-based fried chicken and no one will know the difference – it’s that good.

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6. Elote


Gussy up the traditional grilled corn by making elote (Mexican grilled corn). Get a good char on your corn, then add a dusting of vegan parmesan, a drizzle of crema, and a squirt of fresh lemon or lime juice for a sweet yet savory handheld barbecue snack.

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7. Sangria


This non-alcoholic sangria is perfect for a Memorial Day block party where kids are around, but you could also add some vegan red wine to make it a bit more…festive. Make a large pitcher of this and your guests will guzzle it by the red Solo cup full.

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8. Ice Box Cake

NadaMoo Icebox Cake

This icebox cake is super easy to throw together – no baking required. Grab two pints of your favorite vegan ice cream, store-bought cookie dough, and a package of vegan chocolate cookies and you’re good to go. Try pairing NadaMoo! vanilla with the cookie dough fudge flavor the ultimate cookie dough dessert, because nothing screams ‘Merica like eating raw chocolate chip cookie dough.

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9. Strawberry Trifle

Strawberry Trifle

Make packable mini mason jar parfaits for the perfect picnic snack, or bring a stunning trifle bowl of this sweet treat to your neighbor’s grilling party. No matter how you serve it, this fresh summer dessert layered with coconut whip, vanilla sponge cake, and strawberries is guaranteed to delight.

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Image Credit: Not Quite Nigella