Vegan 4th of July Dips
1. Raw 10-Minute Salsa by the Vegan 8
As someone who is a challenged chef, I really appreciate Brandi Doming’s vegan recipes because they all contain just eight ingredients. Brandi is a full-on Renaissance woman, with skills and talents beyond cooking, but her healthy vegan recipes will make you believe this is her true calling. Check out her blog to learn more about how she healed her husband’s health challenges by switching the family to a plant-based diet. You can get the recipe to this smooth, fresh salsa here. And you can check out her cookbook here.
2. Simple Guacamole by Loving It Vegan
As a fellow INFJ on the Myers Briggs Personality Test, Allison of Loving It Vegan is a girl after my own heart. On her 100% vegan food blog, which she creates with the help of her sweetheart Jaye and their two kitties, Allison writes openly about evolving beyond dieting and watching her weight to embracing healthy vegan eating and a healthy state of mind. After all, it’s what is in your head and heart that matters, not your shape or size. You can get her yummy guac recipe here.
3. Buffalo Hummus Dip by the No Meat Athlete (Compliments of Oh She Glows)
Vegan chef extraordinaire Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows gives a shout-out to her pal Matt Frazier, aka the No Meat Athlete, for this delicious buffalo hummus recipe. Matt created this recipe because he missed the spicy sauce used in traditional buffalo wings. You can get the full recipe here.
Vegan 4th of July Salads and Sides
4. Spinach, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Quinoa Salad by the Simple Veganista
I was on a quest to find a red, white, and blue vegan salad and Julie of the Simple Veganista delivered! An ambassador for the vegan food movement, Julie’s philosophy is to share her “celebration of foods that are clean, as nutrient-dense as possible, and cruelty free, taking the focus off of animal products and processed foods.” This beautiful salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can get the recipe here.
5. Corn on the Cob by Nikki Vegan
Nikki Vegan is not only a popular vegan YouTube chef, she’s also a vegan eating coach, sharing “What I Are Today” videos that show you how to eat vegan when you’re on the run, traveling, or just trying to save money. You can get her vegan corn on the cob recipes here, and be sure to check out to her YouTube channel.
6. Vegan Cole Slaw by Cooking with Plants
Anja Cass is another popular vegan chef who found her way to a healthier lifestyle by embracing plant-based eating. Now she shares her delicious recipes with the world. After reading The China Study, she became vegan “almost overnight” and lost 50 pounds in four months. Check out her site Cooking with Plants, and you can get her yummy vegan cole slaw recipe here.
7. Vegan Mashed Potatoes from the Minimalist Baker
Dana Shultz of the Minimalist Baker is a cookbook author, photographer, and all around uber ambassador to get more people over to the plant-based side of life. All of her recipes use 10 ingredients or less and the variety of dishes will have your drooling over her blog for a very long time. You can get this recipe for vegan mashed potatoes with their big slab of yes-that’s-vegan-butter here. And you can see her cookbooks here.
8. Vegan Baked Beans by the Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show
Inspired by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, author of the popular book Eat to Live, Jill created the Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show to help others find health through clean, plant-based eating. All of her recipes are free of refined sugar, oil, and salt. You can get her baked beans recipe, made with heirloom beans, here.
9. Vegan Mac and Cheese by Preacher Lawson
Is he a comedian or a chef? He’s both! No matter what kind of mood I’m in, Preacher Lawson always puts a smile on my face. The first cooking video of his that I saw was one for vegan fried “chicken,” which I featured in my post about Decadent Vegan Recipes, and which was super popular with UniGuide visitors. I suppose this recipe for vegan mac and cheese could have gone in that post too – because it’s richly delicious! This one will be a crowd pleaser with kids and grownups alike. You can get the recipe here and be sure to check out more of Preacher’s hilarious videos here.
Vegan 4th of July Main Courses
10. Grilled Caribbean Veggie Kebabs
While there are a lot of recipes in this post that offer great-tasting vegan substitutes for traditional 4th of July meat dishes, I get that there are times when you just want your veggies and nothing else will do. In my experience, vegans often fall into two camps: those who have zero interest in meat substitute vegan dishes and those who are more “omnivorous” in their culinary pursuits, as long as it’s still vegan. So, I thought – we definitely need some veggie kebabs in this post for the only-vegetables-please vegans!
11. Vegan Cheeseburger Recipe from Tasty
And then there are those among you who can’t get over cheeseburgers. And why should you, when there are recipes like this one from Tasty? The BuzzFeed of viral cooking videos, Tasty offers tons of over-the-top yummy vegan recipe videos, and this plant-based cheeseburger is no exception. The burger is made with black beans, walnuts, mushrooms, and other savory ingredients, and you can top it off with your favorite vegan cheese and other fixins’. Get the full recipe here.
12. Vegan Hot Dogs by Hot for Food
The queen of vegan comfort food, Hot for Food creator Lauren Toyota makes vegan cooking fun to watch and fun to eat. She’s got a new cookbook out called Vegan Comfort Classics that’s sure to appeal to foodies everywhere, both vegan and not so vegan. Check out how she makes this decadent vegan hot dog with relish when she goes head-to-head with her co-host John in their vegan hot dog making competition.
13. Gluten-Free Vegan Fried “Chicken” by Mary’s Test Kitchen
Another 4th of July recipe that’s sure to win over the carnivores is this vegan fried un-chicken recipe by Mary’s Test Kitchen. Not only is it vegan, it’s also gluten-free. Mary offers a variety of vegan recipes on her site, which has a section dedicated to special diets, including soy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and more. You can get here sumptuous vegan fried “chicken” recipe here.
14. Sticky Vegan BBQ “Ribs”
You can tell that Gaz Oakley, creator of the Avant-Garde Vegan, is living in the zone, pursuing his life’s purpose. Whether you like to cook or not, his passion for creating delicious vegan dishes will have you enthralled as you watch his cooking videos on YouTube. His recipe for vegan “ribs” will surely win over your most hardcore carnivore family members and friends. You can get the full recipe here. And you can find his cookbook here.
Vegan 4th of July Desserts
15. Red, White, and Blue Piña Colada Popsicles
Marina, creator of the Yummy Mummy Kitchen, shares healthy recipes, travel stories, and gardening tips in her lovely blog. She studied education and art in school, but confesses that cooking is her favorite art form. You can get the recipe for these fun, 4th of July-inspired piña colada popsicles here.
16. Vegan Apple Pie
Fully embracing her inner sweet tooth, Nicole of Sweet Like Cocoa creates delectable vegan treats with whole ingredients. With gorgeous photos and vegan spins on traditional treats, Sweet Like Cocoa will make you want to get off your phone and into the kitchen so you can start baking. Get the recipe for this delicious vegan apple pie here.
17. Summer Berry Cashew Cream Pie by One Green Planet
I’ve been reading One Green Planet for eons it seems, and I’ve been psyched to see them increasingly promote a vegan lifestyle and educate people about animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues. It’s sort of hard to believe that there was actually a time when people didn’t make the connection between environmental issues and how we eat. One Green Planet is helping people make that connection. One of the ways they’re doing this is by sharing delicious vegan recipes with the world. This red, white, and blue berry cashew cream pie looks over the top delicious and I can’t wait to make it! You can get the recipe here. Thanks, OGP and all of you vegan chefs. You are making the world a better place!
Happy 4th, Everyone!