These plant-based appetizers, snacks, and main dishes are portable and quick to prepare and are ideal for an outdoor celebration. These meatless recipes are free of eggs and dairy too, making them suitable for vegans and those with food allergies.
Barbecue Slawpy Jacks
This hearty vegan entrée is essentially a cross between a sloppy Joe and a barbecue sandwich and a creative way for vegans this traditional classic.
Israeli-Style HummusA little baking soda softens the chickpeas for an ethereally smooth texture in this Israeli-Style Hummus. The hummus will have the best flavor and will thicken considerably once cooled.
Can't-Believe-It's-Vegan ChiliYou won't believe this completely satisfying chili that cooks in a fraction of the time it takes to make traditional meat chili is vegan! This recipe makes plenty--so prepare to have lots to share.
Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos
This flavorful fiesta-on-a-plate involves an unlikely main ingredient: fruit! Jackfruit is an extremely versatile ingredient because it absorbs and takes on the flavors of spices and other ingredients incredibly well, which helps lend these tacos their authentic flair. The fruit itself is pale in color and has a flaky, meaty texture, which makes it the perfect meat substitute for a vegetarian or vegan dinner option so everyone can enjoy it.
The Best "Beefy" Vegan Burgers
This umami-rich burger unabashedly attempts to imitate a beef burger in flavor, texture, and appearance.
Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla ChipsThis 5-star recipe for fruity salsa and homemade cinnamon tortilla chips looks impressive and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for everyone at the tailgate--vegan or not.
Tofu BitesServe cold or at room temperature with toothpicks for a delicious meatless snack.
Five-Bean ChiliHere is a make-ahead chili that both meat lovers and vegetarians will love: It packs in all the classic flavors you want and is loaded with beans that give the dish a rich, almost meaty character.
Root Veggie FriesChoose this easy roasted vegetable medley as a healthier choice over traditional fried potatoes. They're delicious and ridiculously-easy to make. That's a win-win!
Diner-Style Onion RingsRevive this diner favorite using a mixture of gluten-free all-purpose flour, white rice flour, and club soda in the batter.
White Bean and Pumpkin Hummus with Pita ChipsThis lightly sweet and smoky take on hummus is the perfect snack or a fitting starter for any autumn gathering.
Warm Spiced CashewsChinese five-spice powder lends a distinct toastiness to these sweet and savory nuts. They're perfect to whip up as a quick, make-ahead, crowd-pleasing appetizer for entertaining.
Gin and Maple Macerated BerriesIn this simple fruit salad, sugar, lime, and gin soften and preserve berries while extracting their natural juices to become a syrupy sauce.
Tomatillo Salsa VerdeThis a great, versatile salsa for chips, chicken tacos, and enchiladas verde. You can also customize it by adding mint or avocado--or charring ingredients for a robust flavor that's especially good in carne asada tacos.
Grilled Tempeh SkewersThe salty-sweet glaze complements the nutty, slightly tangy flavor of the tempeh. If you've never experimented with this soybean cake before, this is a good recipe to start with.
Dark Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Avocado FrostingThis vegan cake (no eggs or butter!) is so delicious that our kids begged for more. The frosting is silky smooth, and the cake is light and loaded with chocolate flavor, and healthy fats.
Split Pea HummusThis fun Southern twist on traditional hummus is inexpensive and tasty. Serve it as an appetizer with fresh vegetables and pita chips.
Chloe's Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake CupcakesThis little vegan chocolate strawberry cupcake helped then 22-year-old baker Chloe Coscarelli win first place on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" in 2010. She was the first vegan to win a Food Network competition.
Mini Vegan Key Lime Icebox PiesThis “custard” has an insanely rich and silky mouthfeel born from a partnership between avocado (which also provides the natural green coloring) and tofu in these delicious handheld pies.
Roasted Chickpeas with Garam MasalaThese addictive snacks flew out of our test kitchen. They're great on salads, too.
Pan-Roasted Padrón PeppersThe classic way to enjoy Padrón peppers, this appetizer is as good at room temperature as hot. You can also make this recipe with small sweet peppers, adding a sprinkle of red chile flakes.
Cashew-Lime Cilantro HummusServe with fresh-cut vegetables, such as jicama, carrot, red pepper, and celery sticks.
Three-Bean Vegetarian ChiliThis delicious meatless chili is great as-is, but you can also add in some corn and bell peppers and substitute black beans for white beans, if you'd like.
Boiled PeanutsYou're just 2 ingredients away from an appetizer that's salty, hot, and highly-addictive.
Garlic, Avocado, and Tomato ToastThree words garlic, avocado, and tomato. Perfect for tapas or a great, heart-healthy snack.
Tofu JerkyTofu + a handful of kitchen staple ingredients are all you'll need to prepare this delicious vegan snack. Before serving, let jerky cool completely. (Slices will get a bit crisper as they cool.) The leftovers will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 week.
Smoky Two-Bean Vegetarian ChiliA wee bit of canned chipotle chiles goes a long way in infusing this hearty chili with rich, smoky flavor and a hint of heat.
Veggie Lettuce WrapsBecause of their strength and malleability, Bibb lettuce leaves are some of the best for loaded lettuce wraps. It's worth picking up a couple of heads if you only have iceberg or romaine in your crisper.
Mango SalsaYou can make this salsa up to 4 hours ahead; cover and chill before packing it for the big game.
Black Bean TacosSeitan has a neutral flavor and a chewy, meatlike texture. Look for it in the refrigerated sections of health food stores or Asian markets. It may also be labeled wheat gluten.
BBQ Tempeh and Mushroom KebabsServe these grilled skewers with plenty of tangy barbecue sauce.
Light and Fresh Potato SaladWe swapped a vinaigrette for the standard mayo-loaded potato salad, and the result is no less delicious.
Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate KetchupGround porcini mushrooms add a meaty flavor to this hearty veggie burger.
Two-Tone Potato SaladPickled onions and cucumber relish add a tangy kick to this blue-and-gold potato salad. We opted for vegan mayonnaise here.
SoCal Veggie BurgersPile up your favorite veggie burger patties with lots of vegetables, homemade hummus and slaw, and tuck the works into lettuce "buns." Use extra hummus as a dip for vegetables or as a sandwich spread.
Vegetable BurgersThese tender vegetable patties are meant to be soft.