What We’re Loving This Month: Vegan Grilling

July 16, 2019

Gone are the days of grilling bland veggie burgers. From charred romaine to grilled cauliflower “steaks” and barbecue tofu kebobs, you can easily kick your vegan meals up a notch at your next summer BBQ.

In the past, plant-based eaters had few options for main dishes with the beloved char flavor everyone craves. Today, there are countless ways to get creative. Here are some of our favorite crowd-pleasing dishes that even your meat-loving friends will enjoy!

Vegetables

  • Romaine Wedges – Charring romaine gives it a delicious flavor. Top the wedges with crispy chickpeas and a creamy vegan Caesar dressing for the perfect grilled salad!
  • Cauliflower – Cauliflower “steaks” can be found in almost every vegan cookbook these days. After they’re grilled, drizzle them with vegan pesto[KS1] , lemon juice, herbs, and capers for a tangy touch.
  • Asparagus – Grilled asparagus is a great addition to any nutritious bowl recipe, like this superfood bowl[KS2] . Try drizzling the asparagus with olive oil and balsamic vinegar before grilling for a sweet, caramelized flavor.
  • Zucchini – Grilled zucchini is a common side dish, but why not make it the star of a sandwich? Spread creamy vegan cheese, like this cashew version, [KS3] on toasted grain bread; add the grilled zucchini, some fresh arugula, and sliced tomatoes for the ideal summertime lunch!

Fruit

  • Watermelon – The key to grilling watermelon is to make sure the grill is extremely hot so that the watermelon does not steam, but rather chars and caramelizes. A squeeze of lime juice, plus a sprinkle of ancho chile powder, flaky sea salt, and cilantro will provide the grilled watermelon with a refreshing burst of sweet and spicy flavor.
  • Pineapple – Grilling pineapple brings out its juiciness. Chop the grilled pineapple and make a salsa with tomatoes, peppers, lime juice, cilantro, etc., for shredded veggie tacos.
  • Peaches –We love adding grilled peaches to summer salads. They taste perfect right when they begin to brown, providing just a touch of sweetness when paired with greens. Give them a try in this pomegranate-peach salad[KS4] .
  • Bananas – Yes, you can grill bananas! In fact, they make a perfect healthy, vegan dessert at BBQs. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and coconut sugar before placing them on the grill. Then eat them over vegan ice cream[KS5] !

Protein

  • Tofu –A plant-based protein staple, tofu is an extremely versatile ingredient. For grilling purposes, it can be made into “steaks” or cubed for kebobs. Drizzle a chimichurri sauce on top of the grilled tofu for a bright and zesty main dish.
  • Seitan –Seitan, which is made from high-protein wheat and water, becomes a surprisingly great substitute for meat when grilled. Turn it into a delicious full meal by placing it on a bed of quinoa and grilled vegetables.
  • Tempeh – Like tofu, tempeh is a soy-based protein. To soften its chewy texture, cut it into slices and blanch first. Marinate it in maple syrup, coconut aminos, and rice vinegar for 30+ minutes, and grill until the tempeh is browned.
  • Falafel – Forget the fryer and use your grill to make crispy falafel. Top with your favorite sauce (we like this chia and hemp seed pesto[KS6] ), and offer a build-your-own falafel sandwich or salad with a variety of toppings at your next BBQ.

What are your favorite vegan-friendly grill recipes? Share with us what you’re making this summer!

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