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20 Vegetarian 4th of July Recipes for a Sparkling Holiday

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These 20 Vegetarian 4th of July Recipes are perfect for your outdoor parties, BBQ, or picnics as you celebrate America’s Independence! These are some of my favorite recipes including starters, sides, burgers, sandwiches, and of course dessert!

vegetarian 4th of July recipes: chocolate cupcakes, guacamole, 7 layer dip, black bean burger, lemon bars, superfood salad

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Outdoor parties, fireworks, lots of delicious food, spending time with family and friends, my birthday (on July 5th) – it doesn’t get much better than that!

When it comes to planning a fantastic summer cookout, you want to make sure you have dishes that everyone at your gathering can eat and enjoy. Whether you are vegetarian, or have vegetarian guests, these meatless recipes are sure to be delicious and tasty for everyone at your get together, even the meat eaters! I’ve also added some vegan fourth of July recipes too!

In this round-up, you’ll find everything from your favorite potato salad, and sweet corn, to dishes with fresh summer herbs, and perfectly grilled veggie burgers.

There’s a little something for everyone so that you’ll have the most spectacular July 4th celebration!

These vegetarian 4th of July recipes work for your backyard get-togethers or for your next bbq too. These easy recipes are healthy, light, summery, and absolutely delicious.

Perfect Side Dishes, Starters, and Fresh Summer Salads

The best backyard picnic or BBQ is all about the sides and the starters! These vegetarian 4th of July recipes for salads, and dips will keep your guests happy until the main course is ready!

Grape and Avocado Salad

recipe for grape salad with avocado and cojita cheese in a white bowl

This refreshing recipe for grape salad brings sweet and savory together to create the perfect side dish! With a bit of added kick from the addition of jalapeño peppers and creaminess from the avocado and cojita cheese, the sweetness of the grapes are nicely balanced. For a vegan spin on this recipe, just omit the cheese!

Fruit Salad with a Kick

Mexican Fruit Salad with cubed melon, mango, jicama, dragon fruit, lime juice, and a hint of spicy chili - served in a blue bowl - vegetarian 4th of July recipes

A simple salad with cubed melon, mango, dragon fruit, kiwi, jicama, lime juice, and a hint of spice from chili powder. Feel free to add some juicy watermelon to the mix as well. This recipe is an unexpected and delicious take on the traditional fruit salad. Most fruit salad will use orange juice or some other sweetener, but this recipe relies on the natural sweetness of the fruit to make this salad healthier and extra tasty. Great for a summer picnic, an outdoor bbq!

Superfood Salad with Healthy Ranch Dressing

superfood salad served in a white bowl with broccoli, blueberries, sweet Fuji apples, cabbage, spinach, dried cherries, pine nuts, and a healthy ranch dressing

This Superfood Salad is going to be your new favorite dish! It’s filled with broccoli, blueberries, sweet Fuji apples, cabbage, spinach, dried cherries, pine nuts, and a healthy, homemade ranch dressing. Ready in just 15 minutes!

White Bean and Veggie Bruschetta

Caprese Bruschetta with vegetables, served on a wooden cutting board with a white and green napkin in the background

This Caprese Bruschetta has a twist with a mixture of tomatoes, red peppers, zucchini, and white beans that sit on top of a whole wheat baguette, topped with fresh herbs for a finishing touch. It’s one of my favorite yummy appetizers to serve to a crowd!

Healthy Potato Salad

The Perfect Healthy Potato Salad in a white bowl topped with sliced green onions - classic vegetarian 4th of July recipes

This healthy potato salad is a classic side dish for a summer party or barbecue. Check out how to make this traditional, creamy potato dish a little healthier with a few tricks. You won’t know the difference! This hearty salad also pairs nicely with this classic pasta salad that’s high in fiber and protein!

Healthy Guacamole with Chipotle Peppers

healthy guacamole recipe

This healthy guacamole recipe is easy and simple to make. It’s a great variation on the authentic Mexican recipe. It’s perfect to serve as a topping on tacos and enchiladas, or great as a dip with some chips.

Edamame Guacamole

vegan guacamole with tortilla chips in a white bowl

This vegan guacamole recipe with edamame is the perfect healthy dip! Low in calories and fat, and easy and quick to make, this tasty edamame guacamole will be the star of your next party!

Healthy 7 Layer Taco Dip

chip dipped in 7 layer taco dip - vegetarian 4th of July recipes

This healthy, 7 layer taco dip is a party table’s best friend! Lightened up from the traditional bean dip recipes and naturally gluten-free, this is a delicious way to enjoy one of your favorite tips with all of the same great flavor but none of the guilt! You’ll love how this bean dip tastes with chips, veggies or even on its own. Ready in just 20 minutes and kid-friendly too!

Easy Vegetarian Burgers, Sandwiches and Main Dishes

It wouldn’t be an outdoor party without firing up the grill! These veggie burgers and sandwiches are full of texture and flavor! Easy and quick to make, they are hearty, full of summer flavors and are some of my favorite vegetarian 4th of July recipes!

Southwestern Pinto Bean Burgers

pinto bean burgers with spinach, tomato, and red onion - a classic vegetarian 4th of July recipes

Ever tried making a veggie burger with pinto beans? Now’s your chance – and you don’t want to miss it! These pinto bean burgers are packed with fresh corn, beans, spices and are topped with fresh veggies and bbq sauce. They are fresh, flavor-packed, and filling. So much better than frozen veggie burgers and easily adapted to vegan. 

Falafel Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce

falafel burgers pictured against a marble background, topped with tomatoes and lettuce and a feta sauce

These hearty Falafel Burgers are bursting with Mediterranean flavors! Every taste is filled with beluga lentils, chickpeas, seasonings, and a subtle sweetness that is pure heaven. They’re topped with a creamy feta cheese sauce to really put them over the top! To make these vegan, replace the sauce with vegan mayo!

Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

A black bean burger on a white plate served with fries - vegetarian 4th of July recipes

These vegetarian black bean quinoa burgers are easy and quick to make. Black beans add a nice meaty texture that will make this burger satisfying for vegetarians and meat eaters alike! Tasty, hearty, and can easily be made vegan too!

Vegan Black Bean Burger with Tahini Sauce

black bean burgers with tahini sauce - perfect for vegetarian 4th of July recipes

These healthy vegan burgers are protein packed and perfect for summer cookouts and barbecues! Easy substitutes make the patties both vegan-friendly and gluten-free, and the creamy, delicious tahini sauce makes this one of the best vegan 4th of July recipes ever!

Kale and Caramelized Onion Paninis

Kale and Caramelized Onion Veggie Panini Recipe on a white plate

This savory veggie panini with caramelized onions makes the vegetarian lifestyle easy – and downright delicious. The fontina cheese oozes out of the sandwich, the bread is warm and crispy, and the sautéed kale adds a complementary lightness.

Veggie Shawarma Recipe with Marinated Tofu

veggie shawarma with marinated tofu, served on a tan plate

This veggie shawarma is stuffed with crispy savory tofu, chopped greens, quick pickled onions and a super creamy yogurt dressing. Everything is tightly tucked into a soft and pliable whole wheat naan bread warmed to perfection.

Decadent and Healthy Desserts

Cheesecake Bites

cheesecake bite in muffin cup topped with raspberries - delicious for vegetarian 4th of July recipes

You’ll want to savor every taste of these rich Cheesecake Bites! They are velvety smooth, creamy, and the best decadent dessert for all occasions.

Healthy Chocolate Cupcakes

healthy chocolate cupcakes on a blue and white cloth

These are the best healthy chocolate cupcakes ever!! They are lightened up with Greek yogurt, white whole wheat flour, and contain no refined sugar. Super easy to make, moist, rich and chocolatey – the perfect guilt-free treat for the whole family!

Gluten-Free Brownies

fudgy chocolate brownies stacked on top of one another

Decadent, rich, fudgy, and delicious – there’s nothing more satisfying than these amazing Gluten Free Brownies! They are super easy to make, are easily made vegan or dairy-free, and have a secret ingredient that makes them healthy too. This is an unforgettable brownie that you will want to make time and time again! Serve them up with some ice cream for the ultimate dessert!

Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

vegan carrot cake cupcakes on wood serving tray

Impress your guests with these vegan carrot cake cupcakes that are flavor-packed and bakery-beautiful! They’re egg free, milk free, and made all the more delicious with an easy vegan cream cheese frosting.

Mini Apple Hand Pies

puff pastry apple turnovers topped with homemade whipped cream on a white plate - perfect for vegetarian 4th of July recipes

These Mini Apple Hand Pies are made with simple ingredients and are the perfect Americana dessert. Flaky crust filled with a sweet and gooey apple filling that’s juicy and packed with flavor.

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

vegan gluten free lemon bars stacked on a white plate

With a sweet, tart coconut milk lemon curd filling, and almond flour crust, these Gluten Free Lemon Bars are the perfect dessert for picnics, bake sales, and more! Naturally sweetened, these bars are vegan friendly.

I hope you have found some inspiration to make your 4th of July celebration something to remember! Happy 4th everyone!

More Vegetarian & Holiday Round-Ups!

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Plant Based Holiday Recipes ·

These plant based holiday recipes get everyone excited to share in the holiday joy! Who can resist hearty entrees like vegan turkey, sides like guilt-free mashed potatoes or this easy 4 ingredient potato soup, or decadent desserts like vegan carrot cake, gingerbread bundt cake, and healthy pumpkin pie?

Get inspired by my easy vegetarian and vegan holiday recipes, and celebrate the holidays while serving up a healthy meal for your family.

Holiday meals can be delicious treats without the guilt. With easy, healthy recipe swaps and alternatives, you’ll get all of the flavor without any of the discomfort of too-rich food!

10 responses to “20 Vegetarian 4th of July Recipes for a Sparkling Holiday”

  1. I just realized that the 4th is quickly approaching, so thank you for giving me some great recipe ideas! They all look soooo tasty!5 stars

  2. Such a great collection of recipes for July 4th and all summer long! I especially love the falafel burgers and mini apple hand pies.5 stars

  3. Such a great round up of recipes! Looks like I have my holiday menu all planned out; can’t wait to give these a try!5 stars

  4. I will be trying that yummy veggie burger soon and the pumpkin ravioli you recently posted. I hope you had a great 4th of July with your family. Time is passing by fast!! We will soon be into the autumn recipes. No complaints there! Take care.

    • Awesome!! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you Celine! Hope you had a great 4th of July as well 🙂

  5. This food looks all so good and yummy!!! It’s 11:00pm here and you are making me hungry! I can’t wait to try them all.

    I got great food ideas for our Canada day yesterday and now for your country’s day. Fantastic!!!!

    Happy coming 4th of July!

    • Aw thanks Celine!! I hope you had a great Canada day, and I hope you loved these recipes when you tried them!

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