Whether youâ€™re hosting or invited to a summer cookout, barbecue, or potluck, you’ll need a stash of easy-to-prepare and colorful cold dishes to share â€” and to help lure your friends to the plant-based side! Featuring plenty of summer produce, these room-temperature dishes are designed to impress the guests while keeping it easy on the cook. All of these are fantastic accompaniments to our Vegan Barbecue offerings.Â
Barley and corn are a companionable duo in Barley Salad with Fresh Corn and Peas.Â Shown above, it’s a simple and hearty cold dish that’s a great choice to serve at potlucks and picnics.
Vegan Salade NiÃ§oise, at top, is a beautifully composed French-inspired platter that looks fancy but is incredibly easy to make. The traditional version is often made with tuna, but here the fish is replaced with baked tofu, which makes a great stand-in. And the array of ingredientsâ€”white beans or chickpeas, slender green beans, tomatoes, and olivesâ€”makes it a splendid main dish salad for a summer meal, either on busy weeknights or festive occasions.
Luscious Potato and Leek Salad is a dressed-up potato salad thatâ€™s easy to make, with the warming touch of leeks. Itâ€™s great with grilled dishes, and is a nice potluck or company dish for summer.
Southwestern Pasta Salad with Avocado, Corn, and Peppers has a delectable southwestern flavor. It makes a great companion to grilled veggies and plant proteins.
Classic three-bean salad gets a modernÂ twist with balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and sunflower seeds. Contemporary Three-Bean SaladÂ is a special favorite to serve with summer outdoor meals and your plant-based barbecued proteins.
Hearty Greek-Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu â€œFetaâ€ is easy enough to make for everyday meals, and impressive enough to serve on special occasions. Itâ€™s a sturdy dish to bring to your summer gatherings.
Cold Soba and Cucumber SaladÂ is delicious even without the parsley or cilantro sauce, though I highly recommend it. Hearty soba (buckwheat) noodles mingleÂ with refreshing cucumber, and as an added bonus, these noodles are naturally gluten-free.
If youâ€™ve been asked to bring an appetizer to your summer gathering, might we suggest this tasty, season-appropriate Eggplant and Tomato Spread? Featuring eggplant with a hint of tahini, itâ€™s reminiscent of baba ghanouj, but with the summery flavor of tomatoes. Pick up some fresh bread to serve with it â€” olive bread makes it even more heavenly.Â
Last but not least,letâ€™s say youâ€™ve been tasked with providing dessert for your summer potluck or barbecue and you donâ€™t feel like turning on the oven. Unbaked Peach-Berry Crumble is a fantastic choice; serve with vanilla nondairy frozen dessert, and youâ€™re all set.