The 4th of July is coming up this weekend, and what better way to celebrate than gathering together with your friends, family, or neighbors to watch fireworks and share a meal? As a former vegan who’s currently omitting sugar and grains, I know that one of the hardest things about bringing everyone together is taking everyone’s dietary restrictions into consideration. With that in mind, I’ve collected the following recipes for your 4th of July cookout, taking care to include vegan and vegetarian options alongside gluten and grain free/paleo recipes. As a bonus, the burger toppings, sides, and desserts fit all dietary restrictions, so everyone can share!
For creative bun alternatives, use lettuce (as shown above), big slices of bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, or roasted sweet potato slices. Yum!
Throughout several years of vegetarianism and veganism, these burgers remained a weekly staple at my house. They can be made indoors in a skillet for a taste of summer all year long, and they hold up beautifully on the grill as well. (For vegan, omit egg.)
I made a batch of these to go on burgers this past weekend, and they are so good. I’ve also been eating them on salads and rolled up with ham and mayo in a lettuce wrap. (For paleo, omit sugar.)
Please don’t let the word “detox” make you uncomfortable. This beet, kale, and cabbage salad is light and summery and perfect for your next cookout or potluck.
This combination of sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pecans is so unexpected but totally perfect. (For paleo, sub a clean homemade mayo—a staple in my house—or an egg-free mayo like this one for a vegan version.)
This cheesecake is not only beautiful but vegan and grain free. Total crowd-pleaser!
These are just a few of my 4th of July favorites. We’re actually celebrating by camping this year, so I doubt I’ll be eating anything quite so fancy! What are your favorite dishes for the 4th?
(All photos courtesy of their respective sources.)