Looking for vegetarian Memorial Day recipes? Plan your Memorial Day cookout menu or any summer cookout with my 30 Crave-Worthy Vegetarian Memorial Day recipes to kick off summer. This list includes the best summer vegetarian recipes including burger options, pasta salads, fruit salads, unique dishes, grilled vegetables, summer desserts, and more.
Planning a summer cookout? Start with my Vegetarian Summer Cookout Menu.
Memorial Day Recipes - Vegetarian & Vegan
Looking for the best vegan and vegetarian Memorial Day recipes? I've been sharing delicious vegetarian summer recipes for over a decade and decided to put together everything you might want to make for your next Memorial Day cookout or any summer party in one place. This collection of recipes has you covered for unique crave-worthy dishes, bright pasta salads, vegetarian burger and sandwich ideas, vegetarian grilling ideas, fruit salads, potato salads, and more.
These are my tried and true FAVORITE summer foods that make an appearance at my table year after year. You can't go wrong with building a holiday cookout menu from these. I have you covered from appetizers, main courses, and desserts. If you are hosting any summer party, start your menu planning here.
I love making vegetarian recipes that meat-eaters and vegetarians love, so know these will be a hit at your party with whoever is in your crowd. My meat-eating hubby approves everything on here, so you know whether you're a vegetarian or not these are some recipes you'll love.
What do you make for a Memorial Day Party?
A traditional Memorial menu or summer party menu might include burgers, hot dogs, bbq, chicken, potato salad, and chips, but my menu shakes things up a bit! I include vegetarian burgers, pasta salads, fruit salads, grilled vegetables, and more. Whether you are looking to throw an entirely vegetarian cookout, or just looking to add a vegetarian dish or two to your menu for a particular guest coming to your party, this collection of recipes will have you making the best picnic and Memorial Day recipes ever!
30 Healthy Vegetarian Memorial Day Recipes
These Memorial Day Recipes are vegetarian and some are vegan. I included which ones are vegan in the notes below. They are all healthy and very simple and easy to make.
Memorial Day Recipes - Vegetarian Burgers, Sandwiches & Main Course
Your Memorial Day recipes and summer cookout menu doesn't have to include frozen veggie burgers! This year make your own flavorful veggie burgers and fun vegetarian sandwiches. These are a perfect main course for your party for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Black Bean Burgers with Homemade Guacamole
Looking for the perfect homemade veggie burger? My Black Bean Burgers are packed with flavor, are easy to make, and even freeze well. They are the perfect addition to these vegetarian Memorial Day recipes for your cookout.
Vegetarian with a Vegan Option in the Recipe
Buffalo Chickpea Burger
This Buffalo Chickpea Burger is a unique and tasty twist on a classic veggie burger your backyard barbeque. It uses chickpeas, oats, and buffalo sauce for a delicious patty that's topped with Blue Cheese Cole Slaw. This is one of my favorite unique Memorial Day recipes.
Vegetarian with Vegan Option in the Recipe.
The Best Portobello Mushroom Burgers
No joke, these are THE BEST Portobello Mushroom Burgers. They are marinated to perfection and topped with melty cheese and pickles! Since these burgers don't require assembling burger patties from scratch, they are a great easy vegetarian grilling option.
Vegetarian & Vegan
Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Herbed Goat Cheese
Here's another one of my unique vegetarian Memorial Day recipes that don't require you to assemble a burger. This Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Herbed Goat Cheese is a total flavor bomb and a tasty alternative to a packaged veggie burger.
Vegetarian, Vegan Option in Recipe
Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps
My family LOVES these Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Mushroom Caps and they are on regular dinner rotation and on the summer party dinner menu! They are stuffed with shredded cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and spinach. They are so easy and can be grilled, smoked, or oven-baked making them perfect for your Memorial Day recipes menu.
Memorial Day Recipes - Vegetarian Pasta Salads
Vegetarian pasta salads make fabulous Memorial Day Recipes. These hearty dishes are simple to make, everyone loves them and they can double as a vegetarian main course and a side dish for the rest of your menu.
Caprese Pasta Salad
This Caprese Pasta Salad is one of my go-to vegetarian Memorial Day recipes. I love how simple this recipe is to make with only 4 ingredients and it's truly a crowd favorite. Featuring pasta, fresh pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella, you can't go wrong with this classic flavor combo.
Bruschetta Pasta Salad
Here's another fabulous vegetarian pasta salad. This Bruschetta Pasta Salad has pasta, bruschetta-style tomatoes, basil, and parmesan cheese. This one is so delicious and also easy to make.
Zesty Italian Pasta Salad
Zesty Italian Pasta Salad is a classic one on the list of Memorial Day recipes. This healthy take on the classic pasta salad features lots of bright, fresh veggies, lemon, a homemade Zesty Italian Dressing, and fresh herbs.
Vegetarian, Vegan Option Included
Healthy Macaroni Salad
Here's a healthy take on the classic mayo-filled Macaroni Salad. My Healthy Macaroni Salad features lots of veggies, eggs for protein, and bright Greek yogurt-based dressing.
You can also try my Mexican Macaroni Salad for a slightly different take on this classic pasta salad.
Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad
This Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad makes a perfect addition to your Memorial Day recipes menu. This Mediterranean-inspired pasta salad features cooked tortellini, fresh veggies, and feta.
Memorial Day Recipes - Healthy Classic Side Dishes
There are some tried and true summer recipes you'd expect on a list of Memorial Day Recipes and summer barbeque. Here's where you will find my healthy take on cole slaw, potato salad, and more.
Add this Healthy Coleslaw to your list of Memorial Day recipes to make. My lighter cole slaw features a simple greek yogurt dressing instead of mayo.
Greek Yogurt & Dill Potato Salad
Look no further for a classic, healthier potato salad! I substitute the mayo and sour cream for greek yogurt and add fresh dill to make my version totally crave-worthy. Also, try my Low Carb Cauliflower "Potato" Salad if you'd like a less starchy option that's made entirely out of cauliflower instead of potatoes.
Healthy Broccoli Slaw
This Healthy Broccoli Slaw features a healthy greek yogurt dressing and pumpkin seeds. This is such a fun twist on the classic dish.
Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad
Here's another one of my favorite Memorial Day Recipes. This Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad is a great salad to serve at any summer party.
Rainbow Chickpea Salad
Bean-based salads make a great vegetarian dish for summer parties. This Rainbow Chickpea Salad is perfect for summer! It's light, yet filling and easy to make with colorful veggies including red onion. Bonus points for it not having any dairy to spoil outside.
Also, try my White Bean Salad, Black Bean Salad, and Mediterranean Chickpea Salad.
Memorial Day Recipes - Grilled Vegetables
Add some grilled vegetables to your Memorial Day recipes. You could grill corn on the cob, but these recipes are delicious too. These recipes feature everything from simple grilled vegetables in foil, to more party-sized portions of grilled vegetable trays and even grilled sweet potatoes. Plus, you can't miss my Chessy Grilled Potatoes!
Grilled Asparagus in Foil
With asparagus still in season, this Grilled Asparagus in Foil is the perfect addition to your Memorial Day recipes. This simple recipe cooks the asparagus in foil packets for easy cooking and cleaning up.
Vegetarian & Vegan
Cheesy Grilled Potatoes
You can't go wrong with cheesy grilled potatoes! My Cheesy Grilled Potatoes feature potatoes, two different types of cheese, and perfect potatoes. Made and served in foil for easy cooking and clean up.
Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges
Wondering if you can grill sweet potatoes? Yes, you can! These Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges are easy to make and super delicious. This is another one on my list of favorite Memorial Day recipes.
Vegetarian & Vegan
Grilled Vegetables with Whipped Garlic Feta Dip
This gorgeous tray of Grilled Vegetables with Whipped Garlic Feta dip is a must for any cookout. Serve it with veggies and crackers. You can also try my Lemon Garlic Whipped Feta Dip.
Vegetarian, Vegan Option
Grilled Zucchini in Foil
Grilled Zucchini in Foil is another great Memorial Day recipe. This recipe uses zucchini, parmesan cheese, and foil to easily grill a fabulous summer side dish.
Vegetarian, Vegan Option
Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad
This easy and simple Grilled Sweet Potato Salad is a crowd favorite and the perfect summer vegetarian grilling dish. It also has black beans and grilled red peppers!
Vegetarian & Vegan
Memorial Day Recipes - Fruit Salads & Salsas
Fruit Salads and salsas are the perfect addition to this list of the best Memorial Day recipes. They use in-season fruit that tastes especially good this time of year. Be sure to add some to your menu.
Summer Melon Salad
This Summer Melon Salad uses cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon for a bright and colorful salad everyone will love! It's served with a honey lime juice dressing.
Vegetarian, Vegan Option in Recipe
Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad
Looking for a patriotic dish for your Memorial Day recipes? This Watermelon, Blueberry, and Feta Salad is a lovely addition. The salty feta pairs perfectly with the fruit!
Blueberry Caprese Salad
Here's another unexpected summer salad with fruit that happens to be red, white, and blue. My Blueberry Caprese Salad features blueberries, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese.
Strawberry Watermelon Cucumber Salad
I also love this Strawberry Watermelon Cucumber Salad that's a celebration of all things summer!
5 Ingredient Fresh Strawberry Salsa
Fruit salsa is a must-have for a Memorial Day cookout. I picked my strawberry salsa to make this list because those ripe berries are perfectly in season right now. However, you could also try Peach Salsa, Pineapple Salsa, Mango Salsa, Watermelon Salsa, or Mango Avocado Salsa.
Memorial Day Recipes - Healthy Desserts
Looking for desserts to add to your Memorial Day Recipes? If you are looking to serve something other than cake and ice cream try some of these healthy ideas! From cobbler to stuffed berries, this list has you covered with healthy and vegetarian options.
Healthy Blueberry Crisp
This Healthy Blueberry Crisp uses less coconut sugar and oats for a healthy treat that still tastes amazing.
Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries
Looking for a healthy sweet treat for your party? Try my Cannoli Stuffed Strawberries also featuring those perfectly ripe berries. I love this one for healthy Memorial Day recipes.
Needing a festive dessert? Try my Dark Chocolate Covered Patriotic Popcorn that's fun and perfect for your Memorial Day recipes.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Honey Lime Greek Yogurt Dip
Another healthier dessert idea that's fun for both kids and adults is these Rainbow Fruit Skewers featuring a delicious greek yogurt dipping sauce. This is fun for kids and adults.
Vegetarian Memorial Day Recipes
I hope you will try some of these Vegetarian Memorial Day recipes! If you are looking to move away from your classic beef burger cookout, this collection of recipes will have you inspired to create a delicious meal! Add one of them to your menu or create your entire menu from this healthy list.
And save this collection of recipes for the rest of the summer. These vegetarian cookout recipes are delicious all summer long including the 4th of July and Labor Day.
Happy summer and happy cooking!
More Vegetarian Cookout Recipes
- The Best Vegetarian Summer Cookout Menu
- 10 Recipes to Make Before the End of Summer
- 10 Healthy Cookout Side Dishes
- 16 Clean & Vegetarian Summer Recipes
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Doing housework is the best time when it is raining. Those food items look so tasty. I cannot believe that Memorial Day is a week away
Lisa Ballantyne says
Cannoli stuffed strawberries! Hand 'em over and nobody gets hurt! Have a great week Julie!
Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy says
Memorial Day recipes are always so colorful! Thanks for this roundup, picking out what will be on our menu now!
Barrie Mooney says
What a great line-up of options- plus they are so colorful! Pinned for sure!
I am loving every single one of these! So fresh and vibrant
Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner says
crave worthy indeed! I need to start planning some yummy eats for this weekend. Thanks for linking up for meatless Monday
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups says
This all looks so good, I especially love grilled veggies like that!
I'll fill my plate up with one of everything, please!
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
Grilled pineapple is SO good! I love adding it to stir fry with teriyaki sauce.
We're having a BBQ after my son graduates from HS this weekend--so now I have my menu!