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Vegan Grilling Made Easy

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

African American family having fun at a cookout

Summer is in full swing , so now is the perfect time to fire up the grill for outdoor cookouts. Many people associate grilling with steaks, ribs, burgers, and chicken, but the grill isn't just for meat-eaters. There are plenty of vegan-friendly options that can add a bold, smoky flavor to your summer meals. Here are five simple and delicious vegan options to grill this summer:

Grilled veggie skewers

Grilled Veggie Skewers

Colorful, nutritious, and versatile. Simply chop up a medley of your favorite vegetables – bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and onions make a great mix. Marinate them in a sauce of your choice before skewing and grilling.

Grilled corn on the cob

Corn on the Cob

A classic summer staple. Brush the corn with a little olive oil, sprinkle some salt and grill until golden. For an extra kick, serve it with vegan butter and a squeeze of lime.

grilled tofu steaks

Grilled Tofu Steaks

Hearty and satisfying. Marinate tofu in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and a hint of maple syrup before grilling. The end result is a deliciously charred, flavorful protein-packed delight.

 Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

A wonderful, meaty substitute for the traditional burger. Marinate the mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic, then grill. Serve them on a bun with all your favorite burger toppings.

Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon

Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon

A sweet ending to your cookout. Grill slices of pineapple sprinkled with cinnamon for a dessert that's both sweet and savory.

Remember, the key to a great vegan grill is to get creative with flavors and ingredients. Don't be afraid to experiment with different sauces, marinades and seasonings to add a unique twist to your grilled creations.

Three Tips for Delicious Vegan Grilling

Whether you're giving the suggested dishes above a try, or cooking up some original creations, here are three handy tips to elevate your vegan grilling game to new heights this summer:

  1. Experiment with Your Proteins: Tofu, tempeh, and seitan are all fantastic grilling options, but don't stop there. Consider skewered mushrooms, cauliflower steaks, or grilled eggplant for a change of pace.

  2. Get Saucy: Brushing your veggies and plant-based proteins with various sauces can add an exciting punch of flavor. Try a spicy barbecue sauce, a tangy citrus glaze, or even a rich teriyaki marinade.

  3. Don't Forget the Sides: Corn on the cob, sweet potato fries, and grilled bell peppers can turn a simple vegan grill into a feast. Plus, they add color and nutritional value to your meal.

Remember, the best grilling experiences come from the heart of experimentation. So, have fun with it, and don't be afraid to try something new! If you're looking for even more inspiration for summer vegan mains and sides, check out our original recipes:

Afro-Vegan Society vegan summer recipes

So there you have it - a list of simple, yet mouthwatering vegan options to amp up your grill game this summer and some tips to take your skill to the next level. Happy grilling!

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