Vegetarian Summer Sides & Salads Links



Whenever I am invited to a house party or barbecue, I am known for bringing a really good dessert. Not only because I am a terrific baker (well I am, okay?!) but because I take the time to make sure whatever I am bringing is super delicious and appetizing

This is all for totally selfish reasons though. Of course I want to win friends and influence people with chocolate chip cookies and chocolate fudge layer cakes but the real honest truth is, I bring the good stuff so that I am guaranteed something I would like to eat.

There. I said it.

But come on — Is there anything worse than being at an event with nothing good to eat? Friends and family are a good time but food is the star of the show.

Without something yummy, the party is boring and if I am left hungry, I can’t be responsible for my cranky, unfriendly mood.

When I became a meatless eater a few years ago, it was suddenly a little trickier to attend barbeques and other summer events.

Most holidays I can get by on side dishes and fill up on desserts but summer barbeques are sometimes another story.

What are they throwing on the grill for you? What if there isn’t a side dish worth eating?

I am not about to walk into just anyone’s backyard with a veggie burger in my pocket and most of the time, I don’t even want one.

There’s more to meatless life than a veggie burger to put on a grill.

vegetarian summer sides and salads

There are so many wonderful salads and side dishes that can double as a meal for both meat eaters and non meat eaters alike!

I am obsessed with my salad board on pinterest. Here are some highlights along with lots of other side dish options:

Crowd Pleasing Vegan Caesar Salad

Very Berry Dream Salad

Mediterranean Farro Salad

Grilled Mexican Corn & Avocado Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

8 Vegetarian Side Dishes For Your Next Cookout

Potato Cauliflower Chickpea Salad with Vegan Sour Cream & Onion Dressing

Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Salad

Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry & Quinoa Salad

Southwest Quinoa & Grilled Corn Salad

20 Healthy Quinoa Salads For Summer

Sesame Almond Butter Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Firecracker Cauliflower


You didn’t think I would leave you hanging today without a dessert recipe for this weekend, did you?

Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ice Cream Poke Cake

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Skinny Chocolate Chip Fro-Yo Sandwiches – July 4th inspired

Lightened Up Berry Crisp

Peanut Butter & Berry Quinoa

Banana Chocolate Chip Snack Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

Chocolate Bar Blondies

Flourless Greek Yogurt Zucchini Brownies

Samoa Cookie Dough Bark <- dairy free option

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies <- dairy free option

Have a wonderful July 4th weekend 🙂

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Are you hosting or attending a party this weekend? What are you making?!

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    • says

      I was at Fresh Market yesterday too! Their desserts look so good to me, I have to remember to go back to try it. I also want to try their sushi. Have a good weekend 🙂

  1. says

    Ahhh I had the same problem when I was a vegetarian. My inlaws would make lasagna for everyone and then a vegetarian lasagna just for me but I’d always feel so bad that there was this huge meal that nobody else ate except me. Too much pressure!
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  2. says

    Great round-up, lady! I realized the other afternoon while watching Real Housewives of OC (can’t give up trashy tv), that I could never attend any type of charity event or what I like to call a “rich people” event without eating beforehand. I mean goodness sakes – do they even feed their guests? Hah!

  3. says

    As a (mostly) vegetarian, it can be tricky going to barbeques and finding food. I can relate to this, and actually when I go on vacation with my family later this month, I will be bringing a cooler full of veggie burgers. They tend to grill all the meats and maybe have a salad or bread for dinner. I need more substance than that, unless the course the salad is covered is all the toppings. Like your favorite one from Cheesecake Factory.

    Love the round up.