The 4th of July is a great time to be around family, fireworks, large bodies of water, and tasty food. But if you're new to whole food plant based eating you may be wondering what a 4th of July menu looks like without meat and dairy. Good news: it looks (and tastes) delicious!
We've put together a plant based meal plan that'll please everyone at your table this Independence Day!
The 4th of July plant based meal plan you won't believe is healthy
Appetizers and Sides
1. Vegan broccoli raisin salad
Broccoli lovers and haters alike LOVE this creamy and sweet side dish. This 100% dairy-free broccoli raisin salad recipe originally came from MamaSezz co-founder Lisa Lorimer, and it’s as delicious as it is nutritious. I can't count how many times I've whipped this up for get-togethers. It's the perfect side dish to bring to your next potluck, picnic, or BBQ.
2. Vegan Lemon Artichoke Spinach Dip
Protein packed and no dairy in sight, this vegan take on a party classic is a total crowd-pleaser for your whole food plant based 4th. Trust us! You will NOT have leftovers when you make this vegan spinach artichoke dip.
3. Classic guacamole
Who doesn't love chips and guac? This simple guacamole recipe takes only a few minutes to make, leaving you extra time to celebrate the 4th of July. And it just happens to be whole food plant based!
4. Vegan Spicy Street Corn
Corn on the cob is a 4th of July classic and this spiced up vegan version is a MUST for your plant based meal plan this holiday weekend.
5. Raw Vegan Pesto Noodles
I love to eat raw whole food plant based dishes in the summertime. They're so refreshing! And these tangy pesto zoodles are the PERFECT raw side or main for your 4th of July.
6. 15 Minute Vegan Pulled Pork
This simple vegan pulled pork recipe is perfect for get togethers and will delight even the omnivores at your picnic table. Plus, you won't believe the secret ingredient...
7. Dairy-free vanilla milkshake
There’s nothing more American than a milkshake in the summertime! And believe it or not, this vegan "milkshake" isn't just dairy-free, it's refined sugar free, too. So drink up!
8. Vegan Fruit and Chocolate Fondue Dip
Move over apple pie, there's a new 4th of July dessert in town and it's finger-lickin' good. Whip up this chocolate dipping sauce for pineapple, strawberries, and watermelon. Refined sugar free and 100% delish.
9. Gluten-Free Blueberry Crisp
This plant-based blueberry crisp is for all of you gluten-free, plant-based people who are sick and tired of sorbet for dessert! Finally, an answer!
These naturally sweet mocktails give you the hydration and energy you need to enjoy a full day under that 4th of July sunshine. And yep, you guessed it -- they're all whole food plant based.
Get Ready-Made Vegan Meals, Delivered for your 4th of July Festivities!
It's too hot to cook! Leave that to us when you order any of our MamaSezz plant-based meal bundles. Get ready-made and delicious whole food plant-based meal staples delivered to your door fresh! You can choose from MamaSezz featured bundles or build your own and fill it with vegan versions of summer favorites like potato salad, veggie burgers, vegan "tuna," and more!
By Caroline DiNicola Fawley
Caroline is a plant-based chef, recipe designer, and whole food plant-based nutrition educator, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies