Sustainable Eating

A Plant-Based Fourth of July Spread

Adding plant-based dishes to your July 4th party is one way you can help reduce your impact on the planet.

Did you know that in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, people spend over $800 million on beef, $217.5 million on pork, $85 million on shrimp, and $50 million on salmon?  

The meat industry accounts for almost 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing animal agriculture could potentially offset 68% of current carbon emissions. Creating a plant-based spread for the Fourth of July or any summer cookout is one small way you can help reduce your impact on the planet while you save money - meatless could cut your food costs by up to one-third.  

Here are some of our favorite plant-based recipes for a sustainable July 4th cookout!

Smoky BBQ Black Bean Burger 

This smoky black bean burger has all the flavor of a traditional meat burger, without the environmental impact. It’s a perfect addition to any summer cookout.  

Get the full recipe on Minimalist Baker 

Vegan Carrot Hot Dogs

Although these may look like the Fourth of July staple, these are actually made from carrots!  

Get the full recipe on Shane & Simple 

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

Who doesn’t love flavor-packed grilled vegetables? These colorful veggie skewers are the perfect side dish to accompany your Fourth of July spread. 

Get the full recipe on The Forked Spoon 

Vegan Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is the ideal make-ahead dish to bring to a summer picnic. This recipe uses a lot of pantry staples, so it is great to make in a time crunch!

Get the full recipe on Food with Feeling 


Vegan Red, White, and Blue Popsicles 

These vegan red, white & blue popsicles are sure to cool you down in the blistering summer heat.  

Get the full recipe on Eating by Elaine 

Vegan Vanilla Cupcakes with Fresh Berries 

Need something easy and festive to bring to a July 4th potluck? These vegan vanilla cupcakes topped with fresh berries are delicious and festive. 

Get the full recipe on Short Girl Tall Order 

Dairy-Free Frozen Yogurt Bark 

Dairy-free frozen yogurt bark is easy and requires very few ingredients. They are also customizable –get creative with your toppings! 

Get the full recipe on Hy Vee  

Blueberry Lemonade

This refreshing blueberry lemonade is summer in a glass.  

Get the full recipe on Damn Delicious 

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

The combination of jicama, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, blueberries, and mint is great to beat the summer heat. Purchase these fruits locally to make it extra sustainable.  

Get the full recipe on Eating by Elaine 

Easy Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

This strawberry lemonade is sure to be a crowd favorite at every cookout.  

Get the full recipe on Minimalist Baker 

Avocado Corn Salsa

This avocado and corn salsa is a delicious summer palate cleanser to accompany any BBQ.

Get the full recipe on Carmy 


Vegan Baked Beans

Did you know that baked beans can easily be made vegan? This recipe is sure to be a hit at your BBQ. 

Get the full recipe on A Virtual Vegan 

Vegan Grilled Peach Caprese Salad

This take on a traditional caprese salad is paired with grilled peaches and makes for a fresh, tasty addition to your spread.  

Get the full recipe on Crowded Kitchen 

Simple Vegan Cherry Pie

Cherry pie is a classic Fourth of July dessert and would be perfect paired with some vegan ice cream or dairy free whipped cream. 

Get the full recipe on My Vegan Minimalist 

Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Need a showstopper to bring to the cookout? This watermelon cake is not only gorgeous but is full of fresh flavor.

Get the full recipe on Creative Green Living 

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