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Vegetarian Barbecue Recipes That Won't Make You Miss Meat

  • Nutrition à la Natalie

    Watermelon Bruschetta

    Don't be fooled by this gorgeous red bruschetta. This recipe is actually made with watermelon, not tomatoes! It uses seasonal watermelon to create a deliciously fun appetizer that is a healthy addition to any summer BBQ. This tasty combo serves up a sweet and salty flavor, plus a hefty dose of nutrients and antioxidants from the hydrating melon.

    Get the recipe: Watermelon Bruschetta

  • Eleat Sports Nutrition

    Peach Salsa

    Seriously, is there anything better than a sweet summer peach? OK, maybe this peach salsa. "Summer is the season of peaches, which are the perfect addition to this spicy salsa!" says Angie Asche, M.S., R.D., L.M.T., owner of Eleat Sports Nutrition. "Full of fresh and flavorful fruits and veggies, this salsa is both healthy and delicious!" she adds.

    Get the recipe: Peach Salsa

  • Bucket List Tummy

    Mango Lime Quinoa Salad

    A quinoa salad is a great addition to any barbecue, especially when it has mango and avocado. "This is a great replacement for a meat dish since it has so many nutrients and is packed with protein and fiber," says Sarah Schlichter, M.P.H., R.D.N., L.D.N. Plus, it uses seasonal produce for a really fresh taste.

    Get the recipe: Mango Lime Quinoa Salad

  • Living Well Kitchen

    Red, White, and Blue Salad

    Enjoy a vegetarian dish that just screams America at your next cookout. This "festive and fun salad is great for the July 4th celebrations, but it's also great any other time of year," says Meme Inge, M.S., R.D.N. "Most barbecues are lacking on the vegetable sides, so I love bringing this flavorful salad [to parties]."

    Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Salad

  • The Foodie Dietitian Blog

    No-Mayo Coleslaw

    What backyard feast would be complete without coleslaw? Both vegetarians and meat eaters can agree that this dish is a cookout staple. This coleslaw recipe sets the bar high, though, because it's actually healthy. It has a secret, however: "This no-mayo coleslaw is still creamy and delicious, thanks to a protein-packed ingredient: cottage cheese," says Kara Lydon, R.D., L.D.N., R.Y.T.

    Get the recipe: No-Mayo Coleslaw

  • Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen

    Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tabbouleh

    "This summer side dish is gluten-free, vegan, delicious, and hearty," says Liz Weiss, M.S., R.D.N. "Made with immune-boosting sweet potatoes and one of this year's trendiest veggies—vitamin C–rich cauliflower—this salad is easy to make and guaranteed to please a crowd."

    Get the recipe: Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Tabbouleh

  • Toby Amidor

    Grilled Vegetable Skewers

    "These veggie skewers are packed with good-for-you nutrients for fewer than 130 calories per serving," says Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D. The bright and colorful kebabs require almost no work to make. Just slice, skewer, and pop them on the grill.

    Get the recipe: Grilled Vegetable Skewers

  • Dishing Out Health

    Cauliflower Hummus Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce

    Every barbecue needs a good burger. Encourage meat eaters to skip the meat and try a veggie burger this time—they won't regret it. "These nutritious cauliflower hummus burgers are packed with heart-healthy and fiber-rich ingredients that make for the ultimate handheld delight," says Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. "The burgers patties are made out of cauliflower, quinoa, hummus, and ground almonds to create a delicious, feel-good meal."

    Get the recipe: Cauliflower Hummus Burgers with Green Goddess Sauce

  • Shaw's Simple Swaps

    Mango Banana Sorbet

    "Nothing screams a great summer barbecue like a frozen treat!" says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T. "This mango banana sorbet beats any store-bought popsicle. Not only is it free of any artificial colors or ingredients, but it also is naturally sweet with only two ingredients—mangos and bananas!"

    Get the recipe: Mango Banana Sorbet

  • Amy Gorin Nutrition

    Simple Balsamic Grilled Peaches

    "These grilled peaches are a nutritious dessert pick for any summer barbecue," says Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N. "The peaches provide immunity-helping vitamin C, plus satiating fiber. The grilling process brings out their natural sweetness, and then a reduced balsamic vinegar is a perfect no-sugar topping."

    Get the recipe: Simple Balsamic Grilled Peaches


Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a NYC based Registered Dietitian and the owner of Nutrition à la Natalie  Specializing in sports nutrition, Natalie helps busy, active people live  More →

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