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Wondering What Sides to Bring to a Cookout? Here are 30 Vegetarian Ideas.

For anyone wondering what sides to bring to a cookout as a guest- these easy vegetarian recipe ideas are no-fuss crowd-pleaser sides for your next BBQ.  These 30 meatless recipes are appetizers, salads, pastas, and slaws everyone will love!  Most of these recipes are make-ahead friendly, allowing you to whip together a simple recipe the night before and bring it along to the cookout.

I love hosting summer cookouts, and preparing a ton of fresh and fabulous sides is one of my favorites!  If you are wondering what sides to bring to a cookout – these simple and fresh vegetarian recipes will give you all the inspiration you need.  From last-minute no-cook recipe hacks, to simple make ahead salads, these recipes are here to save the day.  These are all delicious crowd pleaser recipes everyone will love.

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Triple Garlic Hummus (V, GF)

This triple garlic hummus recipe with tahini is loaded with garlicky flavor from whole cloves, garlic powder and salt, and fruity olive oil and spices. A healthy plant based vegetarian summer appetizer recipe that is perfect for summer. This no cook chickpea dip recipe is the perfect 10 minute snack.
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Bruschetta Pasta Salad (Vegan, GF)

This bruschetta pasta salad is a healthy vegan and gluten free side dish for summer made with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a sweet vinaigrette. This bright and summery pasta salad with bruschetta is a great side dish or appetizer and makes a great plant based bbq recipe
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Vegan Apple Walnut Salad with Sweet Dijon Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This vegan apple walnut salad is a great lunch or dinner salad or main dish. Full of plant protein, healthy fats, and fresh crisp veggies!
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Simple Lemon Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This healthy lemon quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetbales and herbs in a simple lemon vinaigrette! Easy to make, and ready in 10 minutes.  Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and plant based a great summer side dish for entertaining, potlucks, or bbqs!
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White Fence Farm Copycat Coleslaw Recipe

This vinegar based coleslaw has a sweet and tart tang without the mayo. Like White Fence Farm coleslaw recipe you can make at home for a side dish or BBQ!
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Easy Vegetarian Cookout Sides

Most of these vegetarian side dishes are what I call Easy Weeknight Meals – which are on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those nights when you want a healthy homecooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a healthy meal can be on your table in no time.  Even faster than ordering takeout!

Pot Luck Greek Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette (Vegan, Gluten Free, Party Recipe)

This rainbow Greek salad is perfect for a pot luck, brunch, or game day party!  Filled with artichokes, olives, roasted peppers, and feta this salad is as impressive as it is delicious.
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Orange Avocado Salad

This Orange Avocado Salad is a vibrant and fresh summer fruit salad that is loaded with flavor, healthy fats, and sweet citrus fruit. The dressing has a secret ingredient to make this breakfast salad recipe absolutely pop. This is one fantastic way to eat avocado for breakfast that's not avocado toast!  Vegan, Whole30 approved, paleo, and gluten free... perfect for anyone!
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Macaroni and Pea Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This creamy macaroni and pea salad is loaded with fresh celery, carrots, bell pepper, and of course tons of green peas for a great side dish. This pasta salad has a wonderfully creamy ranch dressing, a great crowd pleaser for your next pot luck, bbq, or party!
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BBQ Deviled Eggs Recipe (Vegetarian)

These BBQ Deviled Eggs are a great summer party appetizer for a cookout, potluck, or luau - a sweet and spicy take on classic recipe!  These BBQ hard boiled eggs are a fun and simple appetizer that everyone will love. These eggs are vegetarian, gluten free, and SO good!
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Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad Recipe (Vegan, Meal Prep)

This vegan ramen noodle salad is light and crunchy, loaded with vegetables, and so easy to meal prep and make ahead.  It was so good, I made it 2 weeks in a row for my lunch!  I can't get enough of this crunchy, tasty salad.
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Make Ahead Side Dish Recipes For the Win!

A lot of these heartier pasta and bean salads are the perfect recipes for healthy homemade meal prep.  I am a huge fan of meal prepping, batch cooking, and making recipes ahead.  I love the convenience of cooking once and being able to enjoy healthy homemade meals during the week when I don’t have time. There’s a whole section of TheHerbeevore.com dedicated to my favorite tried & true meal prep recipes.  With just a little planning and prep, you can have a week’s worth of recipes ready in the time it would take to make one portion.  Just batch cook, divide into individual containers, and place in the fridge or freezer for later!  I also made a list of my favorite meal prep products on Amazon that I use weekly. They make cooking easy peasy.

Black Bean Queso Dip

Spice up your game day with this vegetarian black bean queso dip recipe - a high protein appetizer that is great with nacho chips, dipping vegetables in, or adding to tacos or burritos.
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Avocado Lime Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)

This avocado lime salad recipe is a bright and fresh way to enjoy ripe avocados. Dress simply with a lime vinaigrette, great for breakfast or lunch.  I love eating this bright and fresh raw vegan avocado salad over toast,  on a grain bowl, or with simple poached eggs.
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Balsamic Roasted Peach Salad Recipe (Vegan, GF)

Sweet and savory, this roasted salad combines peaches, asparagus & summer squash with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette! Serve over fresh mixed greens for the perfect bite of summer.
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Rice Noodle Pasta Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This rice noodle pasta salad is loaded with vegetables and noodles in a bright and tangy dressing. A great make ahead lunch, refreshing and crunchy. Vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, and so refreshing. The best vegan or vegetarian side salad for a summer party or bbq!
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Three Bean Macaroni Salad (Vegan)

This three bean macaroni salad is creamy and tangy, with plant based proteins and a bright and fresh dressing. This healthy summer side salad features 2 classic salads: creamy macaroni salad and traditional 3 bean salad. A side dish with a modern twist.
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Some of the BEST Pantry Staple Side Dish Recipes

Pasta and bean salads are fantastic pantry-staple meals!  They use a lot of ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards – most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate.  I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep stocked. And you can check out all my favorite pantry staple ingredients in my Amazon shop here.  By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!

Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad (Vegan, GF)

This creamy cucumber pasta salad is vegan and gluten free, making it a cruchy healthy vegetarian side salad everyone can enjoy! Great as a meatless pasta side dish, a meal prep luch, or just a great recipe for garden cucumbers.
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Tzatziki Pasta Salad (Gluten Free, Vegan, Summer Side Dish)

This vegan tzatziki pasta salad is loaded with fresh vegetables & bright herbs in a creamy tangy dressing. A great gluten free side dishes for bbq
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White Bean & Veggie Salad

This summer white bean salad is a protein packed recipe for fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers! Easy no cook summer lunch.  Great for an easy no-cook lunch or dinner.
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Vegan Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce

This Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce is crunchy, healthy, and packed with protein. Easy, vegan, and prefect for everyone at your table. 
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Caramelized Onion Garlic Bread (Vegetarian, GF)

This caramelized onion garlic bread is the perfect addition to your next pasta night- a rich and garlicky side dish ready in 30 minutes, vegetarian and gluten free. A great bread for spaghetti night, to eat with pesto risotto, or to enjoy with a caprese salad. 
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Easy One Bowl Vegetarian Sides for a Cookout

Most of these dairy free summer salad recipes are the perfect one-pot lunch or dinner!  I love a good One Pot Meal, especially during these summer months when I don’t want a lot of burners going at once. Cooking everything in one pot is one of my favorite ways to get a meal on the table fast!  And one pot makes cleaning up a breeze. The stove does all the work for you, so you can focus on other kitchen prep while the food cooks. One Pot meals are awesome for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – check out my link here to see other healthy one pot meals that are ready in no time!

Green Goddess Hummus Recipe (V, GF)

This green goddess Hummus recipe is bright and flavorful, packed with fresh herbs and greens. Great for using extra garden veggies to dip into!
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Hawaiian Mac Salad

This hawaiian mac salad recipe is loaded with fresh pineapple & veggies make this creamy Hawaiian Mac Salad a total hit for a summer backyard BBQ side dish! Can easily be made vegan and gluten free!
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Red Cabbage Coleslaw (Vegan, GF)

This red cabbage coleslaw is the perfect picnic side, pot luck dish, or salad for your summer BBQ.  Its a little savory, a little sweet, and loaded with fresh vegetables for a bright crunch. A Healthy BBQ side dish or party salad, this is one rainbow coleslaw everyone at the table will love!
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Lemon and Herb Pasta Salad (Vegan, GF)

This vegan lemon and herb pasta salad is perfect to bring to a cookout, tailgate, potluck, or brunch! Loaded with veggies and easy to make ahead - this is one crowd pleaser pasta salad that everyone will want seconds of!
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Pasta Salad with Avocado Dressing (Vegan, GF)

This avocado veggie pasta salad is a bright and beautiful bowl of fun! Loaded with fresh veggies, GF pasta, in a creamy avocado vinaigrette dressing! 
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No-Cook Sides That Are Perfect for Summer

A lot of these no-cook vegetarian side dishes are quick and simple.  I love a good no-cook recipe for those days when I’m not feeling like standing around the stove, or for summer nights when it’s too hot to cook. I have a whole collection of recipes that require zero cooking at all, check them out here!  These salads comes together in about 10-20 minutes, and doesn’t require the stove or microwave to make. Just use a few pantry staple ingredients and you have a healthy meal ready in no time.  And very little to clean up afterwards… an added bonus!

Vegan 7 Layer Dip

This plant based 7 layer dip recipe is THE perfect vegan party food recipe everyone will love! Rich, creamy, loaded with vegetables and actually healthy(ish).  This vegan 7 layer dip will impress even the pickiest eaters... no one will miss the meat in this gluten free and dairy free party appetizer recipe.
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Avocado & Grapefruit Bowl  (Raw Vegan, Paleo, Whole30, Gluten Free)

This raw vegan breakfast is a bright & healthy way to start your day!  Made with avocado, fresh grapefruit, lime juice, and basil, this recipe combines healthy fats with a vibrant citrus-y flavor.  Easy to prep, and even easier to enjoy.
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Rainbow Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Eat the Rainbow with all the colorful vegetables in this quinoa salad!  Packed with red pepper, carrots, fresh spinach, black beans, and corn - this salad is the perfect side dish for a party, BBQ, or dinner.  Its perfect to make ahead, meal prep, or batch cook too!
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Irresistible Artichoke Dip (Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free)

This creamy and irresistible artichoke dip is SO GOOD, its impossible to stop eating it! This make-ahead crowd pleaser recipe features artichokes blended with parmesan cheese, lemon, garlic, and mayo!
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Coleslaw Pasta Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free, BBQ Side Dish)

A crowd pleaser BBQ dish dish: Coleslaw Pasta Salad!  Crisp, tangy, creamy and delicious- this is the perfect side dish for a BBQ, holiday party, or just a weeknight dinner!
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