A Vegetarian Cookout Menu Even Meat-lovers Will Enjoy

When most people hear they word cookout, they immediately thing of burgers and brats. And while it’s true that firing up the grill is often synonymous with meat-based meals, that doesn’t have to be the case.

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If you’re looking to eat less meat, there are plenty of vegetarian recipes that use low-fat cheese, beans, nuts and seeds to create protein-rich, perfect additions to your summer cookout. Many of them are so delicious, you and your guests probably won’t even miss the meat!


Here are a few suggestions for a crowd-pleasing vegetarian cookout:

Offer variety. Finger foods are a great way to introduce people to new foods.

Skinny Zucchini Casserole

Skinny Zucchini Casserole

Nutty Carrot Balls

Nutty Carrot Balls

Still use the grill. Lots of vegetarian recipes can be made on the grill!

Black Bean Chipotle Cheddar Burgers

Black Bean Chipotle Cheddar Burgers

Grilled Eggplant with Cheddar and Tomatoes

Grilled Eggplant with Cheddar and Tomatoes

Keep it healthy. Cookouts can easily stray towards unhealthy so be sure to add some low-fat cheddar cheese, fruits and veggies to yours.

Southwest Black Bean & Cheddar Chopped Salad

Southwest Black Bean & Cheddar Chopped Salad

Gingered Apple Cheddar Slaw

Gingered Apple Cheddar Slaw

Feature seasonal produce. It’ll be freshest and at its peak for taste so it’s the perfect time to introduce it to friends.

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

Cheddar, Zucchini & Garlic Bruschetta

Cheddar, Zucchini & Garlic Bruschetta

Don’t skimp on the protein. Just because you’re not serving meat doesn’t mean you can’t serve high-protein options.

Habenero Cheddar & Black Bean Dip

Habenero Cheddar & Black Bean Dip

Maple Wheatberry Salad

Maple Wheatberry Salad

Bulgur, Cucumber & Chickpea Salad

Bulgur, Cucumber & Chickpea Salad


Need a few more options? Try these:

Layered Guacahummus Dip

Layered Guacahummus Dip

Spicy Corn Dip

Spicy Corn Dip

Cheesy Black Bean Triangles

Cheesy Black Bean Triangles


 

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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.

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