father's day bbq recipes

12 Simple Recipes for a Father’s Day BBQ Night

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Kudos to all the Dads who go a long way to keep their kids happy and protected. It’s a great time to celebrate their lifelong struggle on this Father’s Day. I always take this day as a great chance to spend some quality time with family and the man of the house. A BBQ night out sounds like a perfect plan to surprise all the dads, as they just love grilling or relaxing around a fire!

Since going out on any holiday can be quite hectic, you can plan a backyard barbecue picnic with a little campfire. It can be a small family reunion to help relieve stress and anxiety. You can plan some really fun activities, like camping in the backyard or in a nearby park where you can BBQ as well. You can set up a bon-fire and sit around the fire with your buddies, sharing music and stories. You can invite some friends as well. Setting up music and lights is my way of making the BBQ night special.

For this Father’s Day, I have planned some really tasty grilling, BBQ recipes, and dips picked from our very own favorite plant-based munchies menu. Pick and choose 3-5 recipes from this list, and you have a wonderful menu for your BBQ!

Cajun grilled tempeh salad

Grilled Cajun Chicken or Tempeh Salad

Here comes a salad that you can try on your outdoor BBQ night. It is loaded with rich and healthy ingredients and perfectly suited for a vegan, vegetarian, or non-vegetarian menu. If you love to enjoy grilled chicken, then cook the Cajun-spiced chicken in your outdoor grill along with the corn husks and then toss it and the cut grilled corn with the other fresh vegetables into this salad. Or you can replace chicken with tempeh slices and grill them until they are lightly charred. If you use tempeh, I suggest you soak the slices in some of the salad dressing first to retain some moisture.

Grilled Cajun Chicken Salad

Vegan Red Potato Broccoli Salad

Vegan Red Potato Broccoli Salad Recipe

Add some flavorsome twist to the same old traditional potato salad with fresh broccoli chunks and sunflower seeds. You can prepare its dressing with vegan mayonnaise as well to keep it purely vegan. The vegan mayonnaise I usually use contains aquafaba, sunflower oil, salt, distilled vinegar, white pepper, organic kombu seaweed, and organic lemon juice, and trust me – together they taste great without the use of any additives!

Vegan Red Potato Broccoli Salad

Watermelon berry lemon thyme vinaigrette salad

Watermelon Berry Fruit Salad with a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

If you want to beat the heat of summer, then nothing seems more delightful than this watermelon berry fruit salad. If you are not up for a heavy and carb-rich dessert, then try this sweet and savory salad to manage your sweet tooth.  Toss watermelon cubes with fresh blueberries and strawberries then serve them with lemon-thyme vinaigrette and feta or vegan feta cheese on top. 

Watermelon Berry Fruit Salad with a Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

“Healthfully Loaded” Mexican Street Corn Salad

Traditional Mexican Street Corn salad doesn’t have tomatoes and avocado, therefore I called this “healthfully loaded”. It is creamy, packed with fresh flavors, and so easy to make. And bonus – your kids will love it too! Kick your Mexican corn salad up a notch for your father’s day BBQ with the addition of tomatoes and avocado.

“Healthfully Loaded” Mexican Street Corn Salad

Jackfruit BBQ Korean Tacos

Korean BBQ Tacos – Jackfruit, Chicken, or Pork

If you want to make an easy, yet impressive outdoor BBQ recipe, then this Jackfruit Korean BBQ tacos recipe is worth a try. If you are familiar with the unique Korean beef taste, you will get the idea of how delicious these tacos will turn out to be. However, they are also vegan and low fat! The jackfruit is seasoned with a spicy, savory, and slightly sweet marinade, made out of a combination of soy sauce, Sriracha, and other Korean ingredients. The jackfruit is then assembled into a taco shell with the tangy coleslaw and topped with more Sriracha. Spicy and delicious – a healthy version of a street food favorite! If you don’t want to try the Jackfruit version, pulled chicken or pork is an easy swap.

Korean BBQ Tacos

Crispy air fryer buffalo cauliflower

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower

So, just because buffalo chicken wings aren’t on a vegetarian menu, doesn’t mean you can’t serve crispy buffalo cauliflower at the table. The best part is that the recipe is equally delicious as it is healthy.  These spicy cauliflower florets make a great crowd pleaser and are budget-friendly. If you are not 100% plant-based vegan, blue cheese would be excellent to serve these with. Roll up any leftovers into a delicious buffalo cauliflower wrap the next day!

Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower

lighter broccoli salad

Lighter Broccoli Salad

Sometimes a party salad just doesn’t do it without all the fixin’s! Therefore, this broccoli salad still includes cheddar and bacon, but is made lighter to greatly reduce the guilt. You and your party guests won’t know the difference!

Lighter Broccoli Salad

Kale Apple Coleslaw

Kale Apple Beet Coleslaw

This kale apple coleslaw, with optional addition of beets, is a creative twist on traditional coleslaw, with a sweet and tart flavor combination. It is much lighter than traditional coleslaw and very nutritious! Switch things up this father’s day BBQ with a unique, tangy, and sweet coleslaw.

Kale Apple Beet Coleslaw

healthy mac and cheese

Healthiest Mac and Cheese

Looking for a lighter, healthy mac and cheese? Look no further! This mac and cheese rivals it’s traditional counterpart AND it’s nutritious!

Healthiest Mac n’ Cheese

Versatile Dips!

Pair with veggies or chips.

Ricks jalapeno black bean dip

Rick’s Black Bean Dip

This black bean dip is fast and cheap to make. You probably have the ingredients in your fridge already. Perfect for your next party, pot-luck, or as a side on taco Tuesday. Share it with your friends. Share it with your mom. Don’t share it, I understand. This dip is great tasting and good for you too.

Can you tell Rick wrote that description too!? ⬆️

Rick’s Black Bean Dip

Heavenly oil-free hummus

Heavenly Oil-Free Hummus

This perfect oil-free hummus doesn’t need added oils to be incredibly smooth and tasty! The secret is in the ratio and process. Though this recipe is nutritious plant-based, vegan, and vegetarian, I’m guessing none of that matters much to dad. The flavor of this hummus will have anyone addicted – regardless of it’s contents! Pair with pita chips, cucumber, celery, red peppers, and/or carrots.

Heavenly Oil-Free Hummus

tasty guacamole with tomatoes

Tasty Guacamole

This fresh and savory guacamole is a healthy way to enjoy avocado. It can be spread on toast and sandwiches, or dipped into with chips. It is a simple plant-based vegan-friendly recipe, easy to make without any fillers, additives, or processed ingredients!

Tasty Guacamole with Tomatoes

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  1. This is a great post! Lots of comfort foods with refreshing summer touches. It could be more approachable to have shorter bullet point descriptions, including flavor descriptors and main ingredients with the link taking the reader to the full recipe? Basically as a reader I see the title of the food and want quick info about it’s flavor, how long it takes to cook, and what kind of ingredients go into it without digging through a paragraph. I hope this doesn’t come off harsh, you’re work is excellent, I just wanted to give feedback in case it’s worth anything!

    • Thank you Emily for the feedback! I will take this into consideration when I make my next roundup post! I really appreciate it. 🙂

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