10 Vegetarian Memorial Day Recipes

Healthy, delicious recipes to serve at your Memorial Day picnic or BBQ!

Portobello Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Is it Friday yet? I’m SO ready for the long weekend. After a whirlwind 2 days in Toronto this week promoting the book, I’m ready to relax, sleep in, and of course eat some yummy food! If you’re hosting (or heading to) a picnic or BBQ this weekend – here are some very favorite Memorial Day veggie ideas:

Pictured above: Portobello Tacos with Creamy Jalapeño Sauce

Ginger Peach Sangria

First things first, get your guests a cocktail! Mix up a big batch of this ginger peach sangria. It’s light and refreshing – my favorite summer cocktail. Serve it along with chunky Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa and Cucumber Apple Green Gazpacho.

Chunky Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salsa Cucumber Apple Green Gazpacho

For a veggie main course, try the Portobello Tacos (pictured at the top of this post), Orzo Stuffed Peppers or Chickpea Avocado Salad Sliders.

Vegetarian Orzo Stuffed Peppers Curried Chickpea & Avocado Salad Sliders

On the side: Sara’s Strawberry Tabbouleh and Grilled Corn on the Cob.

Sara's Strawberry Tabbouleh Grilled Corn on the Cob

For Dessert: Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookies with melty ice cream.

Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookies

For Dessert #2 (since it’s a holiday two desserts are allowed): Fancy S’mores! Put the Hershey bars away and gather a bunch of non-traditional toppings like crushed blackberries, almond butter, bananas and strawberries. Let your guests create their own customizable s’mores.

Fancy S'mores


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  1. Caitlin from wandererandwolf.com

    All of these recipes look absolutely AMAZING! I don’t even know which to try first! Probably the skillet cookies . . . I’m a big believer in having your dessert first!

    xx, Caitlin

  2. I just said “OMG” and then, scrolling down, “OMG” “OMG” …
    Everything looks so good. Must try it all.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      ha, thanks 🙂

  3. Aaron

    Looks great! I can’t seem to get to the Chick Pea and Avocado Salad Sandwich recipe. I’ve pinned it and clicked everywhere and can’t find it.

  4. Eva

    Oh they are all looking amazing!! Especially cocktail drink. I will sure try it. Pinned! ;)) xx

  5. Addison

    Love the post! Made the pasta salad from a previous post – the dressing is amazing!!

    I’m headed to Toronto in a few weeks for vacation. Any restaurant/cafe recommendations? There’s too many that look so yummy!

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  14. rebekah

    Yep, that peach sangria is definitely going to have to get made!

  15. Nazmin Sarker

    Hi Jeanine and Jack,

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We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.