Veggie burgers, juicy grilled tomatoes and more meatless ways to celebrate Independence Day.

July 03, 2016

 

1. Grilled Tomato-and-Scallion Salad 

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“If it were up to me, I would throw everything on the grill,” says chef Tim Love. Case in point: He cooks tomatoes and scallions over a hot fire for a simple salad flavored with a little lime juice and crumbled cheese.

2. Grilled Watermelon with Avocado, Cucumber and Jalapeño Salsa 

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Throwing watermelon on the grill gives it a pleasantly smoky flavor. 

3. Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad

Baby potatoes have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture that's delicious in this classic recipe.

This Fourth of July staple can easily be made ahead of time. 

4. Double Drive-Thru Veggie Burgers 

Double Drive-Thru Veggie Burgers

Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is famous for her deliciously charred veggie burgers. For a "special sauce," she swaps out mayo for silken-tofu mayonnaise to make a tangy-sweet vegan take on Thousand Island dressing.

 DAVID CICCONI

Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is famous for her deliciously charred veggie burgers. For a “special sauce,” she swaps out mayo for silken-tofu mayonnaise to make a tangy-sweet vegan take on Thousand Island dressing. 

5. Vegetables with Walnut Dressing 

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Instead of toasting walnuts in the oven, use a grill: Wrap the nuts in foil before placing them in the coals or on the grate.

6. Juicy Grilled Tomatoes 

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Flavor grilled tomatoes with any fresh herbs or aromatics, then use them on crostini for an excellent appetizer.

7. Grilled Corn with Mango-Habanero Butter  

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Star chef Bobby Flay likes to cook corn on the cob with the husk tied back into a kind of handle.

8. Blueberry-and-Nectarine Hand Pies

Blueberry-and-Nectarine Hand Pies

These are ideally served once they've cooled a good bit but are still a little warm in the center.

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Atlanta baker Abigail Quinn uses a mix of fruit in her crisp and juicy hand pies. Feel free to experiment with peaches, raspberries and other fruit here.

9. Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios  

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 © John Kernick

You don't need an ice cream maker for this sweet and creamy custard-based ice cream.