How to Cook for Vegetarian Guests on the Fourth of July

Vegetables with Walnut Dressing 
By F&W Editors Posted July 03, 2016

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


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 

Food & Wine: Grilled Watermelon with Avocado, Cucumber and Jalapeno Salsa

© Con Poulos

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

3. Classic Potato Salad

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

4. Double Drive-Thru Veggie Burgers 

Food & Wine: Double Drive-Thru Veggie Burgers

© 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

Food & Wine: Blueberry-and-Nectarine Hand Pies

© John Kernick

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  

Food & Wine: Vanilla-Almond Ice Cream with Cherries and Pistachios

© John Kernick

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

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