Grilling season is here! Grilling is one of
our favorite cooking methods. In addition to providing the smoky flavor that emanates
from the coals, grilling caramelizes the natural sugars in the vegetables and
makes them taste extra sweet. Just about anything that sprouts from the ground
or grows on a tree can be suspended over coals, including corn on the cob,
zucchini, potatoes, onions, pineapples, mangoes, and mushrooms. Meat
alternatives, such as veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy chicken, as well as
seitan and tofu are other delicious grilling options. 

We’ve assembled a collection of our favorite recipes that are bursting with
flame-grilled goodness for you to try:

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  • Grilled Garlic-Herb Corn
  • Bowtie Surprise With Grilled Garden Veggies
  • ‘Mad About Macaroni’ Salad
  • Fruit Salsa
  • German Potato Salad
  • Blueberry and Wild Rice Salad
  • Bean Salad
  • Black Bean and Corn Salad
  • Creole Slaw
  • Grilled Red Potatoes
  • Vegetarian Chili With Mixed Beans
  • Key Lime ‘Cheesecake’
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
  • Grilled Pineapple
  • Coconut Cake
  • Fresh Apricot Crisp
  • Fruit Salad With Papaya-Mint Purée
  • Grilled Peaches à la Mode
  • Mini Vegan S’Mores Pies
  • Try experimenting with
    tofu, seitan, and meat alternatives for your next cookout. Check out our list of favorite products!
  • Add some spice to your
    veggies with dry rubs and marinades. A dry rub is just a mixture of dry spices
    that you can rub onto tofu, portobellos, eggplant, or meat alternatives. Once
    you’ve rubbed in the spice mixture, cover the food tightly with plastic wrap
    and let it sit for an hour in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to
    penetrate.
  • Marinades are usually
    made up of oil, some sort of acid (such as vinegar, wine, or juice from a
    citrus fruit), and fresh or dried herbs and spices. There is a wide variety of
    pre-made vegetarian marinades available in stores, but making your own is easy
    and fun. Try adding spicy dried chilies or chipotle peppers for a smoky flavor,
    or sweeten things up a bit with maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or agave nectar
    (available in most health-food stores).
  • Allow food to marinate
    for at least three hours but up to 24 hours for denser protein foods, such as mock
    meats. Using a sealable plastic container or bag will allow you to shake food
    as it marinates without making a mess. Marinades can also be basted on the food
    as it grills.
  • What would a barbecue be
    without the traditional side dishes? Baked beans (sans the pork), coleslaw, and
    potato salad can be healthy additions to your meatless feast. The latter two
    can be made vegan by using a creamy, eggless mayonnaise such as Vegenaise or
    Nayonaise.
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