On the Fourth of July, it’s not all about burgers and wings for those who have chosen a plant-based diet, or even those looking for more interesting alternatives. So here’s a round-up of winning plant-based ideas for a real Independence Day feast.
This recipe calls for ghee, but you can easily replace it with a plant-based alternative for a fully plant based tadka dal. This dish is incredibly comforting and always satisfying. Serve it in a steaming pot at the centre of the tables with naan and raita.
A light and lovely summer salad from Tuscany makes a delicious and refreshing plant-based alternative on the Fourth of July. This salad is an enduring classic of Italian cuisine and for good reason: it represents the essence of Italian food - simple but with just the right combination of flavours.
A beautiful, colourful baked potato dish that combines potato starchiness with earthy, umami-rich beetroot. It's easy and a winner for vegans and meat-eaters alike.
Alexis Gauthier's Vegan Faux Gras
Enjoy a touch of luxury this Fourth of July with this recipe for Alexis Gauthier's vegan faux gras which uses lentils, walnuts, fresh vegetables and a variety of herbs for a plant-based version of the French favourite. Will your guests notice the difference?
Gordon Ramsay's Green Bean Salad with Mustard Dressing
Ramsay combines bright and crunchy green beans, lemon and creamy garlic dressing for a very interesting plant-based salad. A very good balance of flavours and textures here.
Gordon Ramsay's Gazpacho with Pineapple Carpaccio, Pomegranate, Vanilla Salt
Another recipe that shows off Ramsay's plant-based flair - a gazpacho with pineapple carpaccio, pomegranate, and vanilla salt zings with flavour to tie up a plant based meal.
Raymond Blanc's Vegetable Curry
Learn from the best with this easy recipe for vegan vegetable curry by Raymond Blanc. Bright, crunchy vegetables are enhanced with herbs and spices and coconut milk brings a sweetness and creamy texture.
Pizza is always a winner, so plan ahead, work your dough, let it rest and then bake your pizza in the oven, or even better in a wood fire oven in your garden. Top it with whatever vegetables you want, skip the cheese, or replace it with a soya-based alternative and drizzle with chilli oil.
Tourtière has not usually been seen as a perfect vehicle for vegetarian, let alone vegan, substitutes. That said, vegan chefs have consistently proven themselves to be creative and vegan interpretations of this Québécois speciality are certainly no exception. Here are six great vegan tourtière recipes to give you some fresh ideas.