7 Vegetarian Summer Party Dishes

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Even if summer isn't officially here, it's fair to say Memorial Day marks the beginning of the backyard food-fest season. Whether you're a host or a guest, make this your motto: No vegetarian left behind!

Start the party off right with these one-bite wonders, which come together in 20 minutes. Feta-stuffed cherry tomatoes take a quick turn in the broiler to get the cheese soft and slightly charred before getting drizzled with olive oil.

A summer barbecue wouldn't be complete without potato salad. In this healthier spin on a classic, veggies steal the show. Carrots, celery and cucumber are tossed with red-skinned potatoes in a zippy homemade dressing.

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The perfect match for smoky grilled corn? A spicy jalapeno-lime butter. 

Six ears of grilled corn with pieces of lime on a white and blue dish

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Forget everything you know about coleslaw. Here, thinly sliced red cabbage is tossed in an Asian-inspired sauce that combines peanut butter, spicy mustard and sesame oil with soy sauce, ginger and honey.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This colorful dish is sure to impress. Thinly sliced carrots create beautiful, pasta-like ribbons, while olive oil, cilantro and honey combine with feta cheese, almonds and dates for a flavorful sauce.

Food Network's Carrot, Date and Feta Salad

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Who needs beef when you can get all the rich, juicy flavor you crave in this meatless version of a burger? Grilled Portobello mushrooms get topped with a sweet onion jam flavored with thyme, honey and red wine. 

Here, the versatile, vegetarian staple is simmered with garlic, onions, bell pepper and celery in a barbecue sauce laced with curry. Cooking it all over the grill adds the requisite smoky flavor.

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Tara Donne

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.

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