7 Vegetarian Summer Party Dishes
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!
Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes (above, from Food Network Magazine)
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.
The perfect match for smoky grilled corn? A spicy jalapeno-lime butter.
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.
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.
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.
Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn.