While hosting a summer soiree can be fun, it can also be slightly stressful. It’s hard to put out dishes that will please everyone, especially if you know that some of your party guests have dietary restrictions. A new study conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Sabra surveyed 2,000 Americans about their hosting habits and uncovered a lot about hosting anxiety that I’m sure many of us can relate to.
Despite 58 percent of Americans having a family member that eats vegan, vegetarian or both, many of us still find it hard to accommodate these guests and provide delicious meals that everyone will be able to enjoy. The study results revealed “that when word spreads a vegan will be attending a summer barbecue, 47 percent of hosts are likely to panic or get nervous during their event planning.” The study also shared that 52 percent of the people surveyed with dietary restrictions admit to sneaking in their own food because they fear there won’t be enough options for them to eat.
So this summer, instead of going into panic mode and setting out a simple plate of celery and dip hoping to satisfy your vegan and vegetarian guests, we’re here to help. Check out our five favorite summer recipes below that everyone can enjoy, regardless of any dietary restrictions.
You can’t go wrong with classic Chickpea Hummus, but we love this new take on the classic dip made from white beans and edamame. Impress your guests with this elevated hummus recipe that everyone is sure to love—pair it with baby carrots, cucumber sticks, celery, or homemade taro chips that even your gluten-free guests can enjoy! Get our White Bean and Edamame Hummus recipe.
This salad is so fresh and juicy—perfect for a summer side. It’s easy to make and simple enough that everyone will enjoy it, whether it’s alongside steak or portobello burgers. Get our Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad recipe.
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These vegan burgers made from mushrooms and black-eyed peas are a great BBQ option to throw on the grill for your vegan and vegetarian guests. You can even make them ahead of time and freeze them if you don’t have the time to whip them up the day of! Get our Black-Eyed Pea Vegan Burgers recipe.
We love this veggie crust alternative, and your vegetarian friends are sure to love it too. If your guests are vegan, swap out mozzarella with store-bought vegan cheese or take a stab at making your own. Get our Summer Squash Pizza recipe.
These sweet-tart stuners will be sure to wow your guests; use a vegan chocolate to coat them if need be. Either way, prep them in the morning and bring them out after dinner for a delicious summer dessert. Get our Chocolate-Dipped Raspberry Sorbet Bars recipe.
Throw your hosting worries away and whip up some of these recipes for your next summer gathering. They’re sure to leave your vegan and vegetarian friends full and feeling satisfied! And everyone else will love them too.
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