Canada Day Backyard BBQ: Vegan Style

A complete family-style backyard BBQ menu for hosting a vegan-friendly Canada Day Celebration.

For many Canada Day is the kick-off to summer, a time of year which Canadians fondly refer to as “barbecue season”. For vegans this can be a tricky season to navigate as summer celebrations often centre around a charcoal, or propane, fuelled grill. This shouldn’t be the case though, because vegan grilling is far more diverse and appetizing than you would think!

Fire-Up-The-Grill

We’ve curated a list of some of our favourite summer recipes to help you host the perfect vegan Canada Day BBQ—OR, choose 1 or 2 items from the list to bring to a potluck ;)

The perfect backyard barbeque always starts with refreshing apps. Try this fresh and flavourful Strawberry Tomato Salsa recipe which can be used as a salad dressing or for dipping—maybe with some sweet & salty cinnamon tortilla chips?! We’re drooling already.

Raw Strawberry Salad Dressing via Shine With Nature. Click image for recipe.

Raw Strawberry Salad Dressing via Shine With Nature. Click image for recipe.

Grilled corn is an all-time-favourite summer recipe, spice it up with this recipe from our friends at Hot for Food Blog.

Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob with Coconut Lime Cream via Hot for Food Blog. Click image for recipe.

Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob with Coconut Lime Cream via Hot for Food Blog. Click image for recipe.

Some people argue that food which comes on a stick is by far the most delicious—if those people are talking about veggie + tofu kabobs, then we’d have to agree. Try out this fajita inspired kebab recipe with a side of cilantro lime quinoa.

Fajita Tofu Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Quinoa via Making Thyme For Health. Click image for recipe.

Fajita Tofu Kebabs with Cilantro Lime Quinoa via Making Thyme For Health. Click image for recipe.

Smoky grill flavours give veggies like asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers a whole new level of tastiness, try making your own grilled vegetable medley using one of these marinade recipes, here. A proper marinade will help lock in moisture so veggies don’t dry out, and will keep them from sticking to the grill!


Another vegan food that tastes extra-amazing when infused with smoky grill flavours is tofu! Organic, of course. Barbecuing tofu on a hot, dry grill gives it an incredibly appetizing texture and taste. Simply slather some extra-firm tofu—pressed and portioned—in your favourite BBQ sauce + olive oil and let marinate for at least 20 minutes, or try out one of the other marinades mentioned above.


Now let’s talk burgers and dogs. It’s okay to give in to these cravings—with all the amazing store-bought and homemade veggie meat variations out there today you can indulge without harming a single being! Try store bought burgers and wieners from brands like Yves, Tofurky, Field Roast, or London-locals Globally Local. Or try one of these recipes to make your own.

Vegetarian Hot Dog via Baked In. Click image for recipe.

Vegetarian Hot Dog via Baked In. Click image for recipe.

Mushroom Pecan Burgers, Take II via Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Kitchen. Click image for recipe.

Mushroom Pecan Burgers, Take II via Dreena Burton's Plant-Powered Kitchen. Click image for recipe.

Now that everyone is fed, keep your guests cool and hydrated with some fresh watermelon juice using this recipe from This Rawsome Vegan Life.

Sexy & Satisfying Watermelon Juice with Peppermint via This Rawsome Vegan Life. Click image for recipe.

Sexy & Satisfying Watermelon Juice with Peppermint via This Rawsome Vegan Life. Click image for recipe.

Kick things up a notch and serve some refreshing adult-only cocktails featuring Booch Organic Kombucha. Try using Booch’s Organic Ginger Booch with this recipe, here.

Hosting, or getting an invitation to, a friendly BBQ shouldn’t leave us vegans with a sense of dread. Take these opportunities to show your friends and family just how delicious and versatile plant-based foods can be!

What’s your favourite vegan BBQ dish? Leave your answer in the comments below!