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5 Vegan Dishes for Your Summer Cookout

Level up your seasonal grilling with these tasty meal ideas and flavorful sauces!

Summer is here, the backyard cookouts are in full swing, and we’ve got plant-based eats grilling up on repeat. What comes to mind when you think of summer cookouts? Veggie skewers, grilled handhelds, and picnic side dishes? If you’re like us, you’re looking for a few new recipes to enhance this year’s patio party season. Look no further! We’ve got you covered with these five vegan summer cookout dishes made with vegan-friendly marinades and grilling sauces from Elda’s Kitchen. Check them out below!

5 Vegan Summer Cookout Recipes

  1. Grilled Tofu Fillets with Ginger Teriyaki: Press a block of firm tofu and cut into fillets. Then marinate the filets with Elda’s Kitchen Ginger Teriyaki sauce. Fire up the grill and cook each side for a few minutes, revealing gorgeous grill marks. Serve with grilled romaine and a creamy dressing for the perfect summer salad.
  2. Black Cherry BBQ Burger: Grill your go-to vegan burger of choice. Then load it with dairy-free cheese, vegan bacon, caramelized onions, and a toasted bun. Add Elda’s Kitchen’s vegan-friendly Black Cherry BBQ sauce. It’s the quintessential summer cookout burger.
  3. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Theo’s Steakhouse: Braise hand-cut cauliflower steaks to soften the interior slightly. Next, grill each steak until the cauliflower develops a slight char. Top with cooked mushrooms. Then drizzle with Theo’s Steakhouse sauce and serve with grilled potatoes to round out the dish.
  4. Spicy Chicken Sandwich with Jala-Hot Sauce: Snag your favorite grillable vegan chicken patty or gain major extra credit points for whipping up your own! After grilling, top your chicken sandwich with pickle slices, crisp lettuce, vegan ranch, and Jala-Hot sauce.
  5. Jamaican Jerk Vegetable Kabobs: Skewer up your favorite chopped veggies and get grilling! Think thick zucchini coins, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and even pineapple chunks. Baste your kabobs with Elda’s Kitchen Jamaican Jerk Cooking & Grilling Sauce for extra flavor. For the full recipe and more recipes like this, check out the Elda’s Kitchen website.

Cooking and Grilling Sauces from Elda’s Kitchen

Amplify your vegan summer cookout fare with the cooking and grilling sauces from Elda’s Kitchen. The family-owned business was founded by Elda’s son and granddaughter, Aldo Abronzino and Brie Blackford. The co-founders share fond memories of learning to cook in Elda’s kitchen, forming some of their earliest memories and foodie experiences. In a nod to the family’s 1950s kitchen, the brand utilizes a retro logo and aesthetic for all of its products. Elda was a hard-working immigrant from Italy who loved to cook. Today, she is the brand’s namesake and her gourmet sauces are the company’s inspiration.

Elda’s Kitchen’s Vegan Sauces

These family-inspired sauces are made in the US and bring people together through sharing delicious food. Each small-batch, artisan sauce contains high-quality ingredients. All products are non-GMO, gluten-free, and contain no high-fructose corn syrup. Elda’s Kitchen’s vegan sauces include Ginger Teriyaki, Korean Sesame, Black Pepper, Theo’s Steakhouse, Garlic & Herb, Jamaican Jerk, Jala-Hot, and Black Cherry BBQ varieties. Also try the brand’s Best Selling Variety Pack. While all of Elda’s plant-based sauces taste delicious on vegan summer cookout eats, we could really put that Black Pepper sauce on just about everything!

Ready to pack your vegan summer cookouts with major sauce flavor? Find Elda’s Kitchen products at a variety of retail locations. These include Grocery Outlet, Harris Teeter, and Lazy Acres. You can also find them online and on Amazon. For more from this vegan-friendly brand, check out Elda’s Kitchen on Facebook and on Instagram.

Anja Grommons


During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

Must-have products: Ezekiel Bread, Racconto Giardiniera, Pacifica Vegan Collagen Complex Serum, Elina Organics Botanical Cleanser

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