Barbecue season has arrived and with it the chance to sink your teeth into your favourite summer dishes once again.
If you're like many Canadians, you might be wondering how you can swap out some of your faves for more plant-based alternatives without breaking your budget or sacrificing flavour.
Typically, the supermarket has been a let-down for flexitarians and vegans alike — especially when it comes to condiments like mayo and creamy dressings. But that’s all about to change.
This summer, Hellmann's® has stepped up to the plate (pun intended) with three brand-new vegan salad dressings. Whether you’re eating vegan forever or just for now, you can find egg- and dairy-free alternatives for Caesar, ranch and green goddess salad dressings that do a whole lot more than top some greens.
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Plus Hellmann’s already popular vegan mayo spread, there’s plenty for plant-based foodies to enjoy. Not only is the certified-vegan line just as creamy as you’ve come to expect from Hellmann’s, but every single product is made in Canada too.
For inspiration on how to add some plant-based deliciousness to your summer barbecue, check out these nine recipes.
Grilled Street Corn Salad
If you’re ready to move beyond the corn-ribs trend on TikTok, try your hand at this recipe for grilled street-corn salad. Swap out your regular ranch with Hellmann’s Vegan Ranch Dressing to turn this super-simple salad into a plant-based masterpiece.
Made with only six ingredients and your trusty grill, this recipe comes together fast. It’s a great side for any barbecue feast — especially if tacos are on the menu.
Chickpea Salad Sliders
Sliders are one of the most adored barbecue recipes for a reason. These handheld morsels are as satisfying as they are convenient, and you can whip up a plant-based version with this recipe for chickpea-salad sliders.
Fresh herbs (like tarragon or dill), dijon mustard and, of course, Hellmann's Vegan Ranch Salad Dressing make this dish pop. With celery for crunch and topped with greens and tomato, these mini burgers make it easy to eat your veggies.
Grilled Tofu & Vegetable Kebabs
If you're looking to add more plants to your backyard-barbecue menu, try these grilled tofu and vegetable kebabs that use Hellmann’s Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing as a marinade and a dipping sauce.
It’s easy: Brush the chopped and skewered zucchini, eggplant, onion, tofu and peppers with the Caesar dressing while they’re on the grill, and (once you’ve achieved charred perfection) serve them alongside the remaining dressing.
Garden Goddess Kale & Berry Salad
The ultimate power bowl, this take on the Instagram-famous goddess salad combines grains, greens, berries and nuts with vegan dressing, courtesy of Hellmann's.
Quinoa and kale make a satiating base for pistachios and the berries of your choice. If you weren’t a fan of salad before, this recipe (topped with fresh and creamy green goddess dressing) might just reform you.
Vegan Burgers With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
It’s pretty easy to find vegan-friendly burgers at the store these days, but when the recipe is this good, making them from scratch is worth it. Lentils and farro are the base of this burger recipe, plus it's packed with spinach for an extra-healthy kick.
A burger without condiments is a sad burger indeed. Hellmann's Vegan, available in a jar and a squeezable container, serves up a creamy mayo experience without compromising on flavour.
Green Goddess Noodle Salad
This impressive-looking noodle salad uses a handful of shortcuts on its way to becoming such a showstopping dish. The first is store-bought coleslaw mix, and the second is Hellmann’s Vegan Green Goddess Salad Dressing.
Tossed together in a bowl with rice noodles, edamame, fresh herbs and peanuts, this pretty salad deserves pride of place on your plant-based barbecue spread.
Grilled Veggie Sandwich
How’s this for an unexpected use for mayo (or your favourite vegan alternative)? Brush both sides of the sourdough bread with Hellmann's Vegan, then grill to get the ultimate crispy and golden toast.
Piled with chargrilled veggies, fresh tomato and arugula, this sourdough sandwich adds a classy touch to your summer barbecue vibes.
Grilled Caesar Hasselback Potatoes
There’s nothing quite like taking a bite out of a crispy golden Hasselback potato, except when it’s drizzled with a generous amount of Hellman’s Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing.
This crowd-pleasing recipe uses just three ingredients and (thanks to pre-cooked potatoes) comes together in under 30 minutes.
Brown Rice Veggie Ranch Bowl
Made with beans, veggies, fruit, pickled red onion and fresh basil, this bountiful bowl is a rainbow for the palate as well as the eye.
Tied together with a generous pour of Hellmann’s Vegan Ranch Dressing, this bright and inviting recipe is also a sneaky way to use up leftover rice and other ingredients you have on hand.
Adding more plant-based foods to your barbecue menu doesn't have to be a struggle. Whether you’re just trying to cut back on animal products or you’ve cut them out completely, you can still fill your belly with delicious dishes this summer.
Gone are the days when eating plant-based dishes meant giving up on the texture and deliciousness of your favourite creamy ingredients. Hellmann's vegan mayo spread and salad dressings pack flavour and plant-based goodness into one tasty bite.