These vegan red, white, and blue Star-Spangled Skewers are the perfect 4th of July appetizer that you should serve at your party + I’m sharing a complete vegan 4th of July menu!
*This recipe was originally posted on 6/5/2107 but I updated it with better recipe instructions on 6/29/19.
The 4th of July is quickly approaching! Have you started planning what you’re going to make for the big day yet? If you haven’t started planning your menu yet, don’t panic! I’ve got lots of easy and delicious vegan 4th of July menu ideas for you to try!
Let’s start with these super simple 5-minute Star-Spangled Skewers! Aren’t they so cute? You’ll love the flavors of the sweet watermelon (red), salty vegan feta cheese (white), and tart blueberries (blue). Like my mom would say, “It’s the yin and the yang, the tart and the sweet!” It’s the perfect festive finger food to make for your 4th of July BBQ, cookout, or party!
How to Make Vegan Star Spangled Skewers
These plant-based skewers are seriously the easiest appetizer that you’ll ever make! Start by cutting a medium-sized watermelon into 1/4 inch slices and then use a small star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 24 watermelon stars.
Next, cut a block of vegan feta cheese into cubes. To keep it as easy as possible, I recommend using store-bought vegan feta cheese (I use Violife feta cheese). Or if you prefer to make homemade vegan feta cheese, try this recipe.
Now it’s time to assemble the skewers! You can use a toothpick or small skewer to hold it all together. Push the skewer into the watermelon star first and then through the blueberry. Lastly, add the chunk of vegan feta on the end of the skewer but don’t push it all the way through or it may crack.
You can make these skewers the day before and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve the skewers, lay it on a platter and drizzle balsamic glaze over the top.
Tips to Pick the BEST Watermelon
Did you know that not all watermelons are equal? There are a few key things to look for when you pick out a watermelon to use for your star-spangled skewers!
- Shape – Male watermelons are oblong and watery while female watermelons are round and sweet.
- Field spot – The white/yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon is called the field spot. The field spot is the side that the watermelon laid on in the field where it grew. You want to look for a watermelon that has a golden yellow spot, not a white spot.
- Webbing – You want to look for the watermelon that has the most webbing aka sugar lines. The more sugar lines the watermelon has = the sweeter it tastes.
- Tap it – When you tap the watermelon, it should sound hollow inside. The hollow sound means it’s ripe and ready to eat!
What Kind of Cookie Cutter Should You Use?
I used a small, 1-inch star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the watermelon stars for this easy vegan appetizer.
Vegan 4th of July Menu Ideas
In addition to making these easy and delicious star-spangled skewers, here are a few more staple vegan recipes that you should make for your 4th of July vegan feast. I highly recommend washing it all down with a pitcher of festive watermelon mojitos!
Vegan 4th of July Appetizers
Vegan 4th of July Main Courses
Vegetable Burgers (I like the vegetable burgers from Costco)
Vegan 4th of July Side Dishes
Vegan 4th of July Desserts
Vegan Star-Spangled Skewers
- Small star-shaped cutter
- Small skewers
- 1 medium watermelon, cut into 24 stars
- 24 blueberries
- 7 oz block of vegan feta (I recommend Violife feta)
- 2-3 tbsp balsamic glaze
- Cut the watermelon into slices and then use the star cutter to cut out 24 stars.
- Cut the vegan feta into chunks and assemble the skewers: Watermelon Star->Blueberry->Feta.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze over the skewers right before you serve it.
- If you don't like vegan feta, you could substitute baked tofu cubes instead.
- You could use a bigger star cutter for the watermelon if you want to make it more than just a small bite.
- If you don't want to make skewers, you could also use these ingredients to make a festive cold salad!
- You can make the skewers the day before and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the top right before serving.