10 Vegan Summer Recipes

Short on summer meal inspiration? These recipes are just what you need


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a peach and arugula pasta salad with tomato, peach, and other plant-based ingredients Looking for easy summer recipes? Try the ones on this list - Media Credit: Munchmeals by Janet

As the sun shines brighter and the days grow warmer, it’s the perfect time to embrace refreshing and light meals. Summer calls for dishes that are not only delicious but also easy to prepare and packed with nutrition. Imagine enjoying a cool, creamy coleslaw at a weekend picnic, or savoring a vibrant potato salad during a family lunch. These vegan summer dishes are ideal for hot weather, offering a delightful mix of flavors and textures that are sure to impress.

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These vegan summer recipes are all about simplicity and freshness. They are quick to prepare, making them perfect for those busy summer days when you want to spend more time outdoors and less time in the kitchen. Plus, they are incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize them to suit your taste and dietary preferences. The ease of preparation and the use of fresh, wholesome ingredients make them a fantastic choice for anyone wanting to eat well without the hassle.

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10 summer recipes

These 10 summer recipes are perfect for keeping your meals light, fresh, and full of flavor. Whether you’re preparing for a picnic, a family gathering, or just need a quick and healthy dish, these vegan options have you covered. Dive into the season with these easy and delightful recipes that are sure to make your summer cooking a breeze.

Vegan coleslaw

A bowl full of vegan and oil-free coleslaw
Amber Asakura This coleslaw is oil-free and completely plant-based

Up first on this list is a classic summer dish, well-loved and often on the table for your barbecue, picnic, or Sunday lunch. This vegan coleslaw recipe was made for hot summers. It’s oil-free, completely plant-based, and made with a homemade vegan mayo. The dish comes from Clean Food Dirty Girl and is one you need to try.

Find the recipe here.

Cheese and tomato quiche

A vegan cheese and tomato quiche made with dairy-free ingredients
Rebel Recipes Quiches are easy to veganize and ideal for warm days

What’s more exciting than a completely vegan quiche? Perhaps one that’s also very tasty and easy to make. This recipe is from Viva’s Vegan Recipe Club and is a great addition to summer lunches. Despite what you may think, this quiche doesn’t take long to put together at all. In fact, it takes 60 minutes in total to create this yummy vegan cheese, tomato, onion, and broccoli quiche. The trick to this recipe is the use of firm tofu in the filling for that perfect texture.

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Oil-free potato salad

A vegan and oil-free potato salad made without eggs or dairy
Amber Asakura This potato salad is dairy-free, egg-free, and oil-free

Another summer staple is the beloved potato salad. This oil-free recipe is also from Clean Food Dirty Girl. While there are plenty of plant-based potato salad recipes out there these days, this one is a little different. Using onion, parsley, and dill with red potatoes and topped with a homemade cashew dressing, you’re sure to delight in its fresh flavors.

Find the recipe here.

Vegan Caesar pasta salad

A bowl of plant-based caesar pasta salad, a vegan pasta salad recipe
Rebecca Hincke These pasta salads are perfect for picnics, lunches, BBQs, and more

Elevating the classic Caesar salad with pasta is a genius way to get a more satisfying meal. What’s more, you can still enjoy all the flavors of the classic with completely plant-based ingredients. That’s what Rebecca Hincke does in this recipe. Pasta salad is a clear winner for summer lunches, and this vegan Caesar pasta salad has all the elements for a tasty meal. The dish includes vegan bacon, almond Parmesan, garlic croutons, lettuce, and a flavor-packed dressing to tie it all together.

Find the recipe here.

Easy 3 bean salad

three bean salad made with chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, apple pieces, and a tangy vinegar dressing
Dreena Burton Served with a tangy dressing and mixed with sweet apple pieces, this three-bean salad is great for summer

As the title suggests, this recipe from Dreena Burton is an incredibly easy-to-make three-bean salad. It’s a bit different from regular three-bean salads, mainly because it swaps green beans for chickpeas, and uses green onions rather than regular onions. This elevates the flavor along with the bell pepper, chunks of sweet and crunchy apple, and the tangy dressing. Plus, you get a protein kick from the kidney beans, black beans, and chickpeas. Definitely give this a try as a side for lunch, or bring it along to potlucks and BBQs.

Find the recipe here.

Vegan bean, orzo, and pesto salad

A vegan bean, orzo, pesto salad, all divided into separate containers for meal-prepping
Plant Baes This is a great recipe to store in the fridge and eat throughout the week

From PlantBaes comes the delightful bean, orzo, and pesto salad made for meal prepping. Filled with fresh flavors and nutritious vegan ingredients, this dish is packed with plant protein and is full of veggies. The recipe gives you instructions on how to make your very own pesto rosso, and the ingredients are simple and easy to source. It’s a simple combination of butter beans, orzo, broccoli, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and plant-based feta (with some extras).

Find the recipe here.

Vegan peach pasta

Vegan Arugula and tomato Pasta Salad featuring peach and other plant-based ingredients
Munchmeals by Janet This dish is packed with nutritious ingredients and is super refreshing

This peach pasta salad recipe is a real treat and would make for an excellent side dish for cookouts. It’s also perfectly good to pack for lunch at work or school. It’s filled with spirally cavatappi pasta, chickpeas, arugula, donut peaches, shallots, avo, cherry tomatoes, and lots of herbs, spices, and condiments. You should definitely give this recipe from Munchmeals by Janet a try this summer. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory.

Find the recipe here.

Vegan-friendly halloumi salad

A vegan and dairy-free halloumi salad recipe from plant-based chefs BOSH!
Lizzie Mayson With a little creativity, it’s possible to make your own vegan halloumi at home

BOSH! has made a punchy and robust Halloumi salad with plant-based halloumi made from firm tofu. Innovation is key when making vegan alternatives, so of course, you can make your tofu taste like cheese simply by marinating and cooking it in the oven. The salad is the easy part. You’ll fry some onions, red peppers, and tomatoes before adding hearty pearly barley to the mixture. That will make a tasty salad you can serve warm or cold.

Find the recipe here.

Gluten-free asparagus quiche

A vegan and gluten-free asparagus quiche
The Garden Party A quinoa crust makes this quiche gluten-free

This gluten-free quiche comes from The Garden Party, and it’s not only aesthetically pleasing but tasty, too. This vegan quiche is made with a quinoa crust and is filled with silken tofu, asparagus, nutritional yeast, peas, artichoke hearts, and more. It’s garnished prettily with asparagus spears and slices of artichoke and topped with slices of lemon and sprouts.

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High protein couscous salad jar

vegan couscous salad jar with pearl couscous, hummus, tofu, harissa spice, and assorted vegetables
FitGreenMind These vegan couscous jars are ideal for summer meal prep

The last recipe on this list is another salad jar recipe that’s perfect for meal prep. It’s made with bouncy pearl couscous, crisp baked tofu, cucumber, red pepper, sun-dried tomato, and an easy-to-make dressing. The recipe comes from FitGreenMind and is ideal for quick meals on the go. These salad jars can be stored for up to three days and don’t require much prep beyond cooking the tofu and couscous and chopping veggies.

Find the recipe here.

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