Summer’s here and it’s slightly uncomfortable, with the ebbs and flows of brutal, sweaty, thigh-rubbing heat.
When the sun comes out full-force, the last thing I want to do is to crank up my oven in an already very hot apartment (team we-don’t-have-air-conditioner).
I avoid the oven, or even the kitchen on some days when it’s too hot to even think about eating hot meals. Thankfully, these summer recipes are going to keep us cool and full.
If I am just making food for myself, I usually settle for a chocolate smoothie bowl loaded with some of my favorite toppings. But when I am preparing food for more than just me – it’s time to slide out the family-friendly recipes.
I will break down this list by main dishes, side dishes, refreshing summer drinks, and no-bake desserts.
I rounded up 11 Vegetarian Summer Recipes that are perfect for a crowd, a hungry family, or just for YOU!
Either way, let’s hang up the oven heat and save it for another time.
Main Dishes | Vegetarian Summer Recipes
1. Black Bean Quinoa Burgers
Thick and hearty veggie burgers made with affordable, pantry ingredients including canned beans, quinoa, and spices. Flip the for 6 minutes on each side – and they are done! Serve them up with your favorite summer burger toppings.
This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.
2. Homemade Vegan Hot Dogs
Homemade vegan hot dogs? Well, sign me up! This is a classic summer recipe turned vegan and I 100% here for it. Lentils are the main ingredient in these veggie hot dogs.
Additionally, we have all the veg dog flavors we need this summer including smoked paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and broth.
3. Black Bean Beet Burgers
Looking for a “meaty” vegan summer burger that’ll impress your cookout guests? The secret is to use ingredients that are packed with protein, flavor, and a meat-friendly chew.
This burger is anything but boring, with beets, carrots, black beans, rice, and walnuts. Grill them and slap them onto toasted burger buns – now you have a summer meal everyone can get behind.
Side Dishes | Vegetarian Summer Recipes
4. Potato Salad
This recipe is vegan, egg-free, mayo-free, and gluten-free. Pro-tip: chill the potato salad overnight.
5. Mac & Cheese
If you thought a creamy, dairy-free mac and cheese wasn’t possible – you just hadn’t found my plant-based mac and cheese. With saucepot and a blender, you’ll be able to make a dairy-free “cheese” sauce that’s perfect for a summer mac and cheese.
If you want to bring your vegan mac and cheese to the next level, top it off with smoky, crispy veggie bacon made from oyster mushrooms.
6. Avocado “Chicken” Salad
If it’s hot out and you’re hungry, this is the type of salad you’ll want on that cookout table.
We’re not going for lettuce here – this salad is packed with tofu, ripe avocado, corn, fresh chopped onion, and cilantro. Chill for a few hours before serving. This recipe is 100% plant-based, healthy, nut-free, gluten-free, and delicious.
7. Sweet Corn Salsa
If you’re looking for a last-minute summer recipe that requires no cooking at all, you’ll love this sweet corn salsa. 10 Ingredients, 8 steps, and done in just 10 minutes.
Add a bowl of tortilla chips alongside this sweet corn salsa for the perfect summer snack.
Refreshing Drinks | Vegetarian Summer Recipes
8. Watermelon Iced Tea
Stay hydrated folks! A great way to do that is to whip up a thirst-quenching watermelon iced tea made with just 4 ingredients. No cooking or special equipment needed for this summertime drink.
Desserts | Vegetarian Summer Recipes
10. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
These little mason jars of chocolate chia seed pudding are a great grab-and-go dessert that can be topped off with your favorite flavors and crunch. This recipe only requires 4 ingredients + 1 blender. Made with plant-based ingredients and sweetened with dates.
Be sure to chill before serving, to make it the perfect summertime dessert.
11. Vegan Strawberry Coconut Ice Cream
Need a dessert that both kids and adults will love? Pull out that carton of homemade ice cream. This recipe is perfectly creamy using full-bodied, full-fat coconut cream. And yes, this recipe is vegan and dairy-free.
Did you try out any recipes from this 11 Vegetarian Summer Recipes list?