44 Summer Vegetarian Recipes to Last You All Season
Summer calls for pulled pork, hot dogs, grilled chicken, charbroiled burgers and all the barbecue. But why should carnivores get to have all the fun? There are tons of meat-free options that’ll impress at home and at parties alike. From breakfast dishes, like gluten-free quiche, to quick lunch ideas, like cauliflower grain bowls, to veggie-packed recipes for a dinner party—there's something for every occasion on this list. Here are 44 summer vegetarian recipes to last you all season long.
1. Baked Eggs in Avocado
Breakfast is served. Start the day with healthy fats, lots of protein and a flawless runny egg, all topped with salsa and cotija. Now, where’s that mimosa pitcher?
2. Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles
It may not be pasta, but it’s sure to fill you up at lunch or dinner. And you’ll want to put the sesame-tahini dressing on everything.
3. Gluten-Free Cauliflower Gnocchi Pomodoro
Confession: We’re seriously obsessed with Trader Joe’s cauliflower gnocchi. But making your own is simpler than you think. Just combine mashed cauliflower and potato with flour, Parm, salt and pepper. Add homemade sauce and voila.
4. Eggplant Pizza
Slicing an eggplant > making pizza dough from scratch. Better yet, set out pieces for your kids to decorate with marinara, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil and all their favorite toppings.
5. Charred Broccoli with Sriracha Almond Butter Sauce
If you always order dishes with peanut sauce from your local Thai restaurant, you’re about to fall in love with this spicy version. Instead of peanut butter, it calls for earthy, rich almond butter. Then, it’s brightened up with lime juice and Sriracha.
6. Cauliflower Fried Rice
We’ve been known to inhale a whole takeout box of fried rice in one sitting. And with this recipe, we’re bound to repeat history. Make your own cauliflower rice and spruce it up with veggies, rice vinegar, soy sauce, Sriracha and the magic ingredient, eggs.
7. Charred Cauliflower with Crunchy Garlic Chile Oil
This sauce is about to change your life. Seven cloves of garlic (!!!), Aleppo chile and sweet paprika turn crispy when sautéed in oil. Sear the cauliflower in a pan or fire up the grill. ‘Tis the season, after all.
8. Pesto Zoodles
Step back, red sauce. It’s pesto’s time to shine. Whip some up with fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic and EVOO. Combine with zucchini noodles and onion, top it with cheese curls and your job is done.
9. Falafel Patties
Gyros! Salads! Wraps! There are countless ways to enjoy these crispy cuties. The best part? They’re lightly sautéed instead of deep-fried, so you can dip them into all the tzatziki or spicy mayo your heart desires minus the guilt.
10. Portobello and Avocado Quesadillas with Magic Green Sauce
This is a fantastic way to get some veggies into your kids’ mouths. If they’re picky, serve these with a side of sour cream while you indulge in the herb-avocado sauce with capers, lime juice, apple cider vinegar and pickled jalapeño.
11. Skillet Pasta with Summer Squash, Ricotta and Basil
Yup, she’s a beauty. We’re talking cherry tomatoes and thin-sliced squash, fresh basil, dollops of ricotta and all the Pecorino Romano. No one will believe it took you less than an hour to make.
12. Crispy Tofu Bites
The definition of vegetarian comfort food. These golden-brown snacks get marinated in soy sauce, honey, Sriracha, vinegar and garlic powder, then baked until they’re crunchy on the outside. The secret to that outer crust? Cornstarch.
13. Quiche with Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust
Skip the dough and sub in crispy slices of sweet potato. Adding a bunch of kale and Gruyère makes this a stick-to-your-ribs meal with fewer carbs than the original. This is prime for Sunday brunch, but we’d totally have it for dinner too.
14. Vegetarian Chili
We never get sick of one-pot meals. Especially ones that use tons of canned pantry staples and are topped with avocado and sour cream. Hit the porch with a bowl of this and a glass of wine.
15. Cauliflower Rice Bowl with Curried Lentils, Carrots and Yogurt
We love a delicious dinner that doesn’t bog us down. Dig into curry-cumin lentils, carrot ribbons, sliced scallions and cauliflower rice dressed in Greek yogurt and lime juice, all while leaving room for dessert.
16. Rainbow Vegetable Sandwich
Lunchtime never looked so good—or healthy. We’re talking bell pepper, avocado, cucumber, arugula, avocado, radishes, tomato, purple carrot and alfalfa sprouts on hearty bread spread with herbed cream cheese.
17. Turmeric-Spiced Cauliflower and Broccoli with Capers
This warm spice totally transforms our favorite versatile veggie. And that’s before it’s topped with yogurt and cilantro. Spring for ghee, a tasty clarified butter with a high smoke point, which is the best to roast with.
18. Veggie Niçoise Salad with Red Curry Green Beans
While this iconic dish is traditionally topped with canned tuna, we love the look of tons of vibrant veggies on one plate. Close your eyes and you’re in Paris.
19. Vegan Chickpea Caesar Wraps
Jealous of your coworker’s chicken Caesar salad? Vegetarians can get in on the fun too. Sub chicken for chickpeas, then toss kale and romaine in a from-scratch vegan cashew dressing with capers, Dijon and lemon.
20. Clean-Eating Bibimbap Bowls
This is a dinner you can brag to your yoga instructor about. The gochujang-tamari sauce with honey and sesame oil is a game changer, and we’re serving it on tons of wholesome produce like shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, spinach and cucumber.
21. Egg and Veggie Breakfast Bowl
A poached egg has the power to make any dish better. And this protein-rich bowl will give you energy and keep you full all day, thanks to golden-brown roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.
22. The Best Vegan Meatballs
Think spaghetti and meatballs is just for carnivores? Guess again. These gems are made with quinoa and black beans before going for a dip in warm marinara. Pass the Parm.
23. Creamy Sweet Corn Pappardelle
Welcome summer’s favorite produce to the pasta pot. Cashews, corn kernels and seasonings come together in the blender to create a ridiculously creamy sauce that’s surprisingly dairy-free. Extra grated cheese, please.
24. Rainbow Vegetable Skewers
Not only is this idea stunning, but it’s also really smart. If you’ve ever burned a veggie kebab on the grill before, it was likely because there were different sized bits on the skewer that cooked at different speeds. You won’t have to worry about that this time.
25. Vegetarian Sushi Cups
Homemade sushi is definitely impressive, but a tall order without a lot of spare time. Enter these easy cups, assembled in muffin tins with sticky rice and soy-sesame veggies.
26. Healthier Tempeh Reuben
Corned beef who? We love this meatless version that uses brown rice tempeh and cashew cheese. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of Thousand Island dressing to slather on there. This one is spiked with chili sauce, pickle juice and tahini.
27. Cheater’s Vegetarian Pizza with Zucchini and Bell Peppers
The prettiest pie at the picnic has arrived. Thanks to store-bought flatbread, the crust stays crispy under shaved zucchini, bell pepper and tomato. Not to mention all that gooey mozzarella and hearty marinara. We’ll see you in 30.
28. One-Pot Mac and Cheese
The party don’t start until mac walks in. No barbecue is complete without this stuff, and you can pull it off in 30 minutes and in a single pot. Three cheers for minimal dishes.
29. Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing
We’ll take this juicy stone fruit in our salad any day, especially if it’s sporting some gorgeous char marks. Take the tangy grilled halloumi cheese and basil-lemon sauce into consideration and you’ve got an easy win for any cookout.
30. Zucchini Caprese Salad
The only thing that could make this crowd-favorite any better is another summer veggie in the mix. Here, zucchini halves are browned on the grill before getting topped with mozzarella, tomato and balsamic.
31. Baking Sheet Quesadillas
This recipe is so genius that you’re probably wondering why you didn’t think of it yourself. Making a single pan definitely beats making lots of individual quesadillas. Salsa and cheddar cheese make it a playdate-friendly snack that can serve lots of tiny mouths at once.
32. Blackberry-Peach Grilled Cheese
Your inner child just got really hungry. Golden-brown sourdough, thin-sliced peaches, fresh blackberries and three different cheeses unite for one indulgent lunch you’ll make over and over. Did we mention it’ll only take you ten minutes?
33. Zoodle Stir-Fry
Dinner in 20? Sign us up. We used zucchini noodles, but you can totally serve this over rice or lo mein. It’s so good, your family will ask you where you ordered it from.
34. Orecchiette with Spring Greens
You can’t have a barbecue without pasta salad. Opt for this one with vibrant peas and spinach. Our favorite part? The toppings. Bring on all the roasted almonds, crushed red-pepper flakes and Parmesan.
35. 15-Minute Gazpacho with Cucumber, Red Pepper and Basil
This chilled soup screams summer. Not only because it’s loaded with diced tomatoes, but because it’s served cold and only takes 15 minutes to whip up. That fits right into our busy beach schedule.
36. Rainbow Collard Wraps with Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce
Peanut butter + sweet chili sauce + soy sauce = yeah, we’ll take a hefty side of that, please. The best part? They keep for two days in the fridge, so you can assemble them ahead of time and go straight for the car on picnic day.
37. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad
No one’s turning a scoop of this stuff down at a picnic. Pine nuts give crunch to tangy goat cheese, fresh thyme and roasted squash. Substitute summer squash for a seasonal spin.
38. Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
You only need a half hour to whip up this dinner win. And it’s super easy to customize the recipe: Swap red curry paste for green, bell peppers for snap peas or cauliflower for broccoli. Serve with basmati rice and naan.
39. Watermelon Poke Bowls
Sorry, spicy tuna. Summer’s mascot is running the show. Not only is it healthy, but it’s also refreshing and pretty darn gorgeous, if we do say so ourselves. We’ll take extra sprouts.
40. One-Pan Eggs with Asparagus and Tomatoes
A no-brainer for breakfast *and* dinner. This 30-minute wonder only uses six ingredients and a single sheet pan, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more in the backyard.
41. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust
What’s summer without a fruity dessert? Wow everyone at the cookout with a pretty-in-pink crust. Want to know the secret? Freeze-dried strawberries.
42. Vegan Golden Mylk Cheesecake
Isn’t it about time you hop on the golden mylk bandwagon? This turmeric-infused vegan drink stars in this decadent dessert that’ll have you saying, “dairy who?”
43. Gluten-Free, Vegan Lemon Cake
The lemon-pineapple filling and light yogurt topping scream summer. We’ll never tell the secret behind this light-and-fluffy treat. (Psst, it’s cauliflower rice.)
44. Dessert Nachos
Looking for a way to snag the title Hostess with the Mostest? A plate of crispy, homemade tortilla chips topped with caramel, fudge, raspberries and whipped cream should do the trick.