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.
44 Summer Vegetarian Recipes to Last You All Season
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.