25+ Tasty Vegan Summer Dinner Recipes

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You’ll love these refreshing and satisfying vegan summer dinner recipes when the days are long and hot! Perfect for families, entertaining or meal prep.

These summer recipes go way beyond salads and vegan bowls! From hearty burgers and other BBQ recipes to seasonal soups or quick wraps, there’s something for everyone.

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You’ll find veggie-forward dishes featuring tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and more, as well as kid-friendly ideas and recipes that are perfect for busy days.

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Vegan Summer Dinners

Mediterranean Pasta Salad
This Mediterranean-style vegan quinoa pasta salad is bursting with color, flavor and nutrients! Perfect for meal prep, cookouts and hot summer days.
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Crunchy Pad Thai
Make use of zucchini season by preparing this crunchy raw Pad Thai salad! It consists of spiralized vegetables, protein-packed tofu and creamy peanut butter dressing.
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two bowls of colorful spiralized veggies topped with edamame, tofu and a creamy peanut butter sauce
Cauliflower Buffalo Tacos
These plant-based tacos are loaded with texture and flavor! Crispy roasted chickpeas, double battered cauliflower and homemade pico de gallo are served on a bed of greens and drizzled with vegan ranch.
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Fresh Tofu Summer Rolls
Summer rolls are the perfect fresh vegan summer dinner! It’s so much fun to fill your rice paper sheets with colorful crunchy veggies, fried tofu, avocado and anything else you like. Serve with creamy peanut sauce!
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Hearty Roasted Cauliflower Bowl
Fiery cauliflower steaks, buttery herb rice, and creamy avocado dressing meet in this roasted cauliflower bowl! Perfect during Spring and Summer, for meal prep, and more.
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Colorful Baked Ratatouille
Looking for an easy vegetable side that’s a real eye-catcher? This flavorful and nutritious baked ratatouille is put together in only 15 minutes and is sure to impress any guests.
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Creamy Vegan Potato Salad
Potato salad is such a classic summer recipe! This vegan-friendly version offers a handful of finely chopped vegetables and creamy homemade cashew dressing for extra nutrients.
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Vegan White Sauce Pasta
Use up any veggies you have at home with this 30-minute pasta dish! It comes with a low-calorie white sauce, is highly customizable and family-friendly.
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Quick Bean Burrito
In a hurry? These filling bean burritos are ready to enjoy in as little as 15 minutes if you have leftover cooked rice and offer delicious Mexican flavors as well as exciting textures.
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Mexican Stuffed Peppers
If it’s not too hot to turn on the oven, make these plant-based stuffed peppers with quinoa, black beans, corn and green onion. Slathered in tomato sauce and topped with sour cream and avocado, this dinner idea is so tasty!
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Creamy Avocado Gazpacho
Try this 10-minute no-cook summer dinner idea bursting with wholesome ingredients from avocado to peas, cucumber, lime juice and coconut milk. This cold soup is so creamy and satisfying!
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Vegan Dragon Bowl
Colorful bowls can be customized to serve year-round! This dragon bowl recipe is ready in 30 minutes and features cooked tofu, rice, shredded cabbage, carrot, bell pepper and a flavorful sauce.
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Grilled Vegetable Tofu Skewers
Kebabs or veggie skewers are the perfect vegan summer dinner idea! Build them out of fresh veggies like poblano, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes and cubed tofu, then marinate in chimichurri sauce and grill until browned and crispy.
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White Pizza with Zucchini & Tomatoes
Pizza is another great summer dinner! We especially love this white pizza that’s super creamy thanks to vegan ricotta and mozzarella. Top with grilled zucchini and fresh tomato, bake and enjoy!
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Vegan Gyros with Tzatziki
No matter if you want to throw together a family-friendly dinner or entertain guests at a garden party, these vegan gyros made from shredded oyster mushrooms are a true hit! Fill them in pita pockets alongside fresh veggies and a homemade tzatziki sauce.
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Cucumber Watermelon Salad
Bright, refreshing, sweet and salty: this summer salad is everything you want after a hot day! Watermelon, cucumber and avocado are drizzled with a simple olive oil vinaigrette and can be served with crusty bread or another filling side.
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Vegan Eggplant Parmesan
Turn eggplant skeptics into fans with this crispy baked eggplant parmesan recipe! It’s layered with your favorite marinara sauce and topped with vegan mozzarella cheese.
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No-Tuna Chickpea Sandwich
This no-tuna chickpea salad sandwich comes together in just 10 minutes and is packed with plant-based protein! It doubles as a lunchbox option or quick dinner for the whole family when it’s too hot to cook.
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Golden Couscous with Veggies
Make side dishes the main occasion during lazy summer days! This golden couscous recipe is served with bell pepper, zucchini, chickpeas and a simple dressing. It’s satisfying, easy and tasty!
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Grilled Corn Kale Salad
Another side dish turned into a meal: this healthy salad can be enjoyed on its own thanks to filling ingredients like grilled corn, squash, avocado and a creamy dressing.
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Jerk Tempeh Roti
Put these amazing BBQ jerk tempeh skewers on the grill during your next cookout and serve them alongside lettuce and herby yogurt dip in a roti wrap. We love this summer recipe!
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Garden Veggie Pasta
Pasta for dinner is always a good idea! This recipe makes use of all your favorite seasonal garden veggies that are slathered in easy and flavorful marinara sauce.
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Pesto Quinoa Bowl
Combine crispy veggies like asparagus, corn and arugula with flavorful pesto and protein-packed quinoa! This nutritious dinner is great for spring, summer and meal prep.
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White Bean Tomato Soup
This white bean tomato soup is easy to make, packed with flavor and ready in about 30 minutes! Prepare it in larger batches for the whole family and serve with some baguette on the side.
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Penne with Roasted Garlic
Looking for a super simple dinner idea? Cook your favorite pasta and serve it in a cannellini bean puree flavored with roasted garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Perfect with some roasted broccoli and olives!
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Vegan Fish Tacos
Enjoy your favorite summer flavors with these colorful vegan fish tacos! Light and refreshing, they are filled with red cabbage coleslaw, pickled onions, avocado, lime and beer-battered “fish” made of hearts of palm.
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Vegan Fish Tacos
Summer Farro Salad
This beautiful summer farro rainbow salad comes with a spicy peanut sauce, fresh herbs, red cabbage, carrots and broccoli. Ready in only 20 minutes, you’ll love the textures and flavors in this dish!
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25+ Tasty Vegan Summer Dinner Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
You’ll love these refreshing and satisfying vegan summer dinner recipes when the days are long and hot! Perfect for families, entertaining or meal prep. The following quick and easy veggie tart is crowd-pleasing, customizable and a true eye-catcher.
Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup almond ricotta 110 g
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 6 tomatoes thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons vegan parmesan
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the onion in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the oven for a few minutes to pre-roast them.
  • Meanwhile, unfold the puff pastry on the second baking sheet and roll with a pin. Create a border using your hands.
  • Brush with olive oil, then spread with almond ricotta. Sprinkle with dried oregano, salt, pepper and vegan parmesan.
  • Remove the onion from the oven and arrange it on the ricotta. Add the tomato slices, creating an alternating pattern if you like.
  • Place in the oven for 15-17 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Decorate with fresh basil and serve warm!

Notes

  • Use other seasonal veggies for this tart, too.
  • If vegan parmesan is hard to come by, use some nutritional yeast instead.
  • Find 25+ more easy vegan summer recipes in the article above!
Course: Summer
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
25+ Tasty Vegan Summer Dinner Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
276
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
14
g
Sodium
 
295
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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