Delicious Vegan Recipes You Absolutely Need To Try This Summer (2024)

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Ah, summer — the time of year when you certainly don't want to spend hours in your kitchen, sweating over a hot meal. 1. Pesto Pizza 2. Sweet Potato & White Bean Burgers 3. Tofu, Avocado, and Spinach Salad 4. Vegan Gyros 5. Black Bean Taquitos with Avocado Dip 6. Grilled Avocado Sandwiches 7. Vegan Summer Rolls 8. Tempeh Ribs 9. Vegan Loaded BBQ Dogs 10. Watermelon Slushie 11. Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad 12. Grilled Tofu with Mango Salsa 13. Blackened King Oyster Mushroom Scallops and Grits with Greens 14. Caesar Pasta Salad 15. Grilled Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing 16. Vegan Banh Mi with Lemongrass Meatballs 17. Carrot Noodles with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce 18. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches 19. Rainbow Power Greens Salad with Black-Eyed Peas 20. Coconut Lime Popsicles 21. Vegan Dumpling Bowls with Quick Pickled Radishes and Almond Miso Sauce 22. Cauliflower "Meat" Tacos 23. Vegan Calabacitas 24. Spicy White Bean and Sweet Corn Gazpacho 25. Summer Garden Pasta 26. Grilled Veggies 27. Vegan French Bread Pizza 28. Rainbow Taco Boats 29. Vegan Tuna Salad 30. Vegan Turmeric Pineapple Tofu Kebabs 31. Southwest Vegan Pasta Salad 32. The Best Chickpea Veggie Burgers 33. Classic American Potato Salad 34. Zoodle Salad with Italian Dressing 35. Vegan Pasta Primavera 36. Black Bean and Corn Salad 37. Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole 38. Peanut Butter Pudding Pops 39. Mango Salsa with Lemon-Lime Vinaigrette 40. Deviled Potatoes 41. Vegan Stuffed Peppers 42. Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme References

From summer rolls to slushies, here are the best vegan recipes for the summertime.

by Whitney JeffersonBuzzFeed Staff

Ah, summer — the time of year when you certainly don't want to spend hours in your kitchen, sweating over a hot meal.

The following vegan recipes are some of my summertime favorites. They include some meals that are quick and easy to make, some that are cooler in temperature, and some made using vegetables grown in-season. I hope you can find something tasty you end up cooking below!

1. Pesto Pizza

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I Love Vegan / Via ilovevegan.com

Thispizza recipe is great all year round, but there is something summery about pesto! It's also made with baby spinach, red onion, tomatoes, marinated artichokes, and vegan mozzarella. It doesn't take too long to make, and we guarantee it'll be devoured in even less time than that! Enjoy!

2. Sweet Potato & White Bean Burgers

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Tasty / Via tasty.co

This delicious sweet potato white bean burger recipe is the perfect medley of flavors for a laid-back summer cookout. These veggie-packed patties will have even your carnivore friends coming back for seconds.

3. Tofu, Avocado, and Spinach Salad

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I Love Vegan / Via ilovevegan.com

This vegan salad recipe absolutely slaps. It's filled with all of your favorite ingredients, like avocado, green onions, and especially this marinated tofu. The flavors its mixed with — sesame oil, soy sauce, and sriracha — will instantly make it one of your new favorites. Plus, look at all those greens. It's perfect for summer!

Ela Vegan / Via elavegan.com

This meat-free recipe is a vegan take on the traditional gyro: It uses mushrooms as the base of the meat and has a tasty vegan tzatziki sauce to go alongside it. If you've never tried making these before, why not give it a go?

5. Black Bean Taquitos with Avocado Dip

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Emilie Eats / Via emilieeats.com

These delicious taquito appetizers (or snacks) not only are aesthetically pleasing but also pack a really big flavor punch. You can modify this recipe to make as many taquitos as you need, so you can use it for a meal or as a passed appetizer— depending on your situation.

Connoisseurus Veg / Via connoisseurusveg.com

Kick your average, everyday lunch sandwiches up a notch with this recipe for an avocado sammy made with coconut bacon.

7. Vegan Summer Rolls

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Ela Vegan / Via elavegan.com

This recipe for summer rolls is not only ridiculously pretty to look at but gluten-free, too. Get your rice paper, and fill them up with whatever fillings you like best.

My Darling Vegan / Via mydarlingvegan.com

You knew this roundup was going to have some sort of ribs, right? Make your own veganized edition by following this recipe, which uses tempeh.

9. Vegan Loaded BBQ Dogs

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Vegan Yack Attack /veganyackattack.com

Looking for the perfect summer meal that'll please anyone at any age? Yeah, I'm talking about hot dogs. This recipe for a loaded version uses baked beans, cabbage, fried onions, and scallions for a picture-perfect day that'll remind you of the ball park. Oh, and this recipe also soy and nut free.

Vegan in the Freezer /veganinthefreezer.com

If you're looking for something new to do with watermelon, why not make a slushie? This recipe will teach you how — and gives bonus points for presentation by putting the slush back into the watermelon for serving.

11. Grilled Tuscan Bread Salad

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Feasting at Home / feastingathome.com

Who said bread and salad don't go well together? Find out exactly how well for yourself with this recipe here.

Connoisseurus Veg / connoisseurusveg.com

Flavors of cumin, mango, soy sauce, and lime juice mix together in a delectable and savory tofu when cooked on the grill.

13. Blackened King Oyster Mushroom Scallops and Grits with Greens

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Connoisseurus Veg /connoisseurusveg.com

What a spread! You'll sauté oyster mushrooms chopped to look like scallops in this recipe that's part savory, part seafood-y.

Simple Veganista /simple-veganista.com

This recipe for Caesar pasta salad is the best of both worlds: part pasta salad goodness, and part tangy salad. It's the perfect lunch or dinner all season long!

15. Grilled Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing

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Simple Sweet Vegan / sweetsimplevegan.com

Oh yes, this salad recipe combines the goodness of the season's vegetables with a cool bed of greens — aka the perfect summer dish.

Lazy Cat Kitchen / lazycatkitchen.com

Has a sandwich ever looked so good?? Make it on your own with this recipe that uses eggplant and lemongrass to make perfectly bite-sized meatballs.

17. Carrot Noodles with Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

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The Roasted Roots / theroastedroot.net

Spiralize carrots to makeraw carrot pasta with ginger-lime peanut sauceif you're craving lo mein but can't even think of ordering Chinese food without sweating.The peanut butter and roasted cashews will make this sweet 'n' spicy recipe as filling as it is refreshing.

Eating Bird Food / Via eatingbirdfood.com

For some reason, nothing reminds me of outdoor summer activities more than a messy sandwich. Learn how to make jackfruit into a "pulled pork"-like meat by following this recipe for BBQ sandwiches.

19. Rainbow Power Greens Salad with Black-Eyed Peas

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Cotter Crunch /cottercrunch.com

Take advantage of the late-summer staple of black-eyed peas with this recipe for power greens.

Vegan Huggs / veganhuggs.com

You can make these deliciously tangy ice pops with only five ingredients by following this recipe.

21. Vegan Dumpling Bowls with Quick Pickled Radishes and Almond Miso Sauce

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The Full Helping / Via thefullhelping.com

Shredded cabbage, broccoli slaw, and pickled radishes are just some of the A+ toppings of this dumpling bowl recipe, which is then topped off with an almond miso sauce! Sign me up.

22. Cauliflower "Meat" Tacos

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Tasty / Via tasty.co

This yummy cauliflower "meat" taco recipe will have you questioning whether they're really meatless! Packed with scrumptious flavors and a satisfying crunch, this dish is perfect for a summertime Tuesday taco night.

Plant Based on a Budget / plantbasedonabudget.com

This Mexican-inspired dish makes perfect use of all the summer corn, tomatoes, and zucchini that are plentiful this time of year.

24. Spicy White Bean and Sweet Corn Gazpacho

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Vegetarian Ventures / vegetarianventures.com

Blend up aspicy white bean & sweet corn gazpachofor an alternative take on the traditionally refreshing soup.If elote was a soup, I imagine this is what it would taste like.

Plant Based on a Budget / Via plantbasedonabudget.com, Plant Based on a Budget / plantbasedonabudget.com

This recipe for garden pasta could also be called "Use-the-Summer-Veggies-You-Have-on-Hand Pasta." So you can grab from the fridge or, if you're lucky enough to have a bountiful garden outside, go ahead and pick what you need for this recipe.

26. Grilled Veggies

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Feasting at Home / feastingathome.com

Quite possibly the best (and easiest) summer recipe on this list is this one for grilled vegetables. Doesn't matter what kind you use — almost any vegetable will taste better grilled!

Where Do You Get Your Protein /whereyougetyourprotein.com

In a rush? Grab a loaf of French bread, and load it with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, and any toppings you like to make this pizza recipe. Bonus points for cooking this one on the grill!

28. Rainbow Taco Boats

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The Minimalist Baker / minimalistbaker.com

Mix up a tahini sauce to pour over theserainbow raw-maine taco boatsif you're sick of salad but still want fresh veggies.Creamy avocado and hummus with crunchy lettuce and carrots makes for the perfect summer snack.

Where Do You Get Your Protein / Via whereyougetyourprotein.com

Hearts of palm and chickpeas are the main ingredients in this super-versatile "tuna" salad recipe. Spread it on sandwiches, over greens, or on an open-faced 'wich.

30. Vegan Turmeric Pineapple Tofu Kebabs

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Ambitious Kitchen /ambitiouskitchen.com

What's better to grill in the summer than skewers? If you're looking for kebabs with a spice to them, try this recipe,which uses turmeric to play up the flavors of pineapple and tofu for a golden rod of goodness.

Blissful Basil / blissfulbasil.com

Serve thissouthwest vegan pastachilled if you're braving the heat for a picnic in the park.The creamy chipotle dressing over all of those fresh vegetables and pasta will even keep the carnivores happy.

32. The Best Chickpea Veggie Burgers

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Choosing Chia / choosingchia.com

This recipe for a chickpea-based veggie burger packs a lot of vegetables inside (cauliflower, carrots, onion, garlic) and uses rolled oats to keep it thick and hearty.

Strength and Sunshine / Via strengthandsunshine.com

With cookouts and barbecues almost always comes potato salad. Learn how to make the vegan version with this recipe. (Hint: It involves vegan mayo.)

34. Zoodle Salad with Italian Dressing

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Eating Bird Food / eatingbirdfood.com

Break out your spiralizer (or, perhaps more realistically, bring home a box of precut zucchini noodles from the store), and try this recipe for a light, salad-like meal.

Eat With Clarity / Via eatwithclarity.com

The beauty of this recipe — like so many others on this list — is that you can sub in any herbs and vegetables that you have nearby. Any of them will taste magnificent against the creamy lemon garlic sauce that goes with the dish.

36. Black Bean and Corn Salad

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eatingbirdfood.com

Chop up a few veggies to make ablack bean succotashthat's so much better than a salad.With corn, red onion, bell pepper, parsley, and red wine vinegar, this flavorful succotash is a great recipe for a super simple Sunday meal prep.

37. Vegan Yellow Squash and Corn Casserole

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Fat Free Vegan /blog.fatfreevegan.com

One of my all-time favorite summer vegetables is the yellow summer squash. It's versatile and can be added to most recipes, but really shines in a casserole like the one in this recipe. (However, if you find it hard to come by, regular ol' zucchini can be swapped in instead!)

Chocolate Covered Katie /chocolatecoveredkatie.com

These peanut buttery pops are covered with chocolate topping and come together quite simply with only five ingredients.

39. Mango Salsa with Lemon-Lime Vinaigrette

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Cera's Kitchen / cearaskitchen.com

Pair thismango salsa with lemon-lime vinaigrettewith chips for a snack, or eat it straight out of the bowl.No doubt you'll be nomming on this mango salsa every day for the rest of the summer.

Yup It's Vegan /yupitsvegan.com

This recipe for veganized deviled potatoes is tasty and easy to boot! Cut the small potatoes in half, and fill them with the insides outlined in this recipe, and soon enough, you'll have a delicious appetizer that you can cook in the oven or outside in the grill.

41. Vegan Stuffed Peppers

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happyhealthymama.com

You can make an entire week's worth ofvegan stuffed peppersin the slow cooker once — so you don't have to turn on the oven! And in case you were wondering, stuffed peppers taste just as great cold as they do when they're fresh, but you can easily reheat these in the oven or microwave.

Mindful Avocado /mindfulavocado.com

Alright, I'll be honest: This recipe for a veganized version of Taco Bell's Crunchwrap is perfect for any season, not just summertime.

Delicious Vegan Recipes You Absolutely Need To Try This Summer (2024)

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