The 17 Best Vegan Summer Recipes You’ll Want to Make on Repeat
This summer, throw a pool party, plan a picnic, pack your cooler for the beach, and don't think twice about whether your guests are flexitarian, vegetarian, vegan or plant-based! These 17 refreshing, summery vegan, dairy-free recipes will make it easy to entertain on hot days and cater to the crowd. Tell them houseguests welcome!
In this list, there's a vegan dish for everyone: Pizza lovers, gazpacho eaters, margarita drinkers, and sweet lovers alike. If you're throwing a picnic poolside, go nostalgic with vegan pigs in a blanket. Serve them with any of these homemade dairy-free dips.
If you're looking for a healthy, refreshing meal to enjoy on a quiet evening, try this vegan poke bowl made with marinated watermelon that perfectly mimics ahi tuna – this one will really blow your mind.
Get creative with homemade vegan pizza. Here's how to make your dough from scratch. Top your pie with artichokes, fresh arugula, olives, tomatoes, and more in-season garnishes. Looking to serve up an affordable, easy-to-make healthy dinner? Whip up this summer ratatouille with layers of tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and eggplant. Everything on this list is plant-based and healthier than the meat or dairy alternatives
Here are the 17 best vegan recipes to choose from for lunch, dinner, and dessert. Find your favorites and make them on repeat all summer long.
The 17 Best Vegan Summer Recipes
1. Vegan Poke Bowl with Miso-Ginger Marinated Watermelon
Cool off with this easy, chilled poke bowl recipe made with watermelon 'tuna,' cucumbers, avocado, radishes, carrots, white rice, and seaweed. Healthy eating has never been so easy, creative, and delicious when you enjoy this recipe.
2. Summer Vegetable Tacos with Dairy-Free Queso Fresco & Cilantro Crema
These summer vegetable tacos are a fresh and delicious way to enjoy in-season produce, and or use leftovers from last night's ratatouille. Pack your taco with zucchini, tomatoes, chickpeas, vegan cheese, and garnish with lime slices, dairy-free queso fresco, and our homemade cilantro crema. Save money and eat healthy all summer long!
3. Summertime Greek Salad With Vegan Feta
Make this authentic greek salad with dairy-free feta to reduce your risk of inflammation caused by animal fat in real dairy. For this recipe, use organic, fresh vegetables for better taste from high-quality ingredients.
4. Dairy-Free Cucumber Gazpacho
Make this dairy-free cucumber gazpacho for under $1 a serving and enjoy the creamy texture of vegan yogurt and the bold, tangy flavors of zesty citrus from the lime. Garnish your soup with cilantro, jalapeno, shallots, and a dallop of vegan yogurt or dairy-free cream cheese. This recipe is perfect to serve as a starter for your dinner party guests.
Recipe: Dairy-Free Cucumber Gazpacho
5. Summer Pasta Salad with Dairy-Free Feta
If you're hosting a dinner party, backyard barbecue, or simply want an easy recipe that's refreshing and delicious, make this summer pasta salad with dairy-free feta. Slice and dice fresh, local summer veggies like zucchini, squash, and tomatoes, and add them to your chilled pasta with olives, onions, and dairy-free feta. The total time you'll spend on making this recipe is just 25 minutes!
6. Healthy Pizza with Artichokes, Olives, Tomatoes, and Dairy-Free Cheese
Learn how to make healthier-for-you dairy-free summer pizza from scratch! This recipe is perfect for making new memories with family and friends. Top your pizza with tomato sauce or pesto and add fresh arugula, artichokes, olives, and more.
7. Vegan Stuffed Veggie Peppers with Meatless Crumbles
For an easy, affordable, and healthy dinner recipe, make these stuffed peppers with an array of vegetables and meatless crumbles. Each bite bursts with seasonal, fresh flavors, and has a chewy, meat-like texture.
8. How to Make a Vegan Taco Bowl Dip
Hosting a summer party? Make this chilled taco bowl dip for under $1 that feeds 10 to 12 people. Serve the dip with a bowl of our homemade, two-ingredient tortilla chips for the ultimate homemade, healthier-for-you snack.
9. Easy Vegan Mini Burrito Cups
Turn burritos into mini cups with our easy vegan recipe for under $1 a serving. This recipe is perfect to serve at a get-together or summer party so everyone can enjoy hand-held, bite-sized snacks poolside or on the rooftop.
Recipe: Easy Vegan Mini Burrito Cups
10. Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
Make these nostalgic, kid-friendly pigs in a blanket using vegan hot dogs and serve them with mustard, ketchup, our vegan pecan roasted beet dip with sage, homemade Sriracha, or vegan spinach artichoke dip. All you need is 15 minutes to prep this finger food!
Recipe: Vegan Pigs in a Blanket
11. Vegan Tuna Sushi Roll Using Marinated Watermelon
Here's a creative and fun recipe to make this summer! Marinate watermelon and it'll taste just like ahi tuna. Lay it over sticky rice or stuff it into a sushi roll, depending on how you like it! Before you get started, use our helpful guide on how to make vegan sushi!
12. Everything-But-the-Chicken Salad by Mark Bittman
Recreate a traditional recipe with Mark Bittman's Everything-But-the-Chicken Salad recipe using jicama instead of chicken, vegan mayonnaise, grapes, and an array of spices. Serve the "chicken" salad over a bed of lettuce and enjoy!
13. Wasabi Sheet Pan Mushrooms with Green Olive Relish by Sophia Roe
Love mushrooms? Jazz them up with plant-based chef and master of all things mushrooms, Sohpia Roe's wasabi and green olive relish recipe. Read Sophia's recipe for how to prep and clean your mushrooms before getting started.
14. Healthy Summer Rainbow Ratatouille
For an easy and healthy summer dinner recipe, make this ratatouille using fresh eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, homemade red sauce, and an array of spices. The key is to use quality, organic vegetables from your local grocery store or farmer's market for freshness and bold flavors.
15. The Best and Easiest Watermelon Margaritas (3 Ingredients!)
Treat yourself, and your guests to watermelon margaritas with just three ingredients and taste the difference between our homemade recipe versus store-bought mixers. There's something so delicious about freshly squeezed watermelon in the summertime! Cheers to a memorable summer and better-tasting beverages.
16. 5-Ingredient Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream
Surprise your family and friends with homemade strawberry dairy-free ice cream on the hottest days of summer. Make an extra batch to keep in your freezer and enjoy the fresh flavors of strawberries all summer long!
17. 3-Ingredient Jamaica Paletas, Mexican-Style Popsicles
Switch up your go-to popsicles for these Mexican-style pops made with hibiscus flower and just two more ingredients. These healthy pops are 38 calories each and make for a refreshing treat on a hot day!