There are many things we love about summer; long warm nights, flowers in bloom, the chance to be outside at any given opportunity but most importantly the food! The summer season brings with it an array of edible possibilities for us all to get excited about. From fresh vibrant salads to delights on the BBQ, thirst-quenching beverages to tempting sweet desserts: the list is endless. That’s why we have compiled this list of the best vegan summer recipes so you only have to look in one place for the low-down on what to sink your teeth into this summer! Here you can find seasonal grub for all occasions and be sure it’s the tastiest out there. So what are you waiting for? Check out the list and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Sides & Light Bites
Lemon Garlic Quinoa Salad
This salad is light, fresh and nutritious making it perfect for a side or light lunch. Packed full or protein and fibre with a tangy kick that leaves you wanting more. This dish is versatile and compliments other dishes beautifully.
Easy Canned Butter Beans
This super simple side dish is perfect for camping, barbecues, comfort eating and is a high protein vegan option. These beans are really good and require minimal fuss when preparing and cooking making them the perfect go to choice if you’re strapped for time.
High Protein Edamame Mango Salad
Easy-to-make and perfect for warm summer evenings. The combination of sweet mango, tart red onion and basil vinaigrette is a winning mix plus the addition of edamame beans means this dish is high in protein and will keep you fuller for longer. We love this recipe as it combines edamame beans and mangoes – two things we can’t get enough of. Who knew the two would work together to make such a delectable salad? But don’t just take our word for it, give this recipe a whirl for yourself!
Raw Vegan Pad Thai
Not your traditional pad thai, this recipe uses completely raw ingredients and requires no cooking time. As courgette season is in full swing this is the perfect dish to whip up with your ever abundant flowering plants. Topped with a spicy peanut sauce this dish has rich flavours combined with crunchy fresh veg that won’t weigh you down if you want a lighter bite.
A spin on the traditional Latin American dish this recipe has been veganised and instead of white fish uses cauliflower. This version is not only vegan but gluten and oil free! A perfect light bite enjoyed with tortilla chips and a refreshing beverage on a summer’s eve.
- Perfect for sharing amongst friends under the warm sun. Click here for this cauliflower ceviche recipe.
Wild Rice Mason Jar with Basil Pesto
This recipe uses late summer vegetables and basil pesto making it delicious choice that’s good for mind, body and soul. It’s a great option as a side dish whilst dining alfresco in these warmer temperatures. Serving this salad in mason jars gives it an added wow factor that is sure to impress.
Cheesy Italian Bean Burgers
These spiced patties are the ideal choice for a BBQ this summer (and we bloody love BBQs). Full of flavour with a cheesy spin, you’ll be happy to know they’re low in fat, calories and gluten free. Altogether it makes these a winning choice so you’ll be fighting off the meaties with these guys!
Grilled Tandoori Tofu Skewers
Isn’t this glorious summer weather making you want to get the BBQ out at any given opportunity? Us too and we think these grilled tandoori tofu skewers are the perfect thing to sink your teeth into. Marinated in tandoori flavours these skewers are delicious and colourful. This recipe is simple to recreate at home so as soon as you get an opportunity give this recipe a whirl.
Vegan Caesar Smashed Chickpea Sandwich
The combination of vegan caesar dressing and smashed chickpeas makes every bite of this sandwich super scrummy. With the addition of fresh onion this sandwich has an extra depth and a kick of flavour, plus it’s oil free and vegan!
Vegan Walking Tacos
Looking for the perfect vegan party food? These vegan walking tacos are perfect answer! No more fumbling about with a paper plate trying to strategically place your food whilst having a conversation. These ingenious walking tacos will allow you to fill your boots and remain the social butterfly you desire to be. This recipe combines flavours and textures with lentil and black bean taco meat, hot sauce and cooling guacamole! Sounds pretty good, right? Definitely a tempting and full-flavoured choice.
Vegan and Gluten-Free Baked Aubergine Parmesan
With think this recipe is great as a main accompanied by a refreshing salad or some roasted veg. Aubergines are fruitful in the summer months and this recipe is the perfect way to make the most of them. Aubergine Parmesan is a traditional Italian meal that’s usually off limits for us ethical eaters but this has been veganised making it cruelty free and insanely mouth-watering. Perfect served alongside a leafy salad if you want to impress with something rich and moreish.
“Honey” BBQ Ribs
If you’re looking for the perfect meaty replacement for BBQs this summer then this one’s a winner. The ribs are a mixture of seitan, mushrooms and spices giving them a real meat-like texture and the addition of the homemade barbecue sauce makes these ribs extra scrumptious. They go swimmingly served alongside some summer sides such as a potato salad and slaw!
Drinks & Desserts
Vegan Avocado Fudge Pops
It’s hot outside and you want something cool and sweet – these vegan avocado fudge pops are exactly that. A healthier alternative to some popsicles out there as this recipe uses avocado and coconut milk for a silky smooth finish that tastes sublime. Perfect to satisfy your taste buds when you’re in the mood for something sweet.
Mango Cardamon Snack Cake
One of the many fruits commonly associate with summer is mango. Juicy and sweet this succulent fruit always makes me think of sunny days by the sea getting mucky trying to eat these by hand. Foods that have a special memory are always a pleasure to eat and that’s why we pick this cake (plus it taste frickin’ awesome). The recipe uses unique flavour combinations and if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where mango’s grow freely then this recipe is a great excuse to use them up!
Lavender Watermelon Daiquiri
Hasn’t the name sold it already? On long summer nights a delicious, refreshing cocktail is the perfect way to end a long day and what’s more refreshing than watermelon?! It doesn’t require any fiddly bits and uses less than 5 ingredients. This drink is fruity and fresh – the perfect tipple to see in the night.
Vegan Black Grape Galette
For a simple recipe that yields impressive and sweet results this is a sure choice. The dough is firm and crisp enough to hold the gooey sweet berries which melt in your mouth and finish this fruity masterpiece.
Vegan Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
Britain isn’t renowned for great summers, in fact quite the opposite. One thing we can’t be faulted on is our strawberries, they’re bloody fantastic. Juicy and sweet, these berries are found in their thousands all over the country in these warmer months. This recipe uses sweet strawberries with sharp lemon and the creaminess of the cheesecake topping to make for a divine dessert perfect for summer.
Raspberry Peach White Wine Slushie
Want to get pissed and not feel bad about it? Try this white wine frozen fruit smoothie to get your drink on and keep up with your 5-a-day. Such a refreshing drink is just what you want as the sun sets on these long, warm nights. You can mix up this recipe with friends and try your favourite fruit combinations – WARNING, they go down very easily and can quickly become your favourite way to get your fruity fibre.
Aquafaba Ice Cream
Summer wouldn’t be complete without ice cream and us vegans don’t have to miss out on the creamy goodness. This recipe yields all the good stuff that ice cream brings whilst cutting out all the cruelty of using dairy – a win-win! Plus you can customise this recipe and add your own ingredients to make the whole experience even better!
- What better time than to make ice cream right now? This full aquqfaba ice cream recipe can be found here.