When it comes to summer meals, you want fun over fuss, but that doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor. For those following a vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian diet, summer is your time to shine with your seasonal dishes repertoire. Vevan has you covered – read on to rediscover the summer flavors you’ve been missing with these must-try vegetarian summer recipes!

Vegetarian summer salad recipes

Can you ever go wrong with a summer salad? Especially if your backyard or community garden plot is in bloom, fresh lettuce makes the perfect base for go-to vegetarian summer recipes like these salads:

Summer Glow Green Goodness Salad With Vevan Mozza Crisps: Sure, the sunkissed look is in, but this salad will give you glow from the inside out! Salads are best with a bit of crunch, so start by making our signature Vevan Mozza-Shred crisps in the microwave and set aside. Next, whip together an easy tangy lime & maple dressing using your neutral oil of choice. Now, get ready for the greens! Chop up 6 cups of kale (for best results massage the kale too!), and layer with prepared broccolini, green beans, snow peas, radishes, apple, and almonds. Gently toss with dressing and top with crisps.

Grilled Tempeh & Mozza Crisps Caesar Salad: Infuse summer into this recipe by marinating and grilling the tempeh outside. Once again, make a batch (or two, if you like snacking) of our Vevan Mozza-Shred crisps for an authentically amazing summer salad topping. Toss chopped romaine with fresh spices and dressing, then top with prepared tempeh, mozza crisps, and croutons for an extra crunch.

Cheezy Butternut Squash & Lentil Veggie Balls: For a heartier salad, head back to your garden for fresh herbs, carrots, red bell peppers, and butternut or summer squash used in this veggie balls recipe! You will need to turn on the oven for this one, but it won’t disappoint when you mix them up with a sharp, bold cupful of Vevan Ched-Shred sure to make all your cheese-lovin’ dreams come true. Consider making in batches and freezing, allowing you to pull out a serving or two to adorn a fresh bed of arugula for an easy, on-the-go salad experience.

Make summer lunches and dinners effortless by preparing salads in advance and storing in glass containers to maximize freshness and Insta-worthy aesthetic.

PRO TIP: Keep these summer vegetarian recipes even fresher by swapping in whatever greens you’re growing, even blends of various lettuce types!

Vegetarian summer finger food recipes – perfect for summer picnics

Another thing most people would like to cross off their list this summer (and every day!) is washing dishes. Skip the utensils with these easy to make and fun to eat summer vegetarian recipes – they’re picture and picnic-worthy!

Vegan Savory & Sweet Charcuterie Cups: While we all love a good charcuterie board, they don’t always make for the most portable indulgences. This summer, give charcuterie cups a chance! Prep and slice up your favorite fresh summer fruits and veggies, pickled veggies, breads, and Vevan Melts and arrange on skewers. Next, fill the bottom of your cups with savory dips like onion dip, tzatziki, or hummus and top with your choice of Vevan Shred. For a sweet option, consider a dessert hummus! Lastly, arrange your skewers, along with pretzel rods or breadsticks, in each cup and enjoy. The options to customize these are as endless as summer itself.

Curried Chickpea Salad & P’Jack Pinwheels: Nothing screams summer like a festive pinwheel! Check out these delectable 100% awesome, 0% dairy chickpea salad pinwheels, ready in just 20 minutes. After mashing up two cans of chickpeas, stir in Vevan P’Jack-Shred, celery, carrots, cashews, raisins, scallions, cilantro, mayonnaise and curry powder, as well as your favorite spices. Next, top a fresh tortilla with chickpea mixture and greens of your choice before rolling tightly and slicing into 8 colorful portions. Your next picnic is a wrap!

Round out your picnic with these Easy Cheesy Biscuits and you’ll have all the fixins you need if you’re fixin’ for a good time.

Your favorite vegetarian summer recipes

No matter what summer looks like for you – pool time, vacations, school’s out, working summer hours – we hope you’ll relish this season of fun, laughter, and earthiness, enjoying the good things that make up plant-based living!

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Your meals can be too when you check out these 5 insanely delicious, outrageously awesome, must-try vegetarian summer recipes. For more plant-based inspirations, check out all of our recipes on our website and Pinterest. Be sure to share your favorite ones and tag us @vevanfoods.