April 21, 2024

12 Best Vegetarian Summer Recipes You’ll Love

Summer is the best time to veg out—and I’m not just talking about lounging by the pool. If there’s any season to go meatless, it’s summertime. The best vegetarian summer recipes rely on produce that is bountiful, rich, and oh so yummy. Juicy bites of fruit and smokey grilled vegetables take the most delicious crops to an entirely new level. And, yes, they even pair well with a pool day.

Of course, eating the rainbow isn’t only delicious. It’s also the simplest no-fuss way to know you’re nourishing your body. While I’m happy to deep-dive into foods that won’t spike my blood sugar or will keep my gut happy, it’s nice to know that as long as my plate is full of color, I’m probably doing just fine. Summer is all about that laid-back vibe, after all. Give me a meal full of ripe, plump veggies paired with a long sunset walk and it’s all good.

Ahead, we’ve got 12 vegetarian summer recipes that give in-season produce the spotlight it deserves. Warm-weather deliciousness awaits.

Featured image by Michelle Nash.

Vegetarian Summer Recipes for Breakfast

Vegan Chorizo Tacos

Why We Love It: This recipe from Austin hotspot The Well brings nothing but joy to the table. In place of soy, chickpeas and lentils provide protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients for a well-balanced meal. From the cassava tortillas to the earth-shattering chorizo oil, these breakfast tacos are worth the effort.

Hero Ingredient: It’s the infamous chorizo oil. Made from fresh garlic, cumin seeds, paprika, turmeric, jalapeno, and olive oil, this oil is liquid gold.

Get the recipe for Vegan Chorizo Tacos.

Vegetarian Summer Sides

White Bean & Raddichio Salad

Why We Love It: This white bean and raddichio salad is a simple starter or side that’s practically made for summer dinner parties. Olivia Muniak‘s go-to for summer spreads gets our seal of approval. From taste to color, this one absolutely WOWS.

Hero Ingredient: The raddichio is the star of the show—but that salty, fresh-shaved parm gets second billing.

Get the recipe for White Bean & Raddichio Salad.