50 vegan summer recipes

Have you totally caught summer fever (is that a thing?)? Me too. I just want to wear dresses and wedge sandals and drink smoothies and eat salads and soak up as much sun as I can while doing so.

If you’ve caught summer fever too and you’re looking for some vegan summer recipes to help you do this season right, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m sharing some of our current favorites! I’m also giving away 5 of my vegan cookbooks (I don’t have room for them all!) so scroll all the way down to enter.



Because eating something fresh and cool and fruity first thing in the morning (or basically any other time of the day) is pretty much the best way to fuel yourself before a day of lounging poolside or heading to the beach.

Energizing Peach Green Tea Smoothie

Energizing Peach Green Tea Smoothie

Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl

 Cacao Berry Bliss Bowl

Pretty Pink Papaya Smoothie

Super Mango Pineapple Acai Bowl

Mango Lemonade Smoothie Parfait

Mango Lemonade Smoothie Parfait


Summer Brunch

Whether you’ve got friends or family visiting from out of town and you need to make a big brunch or you just need a break from all of the smoothies, these recipes will fit the bill.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with Blood Oranges

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

Peaches & Cream Donuts

Nacho Cheese Tofu Scramble Enchiladas

Strawberry Lemon Scones with Lemon Glaze

Baked Apricot Crumble Oatmeal

Lemon Blueberry Granola

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Waffles


Light & Filling Salads

Sometimes nothing but a big-ass salad will due when the temperatures near (or even excede) triple digits.

Rainbow Kelp Noodle Salad with Lemon Almond Ginger Dressing

Rainbow Kelp Noodle Salad with Lemon Ginger Almond Dressing

Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta Salad

Heart of Palm, Jicama, & Asparagus Cabbage Salad with Tangeringes and Maple-Sriracha Pecans

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Pesto Potato Chickpea Salad

Chickenless Cabbage Salad

Roasted Corn & Basil Farro Salad

Warm Lemony Olive Potato Salad

Warm Lemony Olive Potato Salad


Low-Cook Meals

When you don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen (probably because you’re too exhausted from the day of hammock napping), recipes that call for little or no cooking are ideal.

20-Minute Bean & Cheese Tacos with 2-Ingredient Vegan Cheese

20-Minute Bean & Cheese Tacos with 2-Ingredient Cheese

Harissa-Spiced Chickpea & Avocado Salad Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Avocado, Mango, & Kimchi Sushi Rolls

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Pasta Summer Rolls with Cilantro-Lime Tahini Sauce

Thai Peanut Tofu Salad Tacos

Jackfruit “Tuna” Melt Sandwiches

Cilantro Avocado Chickpea Salad Tacos

Mediterranean Nachos with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus & Tofu Feta

Portobello Mushroom Bruschetta with Truffled White Bean Hummus

Portobello Bruschetta with Truffled White Bean Hummus


Party Fare

It’s the time of year to get together with friends whether it’s just to have a couple beers and a few laughs or if it’s a full-fledged BBQ extravaganza, you need some recipes that will wow the crowds.

Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi Burgers

Lemongrass Tofu Banh Mi Burgers with Sriracha Aioli

Amaranth Eggplant Burgers

Hawaiian BBQ Jackfruit Pizzas

Sloppy Chicks (Chickpea Sloppy Joes)

Mini Roasted Corn & White Bean Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Ancho Chili Cashew Cheese

Falafel Tacos with Sriracha-Tahini Sauce

BBQ Tofu Cutlets

Garlic Parmesan Tempeh Wings

Sesame-Sriracha Soy Curl Sandwich with Spicy Pickled Cucumber Salad

Black-Eyed Pea Mole Cakes with Blackberry Mint Salsa

Smoky Sweet Corn Pizza with Roasted Okra & Potato

Caramelized Shallot & Fig Polenta Pizzas with Thyme & Pine Nuts

Caramelized Shallot & Fig Polenta Pizzas with Thyme & Pine Nuts


Chillin’ Desserts

Does this even need explaining? It’s hot and you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. Period.

Sugar-Free Snickers Ice Cream

Sugar-Free Snickers Ice Cream

Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups

Super Fudgy Marble Fudge Ice Cream

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

S’Mores Cookies

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Double-Dipped Chocolate-Covered Frozen Bananas

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

And now for the GIVEAWAY…

Chris and I have been doing some spring cleaning and after going through my cookbook collection, I have to get rid of some to make room for ones I use more regularly. These books were either gifted to me or given to me to review and though I’d like to keep them, I just don’t have the space for them. My loss is your gain. All of these books are all perfectly new or very gently used. The giveaway is open to US residents only and will run until 11:59 pm PST on June 16th, 2014. Please use the box below to enter.

What is your favorite vegan cookbook?


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