Looking for summer vegan recipes? Want light, vibrant and seasonal lunches to enjoy outdoors? Try our vegan ideas below for a delicious al fresco lunch or leisurely dinner, then try our easy vegan BBQ recipes, vegan salads and top-notch vegan picnic recipes


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Summer vegan recipes

Sunblush tomato and olive vegan paella

This vibrant plant-based paella promises warming, summery flavours and looks great as the centrepiece to a dinner party spread out in the garden.

Vegetarian Paella Recipe

Syrian falafel

For a vegan meze-style feast enjoyed out in the sun, rustle up these spiced falafels from Imad’s Syrian Kitchen. Serve with a fresh salad and lemony tahini sauce.

Homemade falafel on a blue plate

Patatas bravas

The ultimate crowd-pleaser, recreate this popular plant-based Spanish dish at home as part of a summery tapas spread.

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Easy Patatas Bravas Recipe

Healthy tacos

These vibrant vegan tacos will become a summer staple in no time: expect smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado.

a taco topped with sliced charred courgette, black beans and red onion slices next to a chopping board with a bowl of yoghurt and half an avocado

Umeboshi tempeh and pineapple kebabs

For a killer BBQ feast without the meat, try these umeboshi kebabs with juicy pineapple and marinated tempeh.

Pineapple Kebab Recipe with Tempeh

Shiitake seitan burger with kimchi mayo

Chunky shiitake mushrooms replicates the texture of mince in this impressive umami-packed burger – the ultimate dish for a meat-free BBQ feast.

Vegan Mushroom Burger Recipe with Kimchi Mayo

Smoky miso aubergines

Miso and aubergine join forces to make a smoky flavoured vegan dish, perfect for al fresco entertaining.

Grilled Aubergine Recipe with Miso

Grilled vegetable antipasti

Kick off an Italian-inspired feast out in the sun with these vibrant grilled veggies, to be enjoyed by vegans and meat-eaters alike.

Grilled Vegetable Antipasti Recipe

Jackfruit tacos

Take tacos up a notch with this smoked jackfruit recipe, served with a zingy salsa and lashings of chilli sauce… they’re great for a summer feast whether you’re vegan or not.

Vegan Jackfruit Tacos Recipe

Cold szechuan noodles

Punchy cold Szechuan noodles makes for a light and easy meat-free dinner, best enjoyed while soaking up the sun.

Cold Szechuan Noodles Recipe

Black chickpea salad (Kala channa masala)

This crunchy vegan salad from DUM Biryani House in London packs in plenty of fresh and tangy flavours, making it a fail-safe dish for a summery feast.

Dum Biryani House - Black chickpea salad (Kala channa masala)

Puffed amaranth tabbouleh

Puffed amaranth, tomatoes, parsley, mint and lemon come together to make a light and meat-free tabbouleh salad, best served with fluffy pitta and smooth hummus.

Amaranth Tabbouleh

Smoked aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

Sabrina Ghayour's smoky vegan aubergine salad, infused with Persian flavours, makes for a lovely middle Eastern dish for an al fresco spread.

Easy Aubergine Salad Recipe With Pomegranate Molasses

Vegan burrito bowl

For a healthier spin on burritos, try this rainbow-hued vegan bowl with a creamy cashew and chipotle dressing.

Vegan Burrito Bowl Recipe

Mexican salad tortilla bowls

These super-fresh and vegan Mexican tortilla bowls guarantee spice and zing, and they only taking 20 minutes to prepare.

Vegan Taco Bowl Recipe

Vegan doner with homemade pittas and garlic ‘mayo’

This colourful doner kebab with creamy garlic ‘mayo’ replaces meat with seitan, great for those looking for a vegan alternative to the meaty original.

Vegan Kebab Recipe with Tofu Mayonnaise

Temaki (sushi rice hand rolls)

These vegan sushi rolls pack in plenty of fresh and crunchy veg, great for an easy lunch while bathing in the sun.

Temaki Hand Roll Recipe

Vegan sausage rolls

Our homemade sausage rolls, encased in a flaky puff pastry and topped with crunchy poppy seeds, swap pork for meaty mushrooms to make it 100% vegan. They’re ideal for a summer picnic or lunch spent outdoors.

Homemade Vegan Mushroom Sausage Rolls Recipe

Buddha bowl salad

This colourful vegan buddha bowl delivers all the fresh flavours you need for a light and summery lunch.

Vegan Buddha Bowl

Farro, grilled peach and pecan salad

Satisfyingly sweet grilled peaches are balanced by the zing of lime-pickled shallots and the smoky nuttiness of pecans in this winning summer vegan salad, perfect for when you really want to impress.

Grilled Peach Salad With Pecans and Farro

The MBLT vegan sandwich

A vegan alternative to the British BLT, try this easy MBLT sandwich with shiitake mushroom ‘bacon’ and creamy mustard ‘mayo’, ideal for a midday treat spent outdoors.

Vegan Sandwich Recipe with Mushroom Bacon

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

Vegan stuffed mushrooms are brilliant on their own or as part of a meat-free burger for your next BBQ – just layer with hummus, salad leaves and roasted red peppers.

Smoky mushroom and walnut-stuffed portobellos

Sweet potato tikki

Maunika Gowardhan’s take on a traditional Indian snack sees sweet potato cakes packed with warming spice, great for a vegan picnic or al fresco feast.

Aloo Tikki Recipe


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