Summer vegetarian recipes
Make the most of summer with our meat-free ideas, including colourful watermelon salads, spiced halloumi skewers, Mediterranean traybakes and delicious kebabs
Looking for summer vegetarian recipes? Want to enjoy the outdoors with a meat-free feast? Try our vegetarian ideas below for a delicious al fresco lunch or leisurely dinner, then try our easy vegetarian recipes and global vegetarian recipes for stunning meat-free mains, as well as our favourite vegetarian BBQ ideas, vegetarian salads and top-notch vegetarian picnic recipes.
For more seasonal inspiration, check out our best ever summer recipes and vegan summer recipes.
Summer vegetarian recipes
Vegetarian BBQ flatbreads
Use up a glut of summer veg with these exciting vegetarian flatbreads – they won’t look out of place at your next BBQ.
Chilli paneer skewers
BBQ paneer is stuffed into flatbreads along with a cooling coconut raita and fruity mango salad – it’s the perfect summer dish.
Tex-Mex-style sweetcorn salad
Our light, sweet and crunchy Tex-Mex-style salad makes for a flavour-packed al fresco lunch, best served with warm pittas for scooping.
Halloumi and Mediterranean veg traybake
Bring Mediterranean flavours to the table with this vibrant veggie traybake, packed with lots of salty halloumi and seasonal veg.
Courgettes, chopped tomatoes and frozen peas meet in this light, summery curry which is ready in less than an hour.
Aubergine kebabs with charred onion salsa
These meat-free kebabs are simple to put together and quick to cook, making them an easy BBQ option or exciting al fresco lunch.
Roasted harissa cauliflower with warm coriander hummus and dukkah
For a really special lunch, try this impressive roasted rose harissa cauliflower, served with warm hummus and a super-simple homemade dukkah.
Thai-style peanut noodle salad with herbs and watermelon
Packed with crunchy peanuts, juicy watermelon and ready in 20 minutes, this vibrant vegan salad is great to rustle up for an outdoors lunch.
Burrata with sweet and sour spring veg
A light and summery dish that’s ready in 30 minutes, try this fresh and colourful burrata with pickled asparagus for your next al fresco lunch.
Coronation tofu salad
If you enjoy the flavours of coronation chicken but you’re after a meat-free recipe, give this easy vegan coronation salad a go. Packed with smoked tofu, fragrant madras curry powder and sweet mango chutney, it’s a winning veggie lunch or light dinner.
Marinated summer veg antipasti
Looking for a seasonal, veg-packed lunch? Check out our antipasti dish of aubergines, peppers, courgette and mushrooms, best served with crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Spiced halloumi and watermelon skewers
Our super simple veggie skewers, pairing salty halloumi with sweet watermelon, make for a brilliant BBQ dish or leisurely al fresco lunch.
Stuffed portobello mushrooms
Try these stuffed vegan mushrooms for a quick and satisfying lunch, or put into buns piled with hummus, salad leaves and roasted peppers for a knockout burger.
The MBLT vegan sandwich
Struggling with what to make for lunch? Try our epic MBLT vegan sarnie, packed with shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and mustardy mayo. It’s 100% vegan and extremely delicious.
Avocado hummus, falafel and broad bean baguettes
We’ll never tire of falafel, especially when it’s layered between creamy avocado hummus and vibrant broad beans in a demi-baguette. It’s quick, easy, and it may become a new veggie lunchtime staple.
Goat’s cheese, olive and tomato tart
For a simple, light and summery lunch, whip up this beautiful goat’s cheese, olive and tomato tart.
Soak up the rays while tucking into this classic Spanish-style tortilla, made with just four ingredients. Serve with a selection of other dishes for a summery Spanish feast.
Spicy chickpea, potato and filo slice
Our spiced chickpea bake, packed with potatoes and topped with a thin and crunchy filo pastry, is best enjoyed outside on a bright summer's day.
Sweet potato burgers
These towering veggie burgers make a feature of sweet potato, layered between avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo. Best enjoyed on a balmy, sunny day.
Pepper, date and harissa tagine
For a vibrant veggie dinner bursting with flavours, check out this pepper, date and harissa tagine. Add summery veg such as courgette or squash to the base sauce to keep it seasonal.
Sweet potato tikki
For a flavour-packed lunch that keeps things light, try Maunika Gowardhan’s traditional Indian potato cakes. Serve with a fresh, crunchy kachumber salad.
Crusted halloumi tacos with pico de gallo
Ready in under 25 minutes, these quick and easy halloumi tacos with pico de gallo are great if you’re after a light, summery lunch.
Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)
This vibrant Greek one-pot makes use of fresh, Mediterranean flavours and is best enjoyed out in the sun. It's summer dining at its finest.
Pea and mint soup
This fresh and light assortment of frozen peas, mint, ricotta and single cream is easy to whizz up yet offers impressive results, perfect for a summery lunch without the fuss.
For an Italian-inspired light lunch, try our speedy antipasti rigatoni. Using the best Italian antipasti ingredients and combining it with pasta is ideal for a lunch spent outside in the sun.
Mediterranean roast peppers with olives and goat’s cheese
These light, sweet roast peppers with cherry tomatoes place Mediterranean veg at the forefront, ideal for a sun-soaked midweek meal.
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