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.

flatbreads spread with ricotta and topped with ricotta and green veg on a wooden board

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.

A round flatbread topped with bbq paneer skewers on a wooden board with a blue background

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.

Crunchy Tex-Mex-style sweetcorn salad

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.

Roasted Vegetables with Halloumi Recipe

Courgette curry

Courgettes, chopped tomatoes and frozen peas meet in this light, summery curry which is ready in less than an hour.

Two Bowls of Courgette Curry on a Bed of Rice

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.

Aubergine Kebabs with Charred Onion Salsa

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.

Roasted harissa cauliflower with warm coriander hummus and 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.

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad Recipe with Watermelon and Herbs

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.

Burrata with sweet and sour spring veg

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.

Coronation Chicken Recipe with Tofu

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.

Vegetarian Antipasti Recipe

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.

Halloumi Skewers Recipe with Watermelon

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.

Mushroom and Walnut Stuffed Mushrooms

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.

Vegan Sandwich Recipe with Mushroom Bacon

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.

Falafel with Avocado Hummus Recipe and Broad Beans served in a crispy white baguette on a dark blue tray and table

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.

Goat's curd tart with olives and tomatoes

Classic tortilla

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.

Classic Tortilla Recipe

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.

Vegetarian Potato Pie Recipe with Chickpeas

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.

Sweet potato burgers

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.

Pepper, date and harissa tagine in a serving bowl

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.

Aloo Tikki Recipe

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.

A plate of vegetarian tacos With halloumi and pico de gallo

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.

Gigantes Plaki Recipe

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.

Pea and Mint Soup in a Bowl with Small Ricotta Toasts

Antipasti rigatoni

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.

Antipasti Rigatoni Recipe

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.

Goat's Cheese Stuffed Peppers Recipe with Olives

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