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
Summer vegan recipes
This vibrant plant-based paella promises warming, summery flavours and looks great as the centrepiece to a dinner party spread out in the garden.
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.
The ultimate crowd-pleaser, recreate this popular plant-based Spanish dish at home as part of a summery tapas spread.
These vibrant vegan tacos will become a summer staple in no time: expect smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado.
For a killer BBQ feast without the meat, try these umeboshi kebabs with juicy pineapple and marinated tempeh.
Chunky shiitake mushrooms replicates the texture of mince in this impressive umami-packed burger – the ultimate dish for a meat-free BBQ feast.
Miso and aubergine join forces to make a smoky flavoured vegan dish, perfect for al fresco entertaining.
Kick off an Italian-inspired feast out in the sun with these vibrant grilled veggies, to be enjoyed by vegans and meat-eaters alike.
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.
Punchy cold Szechuan noodles makes for a light and easy meat-free dinner, best enjoyed while soaking up the sun.
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.
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.
Sabrina Ghayour’s smoky vegan aubergine salad, infused with Persian flavours, makes for a lovely middle Eastern dish for an al fresco spread.
For a healthier spin on burritos, try this rainbow-hued vegan bowl with a creamy cashew and chipotle dressing.
These super-fresh and vegan Mexican tortilla bowls guarantee spice and zing, and they only taking 20 minutes to prepare.
This colourful doner kebab with creamy garlic ‘mayo’ replaces meat with seitan, great for those looking for a vegan alternative to the meaty original.
These vegan sushi rolls pack in plenty of fresh and crunchy veg, great for an easy lunch while bathing in the sun.
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.
This colourful vegan buddha bowl delivers all the fresh flavours you need for a light and summery lunch.
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.
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 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.
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.