Easy and quick vegetarian summer dinner ideas! These meatless summer dinner recipes are simple healthy meals to make on hot days – when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen!
It can be difficult to find tasty vegetarian recipes. You want to enjoy a variety of meals, but it’s so darn hard to think of new ideas.
Add summertime to the mix, when you don’t want to sweat over the stove, taking forever to cook dinner.
Meat just keeps getting more expensive, so even if you’re not traditionally a vegan or vegetarian …
… incorporating some meatless dinners into your meal plan can help save your grocery budget.
Luckily, I put together a list of delicious and quick vegetarian summer dinner recipes to give you lots of inspiration.
From amazing pasta dishes to tacos, rice bowls, salads, sandwiches, and unique pizzas, there’s something for everyone.
Let’s check ‘em out!
This quick & easy Basil Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes is the perfect light summer dinner.
It is full of fresh blistered tomatoes, basil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. Best of all, it comes together in only about 15 minutes.
A savory Tomato Pie is a perfect way to use up an abundance of Summer produce.
With thick slices of juicy tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, & bright red onion- it’s piled high in a buttery pie shell & topped with a cheesy spread.
Perfect for brunch or dinner, this tomato pie recipe is a simple Southern delicacy that delivers big flavor.
This delicious Margherita flatbread pizza recipe is going to be your new favorite flatbread pizza.
It’s delicious and easy to assemble using store bought naan bread, making for a tasty light summer lunch or dinner meal when you don’t feel like cooking.
This summer gnocchi recipe is simple, satisfying, and feels like a restaurant.
Fluffy gnocchi in a skillet with farmers market veggies and a quick brown butter sauce.
Couscous is tossed with basil leaves, cucumbers, olives, and tomatoes.
It’s all dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette to make a refreshing, light dinner for hot days.
Need a quick weeknight dinner perfect for a hot summer night? This zesty lemon ricotta pasta is the perfect recipe.
Featuring ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh basil in a creamy garlic lemon ricotta sauce, it’s comforting yet light at the same time.
This light, summery Greek orzo salad is filled with veggies, herbs, and a bright lemony vinaigrette.
Serve it alongside your favorite bread for a light summer meal.
This grilled halloumi sandwich is a satisfying weeknight dinner, ready in only about 15 minutes!
Halloumi cheese slices and onions are grilled (or pan-fried) and layered with tomatoes, lettuce, and a quick garlicky mayo.
Summer pasta is a quick and easy no-cook sauce that’s perfect for summertime.
Fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, and balsamic vinegar add so much flavor and texture to the tomatoes!
Panzanella salad is a hearty, main dish salad utilizing fresh summer tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, bell peppers and onions.
Combined with toasty bread, fresh mozzarella, and the best homemade dressing, what’s not to like?!
Grill or toast the bread on the stovetop if you don’t want to turn the oven on.
This Mediterranean Quinoa Chickpea Bowl makes the perfect healthy lunch or light dinner.
It's topped with roasted cauliflower, Kalamata olives, and lemon tahini sauce that creates a beautiful medley of flavors.
This chunky eggplant and zucchini pasta is quick to make in just 30 minutes and features hearty vegetables that are roasted to bring out maximum flavor.
You can make this pasta dish year-round but it’s best in the summer when these versatile vegetables are cheap and abundant.
These healthy and delicious vegan tacos are satisfying and delicious, and loaded with nutritious fillings that you can easily customize.
Best of all, they literally take 5 minutes to make. Talk about quick!
This Mediterranean Risoni Salad (aka orzo salad) is quick and easy to make. It tastes of summer and is great as a lighter meal on a hot day.
Tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, fresh mozzarella, and pine nuts make it extra special and definitely flavorful.
This delicious vegetarian pasta recipe is made with only 10 basic ingredients and gets ready in less than 20 minutes.
A quick, easy, and inexpensive comforting dish that's loved by everyone.
Loaded with the goodness of fresh juicy cherry tomatoes, spinach, and mushrooms this easy pasta recipe gets ready in less than 30 minutes.
It’s vegan, hearty, and full of summer flavors.
Whether it's served hot or cold, this Greek Rice Salad is one of my favorite ways to enjoy vegetables and grains.
Perfect for summer cookouts and potlucks or a light weeknight dinner, this healthy dish is sure to be a hit!
This creamy avocado bell pepper pasta is fresh and delicious with fresh basil, ripe avocado, roasted red peppers, garlic, and lemon juice.
Best of all, you will have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less, no chopping required!
These fresh bowls feature roasted summer produce, roasted potatoes, and homemade pesto.
This is a vegetarian dish that is downright popping with color and flavor!
This strawberry goat cheese salad is the perfect spring and summer salad!
Made with fresh strawberries, goat cheese, spinach, walnuts & pine nuts, then drizzled with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette with a hint of cinnamon.
This crispy pan fried gnocchi is a simple and quick recipe to make in only 20 minutes for an easy weeknight meal.
Crispy gnocchi coated in a light sauce made with garlic, herbs, butter and parmesan.
Ready to try some of these quick and easy vegetarian summer recipes?
I hope this list of vegetarian summer dinner ideas has given you lots of inspiration for easy meals to make when it’s hot.
These vegetarian summertime meals are the perfect medley of filling and light, ensuring that you can still enjoy the beautiful weather while it’s here.
Add a few of these meatless summer recipes to your meal plan, and let me know which one you like best!
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