While summer is the season of grilling, BBQs, and seemingly lots of meat-filled recipes, that doesn’t mean that meatless meals or vegetarian folks need to be without. There are plenty of flavorful, easy-to-make vegetarian recipes that both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will love all season long.

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Enjoy this collection of healthy, light recipes with indulgence spread throughout. You’ll find recipes in all categories – from snacks to start off with or have around for guests to graze, main dish veggie-loaded recipes, and of course desserts and cocktails, because what summer feast is complete without them?!

Many are cold dishes, ready to be served on the hottest of days when you don’t want to cook. Some require either cooking on the grill or baking (depending on your preferences).

No matter how you serve them up, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Summer Appetizers

Apricot, Almond, and Thyme Grilled Brie

5 (7 ratings)
Elevate your grilling game this summer! Grilled brie is creamy and loaded with texture on top (hello, almond slices!), and a drizzle of honey and fresh thyme make it extra scrumptious!
Ingredients: brie, almonds, honey, thyme, apricot jam
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Fresh Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta on Crostini

5 (21 ratings)
Fresh, bright, and super flavorful! This quick and easy bruschetta is a recipe that everyone will love.
Ingredients: tomatoes, shallot, garlic, balsamic vinegar, baguette, basil
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5-Minute Elote Corn Dip

5 (19 ratings)
With just 5-minutes and 5-ingredients, enjoy this street-food-inspired dip! Perfect for enjoying on its own or with tacos.
Ingredients: frozen corn, mayo, scallion, garlic, chili powder, lime, cilantro, cotija cheese
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Simple Roasted Tomato Jam

5 (12 ratings)
Turn ripe summer tomatoes into a sticky, sweet-and-savory slow-roasted tomato jam. Serve it with crostini appetizers, enjoy it at breakfast with eggs, or slather it on a sandwich.
Ingredients: roma tomatoes, sugar, salt, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, apple cider vinegar
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5 Ingredient Peach Salsa - an easy snack or addition to tacos, fish, or a salad! #recipe #forkinthekitchen #quick #5ingredients | Fork in the Kitchen

5 Ingredient Peach Salsa

5 (2 ratings)
A fresh, fun way to enjoy ripe summer peaches in a sweet and savory combination.
Ingredients: peaches, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime
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Whipped Ricotta with Herbs and Honey

5 (120 ratings)
This whipped ricotta dip is an all-time favorite! The bright herb topping is the perfect summer addition!
Ingredients: ricotta, mint, parsley, lemon, honey
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Sour Cream and Onion Dip with Grilled Onions

An easy no-hassle appetizer recipe made with pantry staples. Roasted on the grill, the onion and garlic become a caramelized dream.
Ingredients: yellow onion, garlic, sour cream, garlic and onion powder
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Strawberry Basil Gazpacho

5 (1 rating)
Enjoy this bright, flavorful chilled soup bursting with fresh summer produce as an appetizer or main dish. It's perfect for a light lunch!
Ingredients: strawberries, tomato, goat cheese, basil, balsamic vinegar
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Cucumber Mint Gazpacho

5 (2 ratings)
Another chilled soup favorite. This gazpacho is refreshing and incredibly easy to make. Enjoy it as a cold summer appetizer or for a light lunch.
Ingredients: cucumber, mint, goat cheese, lemon, garlic
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Looking for more appetizers? Check out our collection of vegetarian appetizer recipes!


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Vegan Carrot Dogs

5 (5 ratings)
What says American summer more than a hot dog? This meatless version is made with marinated carrots that you can grill up and enjoy just the same!
Ingredients: soy sauce, rice vinegar, liquid smoke, garlic, ginger, carrots
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Curried Chickpea Burgers

5 (3 ratings)
These meatless burgers are so flavorful and paired with a quick cilantro yogurt sauce, it's an irresistible combination!
Ingredients: chickpeas, brown rice, shallot, garlic, carrots, yogurt, turmeric, spices, flour, panko
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Grilled Corn, Burrata, and Pesto Flatbread

5 (1 rating)
There's nothing better than fresh summer produce on a grilled flatbread pizza!
Ingredients: naan flatbread, pesto, tomatoes, corn, burrata, shallot
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Grilled Peach, Pesto, and Burrata Flatbread

5 (6 ratings)
Ripe summer peaches are grilled and topped on this flavorful naan pizza, bursting with basil pesto and creamy burrata cheese.
Ingredients: peaches, naan flatbread, pesto, burrata, arugula, honey
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If you love homemade flatbreads, check out this collection of flatbread pizza recipes for more ideas!

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Homemade Sweet Corn Basil Ravioli

4.78 (9 ratings)
Nothing beats fresh end-of-summer produce and homemade pasta. This homemade ravioli is creamy, fresh, and flavorful with sweet corn, tomatoes, and basil!
Ingredients: fresh pasta, ricotta, corn, parmesan, white wine, tomatoes
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Creamy Corn Chowder

5 (4 ratings)
A delicious summer chowder filled with fresh produce – it's ready in just 30 minutes, too!
Ingredients: onion, garlic, red bell pepper, celery, thyme, potatoes, broth, corn, cream
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Mini Carrot Corn Dogs

5 (2 ratings)
A vegetarian take on a fair favorite: mini corn dogs! Crispy, smoky, and fried to perfection!
Ingredients: marinade, baby carrots, cornmeal, flour, milk, egg
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Easy Vegetarian Baked Beans

4.93 (97 ratings)
Sweet, tangy, stick-to-your-ribs baked beans made without any meat (or dairy products, so they're also vegan!) and they require no overnight soaking!
Ingredients: molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, onion powder, navy or white beans
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Homemade Zesty Italian Pasta Salad

5 (25 ratings)
Bursting with flavor, tender pasta, and loads of texture-filled veggies, this pasta salad is the best version of the BBQ classic everyone loves!
Ingredients: pasta, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, banana peppers, shallot, bell pepper, mozzarella, parmesan
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Herb and Leek Potato Salad (no mayo, no eggs)

5 (11 ratings)
The BEST potato salad around…bursting with fresh herbs, crispy golden leeks, and creamy potatoes. Ready in just 25 minutes, too!
Ingredients: baby potatoes, leeks, scallions, dill, parsley, chives, and red wine vinaigrette
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Easy Red Cabbage Coleslaw (without vinegar)

5 (1 rating)
A bright, fresh, crunch side dish or topping on your favorite sandwiches! Easy to make in just 10 minutes. Vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free.
Ingredients: red cabbage, lime, cilantro, mayonnaise, celery seed
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Easy Broccoli Salad (without bacon or mayo)

5 (12 ratings)
An easy broccoli salad that is bright, fresh, and flavorful! Ready in just 10 minutes without mayo and it's meatless! Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan if cheese is omitted.
Ingredients: broccoli, craisins, sunflower seeds, gruyere cheese, apple
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Easy Avocado and Green Bean Salad

5 (9 ratings)
A non-lettuce salad that's simple yet full of flavor and texture, made with the freshest summer produce tossed with a bright Italian-inspired dressing. Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan if cheese is omitted.
Ingredients: green beans, onion, avocado, tomatoes, mozzarella, basil
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15-Minute Melon Salad with Feta and Basil

5 (6 ratings)
Super easy, refreshing, and a deliciously sweet-and-tangy combination!
Ingredients: watermelon, cantaloupe, feta, lime, basil
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15-Minute Mediterranean Pasta Salad

5 (3 ratings)
What says summer side dish more than pasta salad? Make this flavorful Mediterranean version for your next potluck!
Ingredients: small pasta shape, dried herbs, cucumber, red bell pepper, banana peppers, shallot, garlic, feta, parsley, olives
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Baked Zucchini Fries & Aioli Dip (Not Soggy!)

5 (9 ratings)
Baked zucchini fries crisped up and served with a tangy, creamy lemon chili aioli. One of the best ways to use up all that summer zucchini!
Ingredients: zucchini, panko, mayo, lemon, chili garlic sauce
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Summer Zucchini Noodles

Light, refreshing, and filled with fresh summer veggies!
Ingredients: zucchini, yellow squash, onion, garlic, peas, pine nuts, basil
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Easy Blueberry Spinach Salad

5 (3 ratings)
A simple summer salad packed with nutritious blueberries, both in the vinaigrette and the salad!
Ingredients: blueberries, balsamic vinegar, pistachios, blue cheese, spinach
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Farmer’s Market Strawberry Corn Salad

A simple, easy salad that is bursting with freshness and texture! After a trip to the farmer's market, it's the perfect lunch!
Ingredients: shallot, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon, spinach, strawberries, corn, sunflower seeds
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Check out our collection of green salad recipes for more!


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Fresh Strawberry Pie (No Jell-O)

5 (4 ratings)
Fresh strawberry pie in a graham cracker crust is a go-to summertime dessert! This version is made without Jell-O, and there's no gelatin!
Ingredients: graham crackers, strawberries, agar agar, sugar
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Sweet Corn Caramel Ice Cream

Creamy sweet corn ice cream swirled with caramel and topped with bits of chocolate covered sugar cone for a crunch!
Ingredients: sweet corn, cream, vanilla, caramel topping, sugar cones, chocolate chips
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Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Filling

5 (1 rating)
Light, fluffy angel food cake with a surprise strawberry filling. Coated in a whipped cream frosting – keeping it light and just sweet enough!
Ingredients: flour, egg whites, cornstarch, sugar, strawberries, agar agar
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Blueberry Almond Crisp

5 (1 rating)
A bright, summery mix of fresh blueberries, almonds, and cinnamon topped with a buttery crisp topping. Baked to bubbly perfection, it's an instant hit!
Ingredients: blueberries, almond extract, sugar, flour, almond slices
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Peach Galette

5 (4 ratings)
A flaky, buttery crust wrapped around sweet summer peaches, topped with glossy apricot preserves for a bit of added sweetness – you'll love this easy, elegant dessert!
Ingredients: flour, sugar, butter, peaches, apricot preserves
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Triple Fudge Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake with Pretzels

5 (11 ratings)
If you are looking for the perfect ice cream cake…this is it! Indulge in the rich fudge layers, peanut butter cups, and sweet chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
Ingredients: fudge, chocolate and vanilla ice cream, peanut butter cups, oreo
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Individual Strawberry Cheesecakes

5 (1 rating)
Super creamy cheesecake on top of a buttery shortbread crust and topped with sweet summer strawberries – it's like shortcake…but better.
Ingredients: shortbread cookies, cream cheese, sugar, strawberries
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Brookie Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

5 (2 ratings)
Rich, indulgent ice cream sandwiches that take summer desserts to the next level. With brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and cookie dough ice cream, they're a sweet lover's dream come true!
Ingredients: brownie batter, cookie dough, cookie dough ice cream
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Sautéed Plums in Wine Sauce with Ice Cream

An indulgent dessert that's incredibly easy to make: sauté plums and deglaze with red wine to create a luxurious sauce. Pour it over ice cream et viola!
Ingredients: butter, brown sugar, plums, red wine, vanilla ice cream
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Individual Fruit Pizzas with Coconut Whip

5 (1 rating)
For a dessert that is perfect for large crowds, these grab-and-go fruit pizzas are on perfect sugar cookies with whipped coconut cream.
Ingredients: sugar cookies, coconut milk, sugar, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, raspberries
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Margarita Bars with a Salty Pretzel Crust

4.83 (17 ratings)
A margarita lover's dream come true! Margarita in dessert bar form, with a soft, custardy lime and tequila filling on top of a salty pretzel crust.
Ingredients: pretzels, sugar, limes, tequila, eggs, butter
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Watermelon Granita Mocktail

A simple mocktail with refreshing and sweet iced Watermelon Granita topped with sparkling lime water – or a flavor of your choice! Turn it into a cocktail with sparkling rosè or vodka!
Ingredients: watermelon, lemon, sugar, ice, sparkling water or rose
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Strawberry Black Pepper Smash

It's sweet, spicy, and refreshing! This unique cocktail is perfect when you're looking to mix things up!
Ingredients: strawberries, mint, black pepper, vodka, club soda
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Pineapple Jalapeno Smash

An easy summer cocktail made with fresh pineapple and jalapeño slices – the perfect combination of sweet and spicy!
Ingredients: pineapple, jalapeno, lime, vodka, pineapple juice
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Watermelon Mint Cocktail

5 (8 ratings)
Bright and refreshing, this cocktail can be made in batches for a crowd!
Ingredients: watermelon, mint, simple syrup, vodka, club soda
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Spicy Mango Margarita on the Rocks

5 (6 ratings)
An easy cocktail perfect for one or a group; pairs well with your favorite Mexican food or on its own!
Ingredients: mango, lime, jalapeno, tequila, mango juice
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Triple Citrus Margarita

5 (10 ratings)
Cheers to summer with a fresh, naturally sugar-free, refreshing triple citrus margarita! 
Ingredients: triple sec, tequila, orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice
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Strawberry Mint Sangria with Rosé

5 (1 rating)
A light, crisp sangria full of refreshing flavors – strawberries, mint, and lemon meld together for the perfect summer cocktail!
Ingredients: strawberries, mint, sugar, lemon, rose wine, club soda
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5 Minute Peach & White Wine Slushies

5 (1 rating)
You don't need a get-together to enjoy this easy 5-minute cocktail! It's so refreshing on hot summer days!
Ingredients: frozen peaches, white wine
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When the temperature heats up, refresh your summertime meal routine with any one of these 30+ vegetarian recipes for summer. The list includes the best easy recipes for cold dishes from appetizers, dinner, dessert, grilling recipes, and cocktails too! You'll find something for everyone to love in this collection.




  • Heat grill (or grill pan) over medium heat, around 375°F. If using grill grates, ensure grates are clean. Brush sides of sliced peaches with oil, also brush the grill grates with a little bit of oil to prevent sticking.
  • Place peach slices on grates on their sides. After about one minute of cooking, push the slices gently back and forth to ensure they're not sticking to the grates. Continue cooking for approximately 2-3 additional minutes on each side, until grill marks appear and peaches are slightly caramelized. Remove from grill and set aside.
  • Brush top of naan with oil, and place top side down on the grill. Brush the back of naan with oil while the top cooks. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the top has grill marks and is slightly crispy.
  • Flip the flatbread over, so it's bottom side down to assemble. You can also remove it from the grill to assemble. Spread pesto evenly across the two flatbreads, then add burrata pieces (that you have drained and pat dry!). Close the grill lid, or cover if using a grill pan, and let cook for 3-4 minutes until burrata is slightly melted and edges are golden brown.
  • Remove the flatbread from the grill and add peaches back on flatbread. Top the pizzas with a handful of arugula, black pepper, flakey sea salt, and a drizzle of honey. Slice and enjoy!


  • If your pesto is extra oily, try to leave out the excess oil or your pizza will end up soggy. Additionally, be sure to pat the burrata dry to prevent excess liquid on the pizza.
  • Use a grill pan on the stove if you don’t have/want to grill.
  • Oven Directions: At 375°F, place a pizza stone in the oven and put the naan on top to crisp. Then, spread the pesto and burrata on top of the flatbread, continuing to cook for 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted and the edges are golden brown. You can either add the peaches here, too or caramelize them first (recommended) on the stovetop using a grill pan or cast-iron skillet. Proceed with cooking the peaches and assembly as written above. 
Calories: 568kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 40g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 495mg, Potassium: 333mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 1888IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 693mg, Iron: 1mg
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