I love summer. From the picnics and pool parties to the backyard barbecues and last minute road trips, the season practically revolves around fun in the sun. Yet, there is one thing I loathe about these hotter months: cooking. And by that I mean standing over a steaming hot oven on an already hot, humid day. Summer should feel light and easy, not turn your house into a sauna when it’s mealtime.
The good news? That scenario won’t happen with the refreshing recipes we’ve rounded up below. Vegetarian-friendly and packed with flavor, these 10 dishes will keep you full and cool all summer long.
Hazelnut Crust Pizza with Peppery Arugula
Featuring fresh summer produce and an abundance of flavor, this pesto and arugula pizza from Bettina Campolucci Bordi’s Happy Food is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Bonus: it can be made gluten-free!
A Vibrant Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing
Fast, easy, bright, and fresh—this vibrant salad is practically a vitamin-rich rainbow on a plate. While the 15-minute recipe includes a quick peanut dressing, you can also swap the peanut butter for cashew or sunflower butter, as well as jazz the dish up with some freshly grated ginger.
The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich
Drizzled with pesto and layered with artichoke hearts, cheese, and avocado, this veggie sandwich by Heather Hands of Flourishing Foodie will make your mouth water even before you put the crunchy pickle on the side.
Crispy Shallot Spring Rolls with Seared Tofu
I’ve eaten a lot of spring rolls in my life, but I’ll have to agree with Dana from Minimalist Baker…these are definitely some of the best. Her secret ingredient of crispy sautéed shallots adds such a delightful crunch, and the five-ingredient peanut sauce amps up the flavor.
Sweet Corn and Black Bean Tacos
Four words: lime-marinated fresh corn. Need I say more? OK, plus feta. Plus avocado. And if you’re feeling extra spicy—jalapeño. Along with the sensational flavor, what makes this easy recipe such a winner is how it yields quite a lot of tacos (about 10 well-filled tacos to be exact).
Fresh Strawberry Salsa
If you’re in need of a beautiful party appetizer or snack, this strawberry salsa might just become your new go-to. Originally from Andrea Bemis’ Dishing Up the Dirt, I stumbled upon this recipe on Cookie + Kate and now seek out excuses just to keep making it. It’s delicious, colorful, and pretty darn addicting—in the best possible way.
Super Green Smoothie Bowl
Invigoratingly fresh and tasty, this super green smoothie bowl is also nutritionally dense and entirely customizable. Throw in game-changing ingredients like coconut, hemp seeds, granola, and nut butters to transform this tide-me-over snack to a seriously substantial meal.
Colorful Quinoa Salad
Mixed with fresh cucumber, chickpeas, bell peppers, red onion, fresh parsley, and a garlicky olive oil and lemon dressing, this colorful quinoa salad is one of my favorite summer staples. Not only does it pack great for lunches, picnics, road trips, and plane rides, but the allergy-free dish can also be enjoyed by all as it’s vegan/dairy free, gluten free, and nut free.
Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie
If you loved this golden milk recipe we featured a couple years back, then get ready to fall head over heels for this refreshing cold version. Requiring only seven ingredients, one blender, and five minutes to make, you’ll have this creamy, naturally sweet smoothie whipped up in no time.
No-Bake Greek Yogurt Tart
I’ve never been much of a tart person, but this no-bake greek yogurt version converted me within minutes. Made with a decadent Larabar-like crust, this scrumptious dessert is packed with redeeming protein and fiber and is super easy to make. Topped with fresh summer fruits—think ripe peaches and berries—and drizzled with honey, this tart is guaranteed to impress.
What about you? What are you planning to whip up this summer?
BY Kathryn - June 10, 2019
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.