21 light and breezy vegan summer recipes for hot days

Author: Rachel Smith

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Too hot to cook? These fresh and flavoursome vegan summer recipes are light and breezy and perfect for scorching hot days.

When the sun is shining, the last thing you want to do is spend hours standing over the stove in a hot kitchen!

As the temperature soars, these refreshingly light vegan summer recipes are the perfect way to help you keep your cool.

From zesty salads bursting with seasonal produce, tarts that can be enjoyed hot and or cold, and chilled soups that will cool you down in an instant, these light and invigorating plant-based summer dishes are easy to make and full of healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Craving fresh fruits? We don’t blame you – they’re a great way to make sure you stay hydrated! So, we’ve included some sweet vegan summer desserts to help you make the most of all the delicious seasonal summer fruits while they’re at their best.


1. Vegan Caramelised Onion Quiche

Made with a golden, flaky crust and topped with beautifully caramelised onions, this quiche bursts with fresh, savoury notes. This simple vegan recipe uses a pre-made pastry crust, so you can enjoy a no-fuss meal that requires minimal cooking, leaving you more time to soak up the sun.

Vegan Caramelised Onion Quiche


2. Vegan Tomato And Fennel Gazpacho

Bursting with the natural sweetness of ripe tomatoes and the refreshing essence of fennel, this chilled soup is a light and invigorating delight. Perfect for hot weather, the cooling flavours of this chilled soup will nourish you and leave you feel revitalised.

Vegan Tomato And Fennel Gazpacho


3. Potato Salad With Lemon & Herbs

This light and zesty salad features tender potatoes tossed in a tangy lemon-herb dressing, creating a refreshing dish that’s perfect for warm weather. The combination of fresh herbs and citrus flavours adds a burst of brightness to this classic salad, making it a delightful addition to any summer spread.

Potato Salad With Lemon & Herbs

4. Vegan Beetroot, Feta & Thyme Tart

This delightful tart showcases the earthy sweetness of beetroots complemented by the tanginess of vegan feta and the aromatic touch of thyme. Its vibrant colours and light, flaky crust make it a visually stunning centerpiece for any summer gathering or a delightful addition to a picnic spread.

Vegan Beetroot, Feta & Thyme Tart

5. Vegan Pea, Spinach & Mint Soup

This vibrant green soup combines the sweetness of peas, the freshness of spinach, and the aromatic essence of mint, creating a refreshing and light dish. With its smooth and velvety texture, it’s an ideal choice for hot weather when you fancy a nourishing yet cooling lunch.

Vegan Pea, Spinach & Mint Soup

6. Vegan Kale, Cannellini Bean and Sundried Tomato Salad

This vibrant vegan salad combines nutrient-packed kale, creamy cannellini beans, and a zesty lemon dressing for a light and satisfying dish. The crispness of the kale and the creaminess of the beans provide a delightful contrast, while the tangy dressing adds a burst of freshness. Whether enjoyed as a light lunch or a side dish for al fresco dining, this salad is a perfect choice for warm weather.

7. Summer Fruits Pimm’s Pavlova

This plant-based twist on a classic meringue treat features a light and airy pavlova base, topped with a vibrant assortment of fresh summer fruits. The addition of Pimm’s adds a subtle, refreshing twist, making it a perfect centerpiece for your summer gatherings or a delightful treat for a warm evening.

Summer Fruits Pimm’s Pavlova

8. Summer Rice Paper Rolls with Berries

These vegan rice paper rolls are filled with an assortment of crisp vegetables, fragrant herbs, and your choice of protein, all wrapped in delicate rice paper.

Enjoy the cool, crunchy textures and the explosion of fresh ingredients as you dip them into your favourite sauce as a healthy appetiser or a satisfying main course this summer.

Summer Rice Paper Rolls with Berries

9. Jackfruit Vegan “Tuna” and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad

This satisfying pasta salad features tender jackfruit as a flavourful and textured substitute for tuna, while nori and capers bring in the fishy flavours. Combined with sweetcorn and other crisp vegetables, it’s a filling yet light pasta dish that’s made for summer dining.

Jackfruit Vegan “Tuna” and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad - vegan summer recipes

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10. Vegan Orecchiette with Pesto, Broccoli and Kale

Delight in the flavours of Italy with this refreshing summer pasta dish that’s both simple and satisfying. The tender orecchiette pasta is tossed in a vibrant vegan pesto sauce, bursting with the flavours of fresh basil, garlic, and pine nuts.

Whether enjoyed as a quick weekday meal or served at a side dish at BBQ’s, this vegan orecchiette with pesto sauce will transport your taste buds to the sunny Mediterranean with every delicious bite.

Vegan Orecchiette with Pesto, Broccoli and Kale

11. No-Churn, 4-Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream

This 4-ingredient vegan ice cream is one of our favourite vegan summer recipes to make because it requires minimal effort but yields maximum deliciousness! You only need 4 simple ingredients to make it and it’s a great way to enjoy succulent strawberries while they’re at their sweetest.

No-Churn, 4-Ingredient Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream - vegan summer recipes

12. Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Samphire & Lemon

If you live by the sea, keep your eyes peeled for samphire to add to your dishes. It’s at its best during the summer and adds a natural saltiness to dishes that pairs beautifully with the zesty lemon in this gnocchi dish.

Vegan Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Samphire & Lemon

13. Vegan Pappardelle with Fennel, Courgette & Lemon

Celebrates the fresh flavours of the season with this light and refreshing vegan summer recipe.

Featuring wide ribbons of pappardelle pasta tossed with crisp courgette, aromatic fennel, and a zesty lemon sauce, the combination of vibrant vegetables and citrusy notes creates a harmonious balance of flavours that will transport you to a sunny Mediterranean paradise.

Vegan Pappardelle with Fennel, Courgette & Lemon

14. Vegan Portobello Mushroom Gyros with Tzatziki

These vegan gyros feature marinated and grilled portobello mushrooms, complemented by a medley of fresh vegetables and a creamy vegan tzatziki sauce, all wrapped in warm, fluffy pita bread.

The smoky and savoury essence of the mushrooms combined with the refreshing crunch of the veggies creates a moreish dish that’s a real summertime treat.

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Gyros with Tzatziki

15. Vegan Lebanese Buddha Bowl with Tahini Drizzle

This colourful bowl showcases a delightful combination of Middle Eastern flavours, featuring a variety of fresh vegetables, protein-packed chickpeas, and fragrant spices.

Drizzled with a luscious tahini sauce, this creamy and tangy element that brings all the components together seamlessly. Packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with taste, this wholesome bowl is a perfect choice for a light and satisfying summer meal, offering a delightful balance of flavours and textures in every bite.

Vegan Lebanese Buddha Bowl with Tahini Drizzle - vegan summer recipes

16. Strawberry & Lemon Tart

Indulge your sweet tooth with this delectable dessert that captures the essence of summer in every bite. This delightful tart features a buttery crust filled with a luscious lemon-infused custard and topped with juicy, fresh strawberries.

Strawberry & Lemon Tart - vegan summer recipes

17. Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps

These wraps feature marinated tofu, sautéed with a medley of fresh vegetables and aromatic spices, all tucked inside crisp lettuce leaves.

The combination of protein-packed tofu and vibrant veggies creates a satisfying and nutritious filling that won’t leave you feeling heavy or bloated. Plus, they’re a great way to use up any veggies in your fridge.

Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps - vegan summer recipes

18. Gin & Tonic Ice Lolly With Basil, Lime & Strawberry

Cool down and enjoy a refreshing treat with these grown-up lollies that combine zesty flavours and the botanical goodness.

Featuring a cooling blend of gin, tonic water, fresh basil, tangy lime, and juicy strawberries, these vegan ice lollies offer a boozy twist and a burst of fruity freshness, making them a fun and unique way to beat the summer heat.

Gin & Tonic Ice Lolly With Basil, Lime & Strawberry

19. Vegan Jerk Seitan Skewers

Brings a taste of the Caribbean to your plate this summer with these fiery skewers featuring juicy seitan marinated in a spicy and aromatic jerk seasoning.

Grilled to perfection, the combination of fiery spices, tangy lime, and sweet undertones creates a mouthwatering experience that is perfect for barbecues

Vegan Jerk Seitan Skewers - vegan summer recipes

20. Vegan Temaki with Hoisin Carrots

Inspired by the flavours of Japanese cuisine, these hand-rolled temaki cones feature a medley of fresh ingredients, including crisp carrots glazed with savoury hoisin sauce.

The combination of the crunchy carrots, tangy pickled veggies, creamy avocado, and fragrant herbs creates a perfect balance of cooling flavours and textures.

Vegan Temaki with Hoisin Carrots

21. Vegan Eton Mess

Eton Mess is a quintessential British dessert that combines layers of sweet fruit and crunchy meringue in a beautiful (but delicious!) mess.

This vegan twist on the classic dessert features a luscious combination of fluffy aquafaba meringue, juicy berries, and creamy coconut whipped cream.

Vegan Eton Mess - vegan summer recipes

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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