Whoa, it’s mid-July and the heat is on! Almost everywhere in the U.S is having record high temps of 90 degrees or more! Let’s face it, no one wants to be in the kitchen right now cooking over a hot stove or oven, right? It’s time to chill out with this roundup of 19 cooling plant-based summer recipes.
COOL OFF WITH THESE PLANT-BASED SUMMER DISHES
VEGAN SPRING ROLLS – Yummy Mummy Kitchen
You’ve got to try making fresh spring rolls at home! They are a simply delicious combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, rice paper, and a flavorful peanut sauce for dipping.
ZERO-OIL CHICKPEA PESTO PASTA SALAD – Carve Your Craving
This salad can be prepared ahead of time and is perfect for office lunches, picnics and as a busy day meal.
WATERMELON POPSICLES WITH CUCUMBER AND LIME – Veggie Inspired
An amazingly refreshing treat for those hot summer days. Sugar-free and kid-approved! Just three ingredients and so easy to make.
GREEN POWERHOUSE SUMMER SMOOTHIE – Shane and Simple
Ramp up your immune system with this Green Powerhouse Summer Smoothie. It’s loaded with kale, spinach, pineapple, mango and banana and full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
THREE BEAN SALAD – Plant-Based Cooking
This low-sugar, low-fat version of the traditional three-bean salad is sure to win you over – and give you all the valuable fiber and nutrients in beans.
NO-BAKE VEGAN FRUIT TART WITH AQUAFABA-CASHEW CREAM – My Dainty Soul Curry
You’ll never believe that this colorful and delicious fruit-filled tart has no added sugar! And you won’t miss the dairy with this unbelievably creamy aquafaba-cashew base.
TEMPEH ASIAN LETTUCE WRAPS – Plant-Based Cooking
Beautiful butter lettuce wraps up this delicious blend of fresh vegetables, rice noodles and pan-cooked tempeh topped with chopped peanuts and an Asian dressing.
EASY FRUIT SALAD WITH MINT – Vegetarian Mamma
A delicious recipe that your family will love! Easy to make and perfect to take to your next cookout! (To make it vegan, use maple syrup in place of honey.)
TOFU EGGLESS SALAD SANDWICH – Plant-Based Cooking
You won’t believe how much this vegan tofu eggless salad tastes like the real thing and it’s a cinch to make – you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry.
CUCUMBER POPSICLES – Dora’s Table
These cucumber-chile paletas are the perfect cucumber popsicle, not too spicy, not too sweet, and just the right amount of tart.
SUMMER BRUSSELS SPROUT KALE SALAD – A Dash of Megnut
This easy summer salad of brussels sprouts, kale, quinoa, strawberries, avocado and lemons is perfectly cooling on a hot day. Works great as a side at summer potlucks and BBQs.
VEGAN STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM – Plant-Based Cooking
Who doesn’t love ice cream in the summer? So easy to make – no churning needed for this nutritious, delicious and cooling treat. Ready in minutes when that summer or night time craving hits.
PINEAPPLE KIWI POPSICLES – Vegan in the Freezer
Pineapple Kiwi Popsicles are a perfectly fruity treat. So refreshing and there are only two ingredients for this recipe.
LOW-FAT BROCCOLI SALAD – Plant-Based Cooking
This low-fat broccoli salad is a great alternative to the super fatty, sugary, bacon-laden traditional recipe. It’s great for an everyday meal or for group of guests.
VEGAN SALAD WITH HUMMUS – The Live-In Kitchen
A high protein vegan salad with hummus, pepitas, and hemp seeds.
PEAR WALNUT SALAD – A Virtual Vegan
A fresh, flavorful yet simple Pear Walnut Salad which combines vibrant sweet & savory flavors with wonderful textures & colors.
TURMERIC GINGER ICED TEA – Plant-Based Cooking
This turmeric ginger iced tea is a refreshing way to get your body energized, soothed and cleansed. A perfect summer picnic treat!
WATERMELON TOFU FETA SALAD – Plant-Based Cooking
This chilled watermelon salad will cool you down and the addition of tofu feta makes it so tangy! Sweet and spicy and great for a crowd.
SUMMER MELON SMOOTHIE – Luci’s Morsels
Oh-so creamy! You can feel free to substitute a honeydew or other green-fleshed summer melon. The banana and coconut will blend nicely with those flavors as well.
I hope you’ll enjoy these cooling summer plant-based recipes as much as my family and I have!