13 Simple Vegetarian Summer Suppers

updated Nov 30, 2023
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Everything about summer has the most wonderful way of feeling a whole lot more simple, relaxed, and laid-back — like the pace of life slows down with the arrival of the warm weather. And I firmly believe the dinners in my meal plan should follow suit.

Now’s the time when I’m also putting meat on the back burner and making vegetables the star of my plate by filling my meal plan roster with the best summer vegetarian recipes for dinners that are fresh, light, and totally easy to pull off without breaking a sweat.

There’s no time like right now to lean on the abundance of ripe, fresh produce for veggie-friendly meals. Like cooking eggplant or tomatoes into Italian-inspired skillets, roasting up some cauliflower or sweet potatoes for taco night, or pulling out what’s left in the crisper drawer for a quick stir-fry or chopped chickpea salad. Here are 13 recipes to get you started.

Vegetarian Summer Suppers

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Caramelized Eggplant & Onion Orzo
An easy recipe for one-pan orzo and summer vegetables that's both vegetarian and vegan.
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Tuscan Tortellini Skillet
A quick tomatoey tortellini skillet dinner that calls for just 5 ingredients.
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Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup

Black beans make these burgers taste substantial and satisfying. If you want to bulk them up even more, you can stir some chopped mushrooms into the mix.

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Chopped Chickpea Salad
This meal-worthy salad puts toothsome, protein-packed chickpeas in the center of your bowl to build a truly filling salad for dinner.
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Just because these cauliflower tacos are super simple and easy doesn’t mean they lack in flavor — there’s a medley of spicy, tangy, and cool flavors stuffed inside each tortilla. Bonus: They can be made in advance when you want to get a jump on dinner.

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Garlicky Broccoli Subs

Garlicky roasted broccoli is partnered with briny feta, crunchy onions, tangy Peppadews, and a wildly flavorful sauce that ties it all together for a weeknight dinner that’s ready in no time.

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Pesto Pasta with Lemon, Spinach, Edamame & Toasted Almonds

Herby pesto, spinach, and a squeeze of lemon juice come together to keep it fresh, and the chopped almond topping adds crunch.

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Sweet Potato Fajitas
These fajitas have roasted sweet potatoes seasoned with cumin and smoked paprika. Stuff them into tortillas and drizzle with a tangy crema.
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Weeknight Vegetable Stir-Fry
This easy weeknight veggie stir-fry is more template than recipe. Make it once a week to clear out the crisper and ensure you're eating your veggies!
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Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad
Mixed with quinoa, beans, and vibrant fresh veggies, and topped with a zippy chili-lime vinaigrette, this is a potluck salad that everyone can eat.
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Spicy Panzanella Salad

Panzanella is a quintessential summer salad fashioned from day-old bread and lots of fresh produce. This version steps away from the classic by adding a little heat and extra sweetness from grapes and ripe peaches.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

You know those super-ripe and fragrant tomatoes that just hit the market? This is how you want to put them to work. If you have some time, whip up a batch of fresh pesto — it’ll keep for a while in the fridge — otherwise go ahead and opt for the convenience of your favorite store-bought jar.

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Spinach and Feta Frittata
This classic spinach and feta frittata is made with fresh greens, cheese, and dill, and is just as delicious straight from the oven as it is chilled.
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