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20 Vegetarian Summer Dinners to Add to Your Meal Plan ASAP

updated Jul 6, 2022
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We’re in prime produce time right now, with juicy tomatoes, crisp corn, and plump summer squash at their most vibrant and flavorful. Whether you’re craving the season’s best or hoping to cut your grocery budget by eating less meat, making vegetables the star of your plate is one of the easiest ways to save money and eat more plants every day. These 20 vegetarian summer dinners give vegetables the star treatment they deserve — and make eating more vegetables at dinner even easier.

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Trenette al Pesto
Creamy tender, diced potatoes and crisp green beans add additional layers of texture and freshness combined all together in a dish that is another comforting way to enjoy flavorful pesto.
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Ratatouille Stir-Fry
A quick-cooking version of this classic summer French dish makes crisp-tender eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers.
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Portobello Mushroom Burger
Not only are they seriously satisfying and packed with flavor, but the mix of color and texture will keep you coming back for more.
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Cheesy Grilled Eggplant with Tomato Jam
This grilled eggplant dish is basically a lightened-up twist on eggplant Parm, and it's totally irresistible.
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Sheet Pan Halloumi with Burst Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Preserved Lemon, and Mint
This colorful sheet pan dinner is packed with a wholesome mix of flavorful Mediterranean ingredients.
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Fresh Tomato Slab Pie
This showstopping summer pie consists of a butter cracker crust, a tangy whipped feta filling, and a fresh tomato topping.
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Ratatouille Pizza
Use the best of your summer garden produce in this French-meets-Italian-inspired recipe.
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Panko Parmesan Zucchini Fritters
This Italian staple brings the best of the summer garden — zucchini, basil, and parsley — into a freshly fried patty.
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Mushroom “Carnitas” Tacos
These mushroom "carnitas" are meaty, savory, and pleasantly greasy. It's a low-effort vegan summer dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes.
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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bowls with Avocado and Green Tahini
The green tahini dressing on these beautiful bowls tastes even more luxe when made with fresh, in-season herbs, and you’ll want to eat it on everything — from these bowls to salads to sandwiches.
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Vegetable Pesto Puff Pastry Tart
This tart is everything that vegetable pizza ever hoped it could be. The fresh tomatoes and zucchini sing over a smear of pesto, and bright, briny feta brings it all together.
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Weeknight Vegetable Stir-Fry
Stir-fry is always a good idea when you go a little overboard at the farmers market without a specific meal plan in mind. Slice, dice, and toss everything in a pan with this recipe’s easy sauce, and you have a winning meal formula you’ll come back to every week.
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Roasted Cauliflower Bowl with Lentils & Sweet Potato Hummus
Hear me out on this hearty bowl that feels like fall in the middle of summer. Despite its seemingly cozy vibe, this sweet potato hummus plays well with summer herbs and grilled (not roasted) cauliflower.
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Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowls with Crispy Chickpeas and Chopped Pesto
These quinoa bowls are perfect for meal prepping on Sunday and then throwing together on busy weeknights. You can grill the sweet potato wedges, and the kale keeps very well (dressing and all) in the fridge until Friday.
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Sesame Ginger Tofu Poke Bowl
Crunchy, colorful, and oh-so savory, these tofu poke bowls are basically everything you could want in a summer dinner. Want to get even more veg in? Swap the white rice for your favorite riced cauliflower.
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Grilled Yogurt Flatbreads with Israeli Salad
You’re going to fall head over heels for these grilled flatbreads. The dough is super simple (and starts with rich and tangy yogurt) and then the rest of the meal is just chopping and assembly. Don’t skimp on the fresh mint!
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Grilled Gnocchi with Summer Squash and Burst Tomatoes
Yup, you can have pasta without boiling water this summer. Just skewer gnocchi and tomatoes and cook them together on the grill until crisp and burnished. Add some grilled zucchini and a shower of Parmesan and all your pasta cravings will be crushed without any stove work.
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Soba Noodle Broth Bowl with Miso-Butter Mushrooms
Miso butter will pretty much transform every vegetable it touches, but it pairs especially well with a jammy egg, toothsome soba noodles, and crisp-tender edamame.
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Sweet Potato Fajitas
Sweet potatoes really steal the show here, but a hearty guacamole and piquant pico de gallo will make you feel like a summer produce hero with these simple sheet pan fajitas.
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Caprese Stuffed Peppers
Fill roasted bell pepper halves with a mix of colorful tomatoes, basil, and burrata or fresh mozzarella for the ultimate mid-summer meal.
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Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Pasta Bake

A gooey, ultra-comforting, vegetarian pasta bake.

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Japchae Recipe
Sweet potato glass noodles get stir-fried in a sweet-savory sauce with baby spinach and thinly sliced carrots, onions, mushrooms.
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