Summer fruit and veg is bursting with flavour, colour and texture and will help you make the best meals of the year. We’re talking vibrant salads, smoky grilled veg and simple pasta dishes you’ll be making on repeat. To help get you in that sunny, alfresco vibe, we’ve chosen a few of our favourite vegetarian summer recipes that even the biggest meat-lovers won’t be able to resist.
Summer ratatouille salad
This is a fresh twist on the French classic – gorgeous griddled seasonal veg tossed with loads of lovely herbs. Serve with toasted bread and goat’s cheese to make it the main event.
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Swap the Parmesan for vegetarian hard cheese and enjoy this simple pasta dish for any (and every) occasion. Mix up the veg and herbs as you wish, depending on what you already have at home – it comes together tasting divine in just 20 minutes.
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Roasted brassicas with puy lentils & halloumi
Broccoli and cauliflower go deliciously gnarly when roasted in the oven. Topped with nutty puy lentils, loads of fresh soft herbs and salty halloumi, this summer vegetarian dinner is a total flavour party.
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Summer veg blanket pie
Who said pies are just for winter? This filo-topped bake takes in-season veg up a notch, using Middle-Eastern ingredients to create a gorgeous vegetarian showstopper that’s a brilliant alfresco feast.
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Summer vegetable & goat’s cheese frittata
This 20-minute meal is a delicious way to boost your veg intake. Make it for an easy lunch or let it cool and bring it along to a picnic. We use French beans and frozen peas here, but feel free to mix it up according to what you already have to hand.
Griddled vegetables & feta with tabbouleh
If you’ve never cooked feta before, you’re in for a real treat – it totally changes the flavour, and makes a great centrepiece for this herby, bold tabbouleh. Beautiful served hot or cold with toasted flatbreads.
Wholemeal-crust pizza rossa
Pizza is a winner at any time of year, but there’s nothing better than eating it alfresco as the sun goes down. This dough is crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and – topped with all your favourite veggie toppings – you can really make it your own.
Green dream noodles
These noodles are a fantastic midweek meal, especially because it all comes together in just 15 minutes. Loaded with fresh veg and a lovely light broth, this veggie dinner tastes even better in summer.
Spread a little pesto on the pastry and top your veg with basil, olives and mozzarella for a burst of flavour in every bite. These are great to make with kids, too – they’re easy to prepare, and little ones can sprinkle over their favourite veggies.
Broad beans, garlic & feta bruschetta
Bruschetta makes the perfect light lunch, snack or nibble to serve with drinks. Using good olive oil will take these to the next level and we guarantee they’ll become your new summer obsession.
For more summer veggie recipe inspiration, check out our full vegetarian collection, or learn more about the wonder world of veg with our Vegepedia!