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28 Vegan Summer Recipes That Are Satisfying And Delicious

All the best recipes to cook this summer that are meat-free and dairy-free.

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The dog days of summer are here and you know what that means — nobody has the time to spend hours sweltering in the kitchen over a hot oven. Which is why I rounded up some of my favorite recipes for hot weather that won't take forever to prepare and are generally fast and easy to make. Scroll on to find some delicious vegan, plant-based recipes to make this summer season!

1. Vegan Paella

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This recipe for the Spanish staple takes only 10 minutes to prep and less than 40 minutes to make. Get creative by adding in other veggies you have in your kitchen.

2. Creamy Vegan Carrot Mac with Walnut Herb "Parmesan"

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Everyone's gotta have a handy recipe for some BOMB mac & cheese. If you don't already have one, now you do.

3. Mexican Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing

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Enjoy this recipe for a bright-colored salad with a bangin' lime-avocado dressing.

4. Vegan Animal-Style Fries

Non-dairy lovers of In-N-Out rejoice: there's a recipe for a veganized version of the chain's popular animal fries.
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Non-dairy lovers of In-N-Out rejoice: there's a recipe for a veganized version of the chain's popular animal fries.

5. Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme

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Similarly, if you've ever had the desire to recreate Taco Bell's iconic menu item at home, there's a recipe for that, too.

6. Sesame Almond Butter Zucchini Noodles

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This recipe is a quick and light meal that you can prep with ease. It's packed with a nutty, sweet flavor that you could add other vegetables into if you wanted.

7. Green Goddess Socca

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This recipe for socca couldn't be easier to make: it takes just four ingredients to make and you can top it with pretty much any greens you want!

8. Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

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You'll need a food processor for this recipe, which I can almost smell by looking at these drool-worthy photos (and I mean that in a good way).

9. Vegan BLT Salad

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This recipe makes bacon out of tofu and ranch dressing based on cashew cream. I *will* be making this as soon as I get home.

10. Vegan Protein Smoothie Bowls

For me, the summer is prime time for smoothie bowls. I don't know what it is about hot weather that causes me to pour my smoothie in a bowl and cut fruit up on it, but it happens. And if you want to try it out, this recipe will get you started.
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For me, the summer is prime time for smoothie bowls. I don't know what it is about hot weather that causes me to pour my smoothie in a bowl and cut fruit up on it, but it happens. And if you want to try it out, this recipe will get you started.

11. Kickass Vegan Tofu Sausage Rolls

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This recipe is sure to delight your vegan and non-vegan friends. Make it for brunch, eat them for lunch, or offer them as a side for dinner — either way it's gonna taste good.

12. Crispy Baked Tacos with Summer Vegetables

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This recipe for vegetable tacos makes truly crispy taco shells. Also, it happens to be gluten free!

13. Peanut Enchiladas with Braised Greens

Sneak in whatever vegetables you want into this tasty recipe for vegan enchiladas.
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Sneak in whatever vegetables you want into this tasty recipe for vegan enchiladas.

14. Vegan Summer Rolls with Dipping Sauce

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This recipe gives you two different sauce options to go with your rolls: a smooth peanut sauce and a sweet mango sauce. Sign me up!

15. Cauliflower Chickpea Patties

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This recipe takes a head of cauliflower, chickpeas, and other veggie ingredients to make a crispy, tender patty to put over salad or in a sandwich.

16. Southwest Vegan Pasta Salad

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Give your pasta salad a twist by infusing black beans, tomatoes, and fire-roasted corn. Find the recipe here.

17. Simple Breakfast Quesadillas

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Learn how to make the trendy breakfast made with tofu scramble with this recipe, and try it outside of breakfast hours!

18. Balsamic Tofu, Quinoa & Strawberry Summer Salad

This tart-yet-sweet recipe is one of those salads that's perfect for a summer picnic or beach day.
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This tart-yet-sweet recipe is one of those salads that's perfect for a summer picnic or beach day.

19. The Best Tempeh Veggie Burger

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If you want a hearty veggie burger that won't fall apart on the grill, I suggest you take a look at this recipe.

20. Summer Corn Chowder

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Fresh corn is best used for this recipe, which is why it makes a perfect summer soup. If you're bold, follow the recipe and then have it chilled like a gazpacho for leftovers!

21. King Oyster Scallops with Shaved Asparagus

For a light and seafood-like treat, chop up some king oyster mushrooms and make them into "scallops" with this recipe.
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For a light and seafood-like treat, chop up some king oyster mushrooms and make them into "scallops" with this recipe.

22. Black Bean Salad with Grilled Smart Dogs

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This light salad recipe is perfect for a BBQ side or on its own. The black beans pack a protein punch to keep you feeling full.

23. Pulled BBQ Carrots

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For a simple meat substitue try swapping shredded carrots in this recipe.

24. Lemon Tarts

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The fresh and zesty nature of lemons make for a perfect summer treat. This tasty recipe is both vegan and paleo, so get wild!

25. BBQ Baked Tempeh Chips

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Gluten free and savory chips made from soybeans? Hi, I'm going to need to try this recipe immediately.

26. California Chopped Kale Salad

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Toss these vegetables together and enjoy this recipe cold or slightly warm.

27. Thai Slaw with Cashew Curry Dressing

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This recipe takes about 15 minutes to prep, but if you have a machine that will chop your veggies for you, you can prep it much less time.

28. Super Easy Vegan Oreo Ice Cream

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Oh my goodness... what more can be said about this decadent vegan treat, other than you must try this recipe?

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