18 Vegetarian Dinner Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long
Make the most of eggplant, tomatoes, summer squash, and more with these meatless dishes.
When summer arrives, we're all about dining al fresco, grilling galore, and making use of an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce. You can cook so many different kinds of vegetables as well as pasta, pizza, and veggie burgers for a delicious vegetarian dinner this summer. All of the recipes, which include some grilled recipes and others that you can prep indoors, are family-friendly for a COVID-safe meal during the warm-weather season.
Start with the Rice Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Feta, pictured here. Long-grain brown rice is sautéed with chopped onions and garlic before being mixed with small heirloom tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese, and a combination of fresh mint and parsley leaves. It's the perfect accompaniment to grilled vegetable burgers for a light and healthy summer meal.
We're also sharing plenty of inspired preparations for cooking store-bought pasta and gnocchi. Dress up basic cheese ravioli or spaghetti, for example, with summer vegetables such as plump cherry tomatoes, zucchini, fresh corn on the cob, and eggplant. The result is a simple, easy dinner that highlights the very best of summer flavors without putting a ton of strain on the chef. Use the same produce to make a rustic, savory summer tart or homemade pizza on the grill. You can make your own pizza dough or use store-bought to save time on busy weeknights.
Another option is to make use of a pressure cooker to make risotto with fresh corn, tomatoes, basil, and Parmesan cheese. It's a loose interpretation of a classic Italian trio that we accessorize with sweet corn on the cob for the perfect summer meal.
Get ready for a season of delicious summer dinners with these vegetarian recipes.
Sweet Corn, Zucchini, and Tomatoes with Bulgur
Whole Grilled Eggplant with Rice Pilaf
Try this new technique for preparing eggplant. It's charred on a grill until extra crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside. Next, it's filled with a hearty pilaf made with the duo of broken spaghetti and long-grain white rice. The whole dish is topped with an easy lemon tahini sauce and pomegranate molasses.
Spaghetti with Tomato Sauté
This is not your usual spaghetti and red sauce. It's made with three pints of fresh cherry tomatoes (choose a variety of colors for vibrancy), fresh ricotta cheese, and plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.
Cheese-Stuffed Portobello Burger
Bored of packaged veggie burgers? Upgrade your meatless Monday with these indulgent burgers made from large portobello mushrooms. They are grilled and the centers are filled with slices of provolone cheese before being layered on brioche buns with arugula and a homemade Garlic-Vinegar Mayonnaise.
Ravioli with Roasted Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Capers
Grilled Vegetable Pizzas
Much as we love ordering pizza from a local joint, sometimes it's fun to make it at home. And for a vegetarian summer dinner, we can't picture anything more apt than these grilled flatbread pizzas topped with a colorful assortment of vegetables such as shiitake mushrooms, zucchini, lacinato kale, and red onion.
Corn, Tomato, and Zucchini Galette
Grilled Vegetables and White-Bean Fattoush
Cilantro Rice Bowl with Poached Eggs and Greens
Plan ahead to make this tasty and healthy vegetarian bowl. It only requires 30 minutes of prep work but you need to allow time for letting the flavors of the pepper vinaigrette evolve. It's drizzled over a bowl of white rice, watercress, poached eggs, and radishes.
Vegetarian BLT with Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms
Mushroom Tacos with Charred-Corn Salsa
Short on time for dinner tonight? We've got you covered with these 35-minute handheld bites for taco Tuesday. Portobello mushrooms are sliced into planks and grilled along with corn on the cob. Once charred, the kernels are cut off the cob and are tucked into corn tortillas with the mushrooms. Top with chipotle sour cream and the juice and zest of fresh lime.
Tofu with Ginger-Cilantro Sauce
Throw out any preconceived notions of tofu being bland or boring with this flavorful grilled preparation that's just right for summer. Sliced extra firm tofu is given the green treatment with a punchy sauce made from fresh cilantro, chopped jalapeño peppers, fresh grated ginger, scallions, and lime juice.
Pressure-Cooker Corn Risotto
Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata
Zucchini and Caramelized-Onion Pizza
Take store-bought pizza dough on a Mediterranean spin with thinly sliced zucchini and caramelized onions, crumbled feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and fresh mint.