This collection of easy vegan recipes is perfect for those hot summer days when you want some lighter fare and you definitely don’t want to have to cook meals using the stove or oven…or even the slow cooker. Fresh vegetables, minimal effort, amazing food. All these delicious vegan recipes are “no heat, just eat” and the perfect way to go when you’re looking for a healthy meal on those hazy, lazy days. It’s definitely the easy option without having to give much effort and only a little time.
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It’s that time of year when it’s getting too hot to cook all the time. We’re putting together some of our favorite no-cook and delicious recipes that are a great way to get those quality vegan meals on hot summer days when you just do NOT want to turn on the stove or oven.
And we’re not just talking about lazy vegan recipes like peanut butter and jelly or all salads or spring rolls. We’re talking quality, easy no-cook dinners that won’t have you spending tons of time cooking in a hot kitchen.
Yes, we’ve got salads and other healthy recipes, but not exactly the salads you might be thinking of. We’ve also got wraps and sandwiches, nachos – yes, nachos! – and more! Many of these are even raw vegan recipes!
We’ve got some really easy and delicious ways to create magic with your fresh veggies and just a little effort. These easy meals are going to come in handy when the last thing you want is to be over the stove.
No Cook Vegan Recipes Perfect for Summer
We think you’ll love these lazy summer dishes!
Vegan Broccoli Salad (from pg. 28 Backyard BBQ Issue)
This easy vegan broccoli salad is such a simple recipe. It’s the perfect side dish for any summer party or just any warm summer evening. It has a little sweetness and a lot of crunchy veggies. It’s also completely customizable to your taste, and so easy to make.
We toss Broccoli, Bac-Os, red onion, craisins and more with a light dressing to create a delicious dinner salad and filling meal. For more protein, you can add some chickpeas/garbanzo beans. You could probably also make this same salad using zucchini noodles instead of broccoli if you liked.
This veggie-filled southwestern salad is perfect when you’re in the mood for tacos but it’s too hot use the stove. We toss black beans, corn, bell peppers, and more in a creamy avocado dressing and top with crushed corn chips.
Add sweet potatoes and/or our walnut chorizo to make this even more filling! It’s sure to satisfy all your senses whether served as a starter or as a full meal. You can also top with fresh salsa or pico de gallo and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Hummus Dip Platter
One of my favorites and just so, so easy to pull together. Our favorite platter add-ons are pita chips, carrot and celery sticks, assorted veggies, pickles, and olives. It’s a great and simple way to get your whole food plant-based protein and fresh raw veggies. And it is just so delicious!
Honestly, hummus is one of my favorite healthy snacks and favorite vegan meal prep recipes. I like to keep some of our homemade hummus on-hand in the fridge or freezer throughout the summer, so I can have this as an available option for an easy lunch at all times.
Our Favorite Homemade Hummus Recipes:
- Extra Garlic Hummus – (Emphasis on the “EXTRA”) This is for all our fellow garlic lovers out there! It’s an easy-to-make 10-ingredient dip with a dynamite flavor and silky smooth texture that will not disappoint.
- Spicy Garlic Hummus – This spicy garlic hummus recipe is a fun twist on our extra garlic hummus! Hot Habanero peppers and roasted red peppers combine with the garlic and garbanzos to create the best flavor. Serve this spicy hummus recipe with pita chips and plenty of veggies for a plant-based party platter everyone will love!
- Dill Pickle Hummus – A wonderfully tangy take on classic hummus. It has a big pickle flavor and that smooth texture you love and expect from hummus. Make it quickly and easily in your food processor for the perfect no-cook dip, sandwich spread, or sauce for wraps and bowls.
This vegan pinwheels recipe is made with healthy simple ingredients like hummus, grated carrots, and green onions mixed with a flavorful blend of spices to give it a bit of a savory flavor then wrapped in a flour tortilla. They’re easy to customize with your favorite fresh veggies. And these are flavor-packed vegetable pinwheels that will have even the pickiest eaters loving these veggie loaded snacks!
They’re great for kids and birthday parties, a cold lunch for work or school, or a work-from-home snack. Any way you slice it, you’ll love these vegan pinwheels!
A great vegan lunch idea, this Mediterranean Hummus Wrap is sure to please your palate on those lazy summer days.
It’s filled with fresh raw vegetables like red onions, red peppers, kalamatas, chopped pickles, and crisp, refreshing lettuce. Then, we toss it in a creamy hummus dressing and wrap it in a flour tortilla. As filling as it is flavorful, this homemade hummus wrap is like holding summer in your hands.
Such an easy recipe! These fresh and summery vegan picnic sandwiches are made on soft ciabatta rolls with tangy vegan goat cheese, fresh blueberries, and basil. They are the perfect easy plant-based lunch recipe to make in under 10 minutes!
It’s a fun combination of flavors that’s a great balance of simple and special. These would be the perfect picnic sandwich for a date. They’re also great served at an event like a shower or outdoor lunch!
Why is regular caesar dressing not appropriate for a vegan diet? One word: anchovies. But this easy vegan caesar salad recipe is delicious, nut-free, fish-free and meal prep friendly! Silken tofu creates a light but creamy sauce for the dressing and 9 simple ingredients add the unmistakable caesar flavor.
Serve it as part of a big summer feast or bulk it up with chickpeas or vegan chicken for a healthy comforting main dish all on its own! This is also a great opportunity to incorporate some fresh garden veggies like cherry tomatoes, bell pepper.
A classic no-cook recipe gets a vegan twist for those hot summer days. Packed with flavor and protein, serve this vegetarian tuna sandwich with chips and pickles for a classic summer lunch, or put some over a bed of lettuce for a lighter tuna salad with an extra bit of lemon zest or lemon juice for some vitamin c zing.
It’s the simplicity and comfort of a classic tuna sandwich in an ethically compassionate way! You may have tried a recipe like this with garbanzo beans, but just wait until you try it our way using white beans among the main ingredients.
Who says healthy food can’t mean nachos?! And this no-cook nacho recipe is guaranteed to be hit and perfect for a party or a couple’s night in. Layered with our spicy walnut meat, vegan nacho cheese, black beans, and ALL the veggie toppings, they’re naturally dairy-free, cholesterol-free, and plant-based.
These meatless nachos are sure to be a food-fan-favorite, and if you’ve got a big party and need a whole bunch of food, it might even be a good idea to serve a giant version of these on a parchment-lined sheet pan for easy clean up.
This vegan Southwest 3-bean salad (black beans, white navy beans, and red kidney beans) is the perfect side dish to bring with you to any summer festivity, but you can also put it over romaine with avocado dressing to create the perfect no-cook main meal.
One of our easiest vegan recipes, this “salad” is packed with red pepper, fresh, ripe avocado, and of course, beans. This is also great for green wraps or lettuce wraps on a leaf of Boston bib or romaine lettuce leaf.
This healthy wrap recipe is an easy no-cook vegan meal that is so fresh and flavorful! It’s packed with ingredients like fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, and vegan bacon bits combined with salad greens and tossed in vegan ranch dressing.
This is the perfect for a plant-based summer lunch, and it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. It’s also a great way to use up fresh basil and greens from your garden too. It’s such a shame we can’t grow our own vegan bacon bits!
This vegan whipped feta dip recipe with tahini is quick, incredibly flavorful, and the perfect plant based party appetizer, snack, or sandwich spread. All you need to make this dairy free cheese dip is a food processor, 10 minutes, and 11 simple dairy free ingredients.
Perfect for an easy dinner bowl with olives, cucumber tomato salad, chickpeas or store-bought falafel for added protein, couscous, romaine or spring mix, and parsley.
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Cheers, friend, and stay cool!