Vegetarian Summer Dinner Ideas That You Will Love

Many of us love summer. Really, what’s not to love about it? It is the season to enjoy sunlight, BBQs, long vacations, and let’s not forget all the FOOD! Indulging in food while gathered around a table with your loved ones or during a beach day is what makes our summer memories so special. There’s no doubt about it, food binds everyone together.  Many summer dishes are popular.  However, we are hopping on the vegetarian lifestyle train and keeping everything light and refreshing! We bring you some exquisite vegetarian summer dinner ideas that you will love. Inspired from cuisines all over the world, these recipes will please your guests, vegetarians and meat eaters alike!

Vegetarian summer dinner ideas

Vegetarian Summer Dinner Ideas That You Will Love

This summer, the vegetarian and vegan wave is taking over our lifestyles. Many of us are shifting into this way of eating for many reasons. It might be for health reasons, environmental benefits, ethical beliefs, or simply for the sake of trying new and refreshing meals. Nevertheless, you might be finding the shift challenging, however, it is as convenient as any other lifestyle. To succeed on this way of eating, all you need to do is know your food, and get involved more in making it. A few swaps here and there, and you’re set for life! However, if you aren’t interested in putting the work in, then leave it to our chefs. Let’s delve into our best vegetarian summer dinner ideas that you will love!

1. Potato Tacos

vegetarian summer dinner ideas

Potatoes and tacos in one sentence?! Yes, you read that right, we are combining two of our favorite foods in one recipe. This is the best vegetarian comfort food you’ll ever taste! Other than potatoes, this recipe has cheddar, sour cream, onion and avocado. This yummy combination spices up the potato tacos and takes them to the next level. And of course you can’t forget about the taco spices which make or break this recipe. So, be generous with them. Surely, no one wants a bland potato! Now, let’s learn how to make this recipe. It only takes 30 minutes. 

2. Tofu with Chili & Green Beans

vegetarian summer dinner ideas

Following a vegetarian diet requires a bit more attention to your protein intake. In that aspect, tofu will be your savior. This plant based source of protein is versatile and easy to cook with. Tofu is known for it’s bland taste, however, it absorbs flavors immensely! The secret to great tofu is choosing wisely between firm and soft tofu, depending on the dish you are making. Then, 30 mins before cooking, dry your tofu by cutting the block into thick slices and placing them on a paper towel while pressing down every few minutes.

Focus on the Flavors…

As for the flavor itself, you can go crazy with the marinades. If you are craving something savory, you can go for a lemon- herb marinade. Or, if your sweet tooth is demanding attention, we advise you go for a sweet teriyaki marinade. Our tofu with chili and greens is on the spicy side, but it sure is tasty and filling!

3. Spaghetti Puttanesca with Beans and Spinach

Vegetarian summer dinner ideas

Whether you are vegetarian or not, you can’t skip spaghetti! You don’t need meat to make this dish exquisite. There are many great vegetarian spaghetti recipes such as pesto spaghetti for instance. This spaghetti puttanesca recipe has beans and spinach, so you won’t miss out too much on the protein or iron from the lack of meat! It is rich with Mediterranean flavors, so it is perfect for summer too! If you make this recipe, your guests will surely love it!

4. Burrata Bean Salad

Let’s chop up some tomatoes, and prepare a simple, super tasty salad. To make a burrata and broad bean salad, you’ll need 500 grams of tomatoes, 150 grams of broad beans boiled and peeled, and 100g burrata or 250 grams of mozzarella balls. Also, for the tomato marinade, you’ll need 1/2 a teaspoon of caster sugar and the same amount of salt. Make sure to marinate the tomatoes for approximately 30 mins using sugar and salt.

The dressing is all that matters!

As for the dressing, prepare a handful of chopped chives, basil, and parsley, 1 tablespoon of tarragon, lovage and mint leaves.  Set aside 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard, a pinch of fennel seeds, and a tablespoon of lemon zest and white vinegar. 

Assemble and Enjoy!

Now, all you have to do is assemble the salad. Lay the tomatoes on a serving plate, top with the burrata, and then spread the bean salsa on top, and it is ready to be devoured!

5. Okra with Couscous

Okra is not the most loved vegetable out there, but with this recipe you’ll become a fan for sure. You wouldn’t want to miss on the nutritional benefits of this green seed. It is rich in fiber, vitamin K and C, and folate. This recipe is made with tomato sauce and couscous, hence if you are not a big fan of okra’s flavor, you would not be able to detect it. And you’ll enjoy a flavorful and hearty dish which is suitable for summer days, especially with some yogurt on top!

Okra, Tomatoes, & Couscous
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
  2. 2 red onions, finely chopped
  3. 250g okra, each sliced into 4 pieces
  4. 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  5. 1 tsp ground allspice
  6. 500g passata
  7. 300g couscous
  8. 1 lemon, juiced
  9. 200g feta or natural yogurt
  10. small pack parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. - In a large saucepan, cook the onions over medium heat in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. - Make sure to add water to prevent the onions from sticking if necessary
  3. - Add the okra, allspice and garlic, and passatta then toss them to mix in the flavors
  4. - Pour 100 ml of water and let them simmer on a low heat for 35-40 minutes while covered
  5. - In another bowl, souk the couscous in 350 ml of boiling water for 7-10 minutes
  6. - Season the couscous with some salt and pepper to taste
  7. - Mix in the lemon juice with the okra
  8. - Plate the couscous, then top with a serving of okra with parsley, and feta or yogurt and enjoy!
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 Are you loving our vegetarian meals? Make sure to check out our vegetarian BBQ skewer recipes for those summer weekends! You’ll need some starters and sides for that BBQ, and you can find some exquisite recipes here. Also, if you are hosting a party, we have you covered with tasty ideas for your guests! 

If you are having a special gathering, and you’d like to focus on spending time with your loved ones rather than laboring for hours in the kitchen, our private chefs are here for you!