easy vegetarian summer recipes

Easy Breezy Vegetarian Summer-Time Recipes

Skip that summertime sadness with easy-breezy vegetarian recipes to keep your spirits high and your tables full as we chin up and brave through yet another summer living life in lockdown.

From hyperlocal foods to stay hydrated to zeitgeisty iced coffees to beat the summer heat, refreshing recipes and no-bake treats galore – gathered here you’ll find a curated collection of sun-drenched inspiration to help you make the most of the next few months.

But First. Stay Hydrated

easy vegetarian summer recipes

Vijhay Ganesh Murugavel – founder of Maiyam – delves into the hyperlocal foods that can help us stay hydrated in time-honored methods. The starting point is understanding the produce that grows in abundance in our fertile fields during the summer months, from gourds and grains like jowar, to farm-fed dairy products and plant-based oils.

Drink This


The perfect antidote to balmy afternoons spent quarantined/ self-isolating indoors. Homemade cold brew. Our good friends over at  KCROASTERS have shared their expertise below to help us brew our own batch at home. What’s more, they’re also letting us in on their creative recipes for stirring up deliciously-different cold-brew iced coffees. Vietnamese Vegan Iced Latte or Dulce de Leche anyone?

Easy Vegetarian Recipes For The Summer


Vegan Yuzu Avo Ceviche
This creative vegan spin on ceviche stars ripe avocados lifted by the softly-sweet yet zesty flavours of Japanese yuzu and a hit of togarashi.
The Creamiest Hummus & Pita Bread
Salaciously-smooth, this creamy hummus is best served prettily swirled on your favourite plate, speckled with spices and a gallimaufry of garnishes. Don't forget to bake pillowy pockets of warm pita to serve alongside!
creamiest hummus recipe
Homemade Labaneh
Made with hung yogurt and seasoned with spices, labaneh is a versatile spread that can be used to elevate salads, sandwiches, pastas or quite simply as a dip with Zaatar, good olive oil and bread!

Light Yet Substantial

Mango Red Curry
Traditionally known as Keang Phed Mamuang, Nara Thai Mumbai's signature Mango Red Curry is salty, sweet, savoury and spicy all at once. This simple vegan curry strikes a perfect balance of Thai flavours, lifted by the sumptuous flavours of seasonal-fresh mangoes.
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Black Rice Rainbow Salad
This Black Rice Salad is a beautiful one-bowl recipe bursting to the brim with a rainbow-hued riot of textures from creamy avocado and feta to crispy chickpeas and toasted pistachios. A versatile tahini-yogurt dressing brings it all together with a medley of Mediterranean-inspired flavours!
black rice rainbow salad

The Perfect Pesto
The beauty of pesto is that it’s a forgiving recipe, open to adaptation using different herbs beyond basil, a variety of nuts and add-ins. This is my version of perfect pesto recipe using cashews for creaminess; parsley for a fragrant hit and oregano for a mild peppery punch!
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Mediterranean Veggie Tray Bake
A warm tray full of roasted, caramelised golden-brown veggies, sticky around the edges and nudged with flavoursome grains topped with fresh herbs and crunchy seeds.

Asparagus & Prosecco Risotto
Masterchef Finalist & Head Chef of The Italian Embassy in London, Danilo Cortellini shares his recipe for a creamy risotto textured with tangy asparagus and acidic hints from Prosecco DOC. This classic risotto is an “evergreen” dish, simple but ticking all the right boxes for desired flavours.

Just Desserts

No-Churn Mango Ice Cream
Whip up the creamiest mango ice-cream with just three key ingredients, the star of which is the season's freshest mangoes! This is a no-churn recipe, so you can easily make it at home without an ice cream maker and without eggs!
no-churn mango ice cream

Eggless Mango Tiramisu
A summery twist on an a classic dessert, Elisha Parikh's eggless mango tiramisu recipe stars layers of mango-infused cream and freshly-chopped mangoes!
mangomisu mango tiramisu

Eggless Mango Mousse
This eggless and vegan-friendly mango mousse is the ideal treat for a hot summer's day. Recipe curator Isha Shetty of Vanilla Miel recommends setting it in a short glass, garnished either with edible flowers, fresh berries or simply neat cubes of fresh mangoes for an easy yet impressive dessert!
eggless mango mousse

Berry Lemon Tea Cake
A zesty accompaniment to your afternoon cuppa, each bite of this elegant tea cake is bursting with sweet pops of juicy blueberries and raspberries, with a zing of lemon. It’s not too sweet and not too tangy, but just right. 

No-Bake Oreo Pie
Made with an Oreo crust and a tangy cream cheese filling, Pooja Dhingra's no-bake Oreo Pie is the perfect no-bake treat for hot summer months!

Theo Randall’s Amalfi Lemon Tart
The idea for this tart came from Lindsey Shere’s brilliant book Chez Panisse Desserts. In the original recipe, the lemon curd filling is made with Meyer lemons, which are thought to be a cross between a mandarin and a lemon. They are abundant in Berkeley, California (where Chez Panisse is), growing in people’s gardens there. I think the Amalfi, a beautiful large Italian lemon with a sweet taste and intense aroma, makes an excellent substitute in this classic tart.

Healthy(Ish) Recipes: Freezer Fudge
Stirred together with cacao powder and your nut butter of choice, this “freezer fudge” luxuriates in the creaminess of coconut oil and honey! The bite-sized pieces are as addictive as it gets, melting in the mouth with an explosion of sweet-and-salty chocolatey goodness!

Coffee, Walnut And Vanilla Raw Tart
A beautiful no-bake dessert for the summer months, brimming with nourishing vegan-friendly ingredients and spiked with a hit of Blue Tokai Coffee's dark roast coffee.

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