Simple Summer Dinner Ideas (GF + DF)

Hot summer nights call for fresh, simple meals! So we’ve gathered our FAVORITE simple summer dinner ideas that’ll keep you cool and make the most of the season’s produce. Think bright + vibrant dishes, quick sandwiches, refreshing salads, and more! Scroll through to find your new favorite summer meal!

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GFVGVDFNSEasy Pizza BurgersHearty pizza burgers made with whole food ingredients like chickpeas, parsley, and marinara sauce. Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful plant-based meal!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSVibrant Mango Salad with Peanut DressingA quick and easy Thai-inspired salad with fresh vegetables and mango! Drizzle on a simple peanut dressing for a delicious side, or add a protein of choice to make it an entrée.Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSSmoky BBQ Black Bean BurgerSmoky, hearty black bean burgers with sweet potato, mushrooms, quinoa, and pecans. Wholesome, satisfying, BIG on flavor, and just 10 ingredients required! The ultimate veggie burgers for the grill or stovetop.Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSCrispy Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Peanut SauceCrispy, flavorful tofu wraps with fresh veggies and our go-to peanut sauce. Crunchy, light yet satisfying, and BOLD flavors. Just 10 ingredients required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFBBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Sweet & Spicy SlawSmoky, saucy BBQ tempeh sandwiches with creamy sriracha slaw! A hearty, 30-minute plant-based meal with just 10 ingredients required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSPortobello Steaks with Avocado ChimichurriGrilled, marinated portobello steaks with a spicy avocado chimichurri sauce! An incredibly hearty and flavorful 30-minute plant-based meal!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSChipotle Hummus Sandwich with Smoky Tempeh BaconA quick and easy sandwich with spicy chipotle hummus, smoky tempeh bacon, and fresh veggies. Plant-based, fiber- and protein-packed, and just 7 ingredients and 15 minutes required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSChickpea Shawarma SaladAll of the flavor of a Middle Eastern-inspired chickpea shawarma sandwich in a salad! Shawarma-spiced chickpeas, fresh salad, and a creamy 4-ingredient Garlic Dill sauce! A flavorful, filling, plant-based meal.Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSEasy Vegan Zucchini BoatsHearty yet light, these EASY vegan zucchini boats are seared then stuffed with flavorful marinara and our homemade vegan sausage, then baked until bubbly and tender. The ultimate side or main for Italian night. Just 10 ingredients required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSVegan Sushi Bowls with Ginger Marinated TofuEasy vegan sushi bowls with marinated tofu, fresh vegetables, rice, seaweed, and quick pickled carrots! All the fresh, delicious flavor of sushi in convenient, versatile bowl form. Just 10 ingredients required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSSocca Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & PestoA grain- and gluten-free alternative to traditional pizza with chickpea flour crust, vegan pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes! Just 10 ingredients required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSNoodle-Free Pad Thai (30 Minutes!)Amazing noodle-free Pad Thai with rainbow vegetables and a spicy-sweet almond butter sauce. Just 30 minutes required and SO versatile!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSSmoky BBQ Bean Tacos (Vegan, GF)Smoky BBQ bean tacos pack serious, saucy flavor. Serve with our Jicama Slaw for the ultimate plant-based side or entrée. Ready in 25 minutes with 10 basic ingredients!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSVegan Collard Green BurritosEasy-to-make, 8-ingredient, 30-minute vegan burritos wrapped in collard greens! Stuffed with wholesome ingredients like Raw Vegan Taco Meat, Vegan Mexican Cheese, Red Salsa, avocado, and more! The perfect quick and portable lunch or snack.Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSHeirloom Tomato Panzanella SaladAll of the flavors of classic caprese married into a summery panzanella salad featuring ripe heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, and a balsamic vinaigrette! Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes required.Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSRainbow Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce30-minute spring rolls filled with a rainbow assortment of fruit, vegetables, and fresh herbs. So fresh, crisp, and served with a spicy-sweet ginger peanut sauce! A satisfying, quick, and healthy meal.Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSRainbow Raw-maine Taco BoatsRainbow “Raw-maine” lettuce boats with hummus, fresh veggies, sprouts, and a creamy tahini sauce. Just 15 minutes and no cooking required! Serves 2 as an entrée and 4 as a side / appetizer!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSMediterranean-Inspired Orzo Pasta SaladFresh, colorful Mediterranean-inspired Orzo Pasta Salad! Plant-based, gluten-free optional, and perfect for BBQs, picnics, and beyond. Just 30 minutes required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSSweet Potato & Avocado Green SaladA simple yet flavorful and satisfying salad with organic greens, roasted sweet potato, creamy avocado, and a lemon-maple tahini dressing. 30 minutes, naturally sweetened, so delicious!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSCreamy Vegan Pesto Pasta (30 Minutes!)Creamy vegan pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes and undetectable spinach! The perfect quick, comforting dish for a weeknight dinner, with just 8 ingredients and 30 minutes required!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSRoasted Vegetable Salad with Magic Green Sauce30-minute, colorful roasted vegetable salad over greens with macadamia nut cheese and chimichurri-inspired dressing! A satisfying plant-based meal or side!Make The RecipeGFVGVDFNSRice Noodle Bowls with Almond Butter Tofu30-minute rice noodle bowls with fresh veggies and crispy almond butter tofu! A flavorful, healthy, satisfying plant-based meal.Make The RecipeGFDFNSCrunchy Cabbage Slaw with Sesame Ginger DressingEasy, flavorful, crunchy slaw with cabbage, shredded chicken, carrots, and a ginger-sesame dressing! Almonds and sesame seeds add crunch to this delicious, 30-minute salad!Make The RecipeGFDFNSSmoky Summer Salad with Lime-Crusted Salmon (30 Minutes!)Flavorful lime-crusted salmon atop a fiber-rich salad of greens, cabbage, and black beans, topped with smoky chipotle dressing and fresh peach salsa. Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes required!Make The RecipeGFDFNSGrilled Fish Tacos with Pineapple Cabbage SlawQuick & easy grilled fish tacos with pineapple-cabbage slaw and creamy chipotle aioli! Light flavors, perfect for grilling season and beyond! Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes required.Make The RecipeGFDFNSEasy Salmon “Sushi” BowlsSavory salmon “sushi” bowls with a crunchy cucumber salad! All the satisfaction of sushi without finding sushi-grade fish or assembling rolls. Just 9 ingredients!Make The Recipe

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