It’s summer and it’s hot. Of course, we all still have to eat but who wants to turn on the oven or stand over the stovetop in a hot kitchen? Not us! When the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, we want cool, light and refreshing food that won’t weigh us down or turn the kitchen into a furnace. That’s where raw dishes come in. No, we are not saying that you have to switch to an all-raw diet but even one raw meal a day has lots of benefits. Not only does it free us from the heat of cooking but raw dishes tend to be lighter and healthier. Maybe you’ve been thinking about eating more raw foods but don’t know where to start?
Check out the 5 Reasons Why Summer Is the Best Time to Eat Raw Vegan, How to Transition to More Raw Foods This Summer and Want to Eat Raw? Here are 5 Tips to Do it Simply and Easily Today for some helpful advice. Now that you’re convinced you need more raw foods in your life, we have enough recipes here at One Green Planet to keep you happy and satisfied all summer long. Look at these 40 Raw, Light and Fresh Recipes to Cool Off in the Summer.
Even if you only want to eat a few raw meals here and there, try these 10 Raw Vegan Dishes Everyone Needs to Try, Whether You’re ‘Raw’ or Not. Going to a summer cookout? Leave the grilling to someone else and bring any of these Raw Vegan Finger Foods Perfect for Your Summer Parties. Looking for lighter desserts? Here are 10 No-Bake Raw Vegan Cakes That Are Perfect for Summer. Want even more? No problem, here are 25 raw dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus snacks that will leave you cool and satisfied all summer long.
1. Rawsome Wraps
These Rawsome Wraps are so easy to make and the most refreshing lunch ever. They’d also be a great dinner if you want something lighter. The best meals are those that are delicious and beautiful like these wraps with joyous colors.
2. Spicy Fruit Chaat (Seasonal Indian Fruit Salad)
This Spicy Fruit Chaat is refreshing and flavorful with fresh ginger, mint, and black salt. The dressing has lime and brown sugar to balance the slightly tart grapefruit.
3. The Ultimate Summer Gazpacho
You don’t have to wait for cold weather to have a bowl of this soup. The Ultimate Summer Gazpacho is light, fresh, tangy and raw. Filled with lots of fresh veggies, this chilled soup will make your taste buds dance with glee.
4. Lemony Kale Chips
Who says raw snacks means eating a bunch of carrot sticks? These Lemony Kale Chips are a healthy alternative to the usual potato chips. Beware, these are highly addictive!! Once you start eating them, you won’t be able to stop, but that’s okay because it’s just kale.
5. The Best No Noodle Pad Thai
Lighten up a classic with this No Noodle Pad Thai. Golden beets and carrots are spiralized into raw noodles and topped with a flavorful Thai sauce. You get all the taste and none of the heaviness in this perfect summer dish.
6. Avocado Herb Pesto With Zoodles
7. Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta
Get all the flavor of a pasta dish without the facial you get from the steaming pot of boiling water. This Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta swaps out the noodles for zucchini. A creamy cashew-based sauce and fresh herbs make it decadent and delicious.
8. Superfood Packed Trail Mix
Skip the vending machine snacks and make this Superfood Packed Trail Mix instead. Crunchy almonds and walnuts are complimented by chewy goji berries, mulberries, and golden berries. Raw cacao nibs make it feel like an indulgent snack while the superfoods make it super-healthy.
9. Banana Cinnamon Crepes With Berry Ice Cream and Mango
Sweet dessert crepes are delicious but who wants to stand over the hot stovetop making them? With these Banana Cinnamon Crepes, you don’t have to. These are filled with banana-berry ice cream and fresh mangos for a refreshing, healthy and delicious summer dessert.
10. German Chocolate Chia Porridge
Start your day with something decadent like this German Chocolate Chia Porridge. With coconut milk, cacao and walnuts, your breakfast will be more exciting. You can even make it the night before so it’s ready and waiting for you in the morning.
11. Organic Burst Smoothies!
Summer time is smoothie time especially when you make these Organic Burst Smoothies. These beautiful drinks are nutrient-dense because they’re filled with superfoods like wheatgrass, acai berries, maca root and baobab fruit.
12. Carrot Flatbreads With Coconut ‘Chèvre’
These Carrot Flatbreads are perfect for a light lunch, a satisfying snack or a pretty potluck contribution. The flatbreads have a seeded base with protein powder for an extra boost. They’re topped with a homemade tangy coconut Chèvre, lemon-dressed carrots and baby kale.
13. Pickled Beet Mini Tacos
How cute are these! These Pickled Beet Mini Tacos are the perfect appetizer or party food. The smooth macadamia sour cream, orange zest, and chives combine to turn a simple pickled beet into a surprisingly delicious, tangy little treat.
14. Cucumber Noodles With Avocado Pepper Sauce
Why boil pasta on a hot day when you make cool and refreshing Cucumber Noodles instead? These are topped with a flavorful sauce made with avocado, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Use scotch bonnets if you want an extra spicy kick.
15. Ayurvedic Sauerkraut (Homemade Pickled Cucumber)
In the West, we think of sauerkraut as pickled cabbage but in the East, it’s cucumbers that make up this healthy and refreshing dish. This Ayurvedic Sauerkraut is naturally fermented and flavored with mustard, fenugreek, chile powder and sesame oil.
16. Garden and Sea Pâté
Pâtés are perfect for snacks, parties or any time. This Garden and Sea Pâté is made with nuts, veggies, fresh herbs and seaweed for a versatile dish with loads of flavor.
17. Zucchini Pasta With Basil Hemp Pesto
Try something different with your zucchini noodles this week like topping them with this Basil Hemp Pesto. It’s made with basil, spinach, zucchini, sunflower seeds, healthy hemp seeds, and a pinch of cayenne for kick.
18. Portobello Burgers With Collard Greens and Guacamole
Skip the drive-thru and enjoy healthy fast food instead. These Portobello Burgers are raw, meaty and delicious. Topped with crunchy collard greens and creamy guacamole, you can even supersize this meal and still feel good about it.
19. Pizza Night, Raw Food Style!
Put down the phone! You don’t need to order a pizza when you can make this gourmet Pizza, Raw Food Style. The crust is made with sweet potatoes, spinach, basil and chia seeds for a light, flavorful and chewy crust. Topped with a chunky marinara sauce, fresh spinach, mushrooms and onions, this will change pizza night forever!
20. Spicy Kale Chips
These Spicy Kale Chips totally rock! They taste so much better than the expensive store-bought ones and it’s much less expensive to make your own. These are the perfect raw snack to much all summer long.
21. Raw Spaghetti With ‘Bolognese’ Sauce
You don’t need a magic want to have a “meaty” pasta dish that’s light, satisfying and ready in less than 15 minutes. But you might think this Raw Spaghetti with “Bolognese” Sauce made with zucchini noodles and a “meaty” walnut and sundried tomato sauce is simply magical.
22. Mango Coconut Basil Wraps
Instead of just putting raw veggies inside your wrap, make the wrap itself raw too. These Mango Coconut Basil Wraps are delicious and simple to make. Try them filled with julienned veggies and your favorite sauce or spread.
23. Noodles With Coconut Lime Dressing
It just doesn’t get cooler than this dish! Spiralized zucchini noodles are topped with a Coconut Lime Dressing made creamy with cashews. Coconut water, lime and cilantro make it flavorful and refreshing.
24. 3-Minute Acai Bowl
Want a healthy and delicious meal in under 5 minutes? Your wish is granted with this 3-Minute Acai Bowl. Filled with banana, avocado, almond milk, cacao nibs and acai berries, this bowl is a perfect way to start or end your day.
25. Activated Energy Mix
Before you head out the door in the morning, grab a little jar of this Activated Energy Mix to take with you. It tastes amazing and will keep you fueled all day because it’s filled with goodness.
Look at that – 25 healthy and delicious raw dishes and not a salad in the bunch. If you thought eating raw meant eating rabbit food, hopefully these recipes changed your mind.
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Lead Image Photo: Raw Creamy Spinach Mushroom Pasta