The mercury is rising, the kids are out of school and the days are long and hot. Yup, it’s summer alright. Time to try and cool off while filling up on all of the gorgeous produce and opportunities for friendly get-together that this season offers in abundance! From no-bake desserts to smoothies for breakfast, keeping your oven off never tasted so good.

Of course, there are times that you’ll still crave a hot meal, which means you’re going to need ideas worthy of firing up your backyard grill and inviting friends over. Not just any veggie burger will do for that Fourth of July celebration. We’ve got what you need to make this summer the coolest one yet! Just take a look at everything that grows in abundance during the balmy summer months:

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  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Basil
  • Bell peppers/sweet peppers
  • Beets
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Chickpeas
  • Chilies
  • Cilantro
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Green onions
  • Herbs
  • Huckleberries
  • Lemons
  • Lemongrass
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Marion-berries
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • New potatoes
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Plums and pluots
  • Potatoes
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Ramps
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Shelling beans
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini and other summer squash

With so much to choose from, it’s virtually impossible not to create something delicious during the dog days of summer. Of course, we’re here to help give you ideas and inspiration as well as tips and tricks to turn nature’s bounty into breakfast, dinner and everything in-between!

 

  • No Bake Cakes for Summer

    Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? These delicious cakes require no oven and much less time than your traditional cake recipes do. Plus, they’re all 100 percent vegan and sure to satisfy your taste buds for something sweet, chilly, and indulgent too! Try our favorite vegan no-bake cakes!


  • Raw Foods for Summer

    Summer is one of the best times to try more raw foods, even if you don’t go 100 percent raw. Raw foods are cooling to the body, they’re the most nutritious, purest foods on earth, and the best part is, you can make raw food prep as easy as you want to! Or, you can try some more creative recipes. Here are some to help you get started!

     


  • Mediterranean Recipes for Summer

    Looking for something hearty, healthy and still light on the tummy? A plant-based Mediterranean diet is the answer! Unlike common diets that emphasize dairy and fish, our Mediterranean recipes emphasize heart-healthy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, whole grains, and plenty of fresh fruit. Check them out!


  • Summer-Inspired Veggie Pizzas

    Pizza is a timeless classic we all love. There’s nothing like that first bite of your first slice. But meat, cheese, and other animal products used on fish can leave you both feeling heavy, sick, and possibly hinder your health (and weight). Our vegan pizza recipes aren’t only heart-healthy, but also incredibly delicious; many of them are even raw! Check out our pizza recipes here for a slice of summer fun!


  • Vegan Summer Fridge Staples

    You can’t create yummy vegan meals without some staples, right? Summer is an important time to stock your fridge with healthy, filling foods so you’re not tempted to grab something on the go, or not left to have to turn on the oven for every meal. While some pantry foods require no cooking, your fridge can become a lifesaver in the summer to store up lots of fresh, cooling foods. Here are some staples to start with.


  • Salad Meal Ideas for Summer

    Whoever says salads are boring haven’t had a hearty, filling vegan salad dressed and served the right way. Salads are like smoothies – you can put whatever you want into them to suit your tastes and appetites. Sure, things might start off with some basic ingredients, but after that the possibilities are endless. Salads are also cooling, refreshing and can optimize digestion. Check out our yummy summer salads!


  • Summer BBQ Tips for Vegans

    Just the smell of meat cooking on the grill is enough to make a vegan hang their head with dismay, but not because vegans can’t enjoy summery celebrations like BBQ’s and picnics. The sight of meat being eaten by others may be sad, but that doesn’t meat we’re going to shun our friends and celebrations because of it. Vegans can still enjoy any type of celebration, including BBQ’s and picnics. Whether you take your own side dish or learn what to enjoy from dishes already there, our tips will help you not only survive, but also thrive at summertime celebrations!