Vegan Dinner Ideas: Mid-Summer Fare

Summer tofu skillet with tomatoes and bell peppers

Mid-summer means taking advantage of the season’s produce when considering vegan dinner ideas — tomatoes, corn, peppers, bolstered by simple plant-based proteins — beans, pasta, lentils. Let’s start with Summer Tofu Skillet with Tomatoes and Bell Peppers. It’s an enticing way to showcase tofu with colorful peppers in a sauté that goes from stovetop to table quickly. Serve with a simple cooked grain or potato dish and a big fresh salad.

Chickpea tomato olive salad recipe

Pair this Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes and Basil with a simple summer pasta salad — explore these 6 Fantastic Vegan Pasta Salads for Summer. This is especially good with ripe summer tomatoes.

Cold tomato mango soup recipe

Think of this no-cook Cold Tomato-Coconut Soup as a Thai-flavored gazpacho. It’s best with lush summer tomatoes. Serve with a cold noodle dish for a quick summer meal.

French Lentil Salad by Sharon Palmer from Plant-Powered for Life

French Lentil Salad with Cherry Tomatoes makes a wonderful, protein-rich highlight of any meal. Because the flavors continue to meld, it’s also great the next day. If you want to keep your kitchen completely cool, use two 15-ounce cans organic lentils, drained well. Serve with crusty bread. And fresh corn.

Pasta salad with white beans and corn

Pasta Salad with White Beans and Corn is perfect for the season. To start the weekend, it’s a reliable offering for summer company, and easy enough for everyday meals. Serve with grilled vegetables or veggie burgers.

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