With the warmer weather comes grilling season. The simple pleasure of dining outdoors, enjoying smoky grill flavors, is a highlight of summer. It’s also a great way to add variety to meal times, even when you’re cooking for one. The range of star-studded plant-based dishes that can be made on the grill is endless, from vegan burgers and “steaks” to veggie-centric sides, succulent grilled fruits, and amazing salads. Get out the barbecue and let these summer grill recipes fire up your inspiration.

Grilled Squash and Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs

Add a wet sprig of sage or rosemary to hot coals as you grill squash and mushrooms, and watch the herb-flavored smoke make the yummiest side dish ever. Serve with a squeeze of grilled lemon.

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Carrot Dogs

No need to mess around with highly processed vegan hot dogs when you discover the culinary magic that happens when you marinate carrots and grill them.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle-Lime Rub

Once you get used to eating grilled corn sans butter, you can really taste those sweet, tender niblets. Dial up the flavor even more with this spicy-tart rub: It’s divine.

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Veggie Steaks

A tender, smoky grilled veggie steak is a great addition to any meal. Eggplant, cauliflower, butternut squash, sweet potato, and baby beets are just a few of the veggies you can have fun with.

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Grilled Watermelon and Honeydew Salad

In this mouthwatering salad, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon are soaked in vinegar, grilled, and then chilled. Chopped pistachios add crunch and fresh basil gives the salad an aromatic lift.

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Using portobello mushrooms as veggie patties is a great no-fuss solution to vegan burgers. The meaty, tender flesh soaks up the tasty ginger-garlic marinade to delicious effect.

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Grilled Peach and Blueberry Pasta Salad

Grilled peach halves, fresh blueberries, whole grain pasta, and peppery arugula come together in this stunning cold pasta salad topped with a lemon-mustard dressing.

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Mexican Veggie Burger

Add your own twist to this basic bean- and rice-based burger with additions like corn, olives, cilantro, chili, and spices. Serve on a whole grain bun or lettuce wrap, with ketchup and onion.

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Grilled Romaine Salad

With a few simple ingredients, this grilled salad with tangy cashew-cheese dressing is always a hit. If you’ve never grilled lettuce, it only takes 2 to 3 minutes, and you’ll wonder why you never did it before.

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Basic Veggie Burger Recipe

Homemade plant-based burgers are packed full of goodness and a real treat for the whole family. This is a great basic recipe you can adapt to suit your tastes and what you have on hand.

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Grilled Veggie Salad

In this nourishing summer salad, corn, red pepper, zucchini, squash, and onions are grilled over high heat and served with fresh dill and Dijon Dressing.

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Spinach, Pineapple, and Strawberry Salad

The succulent smokiness of seared pineapple adds an enchanting depth of flavor to this magnificent salad. Hint: Bookmark the strawberry dressing for when you need to jazz up another salad.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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