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9 Light & Refreshing Vegan Recipes for Summer


Ahhhh, summer. What is it that makes so many of us think of summer as a time of rest and rejuvenation, even if we work the whole summer through?

The truth is, summer is exactly as special as we make it. And after a few years of fewer-than-usual gatherings, a lot of us are ready to spend time outside with the people we love.

Pacific Foods is declaring that this summer (and every summer hereafter) is a time for rest, rejuvenation, and reconnection. And all of those things require nutrient-rich foods, made into the most tempting dishes possible.

With this bold aim in mind, we had our work cut out for us in selecting the nine most light and refreshing vegan summer recipes. We think you’ll agree that we succeeded.

Vegan Summer Recipes:

Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho

This soup is a labor of love (but with more love than labor). Tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers make up the base, and all of the flavors pop when you add basil and chives. This recipe is made much easier by the addition of Pacific Foods Organic Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth.

Served cold, this soup works great at an outdoor summer gathering. It makes for a delicious side for vegans and non-vegans alike.

See the full recipe: Summer Gazpacho

Instant Pot® End-of-Summer Soup

Instant Pot® End-Of-Summer Soup

The Instant Pot® truly does make the preparation of soups and so many other dishes so much easier. You might want to save this harvest-time soup for Labor Day, as it’s truly the perfect late summer lunch or dinner. It also works great as a side with just about any sandwich you can imagine.

See the full recipe: Instant Pot® End-of-Summer Soup

Vegan Instant Pot® Jackfruit Tacos

Vegan Instant Pot® Jackfruit Tacos

Featuring paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and Sriracha sauce, this recipe really packs a wallop! Despite having lots of ingredients, this recipe is easier than it looks thanks to the use of an Instant Pot® and Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable Broth.

View the recipe: Vegan Instant Pot Jackfruit Tacos

Pineapple Raspberry and Coconut Popsicles

Pineapple Raspberry and Coconut Popsicles

Sometimes, we just need a cool treat to beat the summer heat. This yummy popsicle recipe will do just the trick. The sweet coconut and maple syrup cut the tart taste of the raspberries and pineapple for a perfectly tropical and delightful snack.

See the full recipe: Pineapple Raspberry and Coconut Popsicles

Vegan Chilaquiles

Vegan Chilaquiles

This vegan chilaquiles recipe is at least as good as the traditional version. It combines Pacific Foods Organic Vegetable Broth with onions, garlic, fire-roasted tomatoes, and more, and it’s served over tortilla chips. It’s great for a meal or a special snack.

View the recipe: Vegan Chilaquiles

Summer Tomato Pasta

Summer Tomato Pasta

As published, this recipe features Pacific Foods Organic Free-Range Chicken Broth, but it’s just as good when made with Pacific Foods Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth. Make sure you substitute a vegan parmesan, and you’ll have family and friends asking for seconds.
This makes an excellent main dish or side, and it’s appropriate for lunch or dinner.

See the full recipe: Summer Tomato Pasta

Peach Pitaya Tahini Smoothie AKA The Endless Summer Smoothie

Peach Pitaya Tahini Smoothie AKA The Endless Summer Smoothie

Here’s one you should only serve to guests if you’re okay with them asking for it on every future visit. Packed with luscious seasonal fruits, and made with Pacific Foods Organic Unsweetened Soy Original Plant-Based Beverage, this smoothie is thick and creamy, but also refreshing!

See the full recipe: Endless Summer Smoothie

Dairy-Free Cheesecake Bites with Summer Berries

Dairy-Free Cheesecake Bites with Summer Berries

These little treats are as fun to make as they are to eat! If you’ve got kids in your life or friends who are up for a project, make these as a group in the afternoon and put them in the freezer. Four to six hours later, they’re ready to enjoy.

See the full recipe: Dairy-Free Cheesecake Bites with Summer Berries

Vegan Spring Roll Recipe With Ginger Curry Dipping Sauce

Vegan Spring Rolls with Ginger Curry Dipping Sauce

If you’re looking for a dish with a splashy presentation, look no further. These vegan spring rolls are as delicious as they are gorgeous. The ginger curry dipping sauce is made with Pacific Foods super creamy organic cashew carrot ginger soup.

View the recipe: Vegan Spring Roll Recipe With Ginger Curry Dipping Sauce

Refreshing Food Made With Wholesome Ingredients

This summer, and every summer from here on out, let’s focus on choosing the foods best suited to nurture ourselves and our loved ones. At Pacific Foods, we are proud of our commitment to organic, non-GMO and quality ingredients. Try our pantry staples for yourself by checking out our products.