Helloooo, summer!

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I hope you all have had wonderful summers so far — can you believe it’s almost JULY?! In the spirit of Independence Day cookouts and weekend picnics, I bring you this round-up of colorfully enticing summer recipes!

Grilled Pineapple Black Bean & Jicama Salad from Lively Table 

My mouth is watering at this recipe! Crunchy, refreshing jicama plus super sweet grilled pineapple, protein-rich beans and zippy lime and cilantro. So simple, so perfect. This just may be your new summer go-to dish.

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Grilled Tofu Spring Rolls from A Cozy Kitchen

I have a serious love for fresh spring rolls and could eat them every day. These grilled tofu rolls are perfect for a summer picnic because they’re refreshing, contain protein + veggies, and they carry well.

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BBQ Seitan Skewers from Vegan Yack Attack

Jackie lets us in on a little secret—if you want seitan that looks like steak, use black beans in the dough! Making seitan is really quite simple; if you haven’t tried it out yet, you totally should.

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Smoky Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Apple Slaw from Dishing Out Health

These patties are held together with flaxseed and quinoa and are hearty enough not to fall apart when grilling. Plus, the citrus-y slaw with fresh cilantro is ultra refreshing.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns from Snacking in Sneakers

If you’re an overachiever and want to make everything from scratch, try this recipe to make hamburger buns in under an hour!

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Grilled Corn with Sriracha Aioli from Minimalist Baker

I’ve been drooling over this recipe for days. It just looks and sounds so darn delicious. I mean, look:

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Best Dang Vegan BBQ Baked Beans from Brand New Vegan

Who said slow cookers are only for the winter? Sure, making baked beans from scratch is an all-day process but the flavor is oh-so-worth-it!

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Fingerling Potato Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Vinaigrette from The Clever Carrot

This recipe is super simple but that’s why I love it. I’m not into creamy salads and this one is so perfect, dressed in sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil — just what the taste buds ordered.

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Mango Mojito from Vegan Richa

Getting a little parched from all that delicious food? Wash it down with a fruity beverage! Add some rum if you’re into that or keep it virgin and enjoy the refreshment of mango, mint and lime on a hot summer day.

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Red, White and Blue Vegan Watermelon Cake from Abbey’s Kitchen

OK, how genius (and cute) is this cake?! Juicy watermelon “cake” covered in coconut yogurt “frosting” and decorated with antioxidant-rich berries plus some shredded coconut and almonds for a little crunch. Have your cake and eat it too!

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Vegan Nectarine Upside-Down Cake from Yup It’s Vegan

And because I’ve been eating so many perfectly ripe nectarines lately, I had to include this recipe. Made with spelt flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar and warming spices, this cake is sure to satisfy your summery sweet tooth.

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What’s on your holiday weekend menu? Have any favorite picnic eats you care to share?

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