Vegetarian Mains

These rich, meatless main dishes give vegetarians a serious reason to dust off the grill this season.

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Meatless Mains for Summer

Grilled meat doesn't have to be the centerpiece of a great summer meal. Try any of these fresh and filling vegetarian main dishes that are sure to steal the show at your next summer party.

Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Cool, light and loaded with fresh vegetables, this salad makes a perfect summer meal. Nutty buckwheat noodles and tangy dressing make it rich and satisfying, too. The dressing can be made a day ahead and chilled — just give it a good shake before serving.

Get the Recipe: Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing

Grilled Eggplant-Chickpea Wraps

The Middle Eastern staples eggplant and chickpeas plus a garlicky yogurt sauce give oomph to these simple vegetarian wraps. Be sure to get a good char on the eggplant and use ripe, juicy summer tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Chickpea Wraps

Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Israeli Couscous and Olives

Summer means steak on the grill, even if you are going meatless. Wrapping cauliflower rubbed with harissa (a North African spiced chile paste) in foil before you grill it helps it become tender quickly, but it still chars nicely right through the foil.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Israeli Couscous and Olives

Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Chile Tacos

Mildly spicy Cubanelle chiles are just the right size to stuff with cheese and fold into warm corn tortillas. They take only a few minutes to char on the grill alongside tomatoes and onions that go into a chunky salsa.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Chile Tacos

Grilled Shiitake and Tofu Banh Mi

A banh mi, the popular Vietnamese hero sandwich, with its tangy cucumber salad and spicy mayonnaise, is generally piled high with meat or fish. Sub in meaty shiitakes and tofu, slathered with a hoisin marinade, to make it banh-meatless. Pressing the liquid out of the tofu firms it up and keeps it from sticking to the grill.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shiitake and Tofu Banh Mi

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