Summer means time for outdoor farmers markets and gorgeous produce. There are two reasons I prefer to shop for seasonal produce: it’s always cheaper and fresher! When the crops are overflowing in the summer months, the farmers are ready to get them to you for a less expensive price. The produce being grown right in that peak season is also fresher because it is meant to be grown in that specific climate and weather. Even if you’re doing your regular grocery shopping at the store, this will give you an idea of what will be overflowing the farmers market stands and what will hopefully even be on sale! Here are a few of my favorite items in season this summer with a few recipe ideas for each of them from my food blog, Gourmet Gab.
Arugula: If you’re a fan of a sweet and savory combination, peppery arugula is something to incorporate into your meals. I love pairing arugula with cantaloupe, prosciutto and a vinaigrette. I posted this recipe years ago, but it’s still such a favorite.
Avocados: I could eat avocados on basically anything and everything! They are loaded with healthy fats, so I will take any opportunity to get nourishment from this produce. Make your own trendy avocado toast at home topped with poached eggs this summer.
Berries: Whether it’s blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries, you can find me snacking on these fruits all summer long! Buy them by the pint at the market and use them in smoothies, or even indulge your sweet tooth with these Blackberry Cheesecake Fudge Brownies.
Corn: Sweet corn is something I could eat raw! Sometimes before I cook it, I take a few bites and love when the kernels pop in my mouth. I used frozen fire roasted corn in this Southwest Kale Salad, but I cannot wait to make it with fresh sweet corn from the market.
Cucumbers: This produce item is so versatile and inexpensive. I love having cucumbers on hand to toss in salads for lunch, like this Chicken, Dill and Blue Cheese Salad, or use in a refreshing summer drink (or cocktail). Honey Cucumber Lemonade is a family favorite that puts cucumbers to good use.
Sweet Peppers: Red, green, yellow and orange peppers add color and crunch to summer meals. I buy a variety of peppers to chop up in salads, snack on with hummus or even make Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Peppers.
Tomatoes: During the summer I could drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle salt, and crack fresh black pepper over sliced tomatoes and be a happy woman. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate fresh tomatoes, try this Lox and Toast with Pesto for breakfast.
Watermelon: This iconic summer fruit makes me think of pool parties and summer picnics. Try a new twist on the fruit and blend it into these Watermelon Rosé Margaritas. They are the most refreshing twist on a margarita for summer!
Hope you enjoy the summer produce this season and use it in a few new recipes.