Summer Recipes: Eating Seasonally

Summer is only a few weeks away, and with it comes a new batch of crops that are in season. Eating produce that’s in season benefits you and the environment in countless ways.

The produce tastes better, it’s more affordable, contains more nutrients, is less likely to become contaminated due to limited travel, corresponds with your body’s natural needs and supports local farming which in turn reduced taxing transportation costs to the environment.

According to the USDA, here are the foods in season during the summer:

Vegetables:
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Okra
  • Summer Squash and Zucchini
Fruits:
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

With so many delicious options to choose from, summer recipes are fun and delicious. Here are some of my top picks.

Tesco’s Mozzarella, Peach and Tomato Salad

Don’t knock this till you try it. Peach and tomato make a surprisingly yummy duo.

The Garden Grazer’s Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Bell peppers function as a much healthier and possibly tastier vehicle for all of your taco fixings.

The Blond Cook’s Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber tomato salad always was a staple in my household. It’s refreshing, tangy and slightly sweet. Perfect for the hot summer months.

Deliciously Ella’s Pesto Butter (Lima) Bean Salad

Personally, I can eat lima beans plain for days, but if you need to dress them up a bit, this is the perfect way.

Fannetastic Foods’s Avocado Toast

Get creative with your daily Avo-toast!

Flavor and Savour’s Prawn Mango Avocado Salad with Lemon-Lime Dressing

Get your seafood fix and two seasonal foods all in one meal.

Neurotic Mommy’s Balsamic Berry Vegan Grilled Cheese

A wonderful and truly decadent vegan summer indulgence.

THFH’s Zucchini Noodles with Spinach and Tomatillo Sauce

Another powerhouse summer produce recipe. This one is surprisingly simple with only a handful of ingredients, as well.

Homegrown Provision’s Watermelon Poke Bowls

Watermelon is a delicious substitute for classic poke. Bonus: add seaweed on top of the watermelon for an out of this world flavor combination.

As you can see eating seasonally isn’t difficult if you make the effort. Now, get cooking once summer comes around and try some of these recipes!

Cover image via Saveur


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