Make The Most Of Summer Vegetables
The soft creamy texture of avocadoes in the summer have us hooked. And just like the state of California, we can't get enough! Add sliced avocado to salads, tacos and even salsa for creamy taste of summer that won't disappoint.
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We love bell peppers for their vibrant colors and nutritional content. Adding fresh bell pepper to salads, pastas and casseroles will add a colorful crunch to the entire dish. Try our favorite Three Cheeses and Red Bell Pepper Pasta or a Bell Pepper Salad to highlight fresh summer bell peppers.
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Ever heard the saying "cool as a cucumber"? This phrase refers to the refreshing cool crunch cucumbers provide in the blazing heat of summer. Cucumbers come in all sorts of varieties from around the world including English cucumbers and East Asian Cucumbers. Whatever variety you choose, cool down with a batch of Cool Cucumber Pasta or a fresh Cucumber Salad.
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Often overlooked, eggplant is one of our favorite summer vegetables. Some of the more popular eggplant dishes include Eggplant Parmesan or Easy Eggplant Lasagna but this summer vegetable's versatility lends itself to much more than that. Also called aubergines, bake them in a casserole or add sliced eggplant to your next pasta dish!
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Mushrooms are probably the most versatile of our summer vegetable collection. You can grill them, bake them, saute them. You can add them to omelettes, burgers, casseroles, tarts, quiches...the sky is the limit! Not to mention, with wild mushrooms in seasons, there are tons and tons of varieties of mushrooms to go around. This summer, try out a Wild Mushroom Risotto or a French-Italian Mushroom Tart.
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While onions are available all year long, red onions are most popular in the summer. Embellish your salads and sandwiches with red onions (make Ham, Swiss and Red Onion Melts) or perfect the art of the onion with the following recipes for yellow and white onions.
More Onion Recipes: Green Beans with Caramelized Onions
We think radishes are underrated. With their beautiful reddish purple skin and crisp white tasty interior, these little summer gems don't get enough credit! The "ruby" of summer produce, we suggest slicing radishes to serve over leafy greens or even in a pasta salad.
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Summer might as well be called "the season of sweet corn" in our books because this natural sugar-packing veggie packs a delicious punch! Also referred to as Indian corn or sugarcorn, you can grill it and serve it plain or add it to a tasty Summer Sweet Corn Salad.
More Sweet Corn Recipes: Grilled Corn on the Cob
Even though tomatoes are popular in dishes all year long, tomatoes are at their peak of freshness in the summer. There has been controversy over whether or not tomatoes are a fruit or a vegetable but many of its savory applications seem to indicate the tomato qualifies as a vegetable. So get rid of your canned tomatoes and enjoy a fresh made pasta sauce or some homemade Spicy Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Chili and Fresh Basil.
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The green color of the zucchini contains many nutrients that make this tasty summer vegetable a must on your summer menus. Referred to as a courgette in French, the zucchini is actually part of the summer squash family. For a unique way to prepare this delicious summer veggie, try Zucchini with Thyme and White Wine.
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Summer Vegetable Recipes