Make The Most Of Summer Vegetables

Make The Most Of Summer Vegetables

Sure, we love the great weather but summer wouldn't be half as delicious without fresh summer vegetables! Make the most of the season's produce with these hand picked recipes.



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.

More Avocado Recipes:

Avocado Pocket Sandwiches

Tomato, Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad

Marinated Shrimp in Avocado Halves

Sweet Pea Soup with Avocadoes and Pea Greens

Avocado Soup

Avocado Basil Chicken Breasts

Chicken Avocado Swiss Melt

Bell Peppers

Bell Pepper

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.

More Bell Pepper Recipes:

Peppers Stuffed With Corn and Crabmeat

Mushroom and Bell Pepper Chicken Breasts

Perfect Stuffed Peppers

Roast Beef and Red Pepper Sandwiches

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup with Lemon Vinaigrette

Spicy Chicken Soup with Baby Corn and Bell Peppers

Beefsteak Stir Fry with Snow Peas, Bell Peppers, Orange and Garlic



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.

More Cucumber Recipes:

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber and Dill Pasta Salad

Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Pickles

Spicy Tomato Cucumber Smoothie

Cucumber Soup

Ginger Cucumber Salad with Scallops



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!

More Eggplant Recipes:

Mini Eggplant Pizzettes

Mediterranean Eggplant Casserole

Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Goat Cheese

Scalloped Eggplant

Spicy Eggplant with Caramelized Onions

Eggplant Stuffed with Mushrooms

Eggplant and Feta Pita



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.

More Mushroom Recipes:

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushroom Turkey Burgers

Mushroom-Baked Sole

Lamb Chops in Mushroom-Rosemary Wine Sauce

Beef and Mushrooms

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup



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

Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Palomilla Steak with Onions

Garlic French Onion Soup

Italian Tomato and Onion Salad

Roasted Onion Potatoes

Delicious Homemade Vodka Sauce

Baked Stuffed Onions with Spinach Feta



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.

More Radish Recipes:

New Potato, Fennel and Radish Salad

Tilapia with Cucumber Radish Relish 

Black Bean and Radish Burgers

Mediterranean Tuna and Radish Salad

Feta Radish Spread

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

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

Sweet Corn Noodle Soup

Salmon Ceviche with Sweet Corn Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn Casserole

Grilled Corn Succotash

Sweet Corn Tomalito



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.

More Tomato Recipes:

Broiled Herb Tomatoes

Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes

Green Salad with Mozzarella and Tomatoes

Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Deviled Tomatoes



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.

More Zucchini Recipes:

Zucchini Cheese Squares

Zucchini Boats

Baked Zucchini Cheddar Casserole

Summer Parmesan Zucchini

Zucchini Marinara

Herbed Zucchini

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Summer Vegetable Stew


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Reviews (1)

  • Loved this article and printed out several new recipes to try.
    Thank you so much, keep up the good work.
    Robert in Olive Hill, Ky

    Flag as inappropriate Rob068  |  July 27, 2009

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