Whether you get fresh produce from your garden, the farmers market, or at the grocery store, the last thing you want is for it to spoil before you can use it. We’ve gathered eight easy and delicious recipes you can make whenever you have extra fruits and veggies at home.
1. Have berries? Make a Double Berry Galette.
A galette is a rustic, free-form tart that’s usually filled with fruit. It’s the perfect pastry to make when you have extra blueberries and raspberries. Fill the crust with the berries, bake, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
2. Have cucumbers? Make Cucumber, Lime & Mint Spa Quicksicles.
Warmer days call for refreshing frozen treats and there’s nothing more refreshing than the combination of cucumber, mint, and lime. Picture yourself at your favorite spa while you enjoy this cool, relaxing treat.
3. Have lettuce or greens? Make Jerk Chicken Salad.
Sweet, savory, fresh, crunchy, filling—everything you want in a salad. The mix of the pineapple, grilled chicken, black beans, bell pepper, onion, and bacon adds a unique flavor to the dish that’s served over a bed of crisp romaine lettuce.
4. Have strawberries? Make a Strawberry Crunch Cake.
Ever want to make a cake for no reason? This recipe, filled with fresh strawberries, is perfect for that type of occasion. The cake uses homemade Strawberry Ice Cream and sweet wafer cookies to recreate the flavors of strawberry shortcake.
5. Have sweet peppers? Make Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas.
Whether you have red or green bell peppers, or a little bit of both, they’ll take center stage in this Tex-Mex favorite. And you can cook it in just over 15 minutes in the microwave!
6. Have tomatoes? Make a Grilled Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Flatbread.
Turn this classic pairing into a delicious flatbread. It’s great for the summer when tomatoes are at their peak. Make a 5-Minute Dough and grill it to get the best flavor. Then, add the toppings for a quick and easy meal.
7. Have watermelons? Make Grilled Watermelon Lettuce Wraps.
Grilling fruits like watermelon caramelizes their natural sugars and makes their flavor more intense and slightly smoky. The elevated flavor from the watermelon pairs well with the fresh mint and cucumbers. It’s a great appetizer for summer parties!
8. Have green beans? Make a Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad.
Practice your blanching and shocking skills with this hearty salad. The veggie-filled meal calls for green beans, corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and more. You can customize the salad by adding any other veggies you have on hand.
Did you try any of these? Leave us a review on the recipe page and let us know what you thought!
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This post has been updated since its original publication in July, 2015.