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What to Do With All That Fresh Produce

Whether you harvest fruits and veggies from your backyard garden or go wild at your local farmers market, the last thing you want to do is let all that delicious seasonal produce spoil before you can use it. Here are 11 easy recipes you can make to ensure that won’t happen!

Have berries? Make Dulce de Leche Bites

A cool and creamy dulce de leche filling contrasts wonderfully with a crisp and flaky phyllo shell, and it’s all garnished with juicy, fresh berries.

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Dulce de Leche Bites  

Have cucumbers? Make Tangy Gazpacho Cucumber Cups

It’s the flavor of summer in one delicious bite! Create a little well in thick slices of cucumber and fill it with a finely chopped mixture of tomato, green bell pepper, onion, basil, and garlic.

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Gazpacho Cucumber Cups  

Have lettuce/greens? Make Jerk Chicken Salad

Sweet, savory, fresh, crunchy, filling…everything you want in a salad is here, thanks to the unique mix of pineapple, grilled chicken, black beans, bell pepper, onion, and bacon, all served over a bed of crisp romaine lettuce.

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Jerk Chicken Salad  

Have melon? Make Melon Salad with Orange-Lime Dressing

The easiest (and most delicious) way to use up cantaloupe and honeydew melons is to make a fruit salad! This melon salad is topped with a yummy lime, orange, vanilla dressing. So, so good.

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Melon Salad with Orange-Lime Dressing  

Have onions? Make Grilled Mushroom & Onion Basket

There aren’t many side dishes better than a heaping helping of fresh grilled vegetables. This mix of caramelized onion, tomato, and mushrooms is topped with cool goat cheese crumbles.

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Grilled Mushroom & Onion Basket  

Have strawberries? Make Strawberry Bruschetta

This is a sweet take on the classic Italian favorite, combining fresh chopped strawberries, toasted sliced almonds, and a sweet cream cheese spread. Better double up on this one!

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Strawberry Bruschetta  

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 classic Mexican favorite. Bonus…this version is done in just over 15 minutes, start to finish.

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Rush Hour Chicken Fajitas  

Have tomatoes? Make Grilled Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes

Fill scooped-out tomatoes with a mixture of orzo, green onions, prepared pesto, and feta cheese, then toss them (actually, place them gently) on the grill until they just begin to char. It’s a perfect dish to make when you have an abundance of tomatoes.

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Grilled Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes  

Have watermelons? Make Watermelon & Peach Salsa with Cayenne Chips

Is there a better combination of flavors than sweet and spicy? Fresh watermelon and peach combine with jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice for a unique take on the classic snack. Dig in with easy homemade cayenne chips for an extra kick.

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Watermelon & Peach Salsa  

Have green beans? Make Citrus-Spiked Bean Salad

Nothing beats biting into a freshly blanched green bean. These beans are mixed with julienned carrots and thin sliced red bell pepper, and then tossed in tangy lemon honey vinaigrette. It’s a perfect anytime side dish.

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Citrus-Spiked Bean Salad  

3 Responses to What to Do With All That Fresh Produce

  1. Buffy August 1, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    How do we get to the 11 recipes? There is no link, just the opener and an unlinked picture.

    • Pampered Chef August 1, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      Hi Buffy, The recipes (and links to them) are all listed in the article. You can get the recipes either by clicking on the ‘get the recipe’ links or on the pictures themselves.

  2. Darla May 11, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    These look amazing. Can’t wait to try these recipes.

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