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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.