Recipe Roundup to Take Advantage of Summer's Freshest Produce
When summer gives you juicy and plump fruits and veggies, find ways to fit them into every meal! We've rounded up some of our favorite recipes utilizing summer's in season produce.
By Krysten Muench
When fresh produce is abundant, make the most of those plump fruits and veggies and squeeze them into every meal of the day! Summer yields a lot of sweetness in the form of peaches, melons, berries (they hit their peek in early summer, so grab them if you see them!), sweet corn and tomatoes. Sweet potatoes, summer squash, green beans and cucumber are also at peak freshness this time of year.
In southwest Missouri, farmers markets are typically bustling and open for business on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings with some operating on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check out our list of the area's best farmers markets here. Before you grab your favorite reusable shopping bag and head to the market, plan out the week's meals and write out your grocery list. To get you started, we've gathered our favorite recipes that let summer's all-star produce shine.
Swap tomatoes for your favorite fruit for an outside-the-box take on caprese salad.
Jamison Family Peach Jam
Making this jam recipe for a crowd or for yourself. It's just peachy and perfect. Recipe courtesy Ashley Jamison and the Jamison Family.
Grilled Glazed Peaches with Peach Thin Crisps
Serve warm peaches next to cold ice cream and top with a crisp. Recipe courtesy of The Food Channel.
Pair with Terrell Creek Farm chevre or a rich bleu cheese for an easy appetizer, or slather it on angel food cake for a satisfying dessert. Recipe courtesy Red Top Oven.
Peaches And Cream Cake
Fresh peaches pair with yellow cake and freshly whipped cream for the perfect summer dessert. Recipe by Robert Stricklin at The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks.
Balela Salad Recipe
Head to a farmers market for the freshest, sweetest, juiciest tomatoes. Then whip up a favorite summer salad to tame hungry tummies.
Tomato and Cantaloupe Gazpacho
Enjoy this twist on the traditional Spanish soup featuring tomato and cantaloupe.
Roasted Tomato Basil and Feta Pasta
Serve this dish warm or cold, it makes a great summertime dish to enjoy on the patio. Recipe courtesy The Food Channel.
Mushroom-Stuffed Ronde de Nice Squash
Ronde de nice squash is stuffed with mushroom, fennel, tomato and rice for a filling summer dish. Recipe by Katie Pollock Estes.
Summer Squash Casserole
Fresh summer squash, onions and basil make this dish a must during warm summer evenings. Recipe courtesy The Food Channel.
Red Berry & Blue Pies
Use the season's freshest berries and a little creativity to wow your family and friends with these festive pies. Recipe by Savannah Waszczuk.
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
The strawberries and pretzels combine to create a favorite sweet and salty flavor profile. Recipe courtesy Claudine Colvin.
Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie
Think outside the pie plate with a strawberry rhubarb slab pie. Recipe from The Food Channel.
Mixed Berry Puff Pastry
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries go into this mixed berry puff pastry. Recipe by Chef Johnson Tan of Ocean Zen.
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
Make some Strawberry Rhubarb Jam this spring. Recipe adapted by Claire Porter.
Cream Sauce Pizza with Raspberries and Arugula
This recipe is a tart and creamy take on a pizza parlor classic. Serve it as a main dish for two or alongside a salad to feed four. Recipe courtesy Weekday Weekend.
Blackberry Fig Jam
Blackberries and figs join forces to make a sweet topping for ice cream or a mouthwatering addition to a PB&J. Recipe courtesy The Order.
Pick up some fresh blueberries and make yourself a refreshingly sippable summer drink. And bonus, it's a great recipe to make with the kids!
When the weather warms up, put making this drink at the top of your list. Berries and basil combine to make a farmers market fresh sipper.
Raspberry Gin Smash
A refreshing Raspberry Gin Smash recipe from Jimmy Rollins of the Hepcat that's perfect for summer.
Blackberry Bourbon Smash
This crisp, refreshing, and satisfying drink is the perfect compliment to any season. And it's visually beautiful every day of the year.
Plucking a perfect ripe berry from the bush (and eating it while it’s still warm from the sun) makes us smile. Adding gin to the mix, even more so.
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