Summer is nearly here and there are so many delicious veggies that are in season! If you’re having trouble figuring out what to make for recipes or simply love summer veggies, this roundup is for you! Featuring summer squash, chard, green beans, eggplant, and cucumber, these recipes are all fresh and definitely summer-worthy! Don’t forget to check out these recipes and many others on our Food Monster App!
1. Summer Squash and Tomatoes
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2. Summer Squash Spice Cake
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If you are lucky enough to have a garden full of Summer Squash Spice Cake by Amy Lyons that you don’t know what to do with, this is the recipe for you! Shredded yellow squash and zucchini give this irresistible spice cake a moist texture and natural sweetness. The fluffy maple-vanilla frosting takes it to the next level! You’ll be craving this delightful summer cake all year round.
3. Grilled Baby Summer Squash
This recipe Grilled Baby Summer Squash: Two Ways by Grace Silla for includes two easy ways to make it. One is plain grilled baby squash served with a garlicky basil dip and the other serves it on skewers with other vegetables. Both options are an easy side for any summer barbecue. If you want to add more bulk to the skewers, try grilling it with tofu, tempeh, or seitan or simply serve it alongside your favorite veggie burger.
1. Carrot Cucumber Jicama Salad with Mint Tahini Dressing
This Carrot Cucumber Jicama Salad with Mint Tahini Dressing by Amy Height is simply delicious. Crunchy, hydrating and coated in a creamy minty sauce, this is salad reimagined and so much more fun. Carrots, cucumber and jicama are actually some of the best veggies to consume raw, particularly when chewed thoroughly. They have high water content and pair well with other cooked or raw foods.
2. Cucumber Seaweed Salad
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This Cucumber Seaweed Salad by Claire Ragozzino is both light and refreshing on its own, but pairs well with brown rice, toasted tofu, and big juicy slice of avocado to make it a more balanced meal. You can never go wrong with that deliciously satisfying umami taste of ume plum vinegar paired with lime and tamari.
3. Mango Cucumber Relish
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This bright and refreshing Mango Cucumber Relish by Nita Ragoonanan is the perfect topping for a variety of dishes, or even just great on chips as a snack! The mango and cucumber combine with lemon, red pepper, seasoning and a slight kick from jalapenos to create the perfect mix of sweet and spicy.
1. Blanched Chard Dolmas
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2. Mushroom and Swiss Chard Pasta with Creamy Rosè Sauce
There’s nothing like delicious pasta topped with veggies and creamy, satisfying sauce. This Mushroom and Swiss Chard Pasta with Creamy Rosè Sauce by Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman certainly checks all of those boxes! Perfectly seasoned with balanced flavors, you’ll want to make this dish again and again.
3. Swiss Chard and White Bean Grilled Sammie
This Swiss Chard and White Bean Grilled Sammie by Heather Poire is just as comforting as a grilled cheese but packed full of healthy ingredients. A grilled sandwich is so much better than one that is not and this tasty creation is the embodiment of summer comfort food perfected.
1. Grilled Eggplant Salad With Lentils and Sesame Yogurt
This Grilled Eggplant Salad With Lentils and Sesame Yogurt by Judy Moosmueller doesn’t only bring rich, earthy colors to the plate but also warming and creamy textures. Coriander and pomegranate add a little bit of zestyness and are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C.
2. Smoky Eggplant Bean Ragout
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This Smoky Eggplant Bean Ragout by Mitra Shirmohammadi is such an easy, delicious, and heartwarming dish! The smoky flavor comes from warming spices like cumin and paprika. Red chili flakes make it a bit spicy.
3. Eggplant Dip
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1. Sweet and Sour Green Beans
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Blanch these green beans before searing them in the cast-iron skillet. The resulting texture for this Sweet and Sour Green Beans by Katzie Guy-Hamilton is perfectly tender, caramelized, and delicious. Tamarind is a sweet-and-sour root commonly used in cuisines around the world, especially those known for their regional curries. Pungent sage—a medicinal herb whose literal meaning is “saved”—has been linked to mental clarity. Paired with earthy hazelnuts, this dish is proper eating—and nothing short of magic.
2. Szechuan Citrus Green Beans
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These spicy Szechuan Citrus Green Beans by Natalie Yonan are the perfect side to any Chinese dish. Fresh green beans are blanched, allowing them to retain their texture, then tossed with sesame oil, fresh herbs, and ground Szechuan pepper. They’re crisp and sweet, with just the right amount of bite!
3. Green Beans with Lemon Dressing
Source: Green Beans with Lemon Dressing
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