Seasonal Summer Produce and Some Tasty Recipes

June is here and the official start to Summer is around the corner. Not only is Summer a lush, green, sunshine-filled time for us when we spend more time outdoors and have more energy thanks to that sunny Vitamin D, it is also a fantastic time for colorful, healthy produce! Eating seasonally is not only ideal for eating fresh, robust-flavored produce, but it is also healthier, saves money, and more!

OVERALL BENEFITS OF EATING SEASONALLY

  • MORE FLAVOR: Flavor is sacrificed when produce is picked before it is fully ripe. If your produce is coming from across the US or another country, it is picked too early and then packed up to travel, oftentimes sprayed with chemicals to prevent ripening when on-the-move.
  • MORE NUTRIENT-DENSE: When produce is picked before it’s ripe (in order for it to travel long distances,) the nutrients do not fully develop in the flesh of the fruit. When picked too early, they don’t have the sun to grow them into their full nutrient potential, which limits their full health benefits.
  • SAVES $: Produce in season is more abundant, so it is less per pound in the store. If you are buying produce that is out of season, it comes from a long distance and has added cost for the travel or measures taken to grow it locally in a greenhouse during off-seasons.
  • COMMUNITY: buying seasonally is most likely also buying local. That is a great way to support local CSAs, Farmer’s, and businesses.

SUMMER’S SEASONAL PRODUCE LIST

HERBS, SPICES/PEPPERS, + GREENS

BASIL

ARUGULA

PURSLANE

BUTTER LETTUCE

Butter lettuce is amazing to use as a wrap for tacos or as a low-carb bread alternative in so many circumstances!

SPINACH

JALAPENO PEPPERS

FRUITS

BERRIES: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, + Cherries

STONE FRUITS: Peaches, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums

For info on the many health benefits of peaches, check out my blog

I love adding stone fruits to my salads, so using peach slices in a simple chicken salad is a fantastic way to change-it-up and add a dose of seasonal produce to a meal.

 

 

 

MELONS: Cantaloupe, Honeydew, + Watermelon

For plenty of refreshing watermelon recipes like grilled watermelon-feta salad, watermelon salsa, watermelon sorbet, and more, check out the health benefits blog for the summertime melon

 

 

 

 

ORANGES

FIGS

AVOCADOS

VEGGIES

CORN

Try my healthier take on Elotes for a great corn recipe this summer!

CAULIFLOWER

BELL PEPPERS

BROCCOLI

PADRON PEPPERSS

CUCUMBERS

GREEN BEANS + LONG BEANS

OKRA

 

RADISHES

I use radishes ALL of the time, but 2 of the more creative recipes using my favorite watermelon radishes are:

 

 

SUMMER SQUASH

ZUCCHINI

TOMATOES + TOMATILLOS

This easy to make instant pot recipe is a great #tacotuesday summer dish: Chicken Verde

CELERY

FENNEL

Seriously Tasty Summer Salads

My Seriously Tasty Summer Salads

Summer produce is in full effect! Take advantage of the colorful, nutritious food that is readily available and seasonal right now and make one bowl wonderful salads like these! Check out the Summer Produce List I wrote with even more recipes linked!

These 6 salads are my ultimate go-to’s for a variety of flavors throughout the summer season!

 

GRILLED BALSAMIC STEAK SUMMER SALAD

FOR THE RECIPE

WATERMELON-FETA SUMMER SALAD

FOR THE RECIPE

ASIAN CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD WITH CARROT-GINGER DRESSING

FOR THE RECIPE

SOBA NOODLE SESAME SALAD

FOR THE RECIPE

SMOKED TROUT SALAD WITH CREAMY LEMON DRESSING

FOR THE RECIPE

HEIRLOOM TOMATO + CHERRY SALAD WITH A SIMPLE LEMON DRESSING

Makes 2-3 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large Heirloom tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup Heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup cherries, halved
  • 2 cups micro greens or watercress
  • 1/3 cup Boursin cheese, forked into the salad

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt + pepper

TO MAKE:

  1. Plate all of the ingredients and mix the salad ingredients in a small bowl

Summer Peach Panzanella Salad

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups organic heirloom tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup organic peaches, chopped
  • 3 slices whole grain gluten free bread, brushed with olive oil, grilled in a pan, and chopped into cubes
  • 1/4 cup organic basil, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 cup cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix it all in a bowl and voila!