5 Summer Vegetables and What to Make With Them

Jul 23 2013 - 4:25am

Now that we're in the swing of all the season's produce, it's time to take advantage of the berries, stone fruits, and Summer vegetables at the farmers market. My current obsession with produce spans far and wide and includes vegetables like zucchini, tomatillos, and okra. Make the most of what you're seeing this season when you keep reading!

Photo: Sara Yoo

What to Buy: Zucchini Squash

Zucchini [1] — or courgettes, as they're also known — are abundant and inexpensive right now. Savor their delicate texture and flavor until the end of August.

Source: Flickr User ljcybergal [2]

What to Make: Zucchini Crostini

Meld zucchini, feta, dill, and lemon zest together for a Summer salad that takes just minutes [3].

Photo: Susannah Chen

What to Buy: Corn

Ears of white and yellow corn [4], plump with sweet baby kernels, are ripe and ready for the picking. Once they've been picked, they should be consumed as soon as possible.

Photo: Sara Yoo

What to Make: Mexican Street-Food-Style Grilled Corn

Mimic Mexico's famed elote asado [5] by grilling juicy ears of corn, then slathering them with rich crema, dried chiles, and crumbly cheese.

Photo: Sara Yoo

What to Buy: Tomatillos

They may be green and tomato-shaped, but tomatillos [6] are anything but tomatoes. These husked fruits add a citrus-like punch to Latin American dishes.

Source: Flickr user Maggie Hoffman [7]

What to Make: Mexican Salsa Verde

Eschew purchasing salsa verde [8], a staple of Mexican cooking, in favor of making it yourself at home. This version's inflected with a little heat and smokiness from chipotles in adobo.

What to Buy: Early Girl Tomatoes

There's a reason why Early Girl tomatoes [9] are a favorite of California cuisine matron Alice Waters [10]. They're usually grown using a sustainable, water-saving farming technique that fully realizes their fresh-from-the-garden juiciness.

Source: Flickr user geishaboy500 [11]

What to Make: Tomato-Mayo Sandwich

Enjoy Early Girl tomatoes at their most pure expression with one of their simplest, most unadulterated preparations [12]: atop a toasted slice of bread that's been slathered with mayonnaise and showered with sea salt.

Photo: Susannah Chen

What to Buy: Okra

Fresh okra [13] is available through early Fall; for the most tender results, select pods that are firm and not too large.

Photo: Susannah Chen

What to Make: Summer Skillet Stir-Fry

A quick and easy skillet stir-fry [14] is a light, bright way to celebrate peak-of-the-season specialties like okra, cherry tomatoes, and jalapeños.

Photo: Susannah Chen

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