July Produce Guide
This is the season we wait all year for, the time of plenty. Our gardens, local famers markets, and supermarket produce sections are filled with glorious choices.
If July isn't National Zucchini Month, it should be, right? If you garden, you might be regretting that decision to plant more than a couple zucchini plants, as each one produces enough zucchini to feed a family of four. No worries! We have you covered with dozens of recipes for zucchini and summer squash.
Look for tomatoes of all sorts—gorgeously striped and colorful heirlooms, big beefsteak tomatoes for burgers, and bite-sized cherry, Sungold, and pear tomatoes.
We have cucumbers for pickling, for salads, and even more making drinks! As well as yellow, white, and mixed corn. What's your favorite way to cook corn? For me it's grilling if the grill is on, or microwaving if I'm only cooking one.
July actually is National Blueberry Month, officially (sorry zucchini), according to the USDA. So enjoy them now in pies, slumps, and your morning cereal.
While apricots and cherries peak in June, July is the month for nectarines, peaches, pluots, and plums. Ever had a pluot? They're a cross between a plum and an apricot. Delicious! They come in all different varieties, Dapple Dandy is my favorite.
Finally summer just isn't summer without watermelon, right? Have you ever tried sprinkling melon slice with a little salt? It's a trick my dad taught me and now I'm addicted!
Scroll down for recipe ideas!
Summer Squash: Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Have more zucchini than you know what to do with? Make zucchini bread! This Chocolate Zucchini Bread is rich, moist, and has a tender crumb. It's made with cocoa powder for extra chocolate intensity.
Summer Squash: Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté
This Cheesy Summer Squash Sauté is our family stand-by side veggie dish all summer long. It's so easy to make, cooks up in minutes. Summer squash is sautéed with bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and served with melted cheddar cheese.
Summer Squash: Taco-Stuffed Zucchini Boats
There's never a shortage of zucchini in summer, but there's often a shortage of good ways to use it. Turn your zukes into boats and stuff 'em with ground beef, queso fresco and diced peppers.
Tomatoes: Tomato, Onion, Avocado Salad
This Tomato Onion Avocado Salad makes for a beautiful presentation for a summer gathering. Fresh sliced tomatoes, red onions, and avocado are seasoned Italian style with oregano, parsley, garlic, olive oil, and wine vinegar.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
Tomatoes: Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic
Quick and easy midweek dinner! Chicken thighs are baked with fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and rosemary.
Corn: Grilled Corn on the Cob
No need to soak your corn on the cob, or give it any special treatment before grilling. The secret to the easiest grilled corn? Grill it as is, husks on. Read more on why this works.
Corn: Caprese Corn Salad
Fresh corn and tomato salad with fresh corn, garden tomatoes, basil, Mozzarella, scallions and a vinaigrette.
Cucumbers: Bread and Butter Pickles
Like sweet pickles? These sweet sliced cucumber Bread and Butter pickles are easy to make and are perfect for sandwiches and burgers.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
Cucumbers: Tomato Cucumber Feta Salad
Simple cherry and pear tomato Greek salad with cucumbers, feta cheese, shallots, mint, and oregano.
Berries: Blueberry Slump
Too hot to turn on the oven? Make a Blueberry Slump! This classic New England dessert is made on the stovetop with blueberries and steamed dumplings. Great way to beat the heat!
Berries: Blueberry Crumb Bars
Don't feel like fussing with pie but still want a blueberry treat? These crumb bars with their jammy sweet berry filling will do the job!
Stone Fruit: Plum Galette
Rustic tarts are like pies but with much less hassle! This bright and beautiful galette is made with tart plums and pluots. You could use firm yellow peaches or nectarines too.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
Stone Fruit: Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Peaches
Got your grill on? Put some peaches on the grill for a quick and easy side for pork or chicken.
Melons: Watermelon Salad with Cotija, Jicama, and Lime
South of the border spin on watermelon salad! With fresh watermelon, jicama, cilantro, and cotija cheese.
Melons: Prosciutto, Melon, and Mozzarella
Prosciutto-wrapped melon with Mozzarella cheese, a perfect summertime appetizer! Prosciutto di Parma, honeydew and cantaloupe melons, and fresh cherry-size Mozzarella cheese.