Fresh Summer Recipes

by Julia Loschiavo | July 18th, 2013 | Recipes

homegrownAll summer, I’ve had the pleasure to talk with chefs who utilize fresh, local, garden-grown ingredients to create their menus. Taking inspiration from them, here are four seasonal recipes from the Think Tasty archives to add some flavors of the season to your next meal. Bonus points if your fruits and veggies are grown locally or in your own garden!

1. Simple Tomato Preparations
Tomatoes are a family favorite, easy to both find at the farmer’s market or grow at home. This article shares several ways to prepare this delicious ingredient with little effort. Learn about which flavors complement the tomato, and preparation methods from raw to grilled or broiled. Regardless of which cooking method you choose, the tomato is sure to be a delicious addition to your summer meal.

2. Peachy Cocktail Sauce
The dipping-friendly foods of summer will taste even better with this fruity cocktail sauce, using peaches to add a seasonal twist. Several of the chefs I’ve spoken with enjoy incorporating fruits into savory dishes, and this recipe is a perfect way to do so. This unexpected flavor will fit right in at your next dinner or barbecue.

3. Pineapple Mango Salsa
Pineapple . . . mango . . . two of the most summery fruits you can find. Pick some up from your local farmer’s market, and use them in this bright side dish. The pineapple and mango is a juicy, fresh combination that adds just the right amount of sweetness and acidity, while the onion and jalapeno bring enough heat to balance it out perfectly. This side dish is a great way to use the fresh fruits of the season.

4. Key Lime Tart
Few desserts sound more summery than a key lime tart, and you’ll be surprised how easy this one is to prepare. Light and refreshing, this will taste just right after the barbecue.

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