It’s that time of year when I always start to feel a little nostalgic that the  summer is passing by so quickly — and with it comes a desperation to eat as many tomatoes, peaches, and watermelon as is humanly possible while they’re still around! There are certain fruits and vegetables that are only good in the summertime because the winter versions pale in comparison — and the good thing about peak of season produce is that it’s naturally so sweet and juicy that all it needs is a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of salt, or a sprinkling of herbs to bring out all that flavor. Click through the slides for the 10 ingredients you should be devouring right now, plus our favorite recipe ideas for using them up. Head to the farmer’s market this weekend to stock up… then let’s all just pretend that this summer is going to last forever, shall we?

featured image by mikkel vang for this gorgeous story in domino


Corn

try it in:

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Serrano & Corn Salad

Sriracha Street Corn on the Cob

(plus 10 incredible corn recipes you’ve got to peruse!


Tomatoes

try it in:

Caprese Pesto Penne Pasta

Heirloom Tomato Toast

Roasted Potato Salad with Fennel, Tomatoes, & Asparagus

BLT Brunch Frittata

(plus these 10 tomato recipes that make us wish summer lasted all year!)


Eggplant

try it in:

Marinated Eggplant & Tomato Crostini

Miso Glazed Eggplant

(also check out these 10 incredible eggplant recipes!)


Okra

try it in:

Okra with Walnuts & Cherry Tomatoes

(also click through our ultimate okra recipe roundup!)


Cucumbers

try it in:

Cucumber & Pineapple Shrimp Tacos

Mango & Cucumber Noodle Salad

Steak Salad with Radishes & Cucumbers

Cucumber Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette & Chili Oil


Basil

try it in:

Basil Limeade

Basil Pesto & 6-Minute Egg on Toast

Blueberry Peach Mojito with Basil


Cherries

try it in:

Cherry Almond Tart

Golden Beet & Cherry Salad

(plus 10 incredible cherry desserts right here!)


Zucchini

try it in:

Zucchini Noodle Pesto Pasta

Fettucini with Zucchini Ribbons

Zucchini with Roasted Tomatoes & Arugula

Turkey Koftas with Zucchini Ribbons & Chimichurri


Watermelon

try it in:

Watermelon Poké Bowl

Kale, Avocado, & Watermelon Salad

Tequila Infused Watermelon Pops

(and 20 great watermelon recipes to try right now!)


Green Beans

try it in:

Green Bean “Fries” with Parmesan

Green Bean & Avocado Quinoa Salad

Green Bean & Shishito Pepper Salad


Blackberries

try it in:

Summer Berry Ice Cream Cake

Almond & Blackberry Cream Pavlova

Spinach Blackberry Salad


Peach

try it in:

Peach, Ginger, & Mint Slushie

Peach & Blueberry Crumble with Gingersnap Crust

Griddled Peaches with Honey Goat Cheese

Peachberry Shortbread Ice Cream Sandwiches

7 comments
  1. 1
    Karin | July 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    A very useful and lovely gallery of recipes and ideas.

    Reply
  2. 2
    Kelly | July 29, 2016 at 2:33 am

    Great recipes! I saved some just to try this weekend.

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  3. 3
    Molly | July 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Had the cucumber shrimp tacos last night – so easy, so good!

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    • Camille Styles | July 30, 2016 at 1:10 pm

      so thrilled to hear that! those are definitely some of my faves.

      Reply
  4. 4
    Bellewether | July 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I loved the gallery! Most of the recipes are now in my food-related Pinboard 🙂

    Reply
  5. 5
    Lucy | August 3, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Lovely recipes 🙂 So fresh and healthy; I’ll be trying some of these asap!
    Life inside the Locket

    Reply
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