Farmers' market recipes for July
These collections are special.
You see, most monthly lists grab recipes where the main ingredient is in season, but overlook that several supporting ingredients are not. I admit, it drives me crazy! Pull out my hair kind of crazy.
If I am going to take the time to go to the farmers market, I want to make use of everything they have to offer.
So I put together my own collection – recipes you can make this month. These recipes all use ingredients that are in-season for July (or available at high quality year-round, like lemons or limes), and have a creative spin on the ingredients.
Let's start off with some July appetizer recipes
Smashed blackberry and goat cheese toasts - recipe from Wry Toast
Crisp zucchini bites with garlic aioli dip - recipe by Natasha's Kitchen
Spicy harissa shrimp and watermelon bites - recipe by Rhubarbarians
Muhammara (roasted red pepper dip) - recipe by The Mediterranean Dish
Apricot habanero jam - recipe by Prairie Californian
Make this right when hot peppers start showing up in July, which is near the end of apricot season. A great way to use up all of those ripe apricots then enjoy later in the year.
Next up: salads for July
Grilled peach, corn, and zucchini salad with lemon-basil vinaigrette - recipe by The Simple Veganista
Fig and halloumi salad with balsamic fig dressing - recipe by Amuse Your Bouche
Eggplant and caramelized onion grain salad grapes and walnut dressing - recipe by Whole Bite Blog
We tend to think of grapes as a fall crop, but they actually start showing up in June, and last well past the end of eggplant season.
Purple kale, aubergine (eggplant), and blackberry salad - recipe by Green Kitchen Stories
Heirloom tomato salad with green beans and chevre - recipe by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Kale salad with cherries, pistachios and grilled flank steak - recipe by So Let's Hang Out
Almond-crusted goat cheese, fig and peach salad - recipe by Floating Kitchen
Figs are in season in early summer, and again in early fall, so make this anytime figs are in season.
Arugula salad with summer berries and steak - recipe from Sweet Peas & Saffron
Use an assortment of berries from the farmer's market - if they have it, it's local and in-season. Most summer berries are in season at the same time.
Main courses, some with meat, some without
Orange-herb chicken kabobs with blueberry balsamic sauce - recipe by Plating Pixels
The recipe calls for pickled jalapenos, but if you use fresh ones, you'll want to make this later in summer, when both blueberries and jalapenos are in season, usually around July.
Grilled chicken naan wraps with roasted red pepper tahini sauce - recipe by Tara's Multicultural Table
20-minute beef snow pea skillet - recipe by Nutmeg Nanny
Rosemary roasted pork tenderloin with plum chutney - recipe by Carolina Girl Cooks
Eggplant pomodoro pasta - recipe by Foolproof Living
Eggplant and tomato season overlap very well!
Zucchini alfredo - recipe by Damn Delicious
Garlic basil chicken with tomato butter sauce - recipe by Pinch of Yum
Italian caprese pasta - recipe by Chelsea's Messy Apron
Sweet corn curry - recipe by Yup, it's Vegan!
Mini Italian meatball mac and cheese stuffed peppers - recipe by Half Baked Harvest
BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with raspberry-jalapeno salsa and onion rings - recipe by No Spoon Necessary
Jalapenos are in season when it gets much warmer out, around July - so make these once jalapenos are available, otherwise sub in your favorite hot sauce or dried chilies. The recipe calls for packaged pulled pork - if you are making your own, here's a recipe to try from Stuck on Sweet.
Veggie hummus sandwich - recipe by Cooking Classy
Tomato and cucumber season conveniently overlap. All of the other ingredients are available year-round, so you can really make this anytime cucumbers and tomatoes are both in-season.
Grilled eggplant gyros with tzatziki - recipe by Jackie Newgent
Blueberry, brie, and lemon curd grilled cheese - recipe by Two Peas & Their Pod
Shrimp tacos with apricot and strawberry salsa - recipe by Figs and Flour
Don't forget the side dishes!
Corn and basil cakes - recipe by Noble Pig
Quinoa and spinach stuffed tomatoes - recipe by Diethood
Baked figs with goat cheese - recipe by Happy Kitchen Rocks
Chili lime salted watermelon - recipe by My Diary of Us
Bonus section: desserts & drinks
Chocolate cherry galette - recipe from Baking a Moment
Because you can't get enough cherry galettes, here is a chocolate version that also looks incredible! You should try both... in the name of science!
Blackberry cobbler - recipe by Homemade Food Junkie
Healthy lemon blueberry muffins with honey - recipe by Gluten Free with L.B.
Concord grape sherbert - recipe by The Messy Baker
Beetroot rhubarb ice cream - recipe from Kiip Fit
Blackberry, fig and bourbon punch - recipe by Heather Christo
Blueberry basil margaritas - recipe by Supergolden Bakes