Cook Your Way Through Summer with These Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

 

Summer is the best time of year for certain types of produce. Anyone who knows good food knows the big difference in taste, size and color of produce that’s in season compared to when it’s not. Whether you’re whipping up a yummy gazpacho or indulging in a great summer salad, fresh fruits and veggies make all the difference. Here’s a great list of produce to use between May and August (and a few great ways to prepare it!)

 

Juicy Grape Tomatoes

 

We definitely have a thing for grape tomatoes, but tomatoes in general are your best friend during the summer months. Grape tomatoes are their brightest and most firm when in season, making your pasta dishes and salads that much more delicious.

One of our favorite ways to use grape tomatoes? Toss sliced grape tomatoes and arugula with a creamy balsamic vinaigrette. Top with freshly shaved parmesan cheese, fresh bruschetta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Hello, heaven!

 

Sweet Strawberries

 

Summer would just be miserable without strawberry-infused cocktails, desserts and salads on nearly every menu. Strawberries have the spotlight from May through August and we just love it. When buying strawberries at your local market, look for shiny, bright red berries with a bright green cap.

An easy and super yummy strawberry shortcake recipe begins with a good marinade. First, hull and quarter your fresh berries. Mix two cups of warm water, ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar, one cup of sugar and a dash of pepper. Add strawberries to the mixture. Let the balsamic mixture marinate in the fridge for at least two hours. Top a slice of pound cake with a scoop of the mixture and fresh whipped cream.  

 

Leafy Butter Lettuce

 

Is it weird to describe lettuce as “creamy”? Oh well, we don’t care. Butter lettuce has this creamy, fresh flavor that other types of lettuce lack. Butter lettuce comes in two varieties, Boston and Bibb, but the one you’ll most likely see in the grocery store is Bibb. When shopping for butter lettuce, avoid lettuce heads with wilted leaves.

It’s nearly impossible to narrow down our favorite salad using butter lettuce! But, here’s a pretty good one: Tear a head of butter lettuce into pieces, shred a rotisserie chicken and roughly chop three slices of cooked bacon. Toss together and drizzle with a garlic vinaigrette then top with a sliced hard-boiled egg.  

 

We could go on and on about seasonal fruits and veggies, but stop into Palm Valley Fish Camp and you’ll experience seasonal recipes for yourself! We’re all about preparing our dishes with the freshest ingredients possible. Join us before summer’s over for a taste of the fresh produce listed above!

 

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