6 Meals to Make Before Summer's End

Staff Writer
Try these delicious summer recipes before the leaves start to turn
Peggy Bourjaily


Although many fruits and vegetables are now available year-round, there is truly something special about using ingredients at the peak of their excellence. There's a reason why "seasonal" has become such a popular term.

Summer is one of the best times for fresh produce: berries, corn, tomatoes… Unfortunately, summer has to end, and with it goes our summer supply of produce. As the fall nears, it is time for our final summer culinary hoorah.

So go the farmers’ market or grocery store and load up on your favorite summer ingredients. To help you in your cooking endeavor, we have compiled a list of our favorite recipes for summer — and just in time.


Easy Corn Salad with Feta, Tomatoes, and Basil

Nothing says summer like fresh and sweet corn. This refreshing salad exudes the very essence of summer with corn, tomatoes, and basil.



Spicy Pickled Watermelon Rind with Ginger and Lime

Watermelon is a summer staple. Pickling watermelon, on the other hand, is not as popular. This flavorful recipe uses watermelon rinds infused with ginger and lime for a unique treat.





Fresh Tomato Bruschetta

Whether cherry, grape, or heirloom, tomatoes thrive during the summer months and are perfect for all sorts of recipes. This bruschetta recipe is a great Italian summer starter.


Peach, Almond, and Blue Cheese Salad

Summer is stone fruit season. There are so many things you can do with your peaches and nectarines besides making a pie. Try this sweet and savory peach salad with almonds and blue cheese.


Squash Blossom Quesadillas

The delicate and subtle taste of squash blossoms is unique to summer. While many people stuff and lightly fry squash blossoms, this recipe takes a South-of-the-Border approach and transforms them into delectable quesadillas.


Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Zest and Parmesan Cheese

Bright green broccoli will soon be a memory as the summer approaches its end. This light and bright broccoli dish is flavor-packed with lemon and Parmesan.