Easy Ways to Use Seasonal Produce This Summer

Tips and easy recipes for making the most out of summer’s bounty

Summer markets are full of eye candy. You know what we're talking about — those bright, plump, fresh, ripe items that basically call your name as you walk through the aisle of a grocery store or past a farmers market stand. Summer’s produce is a collection of food that is illustrious and beautiful, and is comprised of some of the most prized cooking ingredients in our kitchens. Fruits and vegetables are so luscious and tempting during the summer that it's hard to wait to get your hands on them.

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But what should you do when you actually do get this bounty into your kitchen? Sure, you know that tomatoes are one of summer’s greatest accomplishments, but do you know what to do with them besides toss them in a salad? Have you ever even thought of using a fig before? Or using a strawberry in something besides a fruit salad? Not only is the best produce so delicious at this time of year, but there’s a number of ways to put these fruits and veggies to use that go way beyond your usual repertoire. To help guide you through the highlight of our culinary calendar, we’ve outlined our top 10 picks out of summer’s seasonal produce. And not only that, but we hope to give you a few tips for inspiration to get out of the old, boiled-corn-on-the-cob rut.

Whether you choose to take our advice or not, these picks are what you should be keeping your eye out for this summer. If you’re seasonal-savvy and already have them on your radar, then we hope you use some of our ideas as inspiration for your next summer meal.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce