Put your homegrown herbs and vegetable bounty to good use this summer with these fresh-from-the-garden recipes.
We asked our fans on Facebook, "What's growing in your kitchen garden this year?" and were inspired and delighted by all the delicious fresh fruits, veggies,
and herbs you have growing in your own backyards. In honor of the summer kitchen garden, we've compiled a collection of recipes
featuring the best that summer has to offer: tomatoes, assorted peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, lavender, basil, summer squashes,
and much more.
First up is Market Salad with Goat Cheese and Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette. Fresh herbs make all the difference in this versatile dressing. Try it on any combination of greens and vegetables from your garden or local farmers' market.
View Recipe: Market Salad with Goat Cheese and Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette
These summer squashes offer meatier flavor and texture than traditional cucumber pickles. This recipe was given top marks
by readers—and for good reason. You'll love the burst of fresh flavor that you receive with each bite.
View Recipe: Spicy Squash Pickles
Fresh diced tomatoes and fresh herbs bring the garden to your table with this delicious tomato soup recipe. Garnish with thinly
sliced fresh basil for an extra kick of freshness.
View Recipe: Melanie's Garden-Tomato Soup
Fresh tomatoes, zucchini, basil, and toasted pine nuts bring this rice salad to life. Serve it with 1 pound roasted fresh
View Recipe: Summer Veggie Rice Bowl
Find all the fresh flavor of a Caprese salad with the addition of pan-grilled zucchini in this superfast side dish. For more
tender zucchini, leave slices in the pan an extra 1 minute on each side. When the flesh starts to look translucent, the zucchini
View Recipe: Caprese "Salsa" Zucchini with Sea Salt
Zucchini, carrot, and apples add moisture and flavor, eliminating the need for excess butter and oil. This simple cake-like
bread only takes about 10 minutes to prepare the batter. Prep tip: Grate the apple, carrot, and zucchini using a handheld
grater. A food processor releases more water, which will make the bread wet.
View Recipe: Garden Harvest Cake
If regular Italian—or Genovese—basil is all you have growing in your garden, it'll work fine. However, it's worth searching
out a few extra varieties, such as purple, Thai, or lemon basil. Using a mix of varieties improves the salad by adding visual
interest and nuanced flavors. If you can't find hanger steak, substitute flank instead.
View Recipe: Spicy Basil-Beef Salad
Serve this stunning dish solo as a predinner nosh, or spoon over mixed lettuces for a fresh spin on salad. Reserve excess
oil, and toss it with steamed brown rice or noodles.
View Recipe: Marinated Peppers and Mozzarella
Creamy and tangy, this simple side comes together in a flash. Don't make the salad ahead—the cucumbers will release too much
View Recipe: Herby Cucumber Salad
Light, herby, and vibrantly flavored, this salad makes a great appetizer salad or first course. Make up to two hours ahead
so tastes can meld.
View Recipe: Bulgur, Mint, and Parsley Salad
A bright assemblage of flavors, textures, and colors, this salad can be made early in the day and refrigerated until ready
View Recipe: Mixed Bean-Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
A simple preparation yields irresistible results with roasted eggplant. Use very firm, small eggplants; if young and fresh
enough, they won't be bitter.
View Recipe: Roasted Eggplants with Herbs
A fresh alternative to pickled cukes, these crisp, crunchy treats make a zesty summer snack, garnish for a Bloody Mary, or
condiment in a sandwich or salad. They're easy to prepare and will keep up to a week in the refrigerator.
View Recipe: Quick Pickled Dilly Green Beans
Lavender adds a delightfully different dimension to this refreshing summer favorite. Garnishing with lavender stems makes
for a pretty presenation.
View Recipe: Lavender Lemonade
Smoked tomatoes and jalapeño pepper make a world of difference in this salsa and blend beautifully with the garlic and lime.
Garnish with a cilantro sprig, if desired.
View Recipe: Smoky Tomato Salsa
This is a delicious, versatile summer side dish for roast chicken, pork tenderloin, or steak. This recipe is full of garden-to-table
View Recipe: Herb-Glazed Carrots
The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar is a nice foil for the muted spice of grilled jalapeño
peppers. This recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version. If making these poppers for
a party, you can stuff the peppers, cover, and chill. Then grill just before your guests arrive.
View Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
Marinated tomatoes are a great choice for summer entertaining because you can marinate up to two days ahead. This spiced-up
version features jalapeño pepper, ginger and cumin.
View Recipe: Spiced Marinated Tomatoes
You can use all zucchini or yellow squash for this grilled pie—whatever you have on hand. Serve one slice as an appetizer
or two with a salad for a simple supper.
View Recipe: Summer Squash Pizza
Adding the inner veins and seeds from the poblano chile will increase the heat in this salsa. Serve with tortilla chips for
a fresh summer appetizer.
View Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea and Tomato Salsa
Fresh mint adds a delicious, refreshing flavor to this drink that's hard to resist. For an appealing presentation, rub the
rims of the margarita glasses with lime wedges and dip the rims in a half-and-half mixture of kosher salt and sugar. Serve
with fresh lime wedges as a garnish, if desired.
View Recipe: Frozen Mint Margaritas