Aleppo is a fruity Middle Eastern pepper with moderate heat. Sub 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Take that farmers' market bounty and turn it into exciting, flavorful meals that let summer produce and herbs shine. 

Antara Sinha
June 28, 2017

When warmer weather breezes through, it's time to bring these fresh and flavorful dishes into your dinner rotations. Squash, corn, zucchini, and tomatoes are just some of the star players of these must-try meals, but it’s easy to substitute for whatever veggies you have on hand in your refrigerator.

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Elote-Style Zucchini Noodles

Make good use of two seasonal veggies you have on hand: zucchini and corn. Inspired by the Mexican street food, mayo, chile powder, crumbly queso fresco, and fresh lime make this a tangy, spicy, exciting dish from start to finish.

Photo: Courtesy of Oxmoor House

 

Double Barley Posole

Look for canned hominy with the Latin and Mexican foods or near canned corn, but if you can't find it, you can substitute fresh or frozen corn kernels instead. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Smoked Potato Salad

Not only is this potato salad visually stunning, cumin and chipotle chile powder add smoky warmth for a savory salad with complex flavor. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Seared Tofu with Sweet Chili Sauce and Broccoli

Bok choy and broccoli are the star vegetables of this dish with East Asian-inspired flavors. Use sweet chili sauce, which you can find in the international aisle, for less heat than Sriracha. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Vegetable Paella

This dish has colorful, vibrant vegetables, and -- if you play it right -- a perfectly golden-brown socarrat crust. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Corn Salsa

A new take on a classic Southern side, this is a great make-ahead vegetarian dish to have stocked in your freezer. Fresh, homemade salsa adds color and tang. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Creamy Carrot and Herb Linguine

Using fresh carrot ribbons in this dish bulks it up, making it filling but not heavy. Top with fresh parsley and tarragon to add brightness to this satisfyingly creamy dish. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Grill-Steamed Corn with Cilantro and Chile Flakes

Aleppo pepper brings moderate heat with mild fruity notes to a grilling classic. Steaming the corn in its husk on the grill allows it to gain a milder smoky flavor than grilling it out of the husks. 

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

With gardens and farms brimming with tomatoes this time of year, this salad is a must. A sweet and tangy dressing also makes use of seasonal peaches. 

Photo: John Autry

Summer Squash and Ricotta Galette

Use up those gorgeous, in-season farmers market squash and zucchini in an indulgent and beautiful galette. An olive oil-based crust swaps out the traditional butter for healthier fats.