It’s summer, and the SLO County Farmer’s Markets are bringing delicious, locally-grown vegetables and fruits that you can buy weekly. What to do with all these fresh groceries? Take some time to whip them up into some of the best side dishes, main courses, and desserts that conjure up a relaxing and bright feeling of summer! According to the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market Association, fruits like plums, peaches, and avocados are in season, in addition to corn, potatoes, asparagus, and kale. Learn more from their summer newsletter, and peruse these recipes that bring together the best that summer has to offer!
This recipe allows for tailoring based on whatever fruits you might have on hand, you just might have to adjust the levels of cornstarch and/or sugar. Currently, apricots, cherries, plums, peaches, and nectarines are in season, so take your pick!
Tomato Basil Avocado Mozzarella Salad
Bring together some of the most refreshing ingredients of summer in this salad, featuring mozzarella cheese and a balsamic dressing.
With all the fruit coming into season over summer, making a delicious, slow-cooked jam could be a unique choice. Choose your favorite fruit, and get inspired with this recipe for peach jam.
Beet Summer Salad
Beets are in season over summer, and they add a great full taste to a salad, especially when roasted like in this recipe. Add citrus, walnuts, and cheese for a standout meal, relegating beets away from the sidelines!
Corn on the Cob
The quintessential warm-weather recipe – you can’t get more summer than corn on the cob! This recipe’s “fully-loaded” flavor twists upgrade a classic!
Summer Pesto Pasta Recipe
This recipe brings together your favorite summer veggies, with basil-y pesto added for good measure.
Eggplant with Tomato Salad
Eggplant is in season, but it’s an ingredient that people don’t always know what to do with! Learn more about how to cook with eggplant with this summer recipe.