31 Summer Vegetable Recipes to Try This Season

Grilled Vegetable Flatbread with Smoked Almond Muhammara Recipe
Photo: Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

When farmers markets are in full swing, we eat all the fresh summer vegetables we possibly can — think summer squash, cucumbers, eggplant, corn, and tomatoes (yes, we know they're technically a fruit, but we don't care). Take advantage of seasonal produce to whip up tasty dishes like masala grilled vegetables with spicy mint chutney, summer squash carpaccio, and a grilled flatbread that's a "vegetarian masterpiece." Keep reading for the recipes.

01 of 31

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Salsa Verde

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Salsa Verde
© Coral Von Zumwalt

A terrific salsa verde makes this velvety potato salad extraordinary. Here, the salsa is made with parsley and chives; try making it with other summer herbs, like tarragon or basil, as well.

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Corn Husk–Grilled Goat Cheese with Corn Relish and Honey

Corn Husk-Grilled Goat Cheese with Corn Relish and Honey
Victor Protasio

Cookbook author and F&W Cooks contributor Andrea Slonecker calls this dish "the perfect pre-dinner snack on a summer evening." To serve, cut a slit in the top layer of the charred husks, top the goat cheese with a drizzle of honey and the corn relish, and enjoy with grilled crostini.

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Grilled Carrot Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Grilled Carrot Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette
© Anna Williams

Grilling concentrates the sweet flavor of fresh young carrots. Chef Bryce Gilmore marinates them, then tosses them with a wonderful and unusual dressing he makes by cooking butter until brown, then pureeing it with marcona almonds and sherry vinegar.

04 of 31

Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho

Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho
© Earl Carter

Green zebras are heirloom tomatoes with a striped pattern; they are sweet like red tomatoes but give this gazpacho a lovely jade hue. To make the chilled soup extra tangy, use tomatillos or unripe red tomatoes instead.

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Warm Corn Chowder Salad with Bacon and Cider Vinegar

Warm Corn Chowder Salad with Bacon and Cider Vinegar. Photo © Fredrika Stjärne
© Fredrika Stjärne

In this riff on corn chowder, sweet corn is tossed with potatoes, bacon, and cider vinegar. Because the corn for this salad is barely cooked, it’s best to use the juiciest kernels available.

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Celery, Grilled Grape, and Mushroom Salad

Celery, Grilled Grape and Mushroom Salad
© Con Poulos

“Celery is a vegetable people either love or hate, and we try to get people to love all their vegetables,” says chef Amanda Cohen. She sets off celery’s bitterness and crunch with meaty oyster mushrooms and grapes that have been grilled until almost bursting.

07 of 31

Braised Cucumbers with Dill

Braised Cucumbers with Dill
© Fredrika Stjärne

Fresh cucumbers are excellent when gently braised in butter and served warm. This dish is best with thin-skinned cucumbers, like English, Japanese, and Persian varieties.

08 of 31

Green Tomatoes with Pistachio Relish

Green Tomatoes with Pistachio Relish

© Anna Williams

Relishes typically contain cooked and pickled vegetables; the one here is mouth-tinglingly tangy. Chef James Syhabout makes it by pickling shallots, capers, pistachios, and pink peppercorns overnight in Champagne vinegar and olive oil. It’s awesome on tomatoes, but he also likes using it on fish.

09 of 31

Summer Farro Salad

Summer Farro Salad

© John Kernick

Chef Marco Canora simmers farro in water with sautéed onion, carrots, and celery. The aromatic vegetables add delicate flavor to the cooked grains.

10 of 31

Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

© David Malosh

This yogurt-cucumber soup, filled with herbs, nuts, and raisins, is delicious with grilled bread.

11 of 31

Grilled Vegetable Flatbread with Smoked Almond Muhammara

Grilled Vegetable Flatbread with Smoked Almond Muhammara Recipe
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

In addition to turning heads at your cookouts, this vegetarian wonder is packed with make-ahead options and smart shortcuts. Make the Smoked Almond Muhammara up to three days in advance and stash it in the fridge; skip a step and substitute jarred roasted peppers for the grilled bell peppers.

12 of 31

Summer Vegetable Casserole


© John Kernick

The restaurant at Abruzzo's Sextantio hotel serves centuries-old recipes like this simple dish of layered summer vegetables.

13 of 31

Spinach Fettuccine with Tangy Grilled Summer Squash

Spinach Fettuccine with Tangy Grilled Summer Squash. Photo © Con Poulos
© Con Poulos

At her restaurant, chef Amanda Cohen tosses herb fettuccine with pickled squash blossoms and grilled zucchini. This simplified recipe features squash that’s pickled and then grilled, plus freshly sautéed squash.

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Masala Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Mint Chutney

Masala Grilled Vegetables with Spicy Mint Chutney
Greg DuPree

Grilled summer produce meets a chile-spiked herb dressing in this bright dish. Using a blender or food processor to prepare the chutney safeguards the color by instantly cutting and coating the herbs with oil, locking in the green.

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Grilled Summer Squash Casserole

Grilled Summer Squash Casserole
Victor Protasio

Traditionally called malaiwala, “the one with cream,” this casserole is the perfect summer side. Make it a main dish by adding cubed paneer.

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Grilled Okra, Corn, and Tomato Salad

Grilled Corn, Tomato and Okra Salad
Victor Protasio

This next-level summer salad turns heads with its punchy charred jalapeño and herb-spiked dressing and a palate-perking topping of toasted crunchy coriander and cumin seeds.

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Summer Squash Carpaccio

Squash Carpaccio
Jen Causey

When summer squash is freshly picked, chef Marcela Valladolid says, all it needs is a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and maybe a hit of lemon juice. Here, she’s taken it to next-level magic by adding sweet dates, fresh mint, and toasted pepitas spiced with Tajín seasoning to the thinly sliced summer squash.

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Potato Salad with Fresh Corn and Basil

Potato Salad with Fresh Corn and Basil Recipe
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Red baby potatoes are ideal for potato salad because of their tender skins and creamy interiors that hold together, even when cooked. Quickly soaking the onions in vinegar mellows their bite and allows the summery fresh herbs to shine in the dressing.

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Roasted Curry Tomato Pie

Roasted Curry Tomato Pie
Greg DuPree

Turmeric gives the rustic crust of this tomato pie a glorious golden glow, but the real highlight (other than the ripe summer tomatoes) is the sweet and tangy tamarind onions, which complement the spiced, cheesy filling beautifully.

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Heirloom Tomato and Pepper Toasts with Whipped Ricotta

Heirloom Tomato Toast
Con Poulos

Velvety smooth, lightly seasoned ricotta serves as the perfect base for juicy ripe tomatoes and charred peppers on grilled levain bread. Fennel pollen adds a light licorice flavor, while fresh basil, chives, and a hint of lemon juice add brightness to the smoky flavor from the grill.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo
Victor Protasio

Chef Sheldon Simeon’s recipe for a Hawaiian twist on Mexican elote features grilled corn slathered in a creamy, cheesy calamansi mayonnaise, which gets its acidic twang from a sour citrus fruit native to the South Pacific (you can substitute Key limes in a pinch).

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Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

Corn and Zucchini Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese
Con Poulos

We take pasta salad to a new level with sweet grilled corn, zucchini, and a creamy lime dressing spiked with chile powder. We use fresh cilantro to add brightness and then top the whole salad with tangy slivers of fresh goat cheese.

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Tomato, Basil, and Cucumber Panzanella with Grated Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette

Tomato, Basil, and Cucumber Panzanella
Victor Protasio

This summer blockbuster panzanella from Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, pairs oven-roasted sourdough croutons with juicy ripe tomatoes, raw red onion, and crisp cucumbers.

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Okra Tempura with Lime "Fonzu" Dipping Sauce

Okra Tempura With Lime Fonzu Sauce
Photo by Linda Xiao / Food Styling by Kate Buckens / Prop Styling by Maeve Sheridan

For those who aren't fond of okra's gooey quality, there are two surefire ways to keep it in check: high-heat cooking and a dose of acid. Food & Wine executive editor Karen Shimizu's recipe for okra tempura with a zippy dipping sauce incorporates both. The "fonzu" sauce — inspired by ponzu — uses lime juice instead of harder-to-find yuzu and a shortcut of fish sauce instead of steeping in katsuobushi.

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Fairy Tale Eggplant with Crispy Shallots and Thai Dressing

Fairy Tale Eggplants with Crispy Shallots and Thai Dressing Recipe
Photo by Tara Donne / Food Styling by Chris Lanier / Prop Styling by Raina Kattelson

2014 F&W Best New Chef Joe Ogrodnek pulls out all the stops with this next-level eggplant dish. First he seasons the eggplant and lets it sit before charring on the grill to draw out moisture, providing flavor from the inside out. Then he adds plenty of crispy-crunchy texture to the silky grilled eggplant by stuffing each one with peanuts, fried shallots and garlic, fresh herbs, onions, and radishes before drizzling the punchy dressing on top. 

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Chilled Soba Noodle Salad with Yuzu Dressing

Yuzu Chilled Noodle Salad
Emily Kordovich

"As the summer approaches, I like to turn to lighter refreshing vinaigrettes to dress noodles and salads. Using the ready-made jams and marmalades found in Asian supermarkets, we can build dressings for chilled noodles that pair excellently with a variety of vegetables," says 2021 F&W Best New Chef Lucas Sin. Here, he uses yuzu tea, ponzu, and yuzu kosho in his tangy dressing. 

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Fusilli with Summer Tomato Sauce

Fusilli with Summer Tomato Sauce
William Meppem

For this light, uncooked sauce, you must have perfectly ripe tomatoes. Be sure they're at room temperature, too, not cold. In fact, tomatoes shouldn't be refrigerated at all; chilling permanently reduces their flavor.

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Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers with Pomegranate-Tahini Sauce

Pomegranate Tahini Sauce with Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers
Photo by Christopher Testani / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Pomegranate molasses is the secret ingredient in this simple marinade. Its punchy, sweet, earthy notes add long-cooked depth of flavor to cheese and vegetable skewers in just 30 minutes of marination, with pleasantly bitter tahini rounding things out.

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Carrot Aguachile with Trout Roe

Carrot and Trout Roe Aguachile
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Chef Claudette Zepeda uses fresh carrot juice as the base for this aguachile, which is complemented by fresh ginger, spicy habanero, and scallions to amp up the flavor of the juice. Thin strips of carrot and cucumber are mixed and topped with salty smoked roe, thinly sliced red onion, and roasted cashews for a dish with deep layers of flavor and complex textures. 

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Greek Salad with Shrimp and Kamut

Plate of greek salad with shrimp and kamut
Photo by Jennifer Causey / Food Styling by Rishon Hanners / Prop Styling by Audrey Davis

Kamut, an ancient variety of wheat, adds hearty chew to this entree inspired by a classic Greek salad. Soak kamut overnight to help it cook faster or, for an even easier dish, cook the kamut in advance to trim day-of prep to 30 minutes.

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The Best Cucumber Sandwich

The Best Cucumber Sandwich
Cedric Angeles

The only reason you may think cucumber sandwiches are boring is that you haven't had the right one yet. Benedictine, a creamy spread of cucumber and herbs; along with a spicy and herbaceous peanut pesto with serrano chile, cilantro, and citrus; and chaat masala add verve to these sandwiches from chef Vishwesh Bhatt.

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