Getting Creative with Summer Vegetables

Updated: Nov 18, 2020


Zucchini Fritters and Fresh Beet Salad
Zucchini Fritters and Fresh Beet Salad

One of the simple pleasures of summer is the abundance of fresh produce. While a hot- house tomato is welcome in the middle of winter, it cannot compare with the juicy vine-ripened tomatoes of summer. Home gardens abound in summer with fresh herbs, zucchini and lettuces of all kinds. The first beets (and their delicious beet greens) appear by early summer. Check out a local fresh produce stand and prepare to be amazed at the colorful spread of fresh vegetables you will find there.

The ways to prepare summer vegetables seem unlimited. There are no rules. Feel free to create all sorts of summer salads and roasted vegetable combinations. Be creative and use summer vegetables in unexpected ways. Add grated zucchini to just about anything from pancakes to meatballs. Top garden fresh green beans with roasted sliced almonds. Add thin slices of grilled garlicky eggplant to sandwiches. Let your imagination take over!

Pictured here are a couple of unexpected ways to use summer vegetables:


Zucchini Fritters with Quinoa

And

Fresh Beet Salad with Snipped Carrot Greens



Zucchini Fritters with Quinoa

Adapted from Eating Well, June/August 2020

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