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Summer Vegetable Recipes

Updated on March 12, 2011

 Are you looking for some tasty summer vegetable recipes? Whether you're growing your own vegetables or you want to take advantage of the fresh, seasonal produce available at your local farmer's market, produce stand, or supermarket, there are plenty of great summer vegetable recipes you can prepare and enjoy.

Summer Vegetable Salad 
If you like tomatoes and cucumbers, you're sure to love this easy and tasty dish.


  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 5 – 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 sprigs of fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian salad dressing

Preparation Instructions

Dice the tomato and place in a bowl. Remove core and seeds from bell pepper, dice, and place in the bowl with the tomatoes. Slide the cucumber and onion and add to the other vegetables. Chop basil and parley and add to the mixture. Add Italian salad dressing, stir gently to combine. Refrigerate for at least four hours. Serve and enjoy.

Zucchini Parmesan

This dish is a tasty way to enjoy fresh zuchinni.


  • 3 zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions

Place olive oil in medium frying pan over medium heat. While pan is heating, slice the zucchini. When the oil is hot, add the sliced zucchini and garlic to the pan and cook until crisp-tender. Add salt and pepper to taste, and sprinkle with cheese. Allow cheese to melt before serving.

Creamy Cucumbers

If you're looking for a refreshing was to enjoy fresh cucumbers, try this recipe.

  • 4 cucumbers
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cups sour cream (I used reduced fat; do not use fat free)
  • ½ cup of vinegar (white)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar or Splenda
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation Instructions

Slice the cucumbers and onion and place them in a bowl. In a separate container, mix the sour cream, vinegar, and sugar together, stirring well to combine. Pour over the cucumbers and onion, gently tossing to combine. Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving. Top with freshly ground black pepper to taste prior to serving.

Fresh Salsa

Do you love chips and salsa? When tomatoes are in season, try making your own version of this condiment rather than sticking with the store bought variety.

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 clove of minced garlic

Preparation instructions

Remove seeds from tomatoes and dice. Do the same with the jalapeno pepper. Dice the onion. Place all three vegetables in a medium bowl. Add the cilantro and toss to combine. Add the lemon juice and garlic, stirring gently to blend flavors. Refrigerate overnight before serving for best flavor.


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    The Good Cook 9 years ago

    Gotta love those vegies!