What’s In Season? July Produce Guide

Eat seasonally with this guide to July fruits and vegetables. Find recipes and preparation tips at cookieandkate.com

Welcome to July! Ninety degree weather is here and so is all the colorful summer produce that comes with it. This month’s list features quite a few of my favorites, like peaches, raspberries and tomatoes. Scroll through the preparation ideas and recipes below, then hit the farmers’ market!

Thanks again to Becky for letting me base this resource on her “Eat Seasonal” monthly seasonal produce lists. See her July screensaver here . You can pin this resource for later right here or at the bottom of the post. For more seasonal inspiration, be sure to follow us on Pinterest !

Good gracious, how I love avocado. Avocado on toast is almost impossible to beat, but it’s also a fantastic addition Mexican meals and fresh green recipes of any kind, really. The avocados you’ll find in stores now are probably from Mexico, where avocados are in season year-round, but California avocados are in season now, too. Avocado elsewhere:

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Quinoa Black Bean Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Cowboy Caviar

TropicalMango Spring Rollswith Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Plump, juicy, sweet blackberries are a snack in themselves. They’re also lovely in baked goods and make a simple dessert when served with whipped cream. As a general rule, buy organic berries (they soak up pesticides). Blackberries elsewhere:

Blackberry Peach Galette

Baked Oatmeal with Blackberries & Coconut

Blackberry Orange Pancakes

Mini Blackberry Cobblers

Blueberries are here! Those plump little berries are packed full of antioxidants. As with all berries, buy organic if possible to avoid pesticide exposure. Blueberries pair marvelously with lemon flavor (juice and zest). I love them in desserts, baked goods and salads! Blueberries elsewhere:

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Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Cake

Frozen Blueberry Margaritas

Blueberry Honey Bran Muffins

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Sweet, red cherries will grace us with their presence this June. I like to snack on fresh cherries, but roasting cherries really brings out their inherent sweetness. Roasted or not, they are great with balsamic vinegar. Beyond America’s beloved cherry pie, cherries are a great addition to salads, cocktails and desserts. Cherries elsewhere:

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Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Stone Fruit Sundae

Cherry, Pistachio and Balsamic Honey Yogurt

Cherry Chocolate Cake

Sweet corn can be grilled, roasted or eaten raw. Raw corn marinated in sour lime juice is especially delicious, as is slightly charred corn that has been grilled in the husk. To avoid genetically modified corn, buy organic.Corn elsewhere:

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Summertime Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Jalapeño Pesto

Grilled Summer Salad with Corn, Peppers and Chili-Lime Dressing

Brown Butter, Honey and Jalapeño Skillet Cornbread

Black Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Crisp cucumber is a lovely addition to raw salads. Its vitamin-rich, hydrating qualities make it an excellent juicing ingredient. Peeled, muddled and strained cucumber makes an incredibly refreshing cocktail. Cucumber water is a treat—just soak cucumber and lemon slices in a pitcher of water. Cucumber elsewhere:

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Summertime Aguas Frescas

Green Goddess Hummus Sandwich

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Green beans are easily overlooked. They go great with almonds, basil, butter, Parmesan, olive oil, onions, parsley, potatoes, shallots, tomatoes and vinegar. I’m afraid I only have one green bean recipe (click on the above photo for a summery quinoa, feta, and green bean salad).Green beans elsewhere:

Thank goodness for spring greens. You might be able to find local arugula, spinach, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and/or watercress now, depending on where you live. I love them every which way: in salads, as pesto, tossed in pasta and sautéed with garlic. Greens elsewhere:

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Erin’s Spring Panzanella with Fresh Peas and Fennel

Simple Beet, Arugula and Feta Salad with Hilary’s Balsamic Thyme Dressing

Butternut Ribbon Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula-Pepita Pesto

Grilled Summer Salad with Corn, Peppers and Chili-Lime Dressing

Fresh herbs often make the dish. Although they’re available year round at stores, now might be a good time to plant your herb garden. Herbs that are coming into season now include basil, chervil, cilantro, dill, green onions, lavender, oregano, parsley, mint, sorrel, rosemary and thyme.Herbs elsewhere:

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Basil Pesto Vinaigrette

Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

We all love kale, and for good reason! It’s tremendously good for you and totally delicious, given the right preparation. Chop kale for stir-fries or a side of greens (sauté in olive oil and garlic), or massage it with a dash of salt for salads (see any of my kale salads for further instruction), or lightly coat roughly chopped kale with olive oil and roast it for kale chips. You can also blend kale into smoothies or juice it. Kale elsewhere:

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Quinoa Vegetable Soup with Kale

Coconut Curried Kale and Sweet Potato

Southwestern Kale Power Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa & Avocado Sauce

Spiced Vegan Lentil Soup

Mangos are like tropical peaches and they are awesome. They can seem a little tricky to work with at first, but you just slice off one-third of each side, longways, from the top down, then dice the mango like you would an avocado. Mango elsewhere:

Mango Lassi Frozen Yogurt

Fresh Mango Salsa

TropicalMango Spring Rollswith Avocado-Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Fresh, local peaches are the epitome of summer. Feel free to eat them whole over the sink. You can grill pitted and halved peaches for salad or dessert, or bake chopped peaches in any number of fruity, juicy desserts. You can also find apricots and nectarines this time of year! Peaches elsewhere:

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Caramelized Peach and Oat Pancakes

Balsamic Stone Fruit Sundae

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