22 Things You Need to Eat by the End of Summer

22 Things You Need to Eat by the End of Summer

Summer produce is in full swing, and we couldn't be happier. Even if we don't want to spend a ton of time over a hot stove when it's warm out, we still want to make the most of the season's bounty. Plus, we're always happy to fire up the grill when it's nice outside. These 22 recipes are like a master class in tomatoes, sweet corn, berries, stone fruits, and more. Time to get cooking.

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1. Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits

Think cobbler is only for fruit? Think again. This dish, with savory biscuits atop a bed of perfectly blistered cherry tomatoes, makes a perfect summer side. Or, if you want to make it a full meal, simply put an egg on it.

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2. Towering Strawberry Shortcake

Need to impress your dinner guests? This sky-high strawberry shortcake is the way to go. We promise it's easier to assemble (and sturdier to transport from kitchen to outdoor table) than it looks.

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3. How To Make Fizzy Fermented Salsa

Making quick salsa is easy — a bit of chopping and maybe a trip through the food processor — but making fermented salsa is life-changing. It has a bright tang that you won't find in commercial salsas, and it can take your Taco Tuesday to a whole new level.

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4. Grilled Eggplant Burgers with Halloumi Cheese

There are more options for veggie burgers than the ones from the freezer case or a stuffed portobello mushroom. These grilled eggplant slices are a welcome change. And the cilantro pesto and halloumi cheese give it a delicious Mediterranean flair.

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5. How To Make an Ice Cream Cake

Don't be intimidated by this summer favorite. All it takes is a little bit of patience and freezing time, and you can make a cake that's customized to your tastes and way better than any store-bought one.

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6. Sweet Corn Risotto

This risotto really puts sweet corn front and center and uses a rich and savory homemade chicken or veggie stock for extra flavor. This is how you capture summer in a bowl.

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7. How To Make Niçoise Salad

A traditional French dish, this salad displays each ingredient's flavor individually, thanks to the fact that everything is served somewhat segmented. Make sure your tomatoes are really ripe — that's the key to a perfect niçoise.

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8. Blistered Tomato Toasts

With such a simple recipe, using the best ingredients you can find is key. We like to fix this on a weekend morning after a trip to the farmers market, where we've picked up tomatoes and a fresh loaf of bread. While you can leave off the anchovies, we recommend trying them, as they add crucial umami flavor.

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9. Creamy Zucchini Fettuccine

No, this isn't a zoodle recipe (although you could easily adapt it); instead this is one of our simplest and least expensive dinners of summer. In fact, when zucchini season hits our CSA, you'll find us making this creamy, hearty recipe on a weekly basis.

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10. Minted Summer Couscous with Watermelon & Feta

There are few things we love more about summer than watermelon — except maybe adding watermelon to a savory dish. The combination of the sweet fruit and salty feta makes this salad a summertime staple.

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11. How To Make Southern Sweet Tea

It wouldn't be summer in the South without a big ol' pitcher of sweet tea. Thankfully, even if you don't live in the South you can still enjoy a refreshing glass. The trick is to stick to basic black tea like Lipton or Luzianne when you make it.

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12. How To Make Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

What do you do when you have a glut of produce and the last of a loaf of bread? Make panzanella, of course. Filled with chopped tomatoes, red onions, ribbons of fresh basil, and pretty much any other veggie you want to toss in, this salad is just made for leisurely afternoons on the patio or deck.

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13. Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage & Tomatoes

One of the best things about this dish is that it's on the table in about 15 minutes, thanks to the quick-cooking gnocchi and pre-cooked chicken sausage. Once you've boiled the gnocchi, simply toss everything in the skillet for a few minutes and you're done.

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14. Mixed Melon & Limoncello Sangria

Sangria sometimes gets a bad rap as being a sugary way to disguise cheap wine, but it doesn't have to be the equivalent of a boozy fruit cocktail in a glass. This version is the perfect one to change sangria-haters' minds. It has chunks of ripe melon, fresh mint, and an extra kick from the limoncello.

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15. Mini Fruit Pizzas

Simple, fresh, and fun— these DIY fruit pizza cookies are a great activity for kids at a cookout. Just make sure you have enough cookies to go around — everyone will want seconds.

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16. Summer Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber & Basil

Consider this salad a template that you can customize as you see fit. If you have sweet corn, add it in. Cucumbers not looking so great? Swap in another crisp green veggie, like celery or snap peas. The variations are endless (and endlessly delicious).

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17. Chicken Guacamole Burgers

Don't mistake this for a basic chicken burger slathered with guacamole. While that would be tasty, this recipe goes above and beyond. Instead the guacamole is mixed right in with the ground chicken, infusing every single bite with a punch of avocado goodness.

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18. How To Make the Best Grilled Pizza

In the summer, our ovens stay cold on pizza night and we fire up the grill instead. All you need to successfully make grilled pizza is a bit of organization. It really comes in handy since you top the pizza crust once it's already on the grill.

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19. Frozen Gin & Tonics

Ready for the summer of the G&T? Then you'll want to add this frozen slushy version to your repertoire. Just whip your gin, tonic, and lime with some ice cubes in the blender, and you have a delightfully chilly drink for hot days.

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20. Summer Squash Shakshuka with Baked Eggs

Swap out the traditional tomatoes with a variety of summer squash in this shakshuka recipe. The trick is to grate and then drain the squash so it becomes a bit crispy and caramelized when you cook it in your cast iron pan.

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21. Strawberry Syrup

If you find yourself with an abundance of strawberries after a trip to a pick-your-own farm, make a batch or two of this strawberry syrup. It's the perfect gift to bring along when friends throw a backyard bash or host you for a long weekend. We guarantee it will get you invited back.

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22. Snow Pea, Scallion & Radish Salad

If you're looking for a light, simple side dish that will help cool you down on hot nights, this is the one to make. Just three ingredients tossed with a rice wine vinaigrette make it one of the best summer salads.

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