30 Ways to Stuff Yourself with Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, and Other Summer Loot

30 Ways to Stuff Yourself with Tomatoes, Sweet Corn, and Other Summer Loot

Kelli Foster
Sep 7, 2015

While today might mark the unofficial end of summer, that doesn't mean you need to put away those white pants. And more importantly, it doesn't mean your days of glorious summer produce have come to an end just yet.

Time is on your side for a little while longer, so take this checklist and get your fill of good summer eating before it's too late.


1. Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill, and Feta

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This is the full-on maximalist tomato salad — tossed gloriously with red pepper, feta, dill, cucumber, olives, and of course, perfectly ripe summer tomatoes.

2. Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits

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On its own, this cobbler makes a very satisfying vegetarian main dish. One biscuit each, plus a generous scoop of warm tomatoes, and dig in! It's filling, but not actually too heavy — it still feels like a good summer dinner. It would also go nicely with some grilled chicken on the side.

3. How To Make Basic Tomato Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

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Pick up those tomatoes you've been eyeing at the farmers market — this is your guide to making a batch of tomato sauce for your pantry (or freezer!), from picking the right tomatoes to packing the sauce into jars.

4. Tomato and Squash Gratin

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This light side dish combines summer all-stars, like ripe tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and fresh basil.

5. Spicy Panzanella Salad

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Old-school panzanella combines slightly stale bread, ripe tomatoes, and cucumbers, but it's easy to up your salad game with a spicy vinaigrette, and even some sweet fruits.

6. Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Blistered Tomatoes & Basil

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Sweet, blistered tomatoes and fresh basil are, without a doubt, the stars of this budget-friendly dinner! This is the best kind of sweet summer dinner.


7. Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn, Goat Cheese & Tomatoes

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There are a lot of ways to take advantage of sweet summer corn, but one of the best ways and one that shouldn't be overlooked under any circumstance, is breakfast.

8. Sweet Corn Risotto

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The secret trick that really makes this dinner sing is simmering the stripped corn cobs in the stock so the final dish is infused with the intense flavor of sweet, fresh corn.

9. How To Make Creamed Corn in the Slow Cooker

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Sweet corn is all well and good, of course, but sweet corn simmered with milk and butter? Well, that's another heaven entirely.

10. Bryant Terry's Curried Corn and Coconut Rice

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The coconut rice and curried corn in this recipe could very well be eaten separately, but the combination of the two is truly special.

11. Burrito Bowl with Roasted Corn and Poblano Peppers

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This burrito-inspired dinner bowl, ditches the tortilla and layers everything into a big bowl. Tender brown rice, garlicky black beans, spicy roasted corn, fresh cherry tomatoes, avocado chunks, and the most delicious cilantro-lime dressing drizzled over the top.

12. Potatoes, Green Beans, and Corn with Lemon-Brown Butter Dressing

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This simple, fresh salad makes enough for a backyard party and is the perfect companion to some quickly grilled salmon or chicken. You can also turn it into a meal by itself with a scoop of grains and some feta cheese.

Zucchini and Squash

13. Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups with Ricotta and Herbs

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Zucchini, fresh herbs, and ricotta — wrapped into a lightly grilled, bite-sized snack — it doesn't get a whole lot better than that. Whether you serve it as an appetizer or side dish, this is peak summer produce at its finest.

14. Garlic-Marinated Zucchini

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This recipe is inspired by the Jewish Roman recipe, concia, which is hundreds of years old. The zucchini is sliced and fried in olive oil, then marinated with chopped fresh herbs, garlic, and vinegar.

15. Sautéed Zucchini and Squash with Thyme and Feta

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This is the kind of simple side dish everyone needs to have in their back pocket — not just during summer, but always. The kind that is quick to come to the rescue when you have a side dish emergency. It comes together before you know it, and pairs well with just about any dinner.

16. Zucchini Noodle Salad with Parsley-Pistachio Pesto

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Zucchini noodles pair perfectly with all of summer’s bounty, especially this zesty pistachio-parsley pesto (which you’ll want to put on anything and everything!).

17. Sautéed Zucchini with Chorizo & Lime

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Basic sautéed zucchini gets a bit of a very welcome twist with the addition of smoky chorizo and hits of fresh lime and cilantro.

18. Squash and Onions with Brown Sugar

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There are times for keeping squash bright and slightly crisp, but this is not one of them. This Southern-style recipe cooks the squash until it surrenders, and gets soft and gooey, with onions that practically melt into the brown sugar glaze.

Summer Berries

19. No-Bake Cream Cheese Pie with Summer Berries

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Think of cream cheese pie as the summery version of cheesecake. It's lighter and fluffier, and a lot less dense. To me, this pie is what summer desserts are all about.

20. Strawberry-Rhubarb Streusel Bars

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Really, what more could you want from a dessert? There's a buttery, slightly cakey pie crust base, with a sweet-tart filling, and a crisp topping.

21. Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

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No matter your favorite dessert, strawberry shortcake is a summertime classic that will always have a place on the table.

22. Summer Berry Sangria

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Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries have this sangria screaming summer! Load it up with ice, and top with some chilled club soda.

23. Blueberry Pie

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This is a recipe for a classic blueberry pie — no frills, no secret ingredients, just blueberries in all their summery glory. The only other thing it needs is a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

24. Blackberry Chia Jam

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Treat this quick recipe as you would any other jam — slather it generously on a piece of toast with almond butter, stir it into your morning oatmeal, or fold it into a yogurt parfait.

Stone Fruit

25. Peach and Raspberry Tart

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A quick slick of apricot jam, a handful of ruby raspberries, and a dusting of cinnamon sugar are the only adornments needed to bring out the best in summer's most luscious stone fruit.

26. Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt

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There are four simple ingredients that are each pretty good on their own — but when combined together, they create a marvelous and utterly refreshing, guilt-free dessert.

27. Brown Butter Peaches & Chantilly Cream

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This easy recipe — a grownup take on a childhood classic — falls on the delightfully relaxed end of things. Sliced peaches are tossed in a toasted brown butter sauce and finished off with a crown of barely whipped cream.

28. Vanilla Nectarine Agua Fresca

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This agua fresca recipe is the perfect solution for staying hydrated and getting your fill of sweet summer stone fruit.

29. Apricot Vanilla Bean Jam

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Flecked with real vanilla bean, this brilliantly hued apricot jam is summertime in a jar — and it makes the most beautiful edible gift.

30. Apricot Breakfast Pie

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Sometimes you just need to bend the rules a little, and that's just what this sweet apricot number does, in the very best way.

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