Our local farmers markets are filled with fresh produce this time of year which means we can have fun trying new recipes! The summer heat calls for light meals with healthy produce that’s abundant during the warm weather months and there are plenty of tasty recipes that make the most of the fruit and veggies this season. Here are some you may want to try out:
Summer Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is made with light, rice noodles and healthy dose of zucchini, red bell pepper, onion, fresh corn, and cherry tomatoes. The vegan cilantro pesto sauce gives it the perfect amount of flavor. Nutritious and delicious, it will really hit the spot on a summer day.
Quick Summer Tuna Pasta Salad
A tuna pasta salad makes a delightfully refreshing lunch or dinner meal. The tuna and pasta are wonderfully complemented by red onions, pepperoncini, peppers, parsley, and arugula. The zesty lemon dressing invigorates and delights the senses.
Grilled Vegetable Wrap with Balsamic Mayo
If you are looking for a low calorie, tasty lunch, look no further than this delicious grilled veggie wrap. The spinach or whole wheat tortilla is filled with good-for-you ingredients including mushrooms, asparagus, red pepper, spinach and goat or feta cheese. You can eat it hot or cold making it the perfect to-go meal!
Curried Okra Shoestring Fries
Curried okra shoestring fries make a healthy French fry alternative at a summer cookout, and they are tasty enough to win over even the most hardcore okra deniers. To make them you must fry up the okra in a curry powder, cornstarch combination. A chutney and sour cream sauce makes the perfect dip.
Strawberry Lemon Trifle
This low-calorie dessert is just what you need to hit the spot on a hot summer day. It’s made with fresh strawberries, lemon pudding, and grated lemon zest. Add a bit of angel cake and fat-free vanilla yogurt for a fresh and sweet dessert to enjoy with family or friends!
Perfect Summer Fruit Salad
It’s just not summer without the perfect fruit salad. This one features all the seasonal faves including pineapple, kiwi, bananas, oranges, grapes and blueberries. Flavorings like orange juice, a bit of vanilla extract and orange and lemon zest take it to the next level. It’s a tasty way to get the nutrients you need.
Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza
Pizza doesn’t have to be a heavy, winter meal. You can transform it into a light and flavorful dish with toppings like cherry tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella, prosciutto, and shaved parmesan. You can make your own dough, but a pre-baked crust will save you some time. For even more health benefits, try a whole wheat or cauliflower crust.
We hope you get a chance to enjoy these recipes with your family and friends this summer! Which will you be trying this season?