49 Summer Farmers' Market Recipes
Take advantage of summer’s vibrant bounty from farmers' markets, local farm stands, or even your own backyard with these delicious recipes.
Like pulled pork and fried chicken, the vegetable plate is embedded in the South's culinary DNA. Our veggie plate puts three components together that show off the deliciousness of the ingredients themselves.
Use the olive mix to dress other veggies, such as tomato wedges, cooked baby potatoes, or roasted bell peppers.
Recipe: Mediterranean Green Beans
Update the Italian tomato salad with a rich, tart dressing.
Recipe: Hot Bacon Caprese Salad
Squeezing the zucchini in paper towels helps remove excess water for a crisp, latke-like crust.
Blister and burst tomatoes under the broiler to hide imperfections and concentrate flavor. Use extras to fill omelets or sandwiches.
This elegant tian, a French dish of layered vegetables, is delicious warm or at room temp.
Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Casserole
Tomatoes, meet a new best friend.
Recipe: Cucumber-Basil Dressing
One bite of these Fried Zucchini Straws and you'll be hooked.
- Recipe: Fried Zucchini Straws
- Recipe: Summer Squash Casserole
Dress thinly sliced vegetables with our fresh take on catalina dressing—inspired by two Birmingham chefs, Wil Drake and Roscoe Hall—and garnish with any fresh herbs you like.
Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, the salad is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.
Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
These vibrant and fresh corn recipes are fantastic when paired with your favorite mains.
Our first recipe is an off-the-cob play on a popular Mexican street dish.
Recipe: Grilled Mexican Corn Salad
This frittata makes a stunning presentation when plated. Fresh summer flavor abounds in every bite.
- Recipe: Squash Frittata
This refreshing soup is full of fresh flavors. Make ahead and store up to 2 days.
- Recipe: Chilled Zucchini Soup
Recipe: Okra-and-Corn Maque Choux
Spread pesto and fresh veggies and cheeses on a prebaked pizza crust for a simple, fresh meal. Tip: 1 medium-size ear of fresh corn yields about 1⁄2 cup kernels.
Recipe: Tomato-and-Corn Pizza
Miso is a Japanese staple with a slightly salty, pungent flavor. Find it in the international or refrigerated aisle at your grocery store.
This creamier cousin of sorbet makes a perfect palate cleanser. You can also scoop it into a glass or paper cone and top with a glug of rum or bourbon for a play on a frozen mint julep.
Recipe: Mint-Honeydew Ice
Serve these crispy baked chips as a side or an app.
Recipe: Baked Zucchini Chips
Two Southern favorites come together to create one delicious recipe.
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra
Pepitas, goat cheese, and homemade Salsa Verde jazz up this simple veggie.
Recipe: Grilled Squash and Salsa Verde
While traditional, the spices are not crucial. Salt and pepper will work just fine.
- Recipe: Okra-and-Potato Hash
Chop the veggies as finely or coarsely as you like; spoon over grilled meat.
Slice the cucumbers just until you reach the seeds, but no farther or the noodles become raggedy. Pair with fish or shrimp.
Store precooked okra in the fridge in a zip-top plastic bag. Wash just before using.
Recipe: Charred Okra
Use it on any salad, though it's particularly good on tomato salad.
This seasonal recipe combines the sharp flavors of red pepper, red onion, and crumbly blue cheese with hearty helping of fresh kale.
Recipe: Skillet Kale Pizza
Take fried okra to the next level with these Spicy Okra Fries.
- Recipe: Spicy Okra Fries
Freshly picked summer green beans have great texture that creates the perfect snap in each bite of this shrimp salad. Parmesan and bacon add a rich saltiness that flavors the beans and the shrimp. Serve over hot, crusty cornbread.
Recipe: Ham-and-Tomato Pie
Forget the can and make of use of fresh summer corn in this soup. The lump crabmeat is worth the splurge, but you can substitute shrimp if desired. Jalapeño and green bell peppers give it a hint of spice while the creamy base creates a nice balance. Garnish with chopped, crispy bacon, corn kernels, and cilantro for a delicious meal in a bowl.
Recipe: Corn-and-Crab Chowder
Try this chunky pesto riff as a sauce on fish or pork, tossed with cellophane or vermicelli noodles, or stirred into chicken noodle soup.
- Recipe: Peanut-Basil Relish
Recipe: Cornmeal-Fried Artichokes
Recipe: Crowder Pea Succotash
Recipe: Mint-Champagne Shrub
Recipe: Salted Caramel Strawberries
Recipe: Rustic Plum Tart
Terrific flavors from the garden and grill come together in this twist on a New Orleans favorite. Served in smaller portions, it also makes a great first course.
Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Gumbo Salad
Recipe: Arkansas Tomato Sandwiches
The salty crunch of Fried Okra Tacos puts Tex-Mex takeout to shame. A sprinkling of sugar in the cornmeal coating caramelizes as the okra cooks, creating a crisp, golden crust.
Recipe: Fried Okra Tacos
Try this cooler with gin, vodka, rum, or tequila.
Recipe: Cucumber-Ginger Limeade
Watermelons are a classic summer road stand fruit that sometimes goes to waste because they are so large. Make use of your leftover watermelon slices and cool down from the heat with this fresh, tangy summer sipper.
- Recipe: Watermelon Cooler
Run a knife along just-cut cobs to catch sweet corn milk in a bowl. It'll add flavor and creamy texture.
Recipe: Maque Choux Soup
Once you try this grilled chicken recipe with chopped macadamia, Mustard Sauce and Mango Salsa, chicken will never be the same. Juicy mango chunks mixed with cilantro, lime juice, and red onions create a Latin-inspired topping that adds a variety of flavors to ordinary chicken breasts. You can add or substitute pineapple in the salsa if preferred.
- Recipe: Macadamia-Mango Chicken
Our Farmers Market Cookbook is filled with more fresh produce recipes, divided into four chapters—Spring Recipes, Summer's Bounty, Autumn Harvest, and Winter Storehouse. The book also walks you through the farmers market experience and provides a Fresh Produce & Herb Primer with all the tips you need for selecting the best produce.