July seasonal produce and recipes! A guide to what’s in season in July plus vegetarian July recipes.
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Happy summertime, Rhubarbarians! We've rounded up some of the best July seasonal produce for you, plus 50 mid-summer recipes to cook in July.
What produce is in season in July?
We are right in the middle of summertime which means so many fruits and veggies are in season!
- green bean (legume)
- zucchini (squash)
- basil (herb)
What to cook in July? Enjoy lots of juicy berries and stone fruits. Summer squash and fresh herbs are in abundance. Fresh, raw salads this month!
Basil is an herb that is in season in the hot summertime, peaking in July. Basil is a tender, green, leafy herb that is beloved by many cultures and has a very distinct flavor and smell. Did you know that's part of the mint family?
- Tomato basil crostinis from Killing Thyme
- Strawberry watermelon caprese salad from Rhubarbarians
- Vegan basil walnut pesto from Moon and Spoon and Yum
- Chargrilled zucchini salad with lemon and basil from Circus Gardener
- Basil blueberry margarita from Basil + Bubbly
Cabbage is leafy vegetable that can be grown almost year round, but is harvested heavily in the summer months. It is known as the queen of the brassica family which is made up of broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc.
- Super healthy cabbage salad from Maria Ushakova
- Pickled red cabbage from In Fine Balance
- Vegan cabbage rolls in tomato sauce from The Minimalist Vegan
- Summer cabbage slaw from Eating by Elaine
- Grilled balsamic cabbage steaks from Krumpli
Corn is a grain (but maybe a veggie and fruit too?) that is in season from July to October. It’s wonderful eaten on the cob, but is also great cut off the cob and added to salads, soups, or as a side dish. I’ve even seen some dessert recipes made with corn!
- Corn and black bean tacos with smoky sour cream from Rhubarbarians
- Sweet corn and zucchini fritters from The Vegan Larder
- Simple corn macaroni salad from Strength and Sunshine
- Sweet corn curry from Yup It's Vegan
Green beans are legumes that are in season from May to September. They are the young fruits of the common bean. Yep, they are a fruit! Although they are mostly eaten as a vegetable.
Green bean recipes
- Garlic butter sesame Instant Pot green beans from Recipes from a Pantry
- Indonesian grilled green beans from Panning the Globe
- Garlic and onion grilled green beans from Apples for CJ
- Italian green beans with tomatoes and garlic from Veggies Save the Day
Nectarines are stone fruits that are in season from July to September. They are tree fruits with pits, closely related to peaches, but have smooth skin without fuzz.
- Arugula and nectarine salad from Haute and Healthy Living
- Nectarine plum crisp from Sugar Love Spices
- Nectarine melba smoothie bowl from Healthy and Psyched
- Grilled corn and nectarine salad from Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey
- Nectarine upside down cake from Yup It's Vegan
Zucchini is an edible summer squash that is in season from July to September. You may be surprised to hear that it's a fruit! Yep! It's got thin skin, so the skin, flesh, seeds, and even blossoms are edible.
- Buffalo chickpea zucchini boats from Rhubarbarians
- Chocolate chip zucchini loaf from Wholehearted Eats
- Sweet corn and zucchini salad from In Fine Balance
- Basil alfredo zoodles from Rainbow Nourishments
- Zucchini and squash kabobs from Pink Fortitude
Tomatoes are a fruit (yep!) that are in season from July to November. They are usually prepared like a vegetable and are one of the most widely loved fruits in the world. Tomatoes are incredibly versatile and are the base for so many savory dishes including sauces, salads, soups, stews, fried dishes, the list goes on!
- No cook fresh tomato sauce from Rhubarbarians
- Heirloom tomato toast from Rhubarbarians
- Tomato gazpacho with crispy falafel chickpeas from Rhubarbarians
- Tomato jam with goldenberries and chia seeds from Plant Based Recipe
- Vegan fried green tomatoes from Cadry's Kitchen
Blueberries are fruits that are in season from June to September. They are grown on shrubs or bushes and are related to cranberries and huckleberries.
- Summer glow salad with blueberries and cherries from Rhubarbarians
- No bake blueberry lavender cheesecake from Heartbeet Kitchen
- Blueberry chia jam from V Nutrition
- Sweet and savory blueberry pizza from Simply Fresh Dinners
- Mini blueberry pies from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen
Plums are fruits that are in season from July to September. They are part of the stone fruit family, so are fantastic eaten raw out of hand around the pit in the middle. But plums are also used in savory sauces, sweet baked goods, and even dried to make prunes.
- Spiced plum upside down cake from Little Sunny Kitchen
- Plum crostata from Unconventional Baker
- Plum vanilla custard tart from A Baking Journey
- Plum Sriracha Sauce from Kitchen Sanctuary
- Plum fruit roll ups from Live Eat Learn
Cherries are stone fruits that are in season from June to August. They have a short growing season and are a beloved summertime fruit here in the US. There are both sweet and sour varieties of cherries.
- Cherry smoothie with yogurt and walnuts from Rhubarbarians
- Healthy baked cherry oatmeal from Rhubarbarians
- Cherry vanilla ice pops from Girl Heart Food
- Fresh cherry sauce from Cooking Journey
- Cherry chocolate chip muffins from Little Sweet Baker
That's a wrap! I hope you enjoy all the summer produce this month!
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