If you eat seasonally and locally, it won’t be long before corn, red bell pepper, watermelon, eggplant and more will be out of season. I’ve rounded up 10 oh-so-delicious recipes from our archives that use summer produce that you won’t want to wait until next summer to have the chance to make. Some of these, like the panzanella and the fresh salsa, are dishes that I crave desperately in the winter, so I try to get them in as often as possible when the ingredients are in season.

  1. Bacon and Summer Vegetable Medley — Zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, and fresh corn cut off the cob added to farmers market bacon make a great recipe for a summer side dish.
  2. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Salad — Part panzanella salad, part vegetable kabob, this recipe needs to be made before summer ends.
  3. Classic Corn Chowder — Picking the right corn is essential to making the best corn chowder. Follow this recipe, and your family and friends will thank you.
  4. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus — Freshly roasted peppers or jarred roasted peppers work in this make-it-yourself hummus that will convince you that making your own is worth it. (Robin’s note: Since I first posted this recipe, I’ve started using smoked paprika instead of regular paprika. It works really well.)
  5. Watermelon Slushee — Make your own version of a Slurpee at home with fresh fruit and seltzer.
  6. Sourdough Panzanella with Summer Vegetables — Just add it straight to your recipe book. It's that good.
  7. Fresh Salsa — A salsa base with garden fresh vegetables is a jumping-off point for making salsa just the way you like it.
  8. Grilled Eggplant and Red Bell Pepper Sandwich — You won't miss the meat when you sink your teeth into this vegetarian grilled vegetable sandwich.
  9. Stuffed Red Peppers — Peppers stuffed with goat cheese and onions, then grilled. Yum.
  10. Roasted Eggplant Soup — A rich, creamy, and chock full of end-of -summer vegetables soup to take you into fall.
Go ahead. Pick one and make it for yourself. Then come back and let me know which one you made.

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